Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to visit Miami’s Little Havana and Little Haiti in front of a televised town hall on Monday as the former vice president returns to critical swing state of Florida in the final homestretch of his campaign.
Meanwhile, President Trump canceled a rally planned in Sanford, Florida last Friday and postponed future campaign stops on a case-by-case basis just a month before election day after it was announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, the reported Palm Beach Post.
Monday will be Biden’s second trip to Florida this year after his campaign canceled scheduled visits in March ahead of the state̵
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For comparison: Trump, who has been hospitalized with COVID-19 since Friday, was in Florida three times in the past month alone: He hosted a Latinos for Trump event in Doral on September 25, held a rally in Jacksonville on September 24 and stopped in Jupiter on September 8th.
Florida gives 29 electoral college votes – 270 are required to win the presidency. Trump, a historically decisive wing state, won the referendum there in 2016 with just 1.2 percentage points.
Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will be visiting the Little Haiti Cultural Center around 2:45 pm Monday before speaking in Little Havana in the late afternoon on “Rebuilding its economy for the Hispanic community and working families,” WTVJ said.
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He is due to discuss how to create jobs for the black and Hispanic communities, particularly within the tourism sector, which has been hit by coronavirus-induced lockdowns and travel restrictions. The Biden campaign last week launched advertisements in South Florida in English, Spanish and Creole spoken by some Haitian Americans to improve critical constituencies.
Biden will answer questions from undecided Florida voters at 8 p.m. in a socially distant town hall in front of the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, hosted by NBC’s “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt.
A recent poll released by the Sienna College Research Institute on Saturday found that Biden leads Trump in Florida at 47% to 42%. Florida International University’s Cuba Poll, the longest-running research measuring Cuba’s public opinion, shows Trump leads Biden at 59% to 25%.
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As a traditionally Republican constituency, Cuban Americans broadly supported the Trump administration’s approach to government, particularly his move to reverse President Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba and resort to policies of isolation and the US embargo.