"We can overcome four years of this presidency. It will go down in history as an aberration. No, I really mean I think we can overcome and a lot of damage been done is can take a lot of hard work. But ladies and gentlemen if he's in the White House for eight years he's going to forever change and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. I not I really mean it. This is beyond the issues. I believe that Trump poses a fundamental threat to America."
"Well you know he's setting a standard, a standard of crude language and embarrassing behavior that is burning deep into our culture for real in our culture. That's going to take some time to get rid of it but we must. We must. It's not who we are."
"Our democracy is at risk. I never thought I'd use those words in my lifetime but it's true. Everywhere you turn, Trump is tearing down the guardrails of democracy, tearing down the things that prevent the abuse of power. Whether it's a man raising his hand to strike a woman or a child or an employer threatening workers and treating them like dirt or an American president who has no respect for the rule of law. I can't stand it. Most Americans can't stand the abuse of power.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump and repeatedly laid into each other while traveling in the battleground state of Iowa Tuesday, unleashing verbal attacks that at times felt more appropriate for the final weeks before Election Day than a lazy summer about 17 months before voters go to the polls.
Biden is campaigning as a front-runner with near-universal name recognition, relishing the fight with Trump while trying to ensure he doesn't ignore the demands of the crowded Democratic primary .
Speaking Tuesday evening in Davenport, Biden suggested Trump was an "existential threat to America" and said voters must stop the president's attempts to elevate his office beyond its traditional limits of power.
He said Trump is "breaking down the barriers that constrain his power" and mockingly accused him of believing that he has "complete power."
"No, you don't, Donald Trump," Biden cried, drawing cheers from a crowd of around 500 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
Biden is campaigning again in Iowa on Wednesday, this time without Trump in the state.
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