Former Vice President Joe Biden tried to cast the choice between him and President Donald Trump as a clash between wage-earning, blue collar Americans and a wealthy few, who profit off the work of others.
Asked by a patient advocate at a nearby cancer treatment center what he would do for health care workers, Biden suggested he would seek to up their wages before pivoting to a bigger picture criticism of Trump’s economic policy.
“I view this campaign as a campaign between Scranton and Park Avenue,” Biden said. “All Trump can see from Park Avenue is Wall Street. All he thinks about as the stock market.”
Health care workers, who have been on the frontlines of the Covid crisis, he added, should be making more than $15 an hour.
Earlier in the evening, Biden said that Trump’s decision to downplay the pandemic early on – a decision Trump has subsequently claimed he made to prevent a “panic” – was, in fact, an effort, to keep the stock market from tanking and endangering his re-election.
He re-upped that line of attack here.
“All he thinks about as the stock market,” Biden said. “In my neighborhood in Scranton, not a lot of people (owned stock). We have to make sure that health care workers are paid, and paid a decent wage. At $15 an hour? It's not enough for a health care worker.”
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