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Remarks: Joe Biden Attends a Campaign Fundraiser Event in Seattle - May 10, 2024

  • Joe Biden
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  • Jay Inslee
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[Audio and video of this event was not permitted by The White House / Biden Campaign. The following is the official transcript as provided by The White House.] 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Folks, thank you. [Applause] I'll tell you something else -- [inaudible] get up here. I want to tell you something else. When we win, he ain't staying in Washington State. [Applause] 2

Jay Inslee

Unknown
Uh oh! [Laughter and applause] 3

Joe Biden

Unknown
Go talk to Trudi. [Laughs] 4

Jay Inslee

Very Positive
Go get it. Have fun tonight. 5

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Thank you. Hello, Seattle! [Applause] And thank you for the warm welcome. But please keep it down because -- [laughter] -- Donald Trump is sleeping. [Laughter] "Sleepy Don," I kind of like that these days. [Laughter] 6

Joe Biden

Unknown
You know, I have -- look, Governor Inslee, Jay, you are the leader in the country on climate change. You really are. You've done more as a governor in your state than any governor has in anywhere in America. [Applause] 7

Joe Biden

Positive
When they told us we couldn't possibly get a bipartisan agreement to spend money on climate change, we got $369 billion. [Applause] When I think climate change, I think jobs. 8

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
One of the things that I know we got a little -- some people got a little worried because right after I got the nomination and was elected, I didn't -- I w- -- made sure I didn't introduce my entire climate change policy for a simple reason. I wanted to bring along organized labor. Labor always thought of climate as causing them jobs -- costing them jobs. But I spent time with the IBEW, starting with them, and every other major labor union in America has endorsed our climate policy, embraced it, and made it work. So -- [applause] -- 9

Joe Biden

Very Positive
And, Trudi, as my mother would say, no purgatory for you, [inaudible], straight to heaven -- straight to heaven. 10

Joe Biden

Very Negative
There's no such thing as being the "First Spouse." There's no such thing. It's about -- when you're the wife or the husband of a governor, you're the governor too. So, thank you very much. [Applause] No, no. You know I'm telling you the truth. 11

Joe Biden

Unknown
They know where you can show up. They know where you live without -- "Why did we do this? Why'd we do that?" 12

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
Anyway, thank you very much. 13

Joe Biden

Very Positive
And, look, I also want to thank the Governor. The previous Governor has become a great friend of mine, and I have great faith that he ain't going nowhere either, if I make it. And that's Gary -- Governor Gary Locke. Where are you, Gary? [Applause] 14

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
And you want a fighter on your side, you want someone who knows what she's talking about, someone who does what she says and says what she does, Congresswoman Jayapal, who's right here. [Applause] 15

Joe Biden

Positive
I want to thank Nick and Lisa and all the co-hosts here tonight. 16

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Just let me say I -- you know, I should have the Head and the Heart perform before every -- every program I have, because this is -- this is an incredible crowd. [Applause] 17

Joe Biden

Very Negative
My dad, when he was high school age -- he was from Baltimore -- he had a band. He got into Johns Hopkins, but because of the war, he never got to go, make a long story short. But my dad played the saxophone and the clarinet. He could sing a little bit, and he could dance. He had a band. 18

Joe Biden

Negative
And he said, "Joey, I don't know where the hell you came from. You have no lip, you can't play a reed instrument." [Laughter] "You have two left feet and can't dance. And you can't carry a tune in the wheelbarrow. But I still love you." 19

Joe Biden

Very Positive
So, I -- [laughter] -- I'm always appreciative when anybody with musical talent says something nice about me. Charity and Matthew, you're incredible. Thank you for all you do. 20

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Look, folks -- [applause] -- as we go into spring, we genuinely feel the excitement and momentum we're building in the campaign, and I mean that sincerely. 21

Joe Biden

Positive
I think most of the members of Congress that I've served with so long will tell you no one ever doubts I -- what -- I mean what I say. The problem is that I sometimes say all that I mean. [Laughter] But I'm optimistic. I'm feeling good. Feeling good about the country. We're moving. 22

