Three-fourths of the candidates on this year’s presidential tickets visited Arizona on Thursday: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, and Republican Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence held a rally at a tactical gear supply business in Peoria, while Biden and Harris visited a union hall and spoke with small business owners and workers in Phoenix and Tempe.
Arizona Republic reporters were on site to capture the scene at each stop.
7 p.m.: Biden, Harris wrap up visit; campaign headed to Las Vegas on Friday
At about 6:40 p.m., the Biden campaign left the incubator for an area hotel.
The candidates will spend the night before traveling to Las Vegas on Friday. There, Biden will make a stop on the east side of town before delivering remarks at a drive-in event.
— Maria Polletta
6:30 p.m.: Biden, Harris make final stop in Tempe
After visiting Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza at Barrio Cafe early Thursday evening, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, arrived at their final stop about 6:10 p.m.
Fashion and Business Resource Innovation Center, or FABRIC, is a Tempe incubator that helps entrepreneurs build fashion businesses. It has both for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises under its roof.
Sewing machines buzzed away as about 24 workers prepared reusable gowns for health care workers. Biden and Harris spoke with co-founders Angela Johnson and Sherri Barry, who discussed how FABRIC shifted to producing protective equipment during the pandemic.
“Shutting this thing down, to us, almost was unthinkable,” Barry said. The operation continues to work for fashion clients in addition to making protective gear.
Biden asked where the batch in the works Thursday was headed, and Barry told him they were part of an order for Banner Health. FABRIC also makes protective gear for Dignity Health and “anybody who needs these,” she said.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., visit FABRIC, a fashion incubator in Tempe on Oct. 8, 2020, where they are making reusable hospital gowns, during their small business bus tour. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
FABRIC employs 98 people and has manufactured more than 300,000 protective gowns, she said. Each gown can be washed 100 times, making them more practical for the pandemic when the supply of equipment is tight, according to Barry.
“Think about the people you are protecting because of the work you are doing,” Harris said in parting words to the workers.
On his way to the door, Biden stopped and pointed at 21-year-old Sarkis Johnson, son of co-founder Angela Johnson, and told him: “Take care of your mother.”
Though most of the employees continued to work through the visit, with some sneaking a phone picture as Biden and Harris walked the perimeter of the manufacturing floor, they erupted in applause as the candidates waved goodbye. Barry and Johnson slapped a high five after Biden and Harris walked out the back door.
Outside, Biden and Harris’ campaign bus sat near dozens of Biden supporters who had gathered nearby. Several trucks displayed electronic billboards with messages in favor of Republican President Donald Trump, who is seeking reelection.
— Ryan Randazzo and Maria Polletta
5:30 p.m.: Biden visits with Chef Silvana
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, stopped by the award-winning Barrio Cafe in Phoenix to meet briefly with Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza early Thursday evening.
Biden had mentioned Esparza, who was instrumental in redefining Mexican cuisine in metro Phoenix, during his remarks earlier Thursday, describing how the pandemic had contributed to a decision to shutter one of her restaurants.
The chef has been a vocal political activist throughout the pandemic, sharing publicly that she had been tested for COVID-19 in March and later appearing in two bilingual ads for the Biden campaign.
Biden greeted Esparza, who wore a Biden-Harris 2020 mask, with arms outstretched, saying, “I wish I could give you a hug.” Harris blew her a kiss.
A crowd of about 50 supporters had gathered to see the pair arrive, some with campaign signs and flags.
Biden and Harris met with Esparza inside the restaurant for about 20 minutes. They emerged holding beverages — an agua fresca for Harris and horchata for Biden.
Biden tipped his horchata, then waved and pumped his fist at the supporters who’d lingered. Harris did so as well, eliciting cheers of, “Kamala! Kamala!”
