In the Midwest, Trump and Biden Make Competing Appeals to American Workers


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President Trump, speaking during a visit to working-class Dayton, Ohio, accused former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., of betraying American workers with his past support for “globalist” economic policies that devastated the Midwest’s manufacturing base.

“Can you believe it? For 47 years Joe Biden shook the hands of American workers and then stabbed them in the back,” Mr. Trump said, citing Mr. Biden’s support for China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Joe Biden, he should not be asking for your support. He should be asking for your forgiveness,” Mr. Trump said.

Speaking outdoors to a large crowd of voters at an airport, Mr. Trump said Ohio had lost “one in three manufacturing jobs, two out of three iron and steel mill jobs and half of its auto jobs — courtesy of Joe Biden.”

Mr. Trump also criticized Mr. Biden for supporting the 2015 Paris climate accords, which he called an “anti-American deal,” saying the pact would close “probably 25 percent of your companies” if he had not withdrawn from it.

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Biden Appeals to Obama Voters Who Backed Trump in Wisconsin

Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, appealed to voters in Manitowoc, Wis., who had supported Barack Obama but backed President Trump in 2016.

When Donald Trump said he didn’t create — he didn’t want to create a panic — he wasn’t just talking about a health panic. He was focused on the stock market. Trump was worried that if he told the public the truth, there would be a panic in the financial markets and that would hurt his chances of being re-elected. That’s how Donald Trump views the world. He sees the world from Park Avenue. I see it from where I grew up, in a town like this, from Scranton, Penn. Workers here pay close to twice that amount, close to 30 percent. Trump’s tax cut for the wealthy is going to cost billions of dollars a year, and those who — and whose hide does it come out of? It comes out of your hide. The simple truth is that Donald Trump ran for office saying he would represent the forgotten men and women in this country. And then once he got in office, he forgot us. The truth is that he never really respected us very much. Oh, he loves his rallies. The next time he holds one, look closely — Trump keeps his distance from anyone in the rally.

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Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, appealed to voters in Manitowoc, Wis., who had supported Barack Obama but backed President Trump in 2016.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Joseph R. Biden Jr. directly appealed on Monday to voters who once supported Barack Obama but were drawn to President Trump in the last presidential election, visiting a foundry in northeast Wisconsin and accusing the president of turning his back on working people.

In his latest campaign trip to a critical Midwestern battleground, Mr. Biden traveled to Manitowoc, a city along Lake Michigan in a county that Mr. Trump won by 21 points in 2016 — a dramatic shift from 2008, when Barack Obama won there by nearly eight points. (Mitt Romney narrowly won it in 2012.)

“I know many of you were frustrated,” Mr. Biden said at Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, offering a direct message to people who voted for Mr. Trump in 2016. “You were angry. You believe we weren’t seen. You weren’t being seen, represented or heard. I get it. It has to change, and I promise you this: It will change with me. You will be seen, heard and respected by me.”

The speech was Mr. Biden’s latest attempt to place himself squarely on the side of American workers while presenting Mr. Trump as catering to the rich. “The simple truth is that Donald Trump ran for office saying he would represent the forgotten men and women in this country,” Mr. Biden. “And then once he got in office, he forgot us.”

It was another appearance in which Mr. Biden drew upon his upbringing in Scranton, Pa., continuing a theme from last week. Once again, he took issue with it being pointed out that he, unlike recent presidents, lacks an Ivy League degree.

“You close the door on me because you think I’m not good enough. ” Mr. Biden said. “Guess what? Like all you guys, I’m going to bust down that door.”

Mr. Biden, a graduate of the University of Delaware and Syracuse University College of Law, added: “I say it’s about time that a state school president sat in the Oval Office. Because you know what? If I’m sitting there, you’re going to be sitting there, too.”

Mr. Biden also addressed the latest grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the death toll in the United States now at about 200,000. He criticized Mr. Trump for playing down the virus earlier this year, noting that the president has said he did…



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