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Speech: Joe Biden Speaks at a Political Event in Pembroke Pines, FL - October 13, 2020

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Joe Biden

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Hello, hello, hello. Good to see you all. Please, please take your seat if you have one. Thank you so very, very much for -- it's good to be back in Florida. And I want to thank my good friend, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, congresswoman. She's been a tireless fighter -- where -- where's Debbie? There she is. 1

Joe Biden

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Thank you, Debbie. You've been a friend a long time and thank you for all the encouragement. And, Toby, I also want to thank you. Toby moved from a high rent district in Brooklyn. [Laughter] That's the highest rent district in America right now these days. How are you, man? Good to see you. And I want to thank you for that kind introduction. 2

Joe Biden

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And it's wonderful to be here with all of you to hear the stories, talk about how we're going to get through these tough times -- difficult times. Today's -- today's story is a familiar one here in south Florida. We're all -- we're all living some version of it right now with some of the most important part of our lives being put on hold. 3

Joe Biden

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And the same story being lived by people like -- like Carl Scheckner who many of you know well. Carl's here today I'm told. I don't know -- 4

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[Inaudible] 5

Joe Biden

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Oh, right, hey Carl, how are you, man? Good to see you. The light was shining right in my eyes looking at you, man. I apologize. Carl is 39 years old -- no, 93 years old but he acts like he's 39 years old. And the pillar of this community so much so that a few years back, you all decided to rename this community center in his honor. 6

Joe Biden

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I've heard wonderful things about you, Carl, and looking forward to saying hello to you privately. You know, I had the pleasure of meeting Carl back in 2012. He may not remember it but his story's what this community and this country's all about. Carl is the son of an immigrant. Carl served our nation honorably in the Second World War, and met his sweetheart, Anita, when they were -- they've been married now for 67 years. 7

Joe Biden

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Together they built a family, four children, seven grandchildren, and more than 30 years they made home here, staying engaged in all the local issues and holding local office. Catching sunny matinees and performances at the art center -- center, and socializing with neighbors, enjoying nights in the town. 8

Joe Biden

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And a couple times -- two, three times a week going out. And -- but their story like so many others is a quintessential American story these days. But it has been interrupted this year. Carl and Anita haven't been out I'm told, to a restaurant in seven months, and there are no more Sunday matinees. Other than getting groceries, they spend most of their time in their apartment like so many people do. 9

Joe Biden

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It's harder than ever to spend time with the people you love, other than on Zoom or on a computer connection. We've all felt that sense of interruption in our lives. And we all know that this -- this isn't normal, that things didn't have to be this bad. They didn't have to be this bad. We look around at our neighbors and we know people are hurting. 10

Joe Biden

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A lot of folks are worried about making their next rent payment, their next mortgage payment. They're not only -- whether or not they can purchase their prescription drugs or put food on the table. And we see an awful lot of people at the very top doing better than they've ever done, and left to wonder an awful lot is who's looking out for me? 11

Joe Biden

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Who's looking out for me? That's been the story, the entire story of my view of Donald Trump's presidency. The fact that he has never been focused on what matters. He's never been focused on you. His handling of this pandemic has been erratic just like his presidency has been. And it has prevented Florida seniors and people all across the country from getting the relief that they need. 12

Joe Biden

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00:04:02-00:04:23 (21 sec)
Donald Trump hasn't just been willing to not do the work. I think it's that -- beyond that, I'm not sure he cares about delivering any real help. I think it's both. People say he's not willing to do the work. Well, I don't think he cares much about it. While you're losing precious time with your loved ones he's been stuck in a sand trap on one of his golf courses. 13

Joe Biden

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00:04:23-00:04:48 (24 sec)
And when he does decide to lift a -- a finger, it isn't to help you. It's to propose new tax cuts for billionaires. And I'm not -- that's not hyperbole. That's not hyperbole. 100 wealthiest billionaires in America are expected to get another $30 billion tax cut he's proposing. We know what happened the last time a tax cut was passed in 2019 -- 2017 when he came into office. 14

Joe Biden

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Pharmaceutical companies got billions of dollars in tax breaks. And then they turned around and raised prices for medicines that you rely on to stay healthy. And they're still doing it even during the pandemic. Quite frankly, it's unconscionable. But Trump doesn't really care about lowering the healthcare cost because he's beholden to health insurance companies and the drug companies. 15

Joe Biden

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After all, he's asking the United States Supreme Court as I speak, he's asking right now to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act which would eliminate seniors' ability -- everyone -- most of you are on Medicare -- but it would eliminate your ability -- and that act we passed, I was able help put in place, was that you'd have preventative services, and annual checkups and mammograms for free under Medicare. 16