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
So far, over 1.6 million individuals have contributed to our campaign -- five hundred and fifty thous- -- fifty-five thousand of them in just sin- -- ma- -- new since the last campaign, new contributions. And 90 percent of those contributions are under $200 -- people contributing $5, $10, $20, $50 dollars a month helping this campaign. 23

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
There's a genuine groundswell. People are engaged, no matter what the polling data says. 24

Joe Biden

Negative
And we've opened over 150 offices in -- 150 -- 1-5-0 -- in battleground states. And that as -- and Trump has his zero in those states. 25

Joe Biden

Very Positive
And while the press doesn't write about it -- [applause] -- the momentum is clearly in our favor, with the polls moving towards us and away from Trump. 26

Joe Biden

Unknown
Earlier this week, I was in Wisconsin. The [DEL: Quinnimac :DEL] [Quinnipiac] Poll had up 6 points with registered voters. The -- the IPSOS/ABC poll has us 4 percent up. 27

Joe Biden

Neutral
But it's awful hard to judge the polls these days because they're so difficult to take. They don't have -- most people don't answer their landlines, and so it's really up in the air. But I can tell you, we're out around the country, we're out around a lot. There's some enthusiasm. People want to get things done. Things are beginning to move. And people are beginning to focus. 28

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
And those of you who've been involved in -- in partisan politics and going door to door and those kinds of things, people really don't get juiced until somewhere toward the end of the summer and the beginning of the fall. But we're -- we're really optimistic. 29

Joe Biden

Neutral
I know everyone is feeling that enthusi- -- I know not everyone is feeling that enthusiasm. The other day, a defeated-looking man came up to me and said, "Mr. President, I'm being crushed by debt, and I'm completely wiped out." I had to say to him, "I'm sorry, Donald, I can't help you." [Laughter and applause] "Nothing I can do to help." [Applause] 30

Joe Biden

Very Negative
Look, Trump knows he's in trouble. You know, he has bragged about he's the reason why Roe v. Wade was overturned, and now he's worried the voters are going to remind him of that and all the cruelty and chaos that has caused. 31

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
Well, let me ask you: Are we going to hold him accountable or not? We are, right? [Applause] 32

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Trump did a long interview in TIME Magazine. You ought to read -- I'm being deadly earnest about this. You ought to read it. 33

Joe Biden

Very Negative
He said, quote, "states should monitor women's pregnancies and prosecute those who violate the bans." 34

Joe Biden

Unknown
Monitor women's pregnancies? What have we become here? 35

Joe Biden

Very Negative
But, look, chaos is nothing new to Trump. His presidency was a chaos. Trump is trying to make the country forget how dark and unsettling things were when he was president. But we're never going to forget. 36

Joe Biden

Very Negative
We'll never forget the fact -- him lying about the pandemic. He knew how dangerous it was, but he didn't want to -- he wouldn't say it to anybody. He said, "Just go inject a little bleach in your arm." [Laughter] Too bad he didn't. [Laughter and applause] 37

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
Look -- all kidding aside, it was bizarre. We lost a million people. And all the data shows those million, every one of them had eight people that were significant to them -- brothers, sisters, uncle, aunts, mothers, fathers, wives, children. 38

Joe Biden

Very Positive
We're never going to [DEL: gret :DEL] [forget] the love le- -- his love letters to Kim Jong Un of North Korea, talking about what a -- how he could work with him, he's a good man, or his administration -- his admiration for Putin, standing with Putin at a press conference after a meeting and talking about how he believed Putin, he didn't believe his own security people. 39

Joe Biden

Neutral
And here's what he said in that TIME Magazine article. He said he -- and he may -- he said -- straight up, I really urge you to read it so I'm not -- I'm not putting words in his mouth [inaudible]. His words. No, I -- I really mean it. Because he means what he says. 40

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
He said he wouldn't -- wouldn't -- may not come to an aid of an ally in Europe or Asia if attacked if he felt that country hadn't been spending enough money on its own defense system -- would not come to the aid. 41

Joe Biden

Neutral
Look, folks, I don't want any part of that. 42

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
And I spent a lot of time -- my reg- -- expertise is American foreign policy and climate, the two things that I've worked on the most. And, you know, I go to these international meetings, because I know personally the vast majority of the world leaders, and the new ones as well. 43

