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Voters in Rochester rally for Joe Biden

Jaclyn Harold
Created: October 30, 2020 10:55 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Supporters of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden got word that President Donald Trump was coming to Rochester and they decided to remind the community of why it needs Biden.

"Thrilled to be out here today, and really thrilled to see the high voter turn out not only in Minnesota but all across the country. The people recognize how important this election is and that they're turning out, we just couldn't be happier," said Mark Frederickson, a Rochester voter who said this election is more important than ever.

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Organizer John Swanson who is also the Chair of the Political Action Committee for the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said while their gathering was smaller, the purpose was just to remind the community to get out and vote.

"It's his right to be here and the right of his supporters to be here, and it just makes us that much more motivated to get out to vote and work on our voter turn out this weekend," said Swanson.

Along Highway 63 South, Swanson and fewer than 20 people stood with their Biden signs despite a Trump parade that crossed their path.

A supporter of President Trump stopped and claimed the signs were up illegally along the road. After threatening to run the signs over "again" the supporter refused to leave without taking them down. 

Frederickson says that kind of tension in the community is exactly why the world needs Biden.

"I also have to lay some blame on the President's doorstep. He's used very divisive rhetoric for the last three in a half years, and he really has not said anything to unite the country. I understand as a candidate. But not as a president," he said.

There are just a few days left before the November 3 election, and it is still unclear which way Minnesota will lean.


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