With early voting beginning in several Florida counties on Monday, former Vice-President Joe Biden will make three campaign appearances in Florida early next week with Democrats up and down the ballot – with two of those appearance on college campuses.
Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, attorney general Sean Shaw and Pinellas-area U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist will join Biden in Tampa on the University of South Florida campus for their first get-out-the-vote rally on Monday at noon.
Biden, Gillum and Nelson will then travel to Jacksonville for a rally at the University of North Florida at 3:45 p.m., where they will be joined by Nancy Soderberg, who is running an extremely competitive race in the Sixth Congressional District seat formerly head by GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.
On Tuesday, Biden and Nelson will appear at a campaign rally in Orlando at 4PM at the Chevenne Saloon, where they will be joined by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, a freshman U.S. Rep. who is being challenged by former state Republican legislator Mike Miller in her bid for reelection.
“This election is a battle for the soul of America, and Florida has the chance to decide the future of this country,” Biden said in a statement. “I am honored to stand with Senator Bill Nelson and Mayor Andrew Gillum as they work to restore our nation’s democracy. The stakes couldn’t be higher in 2018. We need Floridian’s voices to be heard at the polls this fall, and that starts with early voting.”
Biden is seriously considering a run for president in 2020, and making appearances in front of enthusiastic Democrats in a state with the third most electoral votes can only benefit his potential ambitions as well.