Published: Wed, May 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump says union members 'love' him, mocks Biden

Trump says union members 'love' him, mocks Biden

Joe Biden further aligned himself with Barack Obama in his latest campaign video released Tuesday, another sign of how he intends to lean heavily into his relationship with the former president as he tries to top a crowded Democratic primary field.

Trump disparaged both Biden and the endorsement in tweets claiming support from rank-and-file union members.

"I make no apologies".

"I think we have to rethink how we define what constitutes a successful economy", Biden told supporters at a rally in Pittsburgh. It was built by you.

Biden argued that the nation's premise of the middle class was being undercut by a "one-way street" greedy companies with executives who pump money into salary increases and stock buy-backs rather than worker pay. "This is someone who respects workers, speaks for them and stands with them".

He bluntly explained the reason for holding his first campaign rally in the Pittsburgh area: it was Trump's wins in devastated and deindustrialized regions in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and other states that accounted for his Electoral College victory in 2016, and the Democrats needed to win back those areas to defeat Trump in 2020.

"For us it was real simple: Joe Biden has been with us every step of the way", Schaitberger said during an interview at Pittsburgh IAFF Local 1 headquarters in Hazelwood. Pennsylvania will be a key battleground in the 2020 general election, and Biden is making an early play in the state.

"Workers feel powerless, too often humiliated", Biden said. "I am a union man" to sustained applause.

Before Biden can face off with the Republican president, he must outlast a Democratic field that features 19 other candidates, no sure thing in a party that has moved away from Biden's centrism and toward a more liberal, progressive tilt.

In the first New Hampshire primary poll since Joe Biden officially entered the 2020 race, the former vice president is leading the field of almost two dozen Democratic candidates.

Biden's planned speech to an organized labor crowd Monday in Pittsburgh comes days after he announced his candidacy and promptly went to a fundraiser in Philadelphia organized by the area's prominent Democrats. "It's very early, and there are a lot of players in the game", said Colleen Wooten, 54, of Wall, Pennsylvania, who works for the United Steelworkers.

President Trump took notice of Biden's rally and responded on Twitter. "We need to start seeing action".

"We're also responsible to make sure that, quite frankly, the nominee isn't a nominee that is gonna take the party off the left cliff", he said.

Several recent New Hampshire primary polls this month have also showed Biden, Sanders, and Buttigieg leading the Democratic race, with Warren, Harris, and O'Rourke trailing slightly behind.

Still, Mr. Biden struck a chord with the party's traditional union base.

As a senator from Delaware, Biden supported the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has become a sore point with unions that blame it for jobs leaving the country. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, won more than 56 percent of the "Steel City" vote.

"Joe Biden's been a big part of the way we think and want to go and he has always been a front runner for us here in Pennsylvania", said Marty O'Toole, who is personally supporting the former vice president.

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