For a few hours Tuesday, Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris helped mobilize voters in Metro Detroit alongside Michigan leaders.
DETROIT, Mich.—Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the running mate of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, spent about two and a half hours in Michigan on election day.
“We want to remind everybody obviously that the polls close at 8 o’clock tonight and it’s important that everyone votes, and of course that the path to the White House and the path to determining who will be the next President of the United States, without question, runs through Michigan,” Harris told reporters upon arrival. “So I’m just here to remind people in Detroit that, that they are seen and heard by Joe and me, and also that they may actually decide the outcome of this race.”
Her trip included a stop in Southfield at a local sheet metal workers’ union where she discussed issues like the importance of voting and a focus on mental health as part of a comprehensive plan to address health care inequities in Michigan.
Harris said she’s done talking about “the guy in the White House” and chose to talk about Gary Peters’ integrity behind closed doors instead.
“This is who Gary is,” she told supporters and reporters present. “When we sit in these rooms, when there are no cameras, Gary is always fighting for Michigan. And it’s going to be a tight race,” Harris said, later asking, “So please, so please, do everything you can and let’s get Gary back in the United States Senate.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Detroit) also joined the group to address voters about the importance of making these last moments of the election count for the sake of education, health care, and other freedoms.
Someone in Harris’ camp must have encouraged the vice-presidential candidate to get to know the “real Detroit,” because she made an unscheduled stop on 7 Mile in Detroit for a quick chat with people at Greater Grace Temple, an Apistolic and iconic Black church on the city’s west side.
She was joined there by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and reminded Michiganders what she was running against a force bent on ending insurance reforms that protect vulnerable Michiganders including those with pre-existing conditions.
Harris told supporters that they are the people who will make “the decision about who will be the next president of the United States.”
“In Michigan, the last election for president in 2016, the outcome of that election was decided, on average, by two votes per precinct in Michigan,” she said. “Two votes. Can you imagine: If each of us just pulled out another two people to make sure they voted today, ‘I could determine who will be the next president of the United States of America.’”
The candidate departed Detroit for Delaware where she will join Joe Biden for the remainder of the evening.
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