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story.lead_photo.caption Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a tour of the IBEW 494 training facility Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris met the family of a Wisconsin man shot by police last month to kick off her Labor Day visit to a critical swing state, while President Donald Trump assailed the Democratic ticket and tried to put the halting economic recovery under the best light.

Harris gathered with Jacob Blake's father, two sisters and members of his legal team at the airport in Milwaukee while Blake's mother and attorney Ben Crump joined by phone. Blake joined the conversation by phone from his hospital bed, and Harris told him she was proud of him for how he was working through his pain, his attorneys said in a statement. Harris also spoke individually to each member of the family and discussed Biden's police reform agenda, they said.

Joe Biden met with the family last week in Milwaukee before visiting Kenosha, the city where police shot Blake.

The meeting kicked off a packed day of Labor Day campaign events, with Harris meeting International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union members and Black business owners in Milwaukee. Vice President Mike Pence, also sent to Wisconsin, toured an energy facility in La Crosse before delivering a speech that touched on jobs, the economy and protests in Kenosha.

"We will have law and order in every city in this country for every American of every race and creed," Pence said.

At a news conference from the White House, Trump attacked Biden as a leader incapable of handling the coronavirus and reviving the economy and pledged his own "undying loyalty to the American worker." He said Biden and Harris would "destroy this country and would destroy this economy."

Biden, meanwhile, was collecting a trio of endorsements from organized labor as he headed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for an AFL-CIO virtual town hall with union President Richard Trumka.

Meeting first with local labor leaders in the backyard of a supporter's home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Biden spoke about trade, coronavirus and the economy as he criticized Trump for "refusing to deal with the problems that affect ordinary people" and called for strengthening unions.

The four attendees expressed support for Biden and frustration with Trump's policies.

"I can't understand what's going on today, I'm lost," said Bob Faust, a member of the local Ironworkers Union. "I get choked up when I think about the direction this country's going in at this time. We need your help."

Harris' morning meeting with Blake's family again underscored the two campaigns' differing approaches to addressing police shootings of Black men and women and the resulting protests, including some that have been violent. While Harris and Biden have met with Blake's family, during a recent visit to Kenosha, Trump meet law enforcement officials and touring damage to businesses from the protests.

Trump's win in Wisconsin in 2016 helped to send him to the White House. The state's importance was underscored by all four candidates campaigning there over the past week.

The Biden campaign believes its labor support could help get out the vote in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

According to details shared first with the Associated Press, the campaign will announce three union endorsements: the Laborers' International Union of North America, the International Union of Elevator Constructors and the National Federation of Federal Employees, collectively representing hundreds of thousands of union workers nationwide who can be mobilized to support the campaign.

Labor Day typically marks the unofficial start to the fall campaign season as candidates accelerate their activity for the final sprint to Election Day. However, Monday's events are playing out this year against the backdrop of a pandemic that has upended campaigning, forcing much of the candidates' traditional activity online.

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