Joe Biden

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If it gets struck down, that gets wiped out as well. The rise in prescription drug prices for millions of seniors and put Medicare trust funds at risk. And by the way, we should talk about the Medicare trust fund. I see the Republicans want to eliminate it but, remember -- Debbie will remember, when he's not a bad guy in terms of his personality when -- when the former speaker of the house became speaker, what'd they do? 17

Joe Biden

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They proposed a half a billion dollars cut in Medicare from the start, right off the bat. These guys mean what they say. This president, as Debbie pointed out, his place to terminate the tax, is dedicated to financing Social Security -- terminate it. Social Security actuary, not Joe Biden or a liberal think tank, or a newspaper, this -- the actuary of Social Security says that would bankrupt social security in just a few years, putting those monthly checks for tens of millions of seniors who rely on, many of them, the only thing they rely on, at risk. 18

Joe Biden

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00:06:39-00:06:59 (21 sec)
All this president knows how to do is play games with people's lives and families' futures. Last week he announced he was, "walking away from the negotiations" that were never -- and he never fully engaged in like he's not walking away -- he never fully engaged in them. To provide any additional relief for American families. 19

Joe Biden

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Debbie working like the devil in the house, they passed the HEROES Act. They passed two other pieces of legislation earlier to provide for the ability to keep people from going out of business, peop -- people being like -- being kicked out of their homes, et cetera. He turned his back on small businesses that are struggling to keep their doors open. 20

Joe Biden

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He turned his back on firefighters and police officers and first responders who depend on local budgets, but local budgets are being broken and they have to be balanced. I will just take -- make note here. When we inherited the largest recession, the greatest recession since the Depression, what happened? 21

Joe Biden

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President put me in charge of the recovery act, $800 billion. First thing I was able to do, and I was able to manage it myself was that put 147 billion dollars in -- help state and local authorities be able to balance their budgets, not have to fire police officers, not have to fire firefighters, not have to fire first responders, not have to close down health clinics. 22

Joe Biden

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Local governments are strained to the breaking point. He turned his back on educators and school children, standing in the way of support to get them PPE and cleaning supplies and ventilation needed to reopen schools safely, which we could do if we funded it. He turned his back on every single worker whose job hasn't come back. 23

Joe Biden

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And now he says he wants a deal. One day he's tweeting that the relief package is too big, the next day he's saying it's too small. It's all a game. He thinks he is still on his game show. No, really, he acts that way for real. This is a political game he's playing. His latest gimmick, he wants to mail seniors a $200 prescription-drug cash card with his name on it so you're going to get it before election with his name on it. 24

Joe Biden

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But what he's going to do is he's going to raid Medicare trust fund to pay for that $200, which seniors have already spent by paying money into. He thinks that he can take the money out of your pocket with one hand and put it back with his name stamped on it in the other hand. And call it a gift. It's dishonest. 25

Joe Biden

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It's reckless and it doesn't actually help anybody. In fact, all it'll do is undermine the Medicare trust fund and increase overall out-of-pocket cost for seniors. Let's be clear about this. Donald Trump has tried for almost four years to lower -- he says he wants to lower drug prices, okay? But he hasn't done a single thing to do it. 26

Joe Biden

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In fact, the house of representatives passed a bill that Debbie supported, that would bring down prescription drug costs across the board giving Medicare the power in Washington -- Medicare department the power to negotiate -- to negotiate to the drug companies and say we're not -- if an aspirin's going to cost -- if they were being charged -- I'm making this up, if an aspirin's going to cost two cents an aspirin, they say we're only going to pay you a penny an aspirin. 27

Joe Biden

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They're either going to do it or not. They're going to have to do it. We've been fighting to get -- Debbie and I and others have been fighting to be able to do this for years. It would lower drug prices. What did President Trump do? He said if it passes, he'll veto it; threatened to veto it. Folks, Donald Trump's chaotic and divisive leadership has cost us far too much, 215,000 deaths from COVID-19 and rising. 28

Joe Biden

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Experts say we'll lose nearly another 200,000 lives in the next few months unless he fundamentally changes course. You know, I wish -- I prayed for his recovery when he got COVID. I had hoped at least he'd come out of it somewhat chastened. But what has he done? He's just doubled down on the misinformation he did before and making it worse. 29

Joe Biden

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So many lives have been lost unnecessarily because this president cares more about the stock market than he does about, you know, well-being of seniors. One day before we crossed the threshold of 200,000 deaths -- you may recall this -- the president was at a campaign rally and he insisted that the virus was, and I quote, "Affects virtually nobody," quote, "Just elderly people with heart and other problems." Nobody. 30

Joe Biden

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Think about that. Who was he talking about when he said, it "affects virtually nobody?" He was talking about America's seniors. He was talking about you. He was talking about my family. You've worked hard your whole life, contributing to society, building the family, building the country, serving America. 31

