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“The I-4 corridor is Biden’s territory. I see a lot of enthusiasm for Joe Biden here—for replacing this president.”

TAMPA, FLORIDA—People from Latino communities gathered today to welcome Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Tampa, where the former vice president will be a part of a roundtable discussion with veterans.

Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Venezuelans, and Chileans participated in the welcome rally, showing support for the candidate with Casa Biden, a campaign office focused on Latino communities in Hillsborough County.

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“A car caravan will head to where Biden will be visiting, in a demonstration of support. In Casa Biden we have Biden’s Hispanic leadership. We work with the Hispanic Caucus and take the campaign to our neighborhoods, where more than 50 percent of the voters are Hispanic,” Elio Muller, the organizer of the rally and founder of Casa Biden, told The Americano.

During his visit, Biden met privately with veterans at Hillsborough Community College

Muller explained that Tampa has a large military base. “It’s the right place to have a meeting with veterans and talk about how troops, and those who have served, deserve respect—how we should have a president who deserves our armed forces.”

The organizer, who’s Cuban, highlighted Florida’s importance in the upcoming elections, especially after 2016 when President Donald Trump won with a 1.2% margin over Hillary Clinton.

“The Republican community is mostly in Miami; it’s Cuban American. This is nothing new—that’s how it’s been for the past 40 years,” Muller said. 

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The organizer said Central Florida has predominantly Democratic communities within Hillsborough, Osceola, and Orange counties. 

“The I-4 corridor is Biden’s territory. It was Hillary and Obama’s territory, and that’s not going to change. I see a lot of enthusiasm for Joe Biden here—for replacing this president. What must be insured is that everyone who has the right to vote exercises it,” Muller said.

Biden will be in Kissimmee to participate in a Hispanic Heritage Month event. In a written statement, the former vice president highlighted the contributions that the Latino community has made to the nation.

“The future success of our country depends on Hispanic Americans having the opportunities and the tools they need to succeed, and throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the incredible contributions of Latinos to our country and to our shared purpose,” he said.