— Maria Polletta
5 p.m.: Biden campaign running late for incubator stop; Pence visit already wrapped
With Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign far behind schedule to visit a Tempe fashion incubator on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., and his wife left the venue, telling media they were going to get a drink nearby at House of Tricks.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke about law enforcement, the Supreme Court vacancy, COVID-19, the economy and the border wall to a crowd in Peoria on Oct. 8, 2020.
Biden and Harris were expected to drop by FABRIC, which helps entrepreneurs launch fashion businesses, sometime Thursday afternoon. Since April, the incubator has been making reusable gowns for front-line health care workers. It has produced more than 100,000 so far.
Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence had boarded Air Force Two to return to Washington about 3 p.m.
— Ryan Randazzo and Maria Polletta
4:30 p.m.: Biden cites renowned Barrio Cafe chef in pandemic’s impact
During his remarks at a Phoenix union hall on Thursday afternoon, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spent several minutes discussing the impact the pandemic has had on prominent Arizona chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.
Esparza has been instrumental in redefining Mexican cuisine in metro Phoenix through her work at restaurants including Barrio Cafe in Phoenix, which Biden mentioned he’d be visiting later Thursday.
In April, Esparza shuttered fine dining restaurant Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva, citing the pandemic as one factor in the decision. Closing the highly regarded restaurant, for which the James Beard Foundation nominated her for the Best Chef: Southwest award, allowed her to focus her attention on Barrio Cafe, which has been open since 2002.
“She’s scraping by week to week trying to look out for her 10 employees, some of whom have been with her for decades,” Biden said.
He also said Silvana shared she’d had to cancel her own health insurance recently “just to make ends meet,” which he called devastating, heartbreaking and wrong.
“Every American should be upset about what Silvana is going through,” Biden said.
Esparza opened the now award-winning Barrio Cafe in a Phoenix corridor that wasn’t renowned at the time. In response to Arizona passing controversial legislation targeted at unauthorized immigrants in 2010, Esparza launched a project to draw attention to the work of local artists there.
Today, the Calle 16 Mural Project encompasses dozens of murals and some of the city’s most recognizable pieces of public art.
Esparza also has been a vocal political activist throughout the pandemic, sharing publicly that she had been tested for COVID-19 in March and later appearing in two bilingual ads for the Biden campaign.
— Lauren Saria and Maria Polletta
4 p.m.: ‘Americans deserve a president who understands,’ Biden says
Sounding themes familiar from his convention speech and last week’s debate, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that Americans have suffered from a detached president and he vowed to do better.
“Americans deserve a president who understands what they are going through,” Biden told a small group gathered at the Carpenters Local Union hall in Phoenix. “The last thing they need right now is a president who exacerbates their problems.”
As he has before, Biden urged President Donald Trump to “get out of his bunker and golf courses, or sand traps“ and help Americans get through the pandemic and the resulting recession.
Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, both thanked Cindy McCain for her support and doing what they said she and the late Sen. John McCain always did: support what’s best for the nation.
Biden also alluded to an article from the Atlantic magazine that, citing anonymous sources, claimed the president called U.S. troops “suckers” and “losers.”
As Biden spoke, a bus was parked against the union hall with the Biden-Harris logo emblazoned on it. An Arizona flag was mounted to the right of the lectern, and numerous signs urged people to vote early.
Those attending the event were instructed to wear masks throughout, and they sat in folding chairs within socially distanced white circles. The 16 people seated around the stage included people from the campaign in Arizona.
Carol Blackman, a Phoenix retiree who volunteers with the campaign, called the state’s political transition “exciting.”
“After the first debate, the phones were ringing with people volunteering to do phone banking,” she said.
The Democrats’ appearance in Phoenix makes good on a promise Biden made in August to visit the state sometime after Labor Day.
— Ronald J. Hansen
3:15 p.m.: Given D.C. outbreak, should Pence, Biden be in Arizona?
Should either Vice President Mike Pence or former Vice President Joe Biden be quarantining because of potential exposure to COVID-19 through President Donald Trump? Or, in Pence’s case, potential exposure to other positive cases as well?
