Vice President Kamala Harris to visit SC to talk about voting and mental health

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Orangeburg on Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day ahead of the upcoming midterm elections, the White House announced.

She will be joined by US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for a tour of South Carolina State University, a historically black university, the school confirmed.

Harris’ visit to the first state in the presidential primaries comes after President Joe Biden told 60 Minutes in an interview that aired Sunday that while he intended to run for office re-elected in 2024, he has not yet made a firm decision.

During her visit, Harris will speak with students about mental health and other issues important to young Americans.

The Biden administration recently announced the forgiveness of up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant recipients. Non-Pell grant recipients can get up to $10,000 in student loan debt forgiven.

This is Harris’ third visit to South Carolina since becoming vice president. She visited Greenville last year to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and was in Colombia in June to talk to South Carolina Democratic Party Blue Palmetto Dinner.

House Majority Whip SC State graduate Jim Clyburn will not be joining Harris due to the House schedule this week, his office said.

Democrats hope to retain control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections, however, parties that control the White House have historically lost seats in midterm elections.

This story was originally published September 19, 2022 8:12 a.m.

Joseph Bustos is a state government and politics reporter at The State. He graduated from Northwestern University and previously worked in Illinois covering government and politics. He won reporting awards in Illinois and Missouri. He moved to South Carolina in November 2019.
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