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VP Nominee Kamala Harris In Utah Ahead Of Debate

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris has arrived in Utah, four days ahead of the scheduled Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City.

The California senator arrived in a motorcade at This Is the Place Heritage Park at the mount of Emigration Canyon, according to pool reports.

She met with former Democratic Utah state Sen. Scott Howell, and the two toured the park Saturday morning.

“It’s good to be here,” Harris told reporters. “…When you think about the spirit of America, including the pioneers here, that is so much of the fabric of this nation. They were essentially immigrants. They were fleeing persecution. They were fighting for religious freedom.”

She used a popular mantra among Utahns and encouraged Americans to “put our shoulders to the wheel.”

“Let’s do the work that is necessary and continue to fight for our ideals and our values and, in this case, what they fought for so many years ago, which was for freedom and to hold our country accountable for the values we say we hold dear.”

Harris added that she’ll be in the Beehive State for the next several days, preparing for the debate with Vice President Mike Pence.

“I want to thank the people of Utah for being so welcoming in such a warm way,” she said.

Harris is hopeful the debate will be different than the presidential one.

“She really thinks and prays that it will be civil,” said Howell.

Howell said, with the state of the president’s health, the stakes are higher than ever for this Vice Presidential debate.

“Some say that it might be the very last debate, depending on the president’s health.”

He described the debate as having an Olympic vibe.

“It has the spirit of the Olympics that Utah once again is going to be hosted worldwide,” said Howell.

The Vice Presidential Debate will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah.

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