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Duluth leaders weigh in on presidential candidates coming to the Northland

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 17, 2020 06:17 PM

Tomorrow President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will both campaign in the Northland. The dueling rallies, hours apart, show the region's importance in the election. Local leaders weighed in on the campaign visits and who they're supporting in the presidential election.

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As many people face financial hardships during this health pandemic, Trump and challenger Biden are both saying they will create more job opportunities.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said Biden has spent his entire career finding ways to support and help working families.

"Joe Biden has been a longtime champion for things like a strong minimum wage, $15 minimum wage, paid leave for families, policies that make life better for people," said Larson.

Rep. Pete Stauber said since Trump has been in office, he's created more job opportunities in a number of industries, including mining.

"President Trump stopped the Chinese steel dumping in this country which allowed for the expansion and addition of our mining industry," said Stauber.

Larson said she is excited that the Northland is getting this political attention and wants to hear about Biden's strategies to help develop economic activity.

"He really values bringing people around him who are experts in their field, who have expertise, who are willing to challenge him, who want this country to be better and are willing to take on really hard tasks to make that happen," said Larson.

Stauber said Trump's guidance during the pandemic shows that he will keep finding ways to improve the economy and is looking into policies to get that going.

"Under his leadership we had historic lows in unemployment, wages were growing, and then this pandemic came to no fault of our own and this president through his pro job policies is going to help us," said Stauber.

Trump will be at Bemidji Aviation Services and Biden will be in Duluth to tour a union training center.

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