Kamala Harris came to downtown Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday afternoon and talked with business owners and walked several blocks greeting supporters.
Harris did not take formal questions from the press, and conversations were difficult to hear while the Senator and residents wore masks and maintained distance.
The campaign said she came to Flint to discuss the impact of the pandemic on small businesses, and after arriving at 11:00 a.m. the Senator met with unnamed “community leaders.” The leaders spoke about the Flint water crisis, the pandemic, and its economic toll on the city. Harris said the federal government needs to do more to improve local infrastructure, acknowledging the ongoing issues with lead water pipes in Flint.
Harris is scheduled to meet later in the afternoon in Detroit for a roundtable discussion with black men. The campaign will be encouraging residents to register to vote in recognition of National Voter Registration Day. Thursday is the first day in Michigan that voters are allowed to vote at their local clerk’s office, where they can request an absentee ballot and fill it out in person.
The Biden/Harris campaign need to secure high voter turnout in Flint and Detroit. A new poll, conducted for the Free Press, showed Biden’s support in Michigan slipped slightly with Black voters, from 89% in a July poll to 76% now.