Two Democratic superstars stopped in Philadelphia as the parade of surrogates for Hillary Clinton continued in crucial Pennsylvania Monday night.
And the head of the city’s Democratic Party promised a big turnout during the appearance of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden at a “get out the vote” dinner at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in South Philadelphia.
“We don’t agonize, we organize. I think I see a room full of organizers here,” said Pelosi of California. “Are you ready for a great Democratic victory? Are you prepared to work to make it happen?”
With the crowd still cheering, Biden took the stage.
“We win Pennsylvania, Hillary wins the election,” he said.
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, leader of the city’s Democratic Party, said Philadelphia will do its part to get tough with GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“We’re being called out by a bully, a spoiled brat and a punk — and we can’t let that happen,” said Brady. “He’s picking on a lady. He’s the nasty man, not her, he’s the nasty man … we’ve got to show him we’re not taking that.”
Brady said he’s hoping to give Clinton a half-million vote win in Philadelphia.
Before the dinner, Biden stopped at a Philadelphia restaurant to urge an audience of black community leaders and voters to turn out in droves next Tuesday, saying a decisive victory for Hillary Clinton could end claims of a “rigged election” in the city by Trump and skeptics.
If the election is close, Biden warned, “He’s gonna tell people it was fixed. He’s got just enough folks out there who’ll believe that stuff. We can’t afford that.”
“Folks, it’s not enough we just get out,” Biden told the group. “We’ve gotta win this city by the largest margin we’ve had in a long, long time. In case you haven’t figured it out, you’re the key. The point is, they know what the numbers are.”
“As Oprah said, you don’t have to love her but you need her,” Biden said, referring to a recent interview the cable channel owner gave. Hillary “doesn’t open up that much; it’s not her style. But I know how much she cares.”