Kamala Harris tries to fire up Fort Worth supporters as part of three-city Texas swing
FORT WORTH – Kamala Harris attempted to sack voters on the crucial Tarrant County’s battlefield on Friday, telling supporters that President Donald Trump failed to protect Americans during the coronavirus pandemic and fueled the racial and ethical divisions that the Have hurt nation.
“This does not reflect who we are as our values and priorities as a nation that knows that we are strongest when we are united and that we have so much more in common no matter where you live, what race, what ethnicity you are, what language you speak your grandmother speaks, ”said Harris on property outside First Saint John Cathedral in southeast Fort Worth. “We have a choice in this election to have a Joe Biden who says our first priority will be to unite our country and bring us together again.”
Harris’ Fort Worth trip was part of a three-city swing in Texas that also included stops in McAllen and Houston. Their trip took place on the last day of the early voting and is intended to bring the Democratic Party’s grassroots voters to the polls.
Supporters cheer as Democratic Party Vice-Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris speaks during a campaign rally on the field behind First Saint John Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, October 30, 2020. Harris’ visit to Fort Worth is one of three-stop Texas tours that include Houston and McAllen, leading up to Tuesday’s general election.(Lynda M. González / employee photographer)
“We know this is no time to let go of the pedal,” she praised the Texans for their record-breaking early voting numbers. “We want to make sure we can get through it.”
“There is so much at stake,” Harris continued. “Every voice should be heard.”
But Trump campaign officials in Texas beat up Harris as a liberal whose policies would destroy jobs.
“President Trump has achieved more in 47 months than Joe Biden in 47 years,” said Trump campaign spokeswoman Samantha Cotten. “Texans don’t let themselves be fooled by fake politicians like Kamala Harris, who is making one last attempt in the Lone Star State. And in November, voters will reject the Democrats’ radical agenda to eliminate the oil and gas industry, raise our taxes, and take away our rights to make a second amendment in favor of four more years of President Trump. “
Democrats hope Biden beats Trump in Texas. That would be quite an accomplishment given that a Democratic presidential candidate in the Lone Star State hasn’t won since Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in 1976.
Though his staff is larger than the teams put together by previous Democratic presidential candidates in Texas, Biden didn’t devote huge resources to victory here. Former 2020 presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro have urged the former vice president to make a financial push at hour 11 to win Texas. If Biden wins here, it would knock Trump’s re-election offer and reshape the national political scene. O’Rourke was supposed to join Harris on their McAllen stop.
Long a trailblazer in Texas politics, Tarrant County is central to the Democrats’ hopes of taking control of the Texas House, as well as the efforts to get US Reps Ron Wright and Roger Williams, both Republicans, to represent the districts which comprise parts of Tarrant County.
A cavalry of local Democratic candidates was part of what Harris campaign officials said was 300, but it appeared to be considerably less than that number. US Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson from Dallas and Marc Veasey from Fort Worth were present along with several state officials and State House candidates. Gospel singer Marvin Sapp performed before Harris spoke.
The participants sat outside on chairs, socially separated from each other, and wore masks. Details of the event have not been made public to discourage a large crowd.
Harris suggested a message that Trump was not fit for office and hammered his record off dealing with the pandemic, health-related issues, the economy and criminal justice reform.
She said Biden would, among other things, lead the nation through the pandemic, develop strategies to protect the environment and fight climate change, invest $ 150 billion in low-interest loans for minority businesses, decriminalize marijuana, and clear the criminal records of those convicted of marijuana crimes and revive them the economy.
“All of these things play a role and a lot more,” said Harris. “I am here in Texas to thank you for everything you have done to meet these challenges and to remind people to vote on the last day of the early vote. … There is a lot that we have to do and there are many reasons for people to vote. “