Vice President Kamala Harris urged Americans to vote Democrats into the office to serve as “the last line of defense” against Republicans trying to pass restrictive abortion bills and curtail other rights.
Stumping for Kathy Hochul, the vice president commended the New York governor for her efforts to preserve the right to an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. But she warned that voting for down-ballot races was essential to maintaining or expanding rights across the country as the decision about abortion rights has been kicked back to the states.
“We're going to need people in the state house and at a local level who have the courage to stand up and push back against what is happening in our country. And then that way, who is your governor matters. Who is your attorney general matters. Who is your lieutenant governor matters. Because they will be the last line of defense with what we're seeing happening around our country,” Harris told the crowd in New York, reciting threats of a national abortion ban.
The vice president joined former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a high-profile rally for Hochul.
Harris touted the Biden administration’s accomplishments made so far, flexing on the decision to cancel student loans despite the fact it remains in limbo.
“Because you voted, in spite of all of the criticism, we are canceling debt up to $20,000 of student loan debt,” she said to applause.