Biden delivers healthcare message in St. Paul and Milwaukee

Biden speaks to supporters in a parking lot at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Friday. Biden speaks to supporters in a parking lot at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Friday. |  Photo: Pool feed via ABC

Updated: October 30, 2020 09:39 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden seemed to hope a healthcare message would resonate with Minnesota and Wisconsin voters during stops in both states Friday. 

"I promise you. I will protect your family as if it were my own," Biden at a drive-in rally in St. Paul. 

A woman with a chronic condition introduced him there. She said that without the Affordable Care Act, medicine for her rheumatoid arthritis would cost her $54,000 a year. 

"Unfortunately, it's the story of so many other Americans. They have stories like you, faced with health problems, fighting for their lives and forced to think not only about facing the battle but about how they can afford the treatment while insurance companies come in at the most vulnerable moments," Biden said to open his St. Paul speech. 

He also took the opportunity to address the pandemic and referenced Minnesota basketball star Karl Anthony-Towns.

"You all know him as the heart and soul of the Timberwolves, but he's also a son, who like many other Americans, lost his mom to COVID-19," the former vice president said. 

Biden told the small crowd in a Milwaukee airplane hangar that his COVID-19 plan would include testing, tracing and masks. 

"For God's sake, it's a patriotic duty," he said of wearing a mask. 

Biden's "Soul of the Nation" bus tour will stop in Waukesha Saturday morning. 

President Trump visited Green Bay Friday afternoon and Rochester, Minn., Friday night.

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