30th April 2019: Joe Biden asked Americans to choose “hope over fear, unity over division and…truth over lies” as he framed himself as a viable alternative to President Donald Trump in his first rally as one of the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidate nominees.
“Donald Trump is the only president who has decided not to represent the whole country,” the former vice president told a rally in Pittsburgh, stressing the United States was not built by Wall Street bankers, corporate executives and hedge fund managers.
“We need a president who will work for all Americans,” said Biden, who announced his bid last week to be nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate in the White House race.
Vowing to support “hard-working middle-class Americans who are the backbone of this nation,” Biden expressed his determination to wrest back working-class voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin — the formerly industrial so-called Rust Belt swing states Trump captured in 2016.
“If I’m going to be able to beat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s going to happen here,” he said. “It’s going to happen here in western Pennsylvania.”
Biden is the front-runner in the crowded Democratic presidential nomination contest. Other contenders include Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Biden, 76, served two terms as vice president under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017 after nearly four decades as a senator from Delaware, making him the most experienced politician in the Democratic race.
Earlier Monday, Trump again criticized the media, which he called “Fake News,” for “pushing Sleepy Joe hard.”
“Funny, I’m only here because of Biden and Obama. They didn’t do the job,” he said in a tweet. “And now you have Trump, who is getting it done — big time!”