Biden headlines campaign rally in Tampa

Posted at 8:44 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 17:52:56-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared in Tampa for a campaign rally with the Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.

Biden attended the ‘get out the vote’ rally, with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running for governor, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who is running for a fourth term, to encourage students to vote early.

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The rally took place at the University of South Florida campus on Monday at noon. 

The event drew in a crowd excited about election day and current candidates running for office in Florida. Local elected officials kicked off the day. They spoke about numerous pressing issues like red tide, redistricting, health care and a big issue that hits home --  fixing busted air conditioning units in schools.

The rally ended with Biden appealing to college students about several of those same issues, including their environmental concerns.

"The oceans are warming, the seas are rising, these storms are becoming more and more intense, and more devastating," Biden said. "And you have a Governor, a Governor who used to run a healthcare company he got fired from — I guess it’s because they figured out he knows nothing about science!”

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Biden was in Nevada over the weekend to rally union members in Las Vegas to support U.S. Senate Jacky Rosen and other Democrats.

Biden, who has said he won’t decide until at least 2019 whether he’ll seek the presidency in 2020, has been keeping a presence in early voting states like Nevada.