WILMINGTON, Delaware – Joe Biden spent his first day on the 2020 campaign run in Pittsburgh trying to sell Democrats on the power of regulation in a preliminary group dominated by progressives. .
He returned to Pittsburgh on Monday, ahead of the election, thumping on the podium, calling health care a right, not a privilege. The candidate who was worried about going too far was uncontrollable, could not shout loud enough, could not angr President Donald Trump more.
“I’m fed up with rich guys playing the system!” the Democratic candidate shouted at one point.
“It pissed me off, the way he talked about our veterans!”; Biden cried again.
“Everyone, everyone knows who Donald Trump is! Please continue to show them who we are! ”He concludes, creating up to 11 lines that he normally distributes more naturally.
The final day of what could be Biden’s final campaign delivers an energy and confidence that many of the 557 days in between haven’t. Starting in Cleveland – in a state that wasn’t seen as an electoral battlefield on its early days but has become one of the closing weeks of the race – the former vice president focused on a tight message for the value of the working class and racial equity in a county that could become president if the number of voters changed that way. Then it was moved to neighboring Pennsylvania, the turn the state to see where Biden, his wife, and his partner spent the day grabbing any last-minute votes they could. And for the first time, Biden – who never managed to draw massive crowds in primary elections and then stopped holding major events because of the pandemic – looked and appeared to be on a rally. old style politics.
“I chose western Pennsylvania for my first stop as a candidate,” he said at a social drive event in a parking lot in Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers. . “And now my last stop before Election Day, because you represent the backbone of this country. Hard-working families ask for nothing but a good opportunity, a chance. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things ”.
Since announcing his candidacy in April 2019, Biden’s message has always revolved around a single theme: war for the souls of the nation. It is an existential debate about how Trump, through his passion for racism and fostering hostile fringe movements and conspiracy theories, has lifted the country out of legitimacy and into chaos. . The message doesn’t need to change much when the coronavirus pandemic strikes and Trump cannot respond to it with assertive action, or when his reaction to police brutality against black citizens only escalates. stress.
Biden said at Heinz Field: “We can end a presidency that has left hard-working Americans cold. “Tomorrow, we could end a presidency that divided this country and ignited the flames of hatred. Tomorrow, we can end a presidency that failed to protect this nation.
In recent weeks, Biden has leaned more toward the Scranton and Park Avenue binary – a valuable judgment that distinguishes the working-class childhood homeland of Pennsylvania from addressing wealth and status in New. York. And second is Biden 2020 at its most populous period. That doesn’t say much, because Biden isn’t exactly a populist, but the messages he emphasizes reflect the winning coalition he needs to show on Tuesday: class voters. white workers in western Pennsylvania and Midwestern states such as Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin; suburban women in those states and others; and Black and Latino voters. All the Americans, Biden and Democrats who have argued since the beginning of last year’s campaign, were betrayed by Trump.
Biden “is the dignity of the job candidate,” Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who prompted Biden to add a Cleveland stop to his schedule at the last minute, told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview today. Monday. “I say this without reservations, he’s the most pro-worker, unionist candidate for which both parties are nominated in a generation.”
The tone from Biden on Monday was matched by campaign senior officials and staff, worried for the election to end but not – as other Democrats have released every state poll – panicked on Tuesday.
“We want to make sure we are having this conversation and sharing with you what we are seeing, and we also want to make it fundamentally clear what we believe is right,” said Jen O’Malley. Dillon, Biden’s campaign director, said in a video conference call with reporters to address election night expectations and concerns that Trump could declare victory before full results can be found. tabulator.
“According to the script, Donald Trump won’t be declared the winner on election night, and we think that’s really fundamental to how we want to reach tomorrow,” she added.
The Biden group is preparing for a small, socially remote election night in Biden’s home town of Wilmington, Delaware. The crew spent most of Monday assembling concrete fences and fences on the road from the Riverfront district convention center, where Biden’s campaign will rally. O’Malley Dillon, in response to a reporter’s question on Monday, seems confident that Biden will speak to his supporters and the country from there at some point on Tuesday night or early in the morning. Wednesday.
“We believe the level of data we have, all early voting and what we will see on Election Day will give us a very good feeling of our position, even if all Neither votes count, ”she said. “And again… we know that some will come soon, we know that some will come later, but we will be able to track that way, because even in the Pennsylvanias, Wisconsins and Michigans, data will be transferred. The votes will count at some point, just not all of them. So, so we’ll really focus on our understanding of our position, and my expectation is that the vice president will speak to the American people – probably late. “