Joe Biden

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You deserve security. You deserve respect and peace of mind. But you're not getting it. And by the way, if this wasn't so bizarre, you'd think -- you know, if I tried to make a movie talking about something like this in America, you'd think I was making it up. Because Donald Trump, it's simple, not a joke, you're expendable. 32

Joe Biden

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You're forgettable, you're virtually nobody. That's how he sees seniors. That's how he sees you. It's no surprise. This is the same man who looks at Americans who put their lives on the line like you did, sir, and many others maybe in this room, for our nation, and calls them "losers" and "suckers." I carry this card with me every day for the last 15 years, and the -- it's my schedule. 33

Joe Biden

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On the back of the schedule I have a black box, says "Daily troop update." The number of troops who've died in Iraq and Afghanistan, 6,924. Not roughly 6900 -- 924, because every one of these fallen angels left a family behind, deserves to be remembered. Everyone. U.S. troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, 53,000 as of today -- 94. Everyone. 34

Joe Biden

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We've only one sacred obligation in America, to care for those we send to war and equip them when they come home and take care of them and their families. And what did he say? Losers. My son volunteered to go to Iraq for a year. Before that, he had been in Kosovo for eight months. Best of my knowledge, he's the only foreigner that has a war monument and a major highway in that country named after him for his contributions helping them set up the criminal justice system. 35

Joe Biden

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Then he volunteered to go to Iraq as attorney general for a year. My son was not a loser. And all those who left behind -- he's passed away, but all those left behind, they were heroes. They were patriots. I imagine that's one of the reasons why 6 four-star generals and a whole lot of others have endorsed me who used to work for him. 36

Joe Biden

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Because they know where his heart isn't. That's how he sees us. That's the attitude he's brought through this whole crisis. This is the same man, you may remember, when he was told we were averaging one thousand lives lost per day, remember what he said? He said, "It is what it is." Such concern and empathy, it is what it is. 37

Joe Biden

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00:14:56-00:15:21 (26 sec)
Well, it is what it is because he is who he is. That's why it is what it is. This president, as Debbie referenced, back in January when he was being briefed by the intelligence community, he said, I never read the briefing, didn't know was in there, didn't have time. Well [Inaudible] his ego moved him to try to convince a famous journalist to write something good about him. 38

Joe Biden

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What happened? Bob Woodward interviewed him. He acknowledged that he knew it was a dangerous and highly communicable disease, but he did nothing. He didn't do a thing. He didn't tell you. He didn't tell any American. Why? He told Woodward on tape, he told Bob Woodward he didn't want to panic the American public. 39

Joe Biden

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Americans don't panic. Trump panics. His reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis is unconscionable. The longer Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he seems to get. Thank God, we only have three weeks left to go. Dr. Fauci, the most respected doctor in the country on these issues. You know he referred to the president's announcement on the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden, using the White House as a backdrop for political events, he said it was a super spreader event. 40

Joe Biden

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How is Trump responding? He's running a national ad quoting Dr. Fauci out of context. Fauci had said way back in March, referring to public-health officials across the nation, he said, quote, "I can't imagine anybody could be doing more," end of quote. Meaning public-health officials. Yet the Trump campaign, which is not unusual because I've had a piece of it, Trump campaign has deliberately lied. 41

Joe Biden

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They have put Dr. Fauci in their ad, asserting that Fauci was talking about Trump when he said couldn't have done anymore. But Fauci is a man of integrity. After that ad came out saying -- he said, "I did not give permission to use that," quote, and "I wasn't referring to the president." Even after Fauci said that he didn't say that about the president, the Trump ad campaign said they were going to continue to use the ad, knowing, knowing it was a lie. 42

Joe Biden

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Can any of you ever remember anything like that in a presidential campaign with a mainstream candidate? And as a consequence, after months of lying and misleading and irresponsible action on the part of Donald Trump, how many empty chairs are around the dining room table tonight because of his negligence? 43

Joe Biden

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00:18:03-00:18:34 (30 sec)
How many people's hearts are broken? How many people have trouble going to sleep at night because they can't just reach over and touch? Or they can't hear their son or daughter's voice on the phone. While he throws super-spreader parties at the White House, where Republicans hug each other without concern of the consequences. 44

Joe Biden

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How many of you have been unable to hug your grandkids in the last seven months? I've got six of them. Two of them, my deceased son's boys, they live not -- children, a boy and a girl -- live not far from me and they can walk through the woods. The only way I can see them, I stand on the back porch and they stand down, and we -- and I bribe them with Haagen-Dazs bars. Every single day I contact them. 45

