Joe Biden meets with Black business owners to discuss rebuilding US economy during first NC campaign stop since nomination

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Democratic nominee Joe Biden makes first NC campaign stop since DNC
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Joe Biden spoke to a crowd in Charlotte about health care and reviving the US economy, with special focus on Black-owned small businesses.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVD) -- Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden made a visit to Charlotte on Wednesday for a Black economic summit.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and NBA star Chris Paul spoke before Biden, both endorsing him for president.

Biden met and spoke with Black business owners, educators and working people. He highlighted his plan to Build Back Better, which includes investing $70 billion in HBCUs and leveraging $150 billion in new opportunities for Black-owned small businesses.

"The cycle that exists for the African American community by and large finds itself in a lot of economic upheaval," Biden said during his speech. "When things get bad, they're the first ones in the hole, and when things get better, they're the last ones out."

Biden also announced his plan to create small business advisory boards featuring prominent business owners and politicians, including former rival for the Democratic nomination Andrew Yang and the founders of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream.

And as the country passes 200,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus, Biden talked about the need to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act to make sure more Americans have health care coverage.

"You look out there and you have a pandemic, unemployment, race relations drawn into focus, police brutality," Biden said. "People now saying, 'My Lord, I didn't realize it was this bad.'"

Last week, Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, met virtually with working parents in North Carolina.

President Donald Trump will also be in Charlotte on Thursday as part of his reelection campaign. Trump is expected to talk about his administration's plan to deliver low-cost healthcare. This will be President Trump's 14th official visit to North Carolina.

President Trump won North Carolina during the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. However, most polls show a very close race between Biden and Trump in 2020.

The Trump campaign has even said it sees North Carolina as a state the president must win in order to be re-elected, which is why Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have made several visits to North Carolina over the past few weeks.

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