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ELECTION 2020: Doug Emhoff visits Greensboro

By Yasmine Regester, Peacemaker Staff Writer / October 8, 2020

North Carolina A&T State University students Ariana McClay and Julian Woods stand with Doug Emhoff (husband of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris) and students Aigné Taylor and Angela Medcalf in front of the A&T Four Statue and the Dudley Building on the university’s campus.
Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker

David Emhoff, husband of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, hit the campaign trail last weekend, making a stop in Greensboro on October 2. Emhoff served as the keynote speaker for the grand opening of the Biden-Harris Triad Campaign Hub on 2300 Meadowview Rd. in Greensboro.

His other stops in Greensboro included a visit to North Carolina A&T State University, and a listening session with working women at SouthEnd Brewing Co., moderated by State Rep. Ashton Clemmons.

“This helps build a better campaign that is responsive to what the people are talking about. These are the issues that are important to the people. That’s what leadership is about — being responsive to the issues that the people are dealing with. Being president is being a leader for the people, not for yourself,” said Emhoff.

Doug Emhoff, husband of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, speaks at a Working Women’s Listening Session held outdoors at South End Brewing Company. N.C. State Rep. Ashton Clemmons (D-57) facilitated the discussion. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker

At the event, he discussed the Biden Harris campaign platform on healthcare, a plan to address COVID-19, and the economy, specifically policies that would help support working women.
“We start from the assumption that healthcare is not a privilege it’s a right. When we are healthier, we can have a more productive workforce and economy,” said Emhoff. “The plan puts resources in place to provide more childcare options with qualified caregivers.”

He added, “The overriding principle is fairness and justice and access to the same things that everyone else gets.”

He also talked about providing more resources to Black and Brown communities to support economic justice and create a, ‘level playing field.’ He also took the opportunity to show support for other Democrats, such as U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham and N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper.

On October 6, the Democratic National Convention (DNC) launched a new ad campaign to reach Black voters in North Carolina. The DNC is directing voters to, its newly updated voter participation hub, where voters can register to vote, check their voter registration, and make a plan to vote, whether in person or by mail. The website also allows users to find voting guidelines for their state.

In September, the DNC announced a Black print advertising campaign created to support National Black Voter Day. The one-week campaign ran print ads in Black newspapers across six battleground states, including North Carolina, to encourage Black voter participation.

“Democrats are meeting Black voters where they are and making critical investments to ensure North Carolinians have the information they need to make their plan to vote,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “The stakes have never been higher — especially for communities of color — and we are committed to making sure voters have the tools and information they need to make their voices heard at the ballot box, exercise their fundamental right to participate in our democracy, and elect leaders like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who will get our country back on track.”


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