Joe Biden visits Gettysburg with message of unity, overcoming opposition and hate

Joe Biden visits Gettysburg with message of unity, overcoming opposition and hate

The Democratic presidential candidate stopped in one of the most historic cities in Pennsylvania.

GETTYSBURG, PA. – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden moved into the Gettysburg lodges just after 4 a.m. on Tuesday when supporters and critics alike gathered outside.

"I believe this is the moment we need to come together as a nation," he said, noting the Gettysburg story and the words "a divided house cannot exist".

"There is no more appropriate place than here in Gettysburg today to talk about the cost of partition," Biden said as he spoke on issues of racism and told the crowd that there is no place for hatred in America.

Just a few hours earlier, rallies had popped up in the Gettysburg square, with both Biden and Trump supporters holding signs, honking horns and waving flags. Many Biden supporters told FOX43 that the coronavirus was one of the main issues with this election. Meanwhile, some Trump supporters told FOX43 that their main issues were centered around socialism, the economy, and immigration.

Adams County's Republican and Democratic Committees acknowledge that the county has a tendency to draw red. However, both also admit that there are shades of purple in the region where opinions are mixed.

"The number of people we see every day, Democrats stepping away from the Democratic Party and registering as Republicans. It's incredible," said Rita Tuchalski of the Adams County Republican Committee.

Meanwhile, Pete Vogel of the Adams County Democratic Committee countered, "We had some signs here that said, Proud Republicans for Biden, and we sold out every single one of them."

Biden noted during his speech that he wants to support a future of non-partisanship and equality for all. He said: "Too many people are trying not to overcome our divisions, but to deepen them."

"I'm a proud Democrat, but I will rule as the American President," he said.

Biden was in Gettysburg attending a "Biden for President" virtual finance event.

While President Donald Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, Biden tries to use the election campaign for himself.

Joe Biden arrives at the Gettysburg lodges where he is speaking this afternoon. We have full coverage on @ FOX43 #biden #joebiden

– Jamie Bittner (@JamieReports) October 6, 2020

Starting with Florida, Biden intensifies his travels into areas long believed to be Republicans as his campaign aims to expand the electoral map.

The former vice president was in Miami's conservative Little Havana on Monday and plans to visit Arizona on Thursday. And his Democratic presidential campaign is increasing advertising in the traditional Red State strongholds of Texas and Georgia.

. @JoeBiden supporters stand shoulder to shoulder with about 40 Trump supporters as Joe Biden is set to speak here in Gettysburg. Here is the scene in which the two groups rolled out in their vehicles after Biden's arrival. #JoeBiden #DonaldJTrump #trump #biden

– Jamie Bittner (@JamieReports) October 6, 2020

Biden was careful not to criticize Trump and wished him a speedy recovery, but also made it clear that he will not stop fighting.

@ JoeBiden visit to Gettysburg marked by people gathering in the square for both Biden and Trump @ fox43 #biden

– Jamie Bittner (@JamieReports) October 6, 2020

This is where Biden speaks in Gettysburg:

We are embroiled in a battle for the nation's soul again. It's a fight we've been in before and can win again. Tune in while I bring comments from Gettysburg.

– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 6, 2020

President Trump made a dramatic return to the White House after exiting the military hospital where he received unprecedented care for COVID-19.

He immediately sparked new controversy by stating that, despite his illness, the nation shouldn't fear the virus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans – and then he entered the White House without a protective mask. Trump climbed the steps of the south portico, took off his mask and said, "I feel good."

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020

Trump, who remains contagious, is expected to continue his recovery at the White House, where he will be looked after by a team of doctors and nurses around the clock.

Biden says he is ready to have a personal debate later this month "if scientists say it is safe".

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