President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden coming to Atlanta area next week

ATLANTA — President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will be in Georgia next week for a rally.

A spokesperson for the president said they will host a “drive-in car rally” in the Atlanta area on Thursday, April 29. That date is Biden’s 100th day in office and will follow his speech to a joint session of Congress.

Biden is expected to talk about his accomplishments over his first 100 days in office.

Channel 2′s Richard Elliot spoke exclusively with Jamie Harrison, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, who touted Biden’s accomplishments including, he says, the American Rescue Plan.

“The American people needed these resources and Joe Biden delivered for the American people,” Harrison said.

Elliot also spoke with Harrison about Georgia’s controversial new voting law -- a law he says will make it more difficult for people to vote.

“Why then, here in this country, Republicans are doing everything that they can in order to make it more difficult for other people to exercise their right to vote,” Harrison said.

Elliot also spoke with David Shafer, the chair of the Georgia Republican Party, about the new law earlier this week. He defended the law saying it was necessary to restore voter confidence and election integrity.

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“Georgia Republicans want to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” Shafer said. “We want every lawful vote counted. Every unlawful vote rejected, and we want the counting to be done in the open and in accordance with the law.”

Biden was last in Atlanta last month in the wake of the deadly spa shootings. The president and vice president also got a tour of the CDC headquarters and Biden delivered a pep talk to the agency’s scientists.

“We owe you a gigantic debt of gratitude and we will for a long, long, long time,” Biden said, adding that under his administration “science is back” driving policy to combat the virus.

Following their visit at the CDC, Biden and Harris met with leaders from the Georgia Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

“Hate can have no safe harbor in America,” Biden said, calling on Americans to stand up to bigotry when they see it. “Our silence is complicity. We cannot be complicit.”