Local News Report Shows Deserted Biden/Harris Campaign Event: 'Not Much to See'
'Not a lot of fanfare out here,' reporter says from outside the event in Arizona
Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris kicked off their campaign “Bus Tour” in Arizona on Saturday, but the event appeared to be deserted.
A local news station reported on the "rally" but not a single person could be seen showing up to the event.
Fox News’s local affiliate expressed their amazement that nobody would turn out to show support for the Biden-Harris ticket's first major campaign event.
The "Bus Tour" marks the Democrats' first joint "rally" since Harris was announced as Biden's running vice-presidential pick at the Democratic National Convention in August.
“There’s really not much to see…it’s kind of boring out here…so it’s not your typical presidential campaign event,” KSAZ-TV reporter Nicole Garcia said from outside the venue.
“We don’t see people rallying outside, we don’t see signs or really much of what’s going on."
Garcia contacted the Biden campaign about the lack of fanfare and supporters.
Biden's campaign had reportedly claimed they were intentionally trying to keep numbers low for the event due to COVID-19.
"I’m told by one of the Biden staffers, local staffers, is that they kinda kept the details about the visit as far as the timing and exact locations,” Garcia said.
"They didn't really want to give that out to the public, because they want to keep the crowds to a minimum," she added.
The reporter added that the only people she saw heading into the event were the media press pool and Biden campaign staffers.
"Not a lot of fanfare out here," Garcia reported.
"There's really not much to see.
"I'll step out of the way, but it's kinda boring out here.
"So, it's not your typical presidential campaign event; we don't see people rallying outside, we don't see signs or really much of what's going on."
During Garcia's report, her cameraman panned behind her, showing not a soul in sight other than a lone police car.
"Pretty much all the people that we saw enter into the parking lot about 45 minutes ago were with the Biden/Harris campaign and the pool reporters," she explained.
"So, you would expect to see — I mean, this is a pretty big event for the two of them to be campaigning together for the first time since the Democratic National Convention.
"Here in Arizona, our state has established itself as a battleground state, and so this is technically a big event, but not a lot of fanfare."
Biden and Harris were in Phoenix to meet with Native American tribal leaders at the Heard Museum.
They also kicked off their national "Soul of the Nation" bus tour — but no one was there to celebrate with the campaign.
"This is a huge event politically, but you can't tell," Garcia went on to say.