TOMORROW: Ahead of Trump’s Pensacola Rally, FDP to Host Virtual Press Conference and “Ridin’ with Biden” Car Parade

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 *** MEDIA ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY OCT 23 AT 12:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM ET ***RSVP HERE FOR VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE

PENSACOLA, FL — On Friday, October 23, at 12:00 PM CT/ 1:00 PM ET, ahead of Trump’s rally in Pensacola, the Florida Democratic Party will host a virtual press conference with statewide and local leaders to discuss Donald Trump’s failed coronavirus response, attacks on health care, and disregard for U.S. service members and veterans. The call will be led by Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, Phil Ehr, retired U.S. Navy commander and candidate for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, and Karen Butler, U.S. Air Force veteran and candidate for Florida Senate District 1. 

Additionally, the Escambia County Democratic Party will also host a “Ridin’ with Biden” Car Parade in Pensacola at 1:45 PM CT. 

Virtual press conference ahead of Trump’s rally in Pensacola
WHEN: Friday, October 23, 12:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM ET
WHO

  • Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried
  • Phil Ehr, retired U.S. Navy commander and candidate for Florida’s 1st Congressional District
  • Karen Butler, retired U.S. Air Force veteran and candidate for Florida Senate District 1 

RSVP:  Registration available here
“Ridin’ with Biden” Car Parade in Pensacola 
WHEN: Friday, October 23, 1:45 PM CT / 2:45 PM ET
WHERE: Address will be provided upon RSVP. PRESSRSVP: Media interested in attending should email fswanson@floridadems.org to RSVP  EventAttendance: Members of the public who wish to join can RSVP HERE.

Media interested in participating in covering the car parade must RSVP and will be required to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing.


FDP Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, and Floridians Call Out Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care and Coronavirus 

“And with the final Trump-Biden debate tonight, Americans brace themselves for another barrage of Trump lies and defections. Fortunately, our anxieties will be eased by the presence of Joe Biden —a man of integrity, stability, and experience— to lead us out of a really dark time in American history.” — Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Today, ahead of the final presidential debate and Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Mar-a-Lago, FDP Chairwomen Terrie Rizzo, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), and advocate for breast cancer survivors, Penny Westberry, all spoke on the steps of the historic West Palm Beach courthouse to call out Donald Trump’s broken promises on healthcare. They highlighted Trump’s failed leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and emphasised the gravity of what is at stake in this election. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE
Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman, Terrie RizzoRemarks 
“If the last seven months have made anything clear, it’s that Donald Trump is not equipped to lead our nation through a crisis — specifically, this crisis. He has no plan; He has failed our nation.”
“No matter what [Trump] says on the debate stage tonight, he’s made it clear where he stands. The Republicans have had ten years to come up with a replacement for the ACA and Donald Trump has done nothing and has been promising some mythical plan for four years… they have nothing at all.”  
“Donald Trump says he’ll handle the coronavirus crisis and pandemic and come up with a health care plan. But he doesn’t deliver, and we know that.”

Congresswoman Lois Frankel, FL 21Remarks
“And with the final Trump-Biden debate tonight, Americans brace themselves for another barrage of Trump lies and defections. Fortunately, our anxieties will be eased by the presence of Joe Biden — a man of integrity, stability, and experience — to lead us out of a really dark time in American history.”
“More than 220,000 Americand have died — here in Florida it’s almost 16,000. Another 76,000 Floridians affected join the 9 million across the country. And yet Trump continues to ignore science, attacks Fauci; he has packed rallies that don’t have social distancing or people wearing masks.”
“Even as thousands of people still get infected, it’s just shocking that [Trump] wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

Penny WestberryRemarks
“And then the ACA came along and it was like the heavens opened up, in a good way, and we saw the rainbow. Because life changed incredibly.” 
“The fact that our current President is threatening the ACA, in the middle of a pandemic on top of everything else, is just mind blowing to me. I think of all of these women going back to what was really the dark ages for that population before the ACA came to be.”
“Personally, in my close group of friends… four of them could not get insurance before the ACA. They were self-employed; they were in their 50s at the time when the ACA came to be; and they couldn’t get insurance. And now they are all covered under the ACA. And let me tell you: they are all shaking in their boots right now about what is going to happen to the ACA. And I don’t have to tell you who they’re all voting for. Joe Biden.” 
“Joe Biden will not leave his constituents — and that’s the whole country, not just the Democrats — he will not leave his constituents vulnerable once he is elected.”


 *** MEDIA ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 AT 12:30 PM ***
TOMORROW: Ahead of Trump’s Visit to The Villages, FDP Chair Rizzo to Host Press Conference Highlighting What’s at Stake for Seniors this Election


THE VILLAGES, FL — On Friday, October 23, at 12:30 PM, ahead of Trump’s rally, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo will host an in-person press conference with local seniors in The Villages to stress what is at stake in this election for senior voters, from safeguarding Social Security to beating back the coronavirus crisis that has disproportionately endangered older Americans. 
WHAT: In-person press conference ahead of Trump’s rally in The Villages 
WHO: FDP Chair Terrie RizzoLocal seniors in The Villages 
WHEN: Friday, October 23, 12:30 PM ET
WHERE: Address provided upon RSVP 
Press Attendance: Media interested in attending should RSVP with Frances Swanson at fswanson@floridadems.org 
Media interested in participating in covering the press conference must RSVP and will be required to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing.


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