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EXCLUSIVE: Kamala Harris on key issues for Arizona voters

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris stopped in Tucson on Wednesday to rally supporters ahead of the election.
News 4 Tucson's Amanda Gomez went one-on-one with the senator for an exclusive interview at Pima Community College.

The campaign held a drive-in event at the community college and just before the event the senator spoke with News 4 Tucson about key issues including why Arizona is so important in the 2020 election.

Amanda: "Arizona has traditionally voted Republican since 1952 with the exception of Bill Clinton's win. Polls are showing Arizona could turn blue this year why do you think that is and what does that mean to you?" 

Senator Harris: "We have built a coalition that yes, it's about Democrats supporting us, but it is also about Republicans like Cindy McCain and Jeff Flake supporting us," said Senator Harris. "It's about independents supporting us. It's about people knowing that Joe and I have a commitment that when and if we win, we are going to be an administration for all people and I won't care, Joe doesn't care, who you voted for in the election we are going to support the people and lift them up and unify our country."

"We have been so beaten up by a President who has spent time trying to push hate and division and turn Americans against each other Joe and I want to unify our country we know we're strongest when we're united."

With a country that has been struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gomez asked Senator Harris what the Biden-Harris administration's priority on day one would be to help those impacted by the pandemic.

"Our highest priority is to get folks the relief they need and that's about understanding over 30 million people have become unemployed in just the last several months, and getting them the support they need and extending their benefits. One of the biggest priorities Joe and I have is to expand the Affordable Care Act knowing that if Donald Trump wins re-election he's suing to get rid of it. The Affordable Care Act brought healthcare to over 20 million Americans. Here in Arizona, over two million people have pre-existing conditions things like diabetes and high blood pressure. We support giving them protection, Donald Trump will take those protections away, but these are some of the priorities Joe and I have and I believe that's why Arizonans know that when it comes down to it, the bottom line is, is there a president in the White House who sees them and cares about their needs? Joe Biden does," said Harris.

When asked about her final message to Southern Arizonans, Senator Harris said, "Joe and I see you, we care about what you're going through and we want to lift you up and that means giving you the support you need around healthcare. It means helping small businesses open back up. It means protecting the American worker and American families. These are the issues impacting people. This is the stuff keeping people up at night, and Joe and I have a plan to deal with it so what we want to encourage people to do is vote, vote, and vote early. Arizona is going to make the difference in this election."

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Amanda Gomez

Amanda Gomez anchors News 4 Tucson at 4, 6 and 10 p.m.

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