Experts say it’s possible, it depends on several factors, including some information the public doesn’t yet have. They said it was unlikely Biden was a close contact of Trump’s, but that Pence could be, depending on the extent of his contacts.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on who should quarantine after exposure to cases have not changed in recent months.
Pence is believed to have had much more exposure than Biden could have, both through Trump and to others in the White House sphere who tested positive after a Rose Garden reception for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26.
A letter from CDC Robert Redfield to Pence’s chief of staff said Pence was cleared to debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, which happened Oct. 7. In the letter, Redfield wrote that the agency consulted with the White House physician and subsequently determined Pence was not a close contact of anyone who tested positive for COVID-19.
The public needs more information on how the CDC determined that, given the many people in his orbit who have tested positive, according to Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
“It would be surprising to me that he didn’t have significant exposure, but yet the CDC says he doesn’t,” he said. “This again is just kind of opaqueness (that) makes it very hard to interpret on the outside what the correct action might be.”
Biden’s interactions with Trump came during the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, where the podiums were spread out and the men did not physically greet one another, at least not that the public saw.
The Biden campaign said Thursday that he is tested regularly, and campaign events are distanced and masked. Biden and Trump were not considered close contacts according to CDC guidelines, the campaign said.
Biden and Pence so far have tested negative for the virus, including on Thursday, according to their representatives.
— Rachel Leingang
2:45 p.m.: Biden, Harris pay respects to vets; arrive at Phoenix union hall
Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, arrived at the Carpenters Local Union hall in Phoenix at about 2:30 p.m.
They were expected to deliver brief remarks to an audience of about 20 early voters, who were spread out in socially distanced chairs, before boarding a bus for a “Soul of the Nation” tour to meet with small business owners in Phoenix and Tempe.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris deliver remarks and embark on a “Soul of the Nation” bus tour. At the same time, Biden supporters pick up yard signs outside Carpenters Local Union 1912 located at 4547 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic)
Prior to the union visit, Biden and Harris had paid their respects to American Indian veterans at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, accompanied by Cindy McCain, who has endorsed the Democratic ticket this year.
All three paused in front of the memorial when they arrived, standing in silence for a few moments. Biden and Harris then touched the base of the statue in a show of respect.
Afterward, the candidates spoke with tribal leaders and veterans. “We owe you so much,” Biden told the group.
Biden and Harris did not take media questions. But after the candidates left, several tribal leaders discussed Biden’s tribal policy platform.
One provision, which calls for more Native appointees to major agencies that interact with tribes, was hailed by Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis.
“We need a true partner in the White House that understands and respects tribal sovereignty and self-determination,” Lewis said, adding that he’d given Biden his personal endorsement today. “Hopefully, we can see a new era of self-determination for tribes.”
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said that his tribe and others had helped craft the 15-page platform to reflect major concerns shared throughout Indian Country: water, infrastructure, broadband internet, electricity and telecommunications. Nez also urged all Native people to vote and for Biden and Harris not to take the Native vote for granted.
One person who managed to sneak through the next-door property and made his way to the the Heard’s fence could be heard yelling, “Turn Arizona Blue!” Meanwhile, two digital advertising trucks cruised north on Central Avenue bearing what seemed to be anti-Biden ads.
— Debra Utacia Krol and Maria Polletta
2:30 p.m.: Biden ‘fine’ whether Trump shows up to debate or not
Before heading to pay their respects to the service and sacrifice of American Indian veterans at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris took questions from reporters at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Asked about presidential and vice presidential debate questions regarding committing to a peaceful transferal of power after the election, Biden said his ticket would “absolutely, positively” commit to that.
He indicated President Donald Trump and Vice President Mark Pence had not addressed the same question satisfactorily during recent debates.
“Neither one of them answered it,” he said. Of Pence’s comments on the topic, Biden said: “I don’t know whether he was afraid to take a position that he knew he should take because it would be contrary to the president’s, or whether he really believes it, too.”
