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Remarks: Joe Biden Meets With Campaign Supporters in Detroit - May 19, 2024

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Note
    Person
  • Unidentified
    Person
Very Positive

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[Neither The White House nor the Biden-Harris Campaign made the full video of this campaign stop available. The following is the official transcript, as provided by The White House] 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Well, it's great to see you all. It's great to see you all. 2

Unidentified

Very Positive
It's great to see you. 3

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Well, thank you. No, thank you. Well, I tell you what, we're -- we got a long way to go we- -- in this election, but we're feeling real good because of folks like you. 4

Joe Biden

Very Positive
You know, we -- been working real hard. We're going to make sure that we give -- you know, we used to have this theory in American economics, which was everything would trickle down. You know, like, if the wealthy did very well, there'd be enough left over for everybody else. 5

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
My dad used to have a -- an expression. He said, "Nothing trickled down on our table, Joey. Nothing trickled down on our table." So, we're building an economy from the middle out and the bottom up, and the wealthy can still do well, but they ought to start paying their taxes so we can do a lot more things. 6

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
Anyway, we've been -- so far, we've been pretty good. We've had the lowest unemployment rate for a long, long time. We've been in a situation where we've -- I've forgiven an awful lot of debt from the folks who have college debt -- and billions of dollars of it -- so people can start their lives again, people be in a good shape. We're going to -- we're -- anyway, there's a lot going on. 7

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
And I just want to tell you -- I was talking to -- we got three reverends back there. I -- I saw them at the airport. In addition to asking them to pray like hell for me -- [laughter] -- I asked their advice on a bunch of things. 8

Joe Biden

Neutral
But all kidding aside, there's a lot we can do. And, you know, the days of -- I come from a -- the state of Delaware. And Delaware is small, but we have the eighth largest African American population in the country as a percent of population. 9

Joe Biden

Very Positive
And to our great shame, we were segregated by law, like down here. We -- and that's how I got involved in politics early on as a kid. 10

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
I was -- I became a lawyer when -- Dr. King was one of my heroes, like many of my generation. And when he was assassinated, we had the National Guard stationed on our streets on every street corner of the city of Wilmington for nine months, longer than any time of occupation of any time since the Civil War. 11

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
And I got out of law school -- I'm the first in my family ever to go to college. And I got out of law school and had a job with a fancy law firm, and I quit and became a public defender. And one thing led to another, here I am. [Audience member calls out, inaudibly] 12

Joe Biden

Very Positive
Yeah, that was right. I didn't -- I didn't plan on it. But -- but like an awful lot of folks growing up in a situation where -- basically, middle class family; three-bedroom, split-level home with four kids and a grandpop living with us. You know, we were okay. I mean, we didn't have any money, but we were okay. 13

Joe Biden

Very Positive
And -- but there's no reason why we can't really fundamentally change things now. We're on the cusp. And the ba- -- the bottom line -- I won't -- I'm not going to give you a whole speech here, but the bottom line is: The guy we're running against wants to back up all the -- all the prospects, all the progress we made. 14

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
He wants to do away with the environmental stuff. He wants to take away -- you know, there's 3 million more people -- African Americans who have health insurance now because we were able to increase it, been able to get to college because of it. 15

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
He wants to do -- cut all that across the board. 16

Joe Biden

Unknown
So, as they say where I come from, this guy is a different breed of cat. He's not your typical Republican. 17

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
And so, I appreciate you looking me over. And if I'm able to do this -- I hope it's okay -- I'll just wander around and talk to you all privately -- not private but, you know, just talk to you, find out what's on your mind. Does that makes sense? [Audience responds "Yeah"] 18

Joe Biden

Unknown
And I tell you what, man. It took a long time, didn't it? 19