New Joe Biden Florida Ad Offers Voters Comfort, Leadership as Coronavirus Cases Surge

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 Today, Florida Politics reported Joe Biden’s campaign released its latest Florida television and digital ad, “Tough.” In the ad, Vice President Biden speaks directly to voters looking for steady, strong leadership amidst the worsening coronavirus crisis in Florida. 
The ad ends with this message: “I want every single American to know: if you’re sick, if you’re struggling, if you’re worried about how you’re going to get through the day. I will not abandon you. We’re all in this together. We’ll fight this together. Together we’ll emerge from this stronger than we were before it began.” 

Florida Politics: Joe Biden campaign turns to COVID-19: ‘I will not abandon you’ By Scott Powers | 7.14.20 

  • The campaign announced Tuesday morning that beginning with its latest ad, the former Vice President will be presenting the COVID-19 outbreak this summer as a genuine crisis, with the implication that President Donald Trump is ignoring it, even for simple things like declarations that people should wear masks.
  • The mid six-figures buy will run commercials on local cable and Sunday cable shows in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and Fort Myers, and Spanish-language captioned versions will run on YouTube, Facebook and Univision.
  • “Tough” then ends with a graphic reading, “Stay Safe Wear A Mask.”
  • Later this week, the campaign plans to release digital videos of Biden calling families in these states later in the week.

Florida Democrats announce over 1 million Democrats have enrolled in vote-by-mail since March 17th Presidential Preference Primary 

Florida Democrats also increase vote-by-mail edge over Republicans to more than 400,000 voters
FLORIDA– Today, the Florida Democratic Party announced over 1 million Democrats have enrolled or renewed their vote by mail enrollment since the March 17th Presidential Preference Primary. 
Additionally, Florida Democrats now hold a 423,379 voter vote-by-mail enrollment advantage over the Florida GOP. Two weeks ago, Florida Democrats published a memo touting a 300,000 vote-by-mail enrollment edge. In 2016, Florida Democrats held a slim 8,800 edge in vote-by-mail.
Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo released the following statement: 

“In an election that will be decided on the margins, the Florida Democratic Party is committed to making sure every single voter in Florida is able to vote safely and securely this November. Our team has been working tirelessly to organize thousands of volunteers to do the important work of enrolling their friends and neighbors into vote-by-mail. We are thrilled by the incredible energy we are seeing on the ground and today we are proud to announce that one million more Democrats have enrolled in vote-by-mail to elect Joe Biden this November!”

In order to drive up vote-by-mail enrollment, the coordinated campaign to elect Democrats in Florida has:

  • Made more than 3.8 million phone calls
  • Texted 4.1 million voters
  • Completed 19,404 volunteer shifts

In addition, Florida Democrats continue to out-register Republicans, growing their voter registration edge by 15,000 voters over 2018.

Florida Democratic Party Calls Out Trump’s Disastrous Climate Record 

Earlier today, Joe Biden unveiled his plan to create millions of jobs through investing in sustainable infrastructure and clean energy. In contrast, Donald Trump has not followed through on his campaign promises to rebuild America and has called climate change a “hoax.”

“Donald Trump has flirted with allowing oil and gas drilling off Florida’s coast, bizarrely claimed that noise from wind turbines can cause cancer, and rolled back critical Obama-Biden era climate policies,” said Frances Swanson, spokesperson for the Florida Democratic Party, “While Trump is standing in the way of progress, Joe Biden is offering a thoughtful, comprehensive plan to mitigate the climate crisis and create millions of clean energy jobs.”


E&E News:  What Trump’s fiscal plan means for the climate[2.11.20]“But the agencies that are most responsible for addressing climate change at home and abroad — including EPA and the departments of Energy and State — would see steep cuts under the proposal. And programs within those agencies that deal directly with climate change would take the biggest hit.” 
The Hill: Trump moves to roll back Obama emission standards [8.2.18]The Trump administration rolled out a plan Thursday to weaken the Obama administration’s aggressive fuel economy and global warming standards for cars and strip California of its ability to determine its own vehicle regulations for greenhouse gas emissions.
Vox: Trump’s EPA just replaced Obama’s signature climate policy with a much weaker rule [6.18.19]“The EPA is still required to regulate greenhouse gases, but the CPP’s new replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, is drastically weaker. The ACE rule would lower power sector emissions by 11 million tons by 2030, or between 0.7 percent and 1.5 percent. The EPA noted that long-term industry trends are expected to still push emissions down 35 percent, but that’s largely independent of the ACE rule.”
CNN:Trump’s war on windmills continues [12.23.19]The Americans have the President whose hatred of windmills is no less epic. He thinks they’re cancer-causing bird killers that drive down property values, and he fought against putting them within sight of his golf course.
Politico: Interior to push drilling in Florida waters after November election [7.14.2] The Trump administration is preparing to open the door to oil and gas drilling off Florida’s coast — but will wait until after the November election to avoid blowback in a swing state whose waters both parties have long considered sacrosanct, according to four people familiar with the plan.

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Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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