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Two Candidates, One City: Sights And Sounds From The Trump And Biden Campaign Appearances In Tampa

Crowds at the Donald Trump rally in Tampa
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It was quite the contrast as President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden appeared hours apart at campaign events in Tampa.

President Donald Trump addressed thousands at a mid-day rally outside Raymond James Stadium. Later, Vice President Joe Biden held an evening drive-in campaign event at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

A Packed Raymond James Stadium

Keeping a 6-foot distance wasn't an option for the thousands of Trump supporters crowded together in the stadium parking lot and cheering for the president to win a second term.

Red "Make America Great Again" hats were in abundance. Masks, on the other hand were few and far between.

One voter says she is a Trump supporter who says the coronavirus pandemic is overblown, while another remains undecided.

Meanwhile, At The Biden Campaign

By the time Biden took the stage six hours later at the Florida State Fairgrounds, he was describing Trump’s rally as a superspreader event sowing division and discord.

Biden came to Tampa because Florida is a must-win for the president, and he is betting that his message focused on shutting down the coronavirus through social distancing will win over the state.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
I took my first photography class when I was 11. My stepmom begged a local group to let me into the adults-only class, and armed with a 35 mm disposable camera, I started my journey toward multimedia journalism.
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