Two sitting members of Congress were at the University of Central Florida on Monday night to rally with students for Democrat Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the “Heart of the I-4 Corridor” ahead of the general election stretch in one of the country’s biggest battlegrounds in the race for the White House.
California Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison were on hand for the rollout of #RegToVote, a new 50-day statewide voter registration program designed to “diversify the electorate and ensure that all eligible voters in the Sunshine State have their voices heard on Election Day.” according to the Clinton campaign.
After being introduced by Florida House District 49 Candidate, Carlos Guillermo Smith, both Ellison and Lee had an urgent call to action for students at the event.
“We need young people bad. We can’t do this without you, you are key” said Ellison “And it’s not just on college affordability, young people drive the conversation on criminal justice reform and environmental justice.”
Barbara Lee continued with a message of unity to the group, many who supporter Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the primary, by explaining the what she believed was a dangerous Republican candidate in Donald Trump. “I want you to imagine that man with his hand on the big red button.”
Lee and Ellison were just the most recent Clinton surrogates to have visited Central Florida in August. Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra and Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego have also rallied with Clinton supporters in the area. Earlier in the day, Ellison met at a private event with Small Business Owners, and tomorrow Lee will rally with 7th Congressional District Democratic Nominee, Stephanie Murphy, ahead of her November general election contest.
Clinton currently leads Trump in Florida in most of the recently conducted polls.