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Biden-Harris Supporters Challenge Trump-Pence Ahead of Vice President's Tallahassee Visit

Tom Flanigan
Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor and daughter Charlotte stand before the media in front of the Tallahassee Biden Campaign headquarters.

Anticipating lots of attention for Pence's upcoming rally at the airport, the Democrats wanted to make their case first.

Several hours before Saturday's visit of Vice President Pence to Tallahassee, Joe Biden supporters held their own event. Tallahassee City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow kicked off the media conference at the Biden Campaign's Victory Center on West Tennessee Street.

"We come here today to join the march of progress with Joe Biden to the White House as the next President of the United States of America," he said.

Also in the Biden Camp was Matlow's Commission Colleague Curtis Richardson, County Commissioner Rick Minor and retired state worker Dave Jacobsen.

"If Trump prevails, Social Security will have no money to send me and the other retirees payments after 2023," Jacobsen said, noting that the president had expressed his desire to cut the payroll taxes that fund the Social Security program.

Another speaker was Quarter Moon Imports owner Katie Haggerty.

"Joe Biden brings me hope that we can get through this as a united country and small businesses won't be forgotten."

Local nurse Zachary Woods also expressed his support for the Democratic ticket.

"We need a president with a plan. I believe strongly in Biden and Harris."

About 6 hours after the Democratic event, Vice President Pence addressed several hundred Republican supporters at Tallahassee International Airport.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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