It was high energy in Broward County on Tuesday as Caribbean-Americans, specifically, Jamaican-Americans, and other residents of the county turned out in numbers to support democratic nominee Joe Biden during his campaign stop.
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— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 14, 2020
Biden’s first visit was to the Pembroke Pines Senior Center where he criticized President Donald Trump for holding “super-spreader parties”, while seniors couldn’t see their grandchildren. Biden told the gathering that President Donald Trump has never been focused on seniors or their health.
“Trump doesn’t really care about lowering the healthcare costs, because he’s beholden to the health insurance companies and the drug companies,” Biden said. “After all, he’s asking the United States Supreme Court, as I speak, he’s asking them right now, to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act.”
Attendees were wearing N95 masks, and both of Biden’s Broward events were invitation-only, a sharp contrast to Trump’s rally in Sanford, where most of the supporters went unmasked.
Biden later stopped at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center in Pembroke Pines, where he held another event, with about 60 people who all wore masks and had their temperatures checked.
He later headed to the Miramar Regional Park for a drive-in rally. About 60 cars, painted with supporting messages, participated in the rally, where Biden told the crowd, “We win Florida, and its all over.”
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Many Jamaican-Americans, including Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis, also showed up in their Biden-branded merch to support the presidential nominee. Davis had told CNW Network that she was “thrilled” at his visit to the county.
One-time 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the City of Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam opened Biden’s program and Broward County Mayor Dale Holness was also in attendance.
The democratic party is now leading the way in Florida. More than 1.7 million Floridians have already cast mail ballots, with democrats leading with about 904,000 ballots already cast. But election officials say it could turn around, as Republicans are more likely to vote in person.