Vice President Kamala Harris comes to College of Charleston to deliver speech aimed at young people Palmetto Politics


Vice Chancellor Kamala Harris’ appearance at the College of Charleston today was 90 minutes later than originally planned, according to a recent news report.

After arriving at Charleston Air Force Base, she will travel to the Sotier Theater downtown, where she will discuss issues facing young people with hundreds of College of Charleston students.

The event was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., with Harris scheduled to begin speaking around 1:40 p.m., according to a White House announcement.

A recent travel media report said she boarded Air Force 2 at Joint Base Andrews at 12:08 p.m., causing the trip to fall behind schedule.

Traffic will be temporarily blocked in parts of the city to support the Vice President’s motorcade heading to event venues in King and George Streets.

Students began lining up as early as 9:45 a.m. to enter the 785-seat theater.

Sophomore Carolyn Gill said she wanted to hear about Biden and Harris’ reelection campaign, including Harris’ views on gun control and women’s reproductive rights.

Maddie Liebert and Abby Merritt, both sophomores majoring in education, wanted Harris to speak out about the state of the education system and address issues such as teacher shortages and rising wages. Lippert said she also hopes Harris will speak about how to make teachers feel safe in the event of a school shooting.

“The odds are slim if she’s willing to address this issue,” Liebert said. “I want to hear what she has to say and if there are any plans or initiatives to address these issues, that would be what I take away from this experience. Best thing I’ve ever heard.”

Harris’ appearance was for a moderated conversation as part of her “Fight for Our Freedoms College Tour,” in which she speaks at various colleges to appeal to young voters.

This conversation will be moderated by Tennessee Rep. Justin Jones (D-Nashville) and model/activist Amelie Zilbe.

This is the seventh stop on Harris’ month-long college tour. According to a statement from the White House, the tour will focus on issues affecting young voters such as reproductive freedom, gun safety, climate action, voting rights, LGBTQ+ equality and book bans.

The vice president last visited the Palmetto State in February with U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn to share the Biden administration’s progress in expanding affordable high-speed internet.

Madeleine Kuhn contributed.

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