Biden also addressed the president’s announcement that he would not participate in the next presidential debate, after it was moved to a virtual format because of COVID-19 safety concerns. The president recently tested positive for the respiratory illness.
“Look, we agreed to three debates back in the summer,” Biden said. “This has been going on since the early ’90s: first debate, person to person; second debate, town hall format; third debate, person to person. We set the dates. I’m sticking with the dates, I’m showing up. I’ll be there. And in fact, if he shows up, fine. If he doesn’t, fine.”
— Maria Polletta
2 p.m.: Pence takes the stage
After being introduced by his wife, second lady Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence took the stage outside TYR Tactical in Peoria.
After saying it was “great to be back in the Grand Canyon state,” Pence began making his case for President Donald Trump’s reelection amid chants of “Four more years!” He repeated a line from his September visit to Arizona, saying the “road to victory runs though” the state.
Pence said his debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, the first and only vice presidential face-off ahead of Nov. 3, was a debate between “two visions.”
He argued Democratic nominee Joe Biden wants more taxes, socialized medicine and to pack the Supreme Court, while Trump supports veterans and law enforcement officers. He criticized Biden’s record as vice president, indicating Trump had revived the American economy.
“We didn’t need a magic wand (to bring back American jobs),” he said. “We just needed Donald Trump.”
Pence also repeated the Trump administration’s point that it will always back law enforcement officers. He added the Trump administration can support Black people and other people of color and law enforcement officers at the same time.
“There’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd, and there will be justice served,” Pence told the crowd, which applauded lightly.
He received a louder applause when he said rioters and looters would get punished to the fullest extent of the law.
“We’re not going to defund the police — not now, not ever,” he said.
Pence also shared an update on the president and first lady’s COVID-19 infections and conditions, saying they’re recovering well.
— Uriel J. Garcia
1:45 p.m.: Crowd awaits Pence in Peoria
Roughly 300 supporters of President Donald Trump were outside TYR Tactical in Peoria on Thursday afternoon, waiting for Vice President Mike Pence to arrive and begin his latest “Make America Great Again” rally.
Ahead of Pence’s arrival, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb took the stage to lead the pledge of allegiance, saying the 2020 presidential election comes down to “law and order.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko also greeted the crowd, telling the audience: “We need to make sure that here in Arizona Republicans win … and that we re-elect Donald J. Trump.”
By 1:40 p.m., when an announcer said Pence was “moments away” and the event would begin shortly, some attendees had been waiting in the heat for going on two hours. Some poured water on themselves to keep cool.
— Uriel J. Garcia
12:45 p.m.: Vice President Pence arrives in Phoenix
Vice President Mike Pence touched down at the Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix about 12:20 p.m. Thursday.
A masked Pence exited Air Force Two alongside Marsha and Carl Mueller, the parents of Kayla Mueller. Kayla, who grew up in Prescott, was captured by ISIS in Syria in 2013 and was killed in 2015.
Gov. Doug Ducey and U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, both Republicans and both masked, were on hand to greet the vice president.
Ducey and Pence touched elbows in lieu of a handshake.
Pence departed the base about 12:35 p.m. He is scheduled to headline a rally at a tactical-gear supply business in Peoria later in the afternoon.
— Jamie Landers
Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen Pence, Marsha Mueller, and Carl Mueller, parents of Kayla Mueller, descend the steps of Air Force Two on arrival in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo: Rob Crilly/Washington Examiner)
Noon: Biden at Heard Museum, will release tribal issues plan
Former Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with tribal leaders Thursday at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, where he’ll release his new set of policy proposals on tribal issues.
The 15-page document lays out how a Biden administration would work with tribal governments as well as set itself apart from President Donald Trump’s record.
Biden’s proposals touch on a range of topics, including remedying health care disparities, addressing climate change, restoring tribal lands and cleaning up hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines, protecting cultural areas and increasing resources to make tribal communities safer.
The plan also includes what the campaign says is a broader response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit tribal communities particularly hard.
