Kamala Harris urges Floridians to 'put our country back on the right track'

By Steven Lemongello, Orlando Sentinel on

Published in Political News

ORLANDO, Fla. - U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris encouraged Floridians to vote early to "put our country back on the right track" during a campaign visit to Orlando on Monday.

The Democratic candidate for vice president held an outdoor, drive-in rally at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, where invited guests in about 50 cars honked their horns in approval as she and others spoke on the first day of early voting in the state.

"Orlando!" Harris exclaimed. "Look at what my eyes behold."

"Today I had to come here on the kickoff of early voting in Florida because y'all are going to make it happen," she said. "What you will do here in Florida and Orlando by early voting, you will be the first to put our country back on the right track."

Harris, a California senator, praised Central Florida U.S. Reps. Val Demings and Stephanie Murphy, who attended the rally, but added, "I know you have some other elected officials too, and they aren't doing what's in the best interest of people.

"We know better. We know when somebody's trying to play us. We know when somebody is trying to pull the wool over our eyes," Harris said. "Why are so many powerful people trying to get in the way of us voting? ... The answer, of course, we know, is this: They know when we vote, we win. We change things. We make it better."

"They know our power," she said. "We know our power. And know we will never let anybody take that power away from us."

Harris criticized President Donald Trump for what she called a "cover-up" of what he knew about the airborne danger of the coronavirus, and how deadly it was, from as far back as January.

Trump's handling of COVID-19, which has killed almost 220,000 people in the U.S., is the "greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of America," she said.


"This man denied facts, denied science, and lied to the American people," Harris said of Trump. "You know we need a change and a change is coming."

Murphy told the crowd, "Make a plan that allows you to vote early and safely."

"Don't wait until the last minute because you never know," Murphy said. "A hurricane, a pandemic, or swarm of Old Testament locusts could overtake the state on Election Day. Hey, it's 2020, you can't take anything for granted."

Harris was scheduled to attend another get-out-the-vote rally in Jacksonville later in the day.

The senator had suspended her travel over the weekend as a precaution after her communications director and another person connected to her tested positive for coronavirus. Harris tested negative.

Harris rescheduled her planned trip to North Carolina to Wednesday.

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