Biden in Ohio: Imagine Trump having access to nuclear codes
LORDSTOWN, Ohio — Vice President Joe Biden, stumping for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today in the Mahoning Valley, told autoworkers she understands the concerns of middle-class workers in a way Republican billionaire Donald Trump never can.
Trump doesn’t understand your plight “any more than you understand what it’s like to live in a 30,000 square foot penthouse,” Biden told a crowd of about 250 at the United Auto Workers Local 1714 hall.
Biden, who will appear at a second rally this afternoon in Parma, reminded the crowd of how Democrats pushed for the federal bailout of the automotive industry which saved many area jobs when others argued workers were overpaid and couldn’t compete with their foreign counterparts.
“Look at what you did. You got back up. You’re now selling 17 million cars a year,” Biden said, prompting cheers from the crowd.
Trump, the vice president said, will never understand “the conversation that still goes on in the Valley.”
Biden also slammed Trump, who yesterday outlined his plan for controlling immigration, saying he was ignorant of foreign affairs.
“He is totally, thoroughly, completely uninformed,” Biden said, adding, “Just imagine giving this guy access to the nuclear codes.”
Autoworkers who crowded the union hall, were long-time fans of the vice president, who has campaigned in the region half a dozen times or so in the 2008 and 2012 elections.
“Here in this part of Ohio, and this part of the country, we rely on manufacturing and it seems like the Democratic platform understands middle class, working people,” said Lori Fisher, 45, who works at the nearby General Motors plant where the Chevrolet Cruz is manufactured.
“He helped me back in the day with the auto loan, back in ’08, ’09. I had just retired but that saved jobs,” said retiree David Kimmel, referring to the federal government’s $80 billion bailout of the auto industry. Kimmel, 78, of Austintown, also worked at the plant.
Democratic support of the bailout will help Clinton in the union-rich region, they both agreed, downplaying the backing Trump has received by some Democrats in the region.
About a dozen Trump supporters waved signs supporting the Republican outside the rally.
Northeast Ohio is considered crucial to snagging must-win Ohio. Spanning from Cleveland to Youngstown, the area held 38 percent of the statewide vote in the 2012 presidential race and has been reliable Democratic territory, voting for the Democrat in eight of the last 10 presidential elections. But last spring, significant numbers of Mahoning Valley Democrats crossed over to vote in the Republican Primary, raising concerns that the economically-depressed area could back Republican Donald Trump this fall.
Biden’s appeal to such working-class voters is expected to help undercut gains by Trump in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Campaigning in Cleveland two weeks ago, Clinton bashed Trump’s tax proposals saying they would only benefit the rich. Trump responded with television ads airing in Ohio and other key states slamming Clinton’s economic proposals, saying the middle-class will be hammered by tax increases and higher government spending.
Recent polls show Clinton leads Trump in Ohio by as many as six points.