Law enforcement would be beefed up in a Biden administration as well, with an emphasis on increasing resources for investigating what’s become an epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people.
Biden’s plan would also reinstate conferences between the White House and tribal leaders, which have not happened during Trump’s term, and reinvigorate the White House Council on Native American Affairs, which the current administration left empty for three years.
— Debra Utacia Krol
11 a.m.: ‘It’s time’ — Some Arizonans excited by prospect of VP Harris
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, is set to visit Arizona for her first in-person campaign stop on Thursday.
For women and people of color who are supporting the Democratic candidates, the former prosecutor brings a diversity sorely lacking in politics and at the highest levels of office.
She is the first Black woman and first Asian American on a major-party presidential ticket, and she is the only woman and person of color on either ticket this year. If the Democratic ticket wins in November, Harris would be the first female vice president in U.S. history.
For Arizona voter Lola Rainey, seeing representation on the ballot matters, even though she may not see eye to eye with Harris on criminal justice issues. As the executive director of the Tucson Second Chance Community Bail Fund, Rainey describes herself as an abolitionist of both prisons and police.
“That’s very important for a lot of women and young women, and young girls of color, and women all over the world to see that happen. It’s a first,” Rainey said. “I’m happy that I’m alive at this moment, because there’s been a lot of battles fought, and it’s time.”
Other Arizonans, like Fountain Hills resident Sharon Dennis, supported Harris when she was a presidential candidate during the Democratic primary. Dennis said she liked Harris’ personality, intelligence, humor and ability to think of her feet, and is excited by what Harris’ candidacy means for young people.
“I sincerely believe that having a woman like Kamala Harris as a role model will positively affect not only teenage girls but teenage boys,” she said. “I think they need more role models in positions of power to begin modeling their own lives.”
— Rachel Leingang and Maria Polletta
10 a.m.: 5 things you may not know about Pence’s Arizona ties
For a lifelong midwesterner, Vice President Mike Pence has quite a few Arizona ties — both personal and professional. Ahead of his Thursday visit to Peoria, here’s a closer look at them.
‘Bromance’ with Ducey: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey met Pence in Indiana in the early 2010s at an event with the state’s then-governor, Mitch Daniels. At the time, Pence was seen as the natural successor to Daniels, who was approaching the end of his term.
When Ducey launched his first campaign to become Arizona’s chief executive and found himself in a crowded, often heated primary, the newly minted Gov. Pence lent his support to Ducey’s candidacy.
Their relationship grew over the years, as the two men presided over their states and faced similar issues. They still talk regularly.
Falling out with Flake: Before Pence became vice president and former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. retired from the Senate, the two men were “ideological soulmates,” according to a 2018 report in Politico Magazine.
But Pence’s decision to align himself with Trump threw a wrench into his friendship with Flake. “The old allies aren’t exactly estranged,” the report said. “But it’s nothing like their heyday in the House, when one man could always be found at the other’s side.”
Rocky but respectful relationship with McCain: While Pence certainly had his frustrations with the late U.S. Sen. John McCain over the years — particularly after he was unable to convince the Arizona Republican to support the GOP’s best chance at repealing the Affordable Care Act — he never feuded with the senator the way the President Donald Trump did and still does.
After McCain died of brain cancer in 2018, it was Pence, not Trump, who represented the Trump administration at his memorial in Washington, D.C. “For 35 years, John served in these very halls, under this very dome, and he fought for what he believed in,” Pence said at the service.
Military dad: After landing in Yuma in September, the vice president and Second Lady Karen Pence were greeted by their son, Michael Pence Jr., an active duty Marine pilot stationed there.
“The Pence family loves Arizona!” Pence told a west Valley crowd that day.
The ‘road to victory’: The vice president clearly recognizes Arizona’s importance as a November battleground state. Pence’s Thursday visit will mark his fourth trip to the Grand Canyon state in as many months, and it’s possible he could return again ahead of Nov. 3.
