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Last night, NBC News’ Lester holt held a live public meeting with the presidential candidate Joe biden to Perez Museum of Art in Miami, placing the esteemed institute on a national platform not only for its visual collections but also for civic affairs. The hour-long event titled “Decision 2020: Joe Biden Town Hall” broadcast on MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News NOW and was available in Spanish on Telemundo’s digital platforms. A masked audience of undecided voters apparently sat more than six feet apart on the expansive outdoor patio that surrounds the waterfront structure. For this event, the space was draped in a dramatic blue and red lighting, with white stars both projected and placed around the floor. This is the same area that in the past, before the pandemic, hosted hundreds of philanthropists and revelers for occasions such as Art Basel and the museum’s Art of the Party gala, which this year is slated for March 13. 2021.
Holt moderated as Biden responded to citizens’ concerns, including those critical to Miami’s economy. As for his heavy reliance on travel and tourism, Biden responded to a question about airline layoffs by pointing to Congressional legislation that provided funding to disinfect planes, but a Transportation Department that refused. the requirement for masks. Biden said, “It’s in our power… We need to provide funding to those caught off guard. The president has received excellent medical care, but everyone who contracts Covid should have their bills paid. “
And when the topic was funding police, Biden said he was one of the few advocating increased budgets for things like sending psychiatrists with police on calls. “The vast majority of police officers,” Biden said, “are honorable men and women who risk their lives every day when they put on a badge and walk through that door, they have the right to return home safely, but there are bad apples in every profession …. I don’t know of any police department around that doesn’t want to get rid of a lousy cop, it just reflects on them. Ditto with the protesters. Once you become you. violent, you should be arrested and held accountable. I will bring these people, police officers, police unions and civil rights leaders, to the White House and sit down to decide what things we need to do to help the police men.
NBC News said in a press release that it is offering to host a similar event at City Hall with President Donald Trump.
Brett Graff has been the editor of SocialMiami.com and a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media including Reuters, Charm, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Night activity report. A former U.S. government economist, her national column The Home Economist was first published in The Miami Herald then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it is available for over 400 publications nationwide. She airs weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids”, a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to ‘buy their children the very obstacles they are trying to avoid.