CLEVELAND, Ohio — The latest public health scare forced both of the leading democratic presidential candidates to cancel campaign rallies in Cleveland Tuesday, just seven days before the state’s primary.
- The Sanders rally was supposed to be held at the Huntington Convention Center and Biden’s event was scheduled at Cuyahoga Community College
- Some Sanders supporters were upset, but understood the need to cancel
- Former Ohio Senator Nina Turner is concerned not having the rally could lead to people skipping the polls
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders planned on having an event at the Huntington Convention Center. Former Vice President Joe Biden planned to have an event at Cuyahoga Community College.
Medina physician Kristin Kranz was one of the many upset Sanders supporters, but she understands the call to cancel because of the coronavirus.
“As a physician, I have to support it. You know, I think we do need to get ahead. We’ll know in hindsight if this was an overreaction. But seeing what’s happening in other parts of the nation and in other parts of the world, it probably was the right call,” said Kranz.
Spectrum News 1 broke the news to Kathleen Lawson in the parking garage, after she made the drive from Streetsboro.
“And we came because we were really big Bernie supporters, and we’re really disappointed, but we don’t want Bernie getting sick. So whatever precautions have to be made, we understand,” said Lawson.
Nina Turner, national co-chair for the Sanders campaign and former Ohio state senator, was preparing to take the stage when the news broke, and she’s concerned not having the rally could lead to people not going to the polls.
“This might have a dampening impact on voter turnout, not just in Ohio, but across the country. So, it is going to depend on whether or not this virus continues to spread in the United States,” said Turner.