Sen. Kamala Harris campaigns in Wake County as she tries to become first female VP in US history

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Kamala Harris campaigns at Shaw University
Kamala Harris tells Shaw University students why she and Joe Biden should be made president and vice president.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Wake County is serving as another stop on the campaign trail for both Democrats and Republicans. Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris, and the president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, are scheduled for appearances Monday afternoon.

Harris arrived in Wake County around noon and spoke at Shaw University around 2:45 p.m.

Harris spoke about about the Supreme Court and what's at stake in this election for the American people, from the Affordable Care Act to other issues affecting their everyday lives.

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"We lost a giant, not only of the court, but of American life. It was a celebration. Few people in our history have done more to change the lives of the American people than Ruth Bader Ginsburg did as a lawyer and advocate and a Supreme Court justice," Harris said. "And it was an inspiration, and a call to each of us, for each of us to be better, to stay in the fight, and stay committed to what motivated Justice Ginsburg the most."

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In her speech, Harris touched upon President Trump's recent nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

"We're not even debating whether the Senate should hold hearings on a nominee in an election year. We're not in the middle of an election year, we're in the middle of an election," said Harris. "An ongoing election. Almost a million Americans have already voted and more will vote this week and next week and in just a few weeks, all Americans will have voted."

Harris mentioned Barrett's record opposing the decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act.

"Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act will take us backward to a time where you could charge a woman more for her health care than you can charge a man just because she's a woman. Getting rid of the Affordable Care Act will take us backward to a time when pregnancy could be considered a pre-existing condition," said Harris. "This relentless obsession with over turning the Affordable Care Act is driven entirely by a blind rage toward President Obama."

Harris remarked Shaw University was one of the nation's first Black landmarks of higher learning in the years following the Civil War, noting she was standing in Estey Hall -- the country's first university building constructed to educate Black women in America.

Shortly after, Harris wrapped up her visit at a Sister to Sister meets Shop Talk roundtable where she will hear from Black North Carolinians and highlight the importance of voting to affect change.

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both recently been in North Carolina. Trump has traveled to the state more than a dozen times in his presidency.

Trump's Democratic rival, Joe Biden made his first North Carolina campaign stop since his nomination in Charlotte last week at a Black economic summit.

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Lara Trump returned to her home state of North Carolina for a 'Make America Great Again!' event in New Hill.


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Susan Tillis introduced Trump to the crowd.

The event was held at Finnigan's Run Farm right outside of Apex.