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TAMPA (CBSMiami) – Florida’s top democratic candidates are campaigning together.

“Don’t tell me things can’t change,” Former Vice President Joe Biden said to a large crowd of supporters at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “Don’t tell me this man can’t be elected,” he said pointing at gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum.

It was a “who’s who” of the party on stage.  Gillum is at the top of the state tickets.

“We got to get out there and vote like our lives depend on it because our lives do depend on it,” he said to the cheering crowd.

Gillum is in a tough race against Trump backed Congressman Ron DeSantis. Gillum saying he has a message for the two of them.

“We’re a country that is diverse, and we’re rich in that diversity,” he said. “We’re a country that values people, that values a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions.”

Also sharing the stage — Senator Bill Nelson who’s in a tight battle with Governor Rick Scott for one of Florida’s seats in the US senate.  Nelson slamming Scott on the environment.

“My opponent has savaged the environment and for 8 years he has drained the funds of rate environmental agencies,” Nelson said.  “And the results are right in front of us.  Green algae and red tide.”

Democratic candidates stood united, highlighting their plans for education and the economy.

They also talked about a message of inclusion and hope, arguing that’s not what we’re seeing under a trump influenced Republican Party.

“It’s about time we lift up our heads up and get the hell up and take back the country,” Biden told supporters, “It’s about who we are. It’s about dreaming again. Dreaming again. It’s about possibilities. And remember this is the United States of America.”

Biden is visiting three Florida cities in two days.

Monday is Tampa and Jacksonville, while Tuesday he’s going to be back in the all-important I-4 corridor, making a stop for a campaign rally in Orlando.

Early voting began Monday in several counties, including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties.

Ted Scouten