Joe Biden heads to Philadelphia to give pitch on uniting the country

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2019

Biden was a senator representing DE for 36 years and vice-president to Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. But Biden must also balance the concern that while he is the most experienced candidate out there, he embodies the Washington insider cachet that many voters rejected in 2016 when they chose Trump over former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

President Trump in a tweet on Monday proclaimed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is "history" now that former Vice President Joe Biden has amassed a double-digit lead in the polls.

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At a rally in downtown Philadelphia, Biden, as he has done throughout the beginning stages of his campaign, made Trump his central target, blasting him as "the divider-in-chief".

"Their trips - Biden on Saturday, Trump on Monday - elevate an emerging rivalry that has them locked in a wrestler's grip long before Democrats even choose a nominee", adds the article. "They forgot the people who got them there".

Former Vice President Joe Biden will head to Philadelphia Saturday, for the third and final phase of his presidential campaign rollout - making his pitch to unite the country.

Since entering the race last month, Mr Biden, 76, has largely ignored the other 23 contenders in the Democratic field, instead training his fire on Mr Trump.

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Following the Philadelphia event, Biden is expected to spend the next several weeks focusing on policy announcements and raising money.

Those remarks came after Biden's campaign announced earlier this week that it will be based in Philadelphia.

If the American people want a president to add to our division, to lead with a clenched fist, closed hand and a hard heart, to demonize opponents and spew hatred, they don't need me.

In the fight to deny Trump reelection, no states will matter more than Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, three states the Republican president carried by razor-thin margins in 2016. But the slow-and-steady strategy appears to be paying off. Sanders only had 17 percent support, down six points from March.

In second place in the Democratic polls is democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. But as voters start paying more attention, Biden - who to date has campaigned mostly in broad strokes - will be under pressure to flesh out positions on everything from health care and wages to immigration. However, Biden enjoys a strong lead - especially among African Americans - because he was Obama's vice president.

"President Trump inherited an economy from the Obama/Biden administration that was given to him, just like he inherited everything else in his life", he said.

Biden also answered critics who have mocked his pledge to work with Republicans as unrealistic should he win the White House. "It's completely legitimate to have righteous outrage at this awful Trump moment in history, and to want a candidate who will channel that anger toward positive change".

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