BY MICHAELE DUKE
In an impromptu visit this past weekend, former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden met with local leaders during a roundtable. According to a press release issued July 6, the meeting included former U.S. Marshal Kelvin Washington, Kingstree Mayor Darren Tisdale, Stuckey Mayor Willie Brown, Williamsburg County Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright and other community leaders and educators. Media was not notified of the meeting, which took place at the Williamsburg County Emergency Management Division facility.
The discussion focused on health care, education, and climate change as they all relate to rural communities. Tisdale recalled the discussion in an email. “He took questions from us, questions concerning our community such as our drainage problem and education was a big topic,” said Tisdale. “Infrastructure was discussed and gun control was brought up.” Tisdale said they asked Biden about gun control but Biden didn’t go into the topic.
According to the press release, Biden reiterated the need to protect the Affordable Care Act and build upon it to expand access and coverage, especially Medicaid expansion to assist rural communities all across America. Biden also discussed his robust education plan, emphasizing that a Biden White House would invest in education, infrastructure in rural areas, provide universal pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds, and give teachers and educators the support they need and deserve.