Joe Biden

Neutral
And every -- whether it's a G7 meeting or G20 in any -- wherever it is -- and I mean this from the bottom of my heart -- it's disturbing, because what will happen, as we're leaving the meetings, one of the leaders -- many of them -- will grab me by the arm and say, "He can't win again. Please. My d-" -- meaning their -- "My democracy is at stake." 44

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Look, folks, Madeleine Albright was right. We are the essential nation. If we don't stand up, who does? Who does? If we don't unite the world, who can -- in our interest? 45

Joe Biden

Unknown
But look how far we've come: 15 million brand new jobs, a record, just in three and a half years. [Applause] More people have health insurance today than ever before in the history of this country. [Applause] 46

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
We took on Big Pharma, which I've been fighting since I was a senator, and we finally won. Anybody knows they need insulin for their serious problems they have, it'd cost them -- instead of costing them 400 bucks a month, now it costs 15 bucks a month. [Applause] And it's only just beginning. 47

Joe Biden

Neutral
And, folks, it not only saves lives, it saves taxpayers $160 billion -- [applause] -- because Medicare doesn't have to pay the price. That's a fact. 48

Joe Biden

Very Positive
And with your governor's help, we're making the most significant investment ever in climate. 49

Joe Biden

Very Positive
I'm so proud to report that co- -- that wh- -- they co-released by 20 major climate organizations, from the Sierra Club to the Sunrise Movement, it credited our administration with making more than 300 actions related to climate, conservation, public health, and clean energy. 50

Joe Biden

Very Positive
In their words -- in an endorsement: "Biden does more to take action to protect, restore, and secure health and environment in America than any president in American history, and he's not done yet." [Applause] We are not done yet. [Applause] 51

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
And as Jay will tell you, every time I had a tough decision, I'd call him, I -- for get his opinion. And I'm not joking. 52

Joe Biden

Neutral
Jay, there's no place to hide, if I make it. [Laughter] [Inaudible] -- no, I'm serious. He's the best in the country. 53

Joe Biden

Very Negative
I signed the most significant gun safety law in 30 years. [Applause] The idea our children are going to school and learning how to duck and cover is sick. It's sick. 54

Joe Biden

Very Positive
More children killed because of a bullet than any other reason. Think of that, in America -- the United States of America. And the [former] President is saying -- thanking the -- telling the National Rifle Association that, you know, he's their best friend, nothing is going to happen when he's there. 55

Joe Biden

Very Negative
Well, guess what? Thirty years ago -- it's not going to stop until we ban assault weapons again. [Applause] 56

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
I apologize. I'm going on too long. 57

Joe Biden

Positive
But, look, the point is: We're lowering costs, expanding opportunities, and protecting freedoms. But it's all at stake. It really is all at stake. 58

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Trump is still determined, in his words, to "terminate" the Affordable Care Act, which will kick millions of people off insurance. You know, it's the only reason why people with a pre-existing condition are able to get insurance -- tens of thousands of them. 59

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
He's determined to get rid of my climate law, and he's just flat out saying it, because the oil companies hate it. 60

Joe Biden

Unknown
In fact, it's been reported -- you probably saw it on television. He said it in his -- in -- in the TIME Magazine article that's on the front -- he's on the front cover of. 61

Joe Biden

Positive
He said that he asked Big Oil, quote, "to direct a billion dollars to his campaign." He said it would be a good "deal" for them. 62

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
No, I'm serious. I'm not making this stuff up. Just read it. His own words. He'd repeal everything we're doing on climate. And he said in the TIME article he wants to drill, drill, drill. 63

Joe Biden

Very Negative
Well, folks, look, during his presidency, he exploded the federal deficit more than any other president had in a term -- [inaudible] the federal deficit than any pre- -- any previous president. 64

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
And he's determined to cut Social Security and Medicare. His own words: "There's a lot you can do in terms of cutting," he says. 65

Joe Biden

Negative
Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office just released a study, j- -- this is noth- -- nothing out of my office -- showing his plan for what he wants to spend the next four years. And he's -- he laid it out, as did the MAGA Republicans in the House. It would cost $5 trillion over the next decade. It's fiscally recke- -- it's just totally reckless. 66

