‘There’s our next president!' Fort Lauderdale residents say as Biden makes surprise visit to campaign office

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Former Vice President Joe Biden paid a surprise visit to a predominantly Black neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale late Thursday afternoon to help energize voters.

As Biden walked up to the campaign office on Sistrunk Boulevard just before 5 p.m., women cheered.

“There’s our next president!” one shouted. “There’s our next president!”

Biden reminded everyone that Sunday was the last day for early voting.

“The turnout has been amazing,” he said. “About 75 million have already voted. I have no illusions about if I win, why.”

Biden was accompanied by the Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem and Matt Barnes, who played with the Golden State Warriors until his last season in 2017. The NBA players had helped organize some impromptu voter events after Biden’s drive-in rally earlier in the day in Coconut Creek.

Haslem said there was power in numbers.

“Get out there and vote man,” Haslem told the crowd.

Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Lauderhill, helped organize Thursday’s event with the Biden team to help energize the Democrats to vote.

“We want to reach the voters who didn’t vote in the Hillary Clinton race,” he said. “We want to target them whether through the ballplayers or social media or Get Out The Vote events.”

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