Joe Biden’s Ode To The Middle Class

NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first 2020 presidential primary debate in June of 2019. This is the fifth in a series of BFIA’s coverage and commentary of the announcement speeches by the declared Democratic candidates for president for 2020 in no particular order.  BFIA is not endorsing any particular candidate.

Former vice-president Joe Biden announced his candidacy for President of the United States in a video, followed by a rally of union workers in Pittsburgh, PA.

In this powerful video, Biden references the Declaration of Independence and draws contrast to a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He describes how when he heard Trump’s response,”there are good people on both sides” he knew our country was facing the greatest threat we had ever faced.

Biden is persuasive in his argument and seems genuinely alarmed and sincere in his belief that “if we give Donald Trump eight years in the white house he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”

The video is an effective portrayal of a candidate who remembers when America had a thriving middle class,  who is not afraid of Donald Trump, and who cares deeply about the integrity of our democratic system of government.

First, the video:

The Biden rally in Pittsburgh, PA

The country was built by the great American middle class. The American middle class was built by you, by unions. And that’s the story of America. You are the backbone of the nation.”

It was a classic, traditional Democratic campaign speech both rhetorically and according to content. There was intermittent applause and chants of “we want Joe!”

On policy, he didn’t mention the Green New Deal, but he did mention the future of clean, renewable energy. He didn’t talk much about corporations but he did say this:

The stock market is roaring. But you don’t feel it. You don’t feel the tax break because it all went to the top. The basic bargain has been broken that when a company does well everyone benefits. Now, only the CEOs benefit.

On policy Biden mentioned capital gains loopholes, $15 minimum wage, education, health care, jobs, clean renewable energy, strong military and productive workers. I don’t think he mentioned climate change but I may have missed it.  He does address climate change on his campaign website

He cited three reasons why he is running for president.

1- restore the soul of the nation
2 – rebuild the backbone of the nation
3 – unify the nation

The rally music – Bruce Springsteen “We Take Care of Our Own”

And here’s the rally:

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