1. Long shot of Joe Biden speaking to crowd at Scranton Cultural Center
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate:
"This administration has no idea what hard work and decent, ordinary Americans are going through."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate:
"Donald Trump inherited a strong economy from Barack and me. Things were beginning to really move. And just like everything else he's inherited, he's in the midst of squandering it. Squandering it. We need to build an economy that in fact rewards work, not just wealth, reflects our values. And I'm going to start by reversing the Trump tax cuts for the super wealthy and corporations."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate:
"Most of all we don't deserve a president who goes out of his way to make life in America harder, crueler, pettier. He said he's working for the forgotten American. Well, he forgot about the forgotten American. The American middle class brings dignity, integrity every day to work. They deserve the dignity, integrity reflected in their leaders. The challenges we face are really serious. But I stand here more optimistic than I was when I got elected as a 29-year-old kid to the United States Senate."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate:
"We can unite this country. Because folks, I'm tired of people, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, walking around with their heads down like 'woe is me.' Folks, this is the United States of America. Stand up! Take it back?We can in fact do anything we set our mind to. This is the United States of America. God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump's treatment of the middle class as he campaigned Wednesday in his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, hours ahead of the president making a separate visit to the critical battleground state.
A large American flag behind him and a friendly audience of old friends and extended family in front, Biden cast the putative billionaire president as a charlatan populist whose tax policies, economic stewardship and overall erratic leadership style has hurt U.S. workers.
"This administration has no idea what hard-working, decent, ordinary Americans are going through," Biden said of middle-class struggle in a growing but uneven economy.
The 45-minute address continues a well-worn approach for Biden, whose strongest moments in a rollercoaster campaign of verbal missteps and inconsistent debate performances have come when the 76-year-old candidate takes the podium for a formal takedown of Trump.
Biden aides billed the latest endeavor as an economic policy address; and Biden certainly sought to tie together various policy proposals, from a repeal of Republican tax cuts and action on the climate crisis to stricter gun regulations and new spending on education, as a collective effort to "rebuild the middle-class" that he calls the "backbone of America."
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