Biden talks to union members as he visits his Pennsylvania hometown

(17 Apr 2024)

Scranton, Pennsylvania – 16 April 2024
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:
"I wasn’t going to run again. I really wasn’t. I gave you my word. I had no intention of running again. And then along came. Along came what happened down at Charlottesville."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:
"Ku Klux Klan, Nazi banners. I mean, literally Nazi swastikas and and marching through the streets. And my future opponent. My present opponent they asked him what he thought of it, he said, there are very good people on both sides."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:
"If the United States wasn’t leading the world, who could step up to do it? No, not not a joke. What other country? What other country?
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:
"And you know the rest of the world looks at us. I walk in a room, no matter what the G7 or the G20, whatever it is. And they all look to me, not me, Joe Biden, America. Because, you know, we are the essential nation."
President Joe Biden on Tuesday made a nostalgic return to the house where he grew up in working-class Scranton, kicking off a multi-day swing through Pennsylvania where he called for higher taxes on the rich and tried to cast Donald Trump as an out-of-touch elitist — part of an attempt to blunt the populist appeal of his predecessor’s comeback bid.

Biden appeared to savor his trip down memory lane, lingering longer than expected at his childhood home. An American flag waved softly in the wind on the front porch as neighbors crowded the nearby sidewalk under flowering trees and a pale blue sky. The president later posed for photos with children, some wearing school uniforms, in the backyard.

Biden is looking to gain ground in a key swing state while his opponent spends much of the week in a New York City courtroom for his first criminal trial. A city of roughly 75,000, the president used Scranton to argue that getting rich in America is fine, but should come with heftier tax bills. He dismissed Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee and a billionaire, as a tool of wealthy interests.

It’s all aimed at reframing the conversation around the economy, which has left many Americans feeling sour about their financial situations at a time of stubborn inflation and elevated interest rates despite low unemployment.


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