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Remarks: Joe Biden Attends a Campaign Fundraiser Event in Washington - May 1, 2024

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Joe Biden

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My name is Joe Biden. I work for Tammy Duckworth. [Laughter] 1

Joe Biden

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Folks, I want to thank Tammy for that introduction -- most of all, for her friendship and her partnership. And, Raja, your partnership and leadership in the House has been invaluable. 2

Joe Biden

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Excuse me. I've got a bit of a cold. [Clears throat] 3

Joe Biden

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And I also want to thank Senator Ma- -- where is Mazie? She -- where is Mazie Hirono? [Audience member calls out "She..." with the rest inaudible] 4

Joe Biden

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She was here. I was saying hi to her a little bit earlier. Thank her for her friendship as well. 5

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And Congressman Ted Lieu is also here. And I know several other members are on their way and couldn't her- -- be here because of votes. 6

Joe Biden

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I want to thank you all and all of our co-hosts and all of you for your support. So many of you were with me from the beginning, back in 2019. 7

Joe Biden

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I'm honored and t- -- to join you on this first day of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 8

Joe Biden

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Folks, I'm honored to see that heritage across most of the diversem- -- and I -- let me say it another way. I told you, when I got elected, I was going to have an administration that looked like America. Well, guess what? It does. It does, starting with Kamala doing an incredible job as Vice President. 9

Joe Biden

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And I also want to thank Katherine Tai, who's here today. Katherine, you were here, anyway. [Applause] There you are. 10

Joe Biden

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As we enter the spring, we genuinely feel the excitement and momentum being built in the campaign. So far, 1.5 million individual people have contributed to our campaign, 550,000 of them being brand-new contributors, and 97 percent of all those contributors contributed less than $200. It's a real genuine movement. 11

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And we're ra- -- we're ramping up the campaign headquarters and field offices, hiring staff all across the country. And we're way ahead of Donald Trump's MAGA Republicans, which have done virtually nothing so far. 12

Joe Biden

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And while the press doesn't write about it, momentum is -- momentum is clearly in our favor, with polls moving toward us and away from Trump. Just lack we- -- last week, the Mor- -- the Marist Poll had us up by three among all voters, six for the -- points for the likely voters; Florida Atlantic poll has us up four, et cetera. 13

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But you and I both know, this far out, the polls don't mean a lot. They don't mean a lot. People are really going -- don't really begin to focus focus until they get closer to September. 14

Joe Biden

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But I know not everyone is feeling the enthusiasm. The other day, a defeated-looking man came up to me and said, "Mr. President, I'm being crushed by debt. I'm completely wiped out." And I had to look at him and say, "Donald, I'm sorry; I can't help you." [Laughter and applause] "I'm not able to help you." [Laughter] 15

Joe Biden

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Trump is in trouble, and he knows that. Last week, I was in Florida, where today we're implementing -- they're implementing the most extreme abortion bans in the country -- one of them. He's only one -- the only one person responsible is Donald Trump. 16

Joe Biden

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After bragging about he's the reason Roe v. Wade was overturned on television, on camera, making the case, he's now worried the voters are going to hold him accountable for all the cruelty and chaos he's created. 17

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
Well, I have news for Trump. They are going to hold him accountable. They are going to hold him accountable. [Applause] 18

Joe Biden

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Today, a six-week ban in Florida. And then Trump did a long interview in TIME Magazine. I -- it's coming out. You got to read it. It's a mandatory reading. And he s- -- he said in that magazine -- he said states should monitor women's p- -- now, get this: States should monitor women's pregnancies and prosecute those who violate abortion bans. Monitor women's pregnancies? 19

Joe Biden

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That's not all. He said, in a quote, "A lot of people liked it when I said I want to be a dictator for one -- on day one." Asked if he thought violence would occur if he lost, and his response was, "It all depends." 20

Joe Biden

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He calls the insurrectionists who are in prison -- he calls them "patriots," and if reelected, he wants to know -- let everybody know he's going to pardon every one of them -- his quote -- every one of them. 21

Joe Biden

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Trump says when he loses again in November, there will be -- if he loses, but he will -- there will be a "bloodbath." And he means it. And said a whole lot more in that TIME interview. You got -- TIME Magazine. I guess it comes out next week, if I'm not mistaken. You got to read it. 22

Joe Biden

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Look, chaos is nothing new to Trump. His entire presidency for four years was chaos. Trump is trying to make the country forget just how dark and unsettling things were when he was president. But we'll never forget. 23

Joe Biden

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We'll never forget lying about the pandemic, telling the Amer- -- because th- -- remember that interview he did -- honest interview; he got exposed -- telling them he knew it was -- the pandemic was deadly? And he -- what did he tell people? It was mentioned already: Inject bleach. 24

Joe Biden

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Well, all that bleach apparently injected into his hair instead of his arm. [Laughter] 25

Joe Biden

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We'll never forget the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. And I'm proud to have signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act with your support. 26

