Warren, United States:
Joe Biden wooed working-class voters in hotly contested Michigan on Wednesday when he warned that President Donald Trump’s “negligence” in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic was plunging the nation into recession.
It was the former Vice President’s first foray to the state since receiving the Democratic Party nomination in June, and it comes a day before Republican electoral rival Trump makes his own trip here.
The interruptions to the dueling campaign – including appearing on Friday that same day at a 9/11 commemoration in Pennsylvania – signal the ferocity with which the two will battle over a handful of swing states likely to be the outcome of the Sept. November will be determined.
Biden unleashed heavy criticism of the president, saying Trump’s actions “shook our economy,” with tens of millions of layoffs in March and April and less than half of those jobs.
“This is a recession caused by Donald Trump’s negligence and so he is not suitable for the job,” said Biden in Warren, near Detroit.
“How many families are missing loved ones at their dinner table tonight because of its failure?” He said the U.S. number of Covid-19 deaths had reached 190,000.
“It’s more than despicable. It’s a breach of duty. It’s a shame.”
Biden leads Trump in pre-election elections, and the pandemic in particular has depressed the president’s approval numbers.
But the economy remains a bright spot for Trump as voters across the country and in key swing states say they trust him more than Biden to control America’s wallets.
Biden tried to paint a dark picture of a president relocating U.S. jobs and unleashing destabilizing trade wars, the trade deficit soared to an all-time high, and failed to keep his promise that no auto factories would close under his watch.
“When the GM gearbox plant shut down here in Warren last year, people here weren’t too comforted by Trump’s empty promises,” said Biden, who was standing in front of a fleet of US cars in a United Auto Workers hall.
The veteran Democrat revealed two new elements to his stimulus package: a tax penalty for companies that work offshore to avoid paying US taxes, and a 10 percent “Made in America” tax credit for companies that operate in US factories and workers invest.
Trump will announce his own robust economic message when he arrives in the state on Thursday.
In 2016, Trump snatched Michigan, which had democratically voted in the last six presidential elections, with just 11,000 votes, or 0.23 percent, in part with claims it would bring manufacturing jobs back to the ailing industrialized nations.
Biden relentlessly denies this narrative as he tries to win over the working-class voters in the Rust Belt that Trump won in 2016, including Pennsylvania and Ohio, regions with significant but declining industrial bases.
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