Joe Biden’s campaign says they are keeping their “foot on the gas” and “aggressively” courting Latino voters in the final stretch before Election Day as the Democratic nominee visits Florida to make his closing argument to the community Thursday.
Following the release of a new ad highlighting Biden’s plan to issue an executive order to reunite separated children from their families, the Biden campaign’s Cristobal Alex called the subject a “top priority” for Biden if he were to be elected.
“This is an issue that has had a profound impact on the vice president,” Alex said on a call held with reporters. “The centerpiece and core focus on Joe Biden’s immigration policy is family unification.” He called the Trump administration’s handling of the situation “criminal.”
Across every state, the campaign is launching Latino-specific get out the vote efforts, including bilingual phone banks and text banks and hosting car caravans that end at polling locations.
Volunteers are launching socially distant rosarios, or prayer circles, in East Las Vegas, and the campaign is holding horse parades in Las Vegas and socially distanced rallies in Pennsylvania and Florida with well-known DJs.
The campaign’s pollster, Matt Baretto, pushed back on publicly available polling that show Biden underperforming with Latinos compared to Hillary Clinton in 2016, arguing that the campaign’s own polls have consistently shown a strongly consistent lead that is “right on track” with Barack Obama’s numbers in 2012.
Christian Ulvert, the campaign’s senior advisor in Florida, shared that the campaign has forty events planned between today and Election Day to drive turnout in the state.
It’s hosting community-specific events and harnessing star power to encourage early voting, including hosting an event with actress America Ferrera in central Florida and “parties at the polls” with DJs and food trucks at polling locations in the Tampa area.
In the Miami market, which also includes Broward County, Ulvert says they are hosting 25 events alone.
In Arizona, the campaign highlighted the recent trip by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, and shared that it recently hosted a “Low Riders for Biden” event in their efforts to encourage Latino voters to cast their ballot early.