Joe Biden

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We'll never forget his love letters with Kim Jong Un and his admiration for Putin. 27

Joe Biden

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Here's what he said in that TIME interview: He may not come to the -- he said he may not -- if he were president again, not come to the aid of an ally attacked in Europe or Asia if he felt the country wasn't paying enough for their own defense. Isn't that wonderful? A President of the United States of America. 28

Joe Biden

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Do you want to go back to any of that? I don't think so. 29

Joe Biden

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Look how far we've come: 15 million new jobs -- a record for any one term for a President of the United States. [Applause] Because of you, historically low levels of unemployment for Asian Americans, while Asian American unemployment nearly doubled under Trump. 30

Joe Biden

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We're seeing record small-business creation, including among Asian Americans. In fact, we've increased loans to Asian American businesses through the Small Business Administration by one third since Trump left office. 31

Joe Biden

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Because we expanded the Child Care Tax Credit during the pandemic -- not one -- I might add, not one Republican voted for it -- we cut Asian American child poverty by 25 percent -- a record low. 32

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More people have health insurance today than ever before in the history of this country, including among Asian Americans. 33

Joe Biden

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We took on Big Pharma -- I've been fighting them since I was a senator, and we finally won -- to lower prescription drug costs, like insulin. It used to cost $400 a month; now it's 35 bucks a month. It only costs them 10 bucks to make it. [Applause] 34

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
Folks, when I originally got that law passed, it affected everyone, not just the elderly. If I'm elected again, it's going to affect everybody. All Americans should be -- I could put you on Air Force One, fly you to any -- if you had a prescription from an American drug company, fly you to any major capital in the world, and I can get you that same prescription for 40 to 60 percent less. 35

Joe Biden

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Look, we made the most significant investment in climate ever. And I signed the most significant gun safety law in 30 years, which I know matters with the community as they mourned -- as we mourned with you in Atlanta and Monterey Park. 36

Joe Biden

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I could go on. The point is we're lowering costs, expanding opportunities, protecting freedoms for the communities. We're keeping our commitments and our communities safe in combating anti-Asian hate. But a lot more is at stake. 37

Joe Biden

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Look, Trump is determined -- determined to terminate the Affordable Care Act. Why? Because of -- it's Obamacare expanded. He can't stand anything associated with Barack Obama. 38

Joe Biden

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He's determined to get rid of my climate law. Why? Because oil companies hate it. He said in that TIME interview, his -- he has two goals, one of which is to drill, drill, drill. He's determined to cut taxes for the very wealthy while cutting Social Security and Medicare and do so much to -- other damage. 39

Joe Biden

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Look, I proposed the most comprehensive immigration reform in decades while Trump is saying immigrants "poison the blood of the country," looking at many of you when he says it. 40

Joe Biden

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But the biggest threat Trump poses is to our democracy. Above all, what's at risk in 2024 are the freedoms and our democracy. 41

Joe Biden

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Let me close with this. This election is about competing values and competing visions in America. Trump values and visions are one of anger, hate, revenge, and retribution. That's not hyperbole. 42

Joe Biden

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I have a very different set of values that leads -- like you do -- leads me to a very different vision of America: one of hope and optimism. That's the heart of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders' story of our nation -- in our nation. 43

Joe Biden

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I see an America where we defend democracy, not diminish it. I see an America where we protect our freedoms and not take them away. I see an America where the economy grows from the middle out and the bottom up and where working people have a fair shot, where healthcare is a right, not a privilege. And I see a future where we save the planet from the climate crisis and our country from gun violence. 44

Joe Biden

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Folks, this election is about freedom, America, and democracy. That's why I badly need you. 45

Joe Biden

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You know, one of the reasons why our economy is growing is because of you and many others. Why? Because we welcome immigrants. We look to -- the reason -- look, think about it. Why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they're xenophobic. They don't want immigrants. 46

Joe Biden

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Immigrants is what makes us strong. Not a joke. That's not hyperbole. Because we have an influx of workers who want to be here and just contribute. 47

Joe Biden

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This community's vote will be critical in -- from Virginia to Georgia to Nevada. I know we can do a lot together -- a lot more. 48

Joe Biden

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And I've never been more optimistic about our future. We just have to remember who we are. We're the United States of America, for God's sake. There's nothing beyond our capacity when we act together. 49

Joe Biden

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Think about it. We're the only nation in the history -- modern history of the world that's come out of every crisis stronger than we went in -- stronger than we went in every time we've stood together. 50

Joe Biden

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And we're standing together, I promise you. You have my commitment. I'll never leave the value set I've laid out for you, I guarantee you. 51

Joe Biden

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Thank you all for what you're doing. Thank you for the enormous contributions you've made to this American society. 52

Joe Biden

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And whether you're immigrants or not, whether you're the children of immigrants, like I am, the fact of the matter is you're what makes America what it is. Not a joke. It's not a joke. 53

Joe Biden

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So, God bless you all. And may God protect our troops. 54

Joe Biden

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Thank you. [Applause] Thank you. Thank you. 55