Local Democrats lingered in the back lawn of the Harrisburg AFSCME union building— anticipating their chance to see the President of the United States.

“I've been a big supporter of Joe Biden. I think he's done an excellent job in the four years,” said Carol Stowell, a life long Democrat who attended today’s campaign event.

Excitement to see a sitting president was not the only buzz in the air— today was a chance for citizens to see their candidate.

“Is this man competent enough to run?” asked Stowell.

Since the CNN debate, doubts in Biden’s abilities have sowed division in the party on the path forward.

"Part of why I'm here is to actually see firsthand as close as I can how he appears, how he sounds, how he seems. It’s a concern,” said Stuart Garner, a committee member for the local Democrat party.

“I strongly support President Biden believing that he is physically, mentally and able the best person to run against trump in this upcoming election,” said Sonya Woodard.

Biden arrived late in the afternoon. Taking the mic,no script in hand, he campaigned the crowd for over 6 minutes.

“We're on the cusp of getting so much done. I really mean it. And with your help, I know I have you help; with my help, helping us working together, we're going to get a hell of a lot done for the American people,” said Biden as he wrapped up his comments.

“And we're going to make sure this is it,” Biden said, before trailing away and pausing. “Anyway, I guess if I stand here long enough, all those folks in the back are going to die of sun stroke."

The quip earned a sincere laugh from the audience. Senator John Fetterman spoke afterward, along with Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor Austin Davis.

Afterward, many got the chance to snap pictures and exchange a few words with the president.

“I feel much better after hearing him speak,” said Stowell.

Still, opinions vary on the path forward.

“The American people are unsettled. And with Trump being the potential candidate, we have to have the strongest candidate possible. And I don't think it's Joe Biden,” said Stowell.

“What I'm trying to do is to deliver a Democrat to the White House,” said Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El (D-49), one of several state elected officials at today’s event. "If that's the guy [Biden] on the top of the ticket, then I'm going to work my a** off from now until November to make that happen.”

“I’m concerned about the Democrat party and their lack of loyalty. Trump has done a multitude of things. And yet many, many, many Republicans donors and supporters are still supporting him,” said Woodard. "I would like to see that same enthusiasm, that same commitment and that same hope for president Biden to win this upcoming election.”

Before he was in Harrisburg, Biden spoke at a church in Philadelphia. The events come after the Biden campaign announced a few days ago they would hit every major swing state in the month of July.

Also today, more House Democrats called on Biden to drop his candidacy.