TAMPA, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump campaigned in the Sunshine State Thursday to appeal to last-minute voters.
“You hold the key. If Florida goes blue, it’s over! It’s over,” Biden said.
The former vice president spoke first in Broward County to a small audience, which his campaign said reflects concern for the virus that has become the primary of the election.
“President Trump’s super spreader events — and he’s spreading more virus around the country and here in Florida today. He’s spreading division in addition. Division and discord. We need a president who’s gonna bring us together, not pull us apart,” Biden said.
At a drive-in rally, he replied to the charge made by President Trump that he would lock down the country and trigger a depression.
“I’m not gonna shut down the economy. I’m not gonna shut down the country. But I am going to shut down the virus,” Biden said.
Both campaigns are waging support among Hispanics, a key demographic in the state. Both have targeted ads for the group.
In Tampa, President Trump was introduced by first lady Melania Trump. Trump addressed the media’s coverage of his campaign.
“The fake news media, 94% of the stories about us are negative. Think of it. Think of it. 64% percent of the stories about Sleepy Joe are positive,” Trump said. “How the hell do you have a positive story about this guy?”
Trump also referenced Biden’s son Hunter Biden, whose business dealings have been spotlighted by the president and his allies.
“I get a call from all the experts, guys that ran for president 6, 7, 8 times. Never got past the first round, but they’re calling me up. ‘Sir, you shouldn’t be speaking about Hunter. You shouldn’t be saying bad things about Biden cause nobody cares.’ I disagree, you know? Maybe that’s why I’m here and they’re not,” Trump said.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta forced the president to cancel an outdoor rally Thursday evening in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The event has been rescheduled for Monday. Biden had to leave his event in Tampa early due to storms, as well.