Joe Biden

Unknown
And, folks, there's so much at stake. 67

Joe Biden

Very Positive
You know, I proposed the strongest border bill ever -- the most -- most fair and humane immigration reform in decades. It includes a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and more. 68

Joe Biden

Very Positive
And, by the way -- [applause] -- and, by the way, I'm proud that my administration announced that DREAMers are finally able to get healthcare under the Affordable Care Act now. [Applause] 69

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
If the team would just hold a second, I want to tell you -- look, there's a reason why we have the most advanced economy in the world today, right now: Because we're not xenophobic. We allow people to come in and work. We grow our economy. 70

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
Look at China. China's in a situation where they have more retired than working. They ha- -- they don't know what to do about it. Many other countries in the same position. 71

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
Meanwhile, in the same Trump TIME interview, he vowed to use the U.S. military -- saying this, straight up. He's vowed to use the U.S. military to comb the country and deport 11 million people here in America who are waiting to have their cases determined. 72

Joe Biden

Very Negative
I mean -- and he calls -- and he calls immigrants -- and he means it -- he calls them "rapists" and "murderers." And he said, quote, "They are not people." "They are not people." 73

Joe Biden

Unknown
I wonder what would happen when my Irish ancestors were trying to get here, what he would have thought of. 74

Joe Biden

Very Negative
Trump says immigrants "poison the blood of America." 75

Joe Biden

Unknown
Folks, just look at the audience. We are a nation that's integrated with all kinds of denominations, all kinds of backgrounds, all kinds of -- look, it's not who we are. That's not America. 76

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
But, folks, the biggest threat Trump poses is straight to our democracy -- literally, not figure- -- our democracy. 77

Joe Biden

Positive
The same TIME article, he said what I've heard him say other times. He said, "A lot of people liked it when I said I'd be a dictator on day one." 78

Joe Biden

Neutral
Well, there were some MAGA Republicans who probably did like it, but I sure in hell didn't, and I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen. [Applause] 79

Joe Biden

Very Negative
Folks, when asked if he thought -- he was asked if he thought -- asked if he thought if violence would occur if he lost. You know what his response was? Straight up. "It depends." 80

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
He calls the insurrectionists who are now in prison -- he calls them "patriots." And if reelected, he wants to pardon "every one" of them, he says. 81

Joe Biden

Very Negative
Trump says when he loses again -- if he -- he says "if," I say "when" -- [laughter and applause] -- he loses again, he says there will be a "bloodbath." His words. A "bloodbath." He means it. 82

Joe Biden

Positive
Look, let me ask you a question. Do you see every -- all these people vying to become his vice president? They're being asked will they accept the outcome of the election. They're all afraid to say they would. They're all hedging the bet because they want to be his vice presidential nominee. 83

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
And, folks, look, the fact is that we're in a position where the MAGA candidates auditioning for vice president are saying they aren't sure, if they lose, whether they'd accept the outcome. And he says, "It depends." 84

Joe Biden

Neutral
Folks, look, let me close with this. What's at risk in 2024 are our freedoms and our very democracy. 85

Joe Biden

Unknown
I never thought I'd say that. As a student of history, someone who's been doing this job for a long time, I never, ever thought I would say that. 86

Joe Biden

Neutral
Look at the presidential historians -- conservative presidential historians, what they're saying. You find anybody that doesn't take it serious, who knows what they're talking about? 87

Joe Biden

Unknown
That's why I need you so badly. So, let me ask you: Are you with me? [Applause] 88

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
I need your help. And I'm fed up. And I've never -- [applause] -- I've never been more -- [applause] -- I've never been more optimistic about our future. We just have to remember -- we have to remember who we are. 89

Joe Biden

Very Positive
We're the United States of America. [Applause] We're the only nation in the world that's come out of every crisis we've gone into stronger than we went in. And there's nothing -- and I mean this from the bottom of my heart -- there's nothing beyond our capacity when we act together. 90

Joe Biden

Very Positive
So, God bless you all. And let's protect these troops. [Applause] Let's go, [inaudible]. [Applause] Really. [Inaudible] 91

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Thank you, thank you, thank you. [Applause] 92

Joe Biden

Unknown
Don't jump. 93

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Thank you all. Thank you. [Applause] 94

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
Thank you all. [Applause] 95