Vice President and Dr. Biden Visit FAMU To Encourage Election Day Voting

Nov 7, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden and his, wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
Credit Catherine Buckler

The presidential candidates and their surrogates made last minute swings through Florida Monday. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University early Monday afternoon and stressed the importance of getting out to vote during Election Day.

Updated Story: Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Florida A&M was joined by his wife,  Jill Biden. The event kicked off with performances from student organizations and FAMU’s Marching One Hundred Band. The purpose was twofold—encourage people to vote, and encourage the minority vote.

My state has the eighth largest African American population in the country," Biden said. "I’m a United States Senator and Vice President for only one reason, and this is not a hyperbole, only one reason: I get over 95 percent of the African American vote in my state.

He says African Americans are his "most loyal constituency". And that's true for the Democratic party as a whole.

FAMU student Jordan Bailey says she is glad that Biden stressed the importance of events like this to encourage people to vote, and she thinks Clinton has a lot of support from minorities.

"I think that she does, if it’s not because of her husband, then it’s definitely because of events like this, and her utilizing celebrities, athletes…so she definitely has the minority vote, by default, at this point," said Bailey.

Hispanic turnout has surged in Florida this election cycle and she’s on track to win the majority of black voters. However, several polls have indicated black turnout may not be as high as it was in 2008 and 2012.

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Original Story: "There’s never been a more important tomorrow in the modern, electoral history of the United States, than tomorrow," Vice President Biden said. "And that’s not hyperbole. That’s simply a fact. And the irony is, how it turns out is in your hands. Tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to look like, what it’s going to look like, is up to you. And by the way, I’m not just saying that. It is a fact. It’s up to Florida. How Florida goes, this country is going to go."

Biden was joined by his wife, Doctor Jill Biden.