Tennessee Williams once said that America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans.
“Everywhere else is Cleveland,” the playwright said.
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris should have stuck with that Saturday when she was heard on a hot mic asking an assistant, “Are we in Cleveland?” before addressing the rally’s crowd.
Harris was waving to an outdoor crowd at Cuyahoga Community College when a staffer handed her a live microphone. She brought it up to speak and then lowered it to confirm their location.
“Hey, Cleveland, it’s Kamala!” she said, greeted the people.
Harris’ dizzying campaign schedule gave her pause. She also had been in Lakewood, Ohio, that day after previously going to Orlando, Jacksonville, Asheville, Charlotte and Atlanta during the week. She is hitting Detroit, Troy and Pontiac on Sunday.
She also misspoke on the COVID-19 death toll, saying it was “over 220 million” instead of over 220,000.
Harris’ speeches in Ohio, a key swing state, touched on the middle class’ struggles because of the pandemic and how racial tension has been stoked by President Donald Trump, who visited Circleville, Ohio, on Saturday.
On a day that Ohio set a record for the number of new positive COVID-19 tests, Harris’ events conformed with state guidelines for face masks and social distancing.
“The power is with the people, and you know that,” Harris said at an early-voting site. “That’s why you’re standing in this line today, and I just came to say thank you!”
Maybe she knew she was in Cuyahoga County and just wanted to avoid trying to say that.