CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee spent the afternoon in Cleveland, just 10 days before the election.
Senator Harris was in town for a early vote mobilization event at the Tri-C Cleveland campus. Because of the coronavirus the event invited about 75 guests to meet and greet the Vice-Presidential hopeful. Harris had to cancel over a week ago when two members of her staff came down with the virus.
19 News had a chance to talk with Senator Harris one-on-one about what a Biden/Harris Administration would look like.
“There has been a failure of leadership by the Trump Administration. Over 220,000 have died (from the coronavirus) in just the last several months. Over eight and a half million Americans have contracted the disease. We have over 30-Million Americans who have filed for unemployment during one time or another during these last several months,” Senator Harris said.
Senator Harris says this vote is more important than ever, because Cleveland and the state of Ohio are suffering due to the on-going pandemic, “One in five small businesses in Ohio have closed. One in 10 Ohioans are reporting people in their household being hungry, one in six renters in Ohio are finding it almost impossible to pay their rent.”
Republican Donald Trump won Ohio’s 18 electoral votes in 2016, but Senator Harris says 2020 is a year like no other. Voter anxiety, racial tensions, a struggling economy, and an increasing number of coronavirus cases. “God willing we get a vaccine – distribution of a vaccine making sure all communities have access. There are huge racial disparities in the way that this virus has attacked communities and we will deal with that and address that as well,” Senator Harris said.
When asked how do you help all the people that have suffered financially or economically because of the coronavirus, Senator Harris said you need federal grants for businesses to purchase the safety equipment they need, and there needs to be help for those paying for child care. But the Senator says there’s also concern that the pandemic has created an affordable housing crisis, “We’re saying we’re going to put in place a 15% tax credit for first time home buyers to be able to help them with closing costs and down payments to actually buy a home, which we know is a source of intergenerational wealth in most American families.”
The Vice-Presidential nominee and Senator also insists a Biden/Harris Administration would fight to expand the Affordable Care Act, “Donald Trump’s in court right now trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. We intend to expand it and expand coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, not get rid of protections for pre-existing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.”
Also addressed during her time in Cleveland, gun violence. Senator Harris says no mother or father should have to grieve the loss of their child from gun violence. “Joe and I feel very strongly – we support the Second Amendment, but we also have to have reasonable gun safety laws. And that includes dealing with the fact that assault weapons are designed to kill a lot of people quickly and are weapons of war – and should be banned from civilized streets.”
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