President Joe Biden made a fresh appeal to Black voters during a Philly rally

Julia Terruso and Sean Collins Walsh, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Political News

PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden came to the Philadelphia area Wednesday for the fifth time this year to lay out his case for why Black voters should support his reelection bid against former President Donald J. Trump.

“Because you voted, we are investing more than ever in Black families and Black communities,” Biden said at a rally at Girard College. “It’s a promise we made and a promise we kept.”

The president was in Philly to kick off his campaign’s “Black Voters for Biden-Harris” effort and attend an organizing event with local business owners nearby. He was joined at the rally by Vice President Kamala Harris, who touted the Biden administration’s accomplishments on issues that disproportionately affect Black voters, such as lowering the cost of insulin for diabetes patients and working to eliminate student debt.

”In 2020, Black voters in Philadelphia and across our nation helped President Biden and me win the White House. Yes, you did,” Harris said to the crowd. “And in 2024, with your voice and your power, we will win again.”

Students from the majority-Black preparatory school in Philadelphia stood in maroon and gray uniforms early Wednesday afternoon waiting for the president to speak to a crowd that included national and local Black Democratic leaders.

Ahead of Biden’s remarks, a drum line played and live gospel singers filled the cavernous athletic hall with sound. That energy is something Biden’s campaign is hoping to capture as voter fatigue and low enthusiasm threaten his reelection chances.


Even supporters on Wednesday voiced some concern.

City Councilmember Kendra Brooks said none of her adult daughters, ages 19, 23 and 33, wanted to join her to see the president Wednesday.

“None were super excited about being here,” Brooks said. “I’m certain they will get out and vote but enthusiasm is something we’re gonna have to deal with. Even with young active people who are involved people.”

One daughter, Brooks said, is a “a strong movement activist” but is “fatigued and not really hearing a message behind what’s important to her, what’s gonna happen as she gets older and navigates life. And she’s still very bitter about what’s going on in Gaza.”


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