Bustos Kicks Off DNC Convention Week with Address to Illinois State Delegation

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BUSTOS: “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know—whether urban, suburban or rural, whether white, black or brown, whether we live in blue states or red states, —we are all Americans.”

ROCK ISLAND – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) kicked off the 2020 Democratic National Convention, joining Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) and Danny Davis (D-IL-07), Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), among other speakers, to address the Illinois State Delegation at the DNC Illinois Delegation Welcome Reception.

Congresswoman Bustos spoke about the vital importance of engaging rural communities while working to protect and grow the Democrat House Majority, flip the Senate and elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House.

“Democrats are leading the fight for truth, justice and the very fabric of our democracy. Everyone wants to feel safe in their communities, to receive a good education and to be paid fairly throughout their career,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “These are the values that unite us. They are more important today than ever before—because they are more under attack than ever before.”

Congresswoman Bustos will address audiences across the nation this week, as the Democratic Convention officially kicks off Monday, August 17th and continues through Thursday, August 20th.

Excerpts of Congresswoman Bustos’ address are below:

In just a few days, our party will unite to nominate Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President. 

In 79 days, we will elect a historic ticket. The contrast could not be more stark. 

At the top, Joe Biden, from hardscrabble Scranton, Pennsylvania, who gets working people and places like ours to his core. And by his side, Kamala Harris, making history as our nation’s first Black and Asian American woman to ever be nominated.

When I was running, Joe Biden showed up to fight alongside me.  

Then-Vice President Biden traveled to my corner of Illinois to join me at a rally, at an IBEW hall in Rockford, packed to the brim with hardworking Illinoisans…And when Joe spoke, you knew it was from the heart.

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Joe came out to fight for us. But now, he needs us to fight for him. Because Joe Biden is someone who can unite us all. At a time of deep division, he knows how to bring our nation together.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know—whether urban, suburban or rural, whether white, black or brown, whether we live in blue states or red states, —we are all Americans…. 

That’s why this year is so critical. The challenges our nation faces right now aren’t new. The virus has just revealed how stark they are. And while our problems may seem like they are driving us apart, the truth is that we are all facing the same challenges, together. 

Whether you are struggling in Cook, the Collars, or Carroll County—urban, suburban or rural—we all want the same things. Good jobs, healthy families and a democracy we can all be proud of.  

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get it. 

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