Scenes from the Democratic rally in Tampa, featuring Joe Biden (w/video)

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Former Vice-President Joe Biden gives a speech to a packed gymnasium while Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks on during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on Monday, October 22, 2018.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Former Vice-President Joe Biden gives a speech to a packed gymnasium while Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks on during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Published October 22
Updated October 22

"I think there's something different about this election," Biden told the crowd. "I really mean this. Let me get to the point. This election is bigger than politics. For real. This goes well beyond. You will never have voted in an election that's more important."

Biden, who is on a nationwide tour that doubles not only as an effort to boost Democratic turnout but also as a feeler for his own 2020 presidential campaign, spoke for more than 30 minutes. The Democrats had Biden address the crowd on the first day of early voting in Hillsborough County and several other major counties in Florida. The message: You can’t afford not to vote. -Steve Contorno, Tampa Bay Times

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People stand outside of the University of South Florida Campus Recreation Center to attend the Florida Democratic rally in Tampa. (Octavio Jones, Times)
People stand outside of the University of South Florida Campus Recreation Center to attend the Florida Democratic rally in Tampa, Florida.during a rally at the University of South Florida. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Unidentified protesters stand outside of the Florida Democratic rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Majorie Paterson, left, and Jeanie Fursaro discuss politics before entering Florida Democratic rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson gives a speech during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic Andrew Gillum greets a packed crowd during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic Andrew Gillum, left, greets U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson before giving a speech during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum greets the crowd after giving a speech during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic Andrew Gillum gives a speech to a packed crowd during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa. (Octavio Jones, Times)
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, left, looks on as former Vice-President Joe Biden, right, greets Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum before giving a speech during the Florida Democratic Party. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum takes selfies with the crowd after giving a speech during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic Andrew Gillum gives a speech to a packed crowd during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Former Vice-President Joe Biden, center, gives a speech to a packed gymnasium while Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks on during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Former Vice-President Joe Biden greets the crowd after giving a speech during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum greets the crowd after giving a speech during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
Former Vice-President Joe Biden, center, gives a speech to a packed gymnasium while Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks on during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)
A packed gymnasium watches Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum give his speech during the Florida Democratic Party rally. (Octavio Jones, Times)














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