President Obama makes first in-person Biden campaign stop in Philadelphia

Written by on October 22, 2020

President Obama makes first in-person Biden campaign stop in Philadelphia 

By Katie Meyer, WHYY

October 22, 2020

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FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Obama plans to speak during “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition,” a two-hour live-streaming event for historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Former President Barack Obama visited Philadelphia Wednesday for his first in-person campaign event of the election cycle on behalf of Joe Biden.  

For WLVR News, Katie Meyer reports that at an evening drive-in rally at Citizens Bank Park, he framed his message as a return to normal.  

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Obama’s pitch to Philly voters was straightforward: he says they know and can trust Biden, and won’t have to worry too much about how he’s handling the presidency.  

He also told the crowd to “turn out like never before.” 

“A president by himself can’t solve every challenge in a global economy, but if we’ve got Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the White House, and a House and Senate that are focused on working people, it can make a difference and get millions of people the help they need.”

Obama won Philly by historic margins in his two elections.  

The core of his faithful base was Black voters — they make up about 44% of the city, and are 10% of Pennsylvania’s overall electorate. But Black men in particular turned out at lower rates in the 2016 election.

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