While in Litchfield Park last month, he told the audience: “The road to victory runs right through Arizona.”
— Maria Polletta
9 a.m.: October surprise in Arizona
Biden, Harris and Pence planned their Thursday visits with the start of early voting in Arizona in mind.
What they likely didn’t anticipate: a last-minute extension of the state’s voter registration deadline, from Oct. 5 to Oct. 23.
Two advocacy groups, Mi Familia Vota and Arizona Coalition for Change, filed a legal challenge pushing for more time, contending pandemic-related public health measures had limited their ability to register voters ahead of the election.
Both organizations mostly register voters face-to-face by knocking on doors or approaching prospective voters in typically high-traffic public places.
U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan agreed with them in a decision issued Monday. Hours later, lawyers representing the Republican National Committee filed a late-night appeal.
On Wednesday, the RNC’s initial attempt to halt the extension was denied, allowing prospective voters to continue registering. The court battle is ongoing.
— Andrew Oxford and Maria Polletta
8 a.m.: Biden, Harris en route to Arizona
Democratic nominee Joe Biden departed for Phoenix just before 7 a.m. Thursday.
The former vice president and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris are scheduled to meet with tribal leaders and small business owners. Afterward, they will deliver remarks before boarding a bus about 2 p.m. for a “Soul of the Nation” tour to meet with small business owners in Phoenix and Tempe.
They also plan to meet with voters, according to the Biden campaign. A spokeswoman said Biden “looks forward to speaking directly to the American people and comparing his plan for bringing the country together.”
This is the first Arizona trip of the year for the Democratic presidential ticket.
In late August, Biden had said he planned to visit Arizona after Labor Day. He instead spent September in other battleground states, such as Florida and North Carolina.
Since then, Biden surrogates have been working to coordinate visits in hopes of delivering him Arizona’s 11 electoral votes. Several Democratic statewide gains in 2018, along with uncertainty over when the pandemic will end, have put what was once a reliably red state in play.
Biden has led Trump in the majority of local and national polls in recent months, but there are indications his lead may be narrowing.
— Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Maria Polletta
7 a.m.: Pence’s Arizona plans
With President Donald Trump recently hospitalized for COVID-19, Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Arizona to keep the Republican reelection campaign fresh in voters’ minds.
Campaign officials initially had announced an 11:30 a.m. rally at a tactical-gear supply business in Peoria, but the start time was later pushed back to 2:30 p.m. Pence’s event Thursday is expected to be held outdoors, one organizer told The Arizona Republic.
Pence was last here in mid-September, for a series of events aimed at Latino voters and veterans. Since then, the president has participated in a contentious debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden, and several top Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Trump campaign is still trying to figure out what events it can host and how they will fit within health guidelines, given the ongoing outbreak. While the president’s rallies have drawn scores of maskless supporters, masks have been more strictly enforced at Pence events.
The website for Pence’s Thursday appearance did not specifically note a mask requirement, but a campaign official said every attendee would undergo a temperature check, receive a mask and have access to hand sanitizer.
As part of the event registration process, attendees had to acknowledge they understood “that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.”
— Ronald J. Hansen and Maria Polletta
6 a.m.: Rare event as 3 of 4 candidates in Arizona on Thursday
Three-fourths of the candidates on this year’s presidential tickets will be in Arizona on Thursday, hosting dueling campaign events and attempting to sway the sliver of Grand Canyon State voters who remain undecided.
It’s the first time Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris are hosting in-person events in the crucial battleground state, where early voting is already underway.
Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, will be making his fourth trip to Arizona in as many months.
It’s rare to have both candidates on a presidential ticket in town campaigning together, let alone having part of the opposing ticket here, too, according to longtime Arizona political analyst Doug Cole.
Asked if he could recall a similar situation in any past election season, Cole said: “No, never.”
“We used to not even get TV commercials from presidential campaigns in the past,” he said. “This shows how important Arizona has become.”
— Maria Polletta
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