Douglas Emhoff Campaigns At Penn State On Behalf Of Biden-Harris

Just six days ahead of Election Day, Douglas Emhoff, husband of vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, stopped by Penn State to campaign on behalf of the Democratic ticket.

Emhoff addressed President Donald Trump’s coronavirus pandemic response, the importance of voting in Pennsylvania, and more during a rally near Medlar Field.

He was introduced by Pennsylvania state representative Scott Conklin, Democratic congressional candidate Lee Griffin, and Penn State College Democrats President Jacob Klipstein. Emhoff began by talking about voting and his campaign’s goal of winning Pennsylvania and the Electoral College.

“We are here because we’re gonna win Pennsylvania, right? And we’re going to win this election,” Emhoff said. “A million Pennsylvanians have mailed [their ballots] in, and millions more have voted early in person. We want everyone to have a plan. There is still time to vote early.”

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party lost Pennsylvania by just 44,000 votes in 2016. Emhoff and the Biden-Harris ticket obviously want to close that gap this time around. He explained that 44,000 votes equates to just five per precinct, encouraging folks in the crowd to get friends and family to vote for Biden.

“Elections matter and that’s why people are fired up. Because your vote is your voice and when you vote, things change,” he said. “We don’t like the way things are and we’re going to vote and we’re going to change things. We are going to take our country back.”

Emhoff’s event comes just eight days after Donald Trump Jr. campaigned in State College on behalf of his father. He referred to events like these as “super-spreaders” and took shots at the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone at Wednesday’s event wore a mask and chairs were separated to accommodate social distancing.

“We are a country in pain right now,” he said. “American carnage is here. It’s caused by [Trump], caused by this failure of an administration for the last four years, and we cannot trust the same people who so miserably messed this up to fix it.

“You are all sick and tired of what is going on — at this lack of leadership, this lack of compassion, this lack of caring.”

Emhoff described an America that’s in pain, citing a lack of health care, a poor pandemic response, struggling economy, and more as reasons for this pain. He said Biden and Harris will be “guided by science” in their pandemic response, promoting fast testing and fair vaccine distribution.

And what would be a speech in Happy Valley without mentioning Penn State football?

“Good luck Saturday,” Emhoff said with a smile, motioning toward Beaver Stadium in front of him.

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