Joe Biden makes a campaign stop in PA, speaks on economic plans for the country

Written by on July 10, 2020

Joe Biden makes a campaign stop in PA, speaks on economic plans for the country

By Brad Klein

July 10, 2020

Photo Matt Slocum, AP

Former Vice President Joe Biden – the presumptive Democratic nominee for president – spoke this Thursday afternoon in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. He laid out a populist economic vision that made reference to his roots in nearby Scranton. 

Besides emphasizing his support for domestic manufacturing and the role of unions, he took a number of jabs at President Trump. Referencing the president’s ambiguous support for the Confederate Battle Flag, he questioned whether Trump knew that 360,000 Pennsylvanians fought on the side of the Union to defeat the Confederacy.

“….including more Black soldiers coming from PA than any other state in the nation? Do you think he has any clue that 33,000 Pennsylvanians died in the civil war. fighting against everything that flag stood for?”

Although the speech focused on economic measures, Biden also laid out a proposal to increase spending on schools that receive federal dollars.

“Those are title one schools and and you have eighteen of them in Scranton and Dunmore,” Biden said. 

Title One is the largest federally funded education program. It focuses on low-income students. 

I’d triple the amount of money we spend on those from 15 billion a year  to 45 billion… raising salaries of teachers in those schools up to 60K per year,” he said.

Biden went on to assert that the efforts to combat racism can unite rather than divide Americans.

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