Joe Biden

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But I can't hug them. I can't embrace them. And I'm luckier than most because they're nearby those two of those six. My grandkids, your grandkids, who hope will grow up to treat one another with kindness, respect and empathy, qualities the president has never ever shown. It's become painfully clear that his careless, arrogant, reckless, COVID response has caused one of the worst tragedies in American history. 46

Joe Biden

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The only senior that Donald Trump cares about, the only senior is senior Donald Trump, the only one who he seems to do anything for. And by the way -- you know, minority communities are getting particularly hit by this. We realized as of about a month ago, on a percentage basis, 1 in 1,000 African Americans in all of America have died. 47

Joe Biden

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00:20:06-00:20:44 (39 sec)
And the estimate is by the end of this year, 1 in 500 African Americans in America will die. 1 in 500. If he doesn't do something quickly and we hit 400,000 that is more people -- same number of people died in the war you fought in all four years. 400,000 dead in World War II in less than a year if he doesn't move. 48

Joe Biden

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00:20:44-00:21:38 (53 sec)
The only one Donald Trump would do anything for is Donald Trump. Look, folks, you all know. We're so much better than this. We can contain this virus. We can fully reopen our economy. We can bring Congress together to pass real relief and then implement a comprehensive agenda to build back better. My -- my -- my economic proposal -- and by the way, it's not a liberal think tank or Democratic think tank that says this, an independent analysis put up by Moody's, a Wall Street firm, projects that my economic plan will create 18.6 million good-paying jobs between now and the end of the first term, 7 million more jobs and the president's plan and create a trillion more dollars in economic growth than the president's plan. 49

Joe Biden

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It's solid, it's real. Here's how my plan works. I'm not gonna raise taxes on a single solitary American making less than $400,000 a year. You won't pay a penny more. It's a guarantee. But I'm going to ask big corporations and the wealthy to begin to pay their fair share to straighten out the tax structure. 50

Joe Biden

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That money will allow us to invest in working people. I carry with me, I don't know that I have it with me now. I don't. A card that list all of what is in the tax code. We went ahead -- the president's tax plan, [Inaudible] was suggesting we reduce corporate tax from 35 percent to 28. That was the consensus. 51

Joe Biden

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00:22:24-00:22:54 (30 sec)
He reduced it to 21. You know how much that cost? $1.3 trillion. We just take it back up to 28 and we'll generate $1.3 trillion more. Ninety one of the Fortune 500 companies don't pay a penny in tax. Not a single solitary cent. If we made sure there was a minimum tax of 15 percent, that would add another $400 billion. 52

Joe Biden

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00:22:54-00:23:17 (23 sec)
We're going to take this money and we're going to invest it in working people, in the growing middle class and make sure everyone is included in the deal. I want to actually reform the tax code because we're spending your tax dollars on the wrong things. As I said, Donald Trump cut the tax from 35 to 21, costing the Treasury a fortune. 53

Joe Biden

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00:23:17-00:23:54 (37 sec)
As I said, if we raise it back to 28 percent, $1.3 trillion would come to the Treasury over the next decade. Instead of giving big corporations hundreds of billions to pay for buyback -- buying back their own stock, moving jobs overseas. We should invest in cures for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. That's why I propose giving the National Institute of Health $50 billion over the next four years to go after cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. If we do not and no drug company has the capacity to do it. 54

Joe Biden

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If we do not find an answer Alzheimer's, then in the next 19 years, every single solitary bed that exists in the United States of America now will be occupied by an Alzheimer's patient. Look, my dad used that expression. He said, "Joey, if everything's equally important to you, nothing's important to you." You have to have priorities. 55

Joe Biden

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What are our priorities? Our priorities is to make sure that everybody in America has an equal shot. This is about you. It's about what's fair. It's about what our priorities should be and we can deal with the scourge of cancer and these other diseases. But Donald Trump has no interest. In fact, he wants to do the opposite. 56

Joe Biden

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00:24:43-00:25:09 (26 sec)
He poses more tax cuts for the super wealthy, like Donald Trump, we're going to ease the burden on major costs in your life -- unlike him, including a financial burden of caregiving so many families are now caring. Right now, as you probably know, and you have friends, 800,000 Americans who are eligible for home community care through Medicaid signed up for have been waiting an average of five years. 57

Joe Biden

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00:25:09-00:25:35 (26 sec)
They're waiting for a phone call back for some -- for some -- five years. My plan makes a bold investment so the states can clear the waiting list. We'll also take the pharmaceutical companies, we'll allow Medicaid to again use its enormous bargaining power to negotiate prices for sick and bring the cost down for everyone, not just seniors. 58

Joe Biden

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00:25:35-00:25:57 (22 sec)
Give all Americans access to those lower prices. And what he also hates my doing so do the drug companies, we're gonna establish a board like as in other countries of outside experts to set limits on the prices, new specialty drugs or life saving drugs, that cost an arm and leg figuratively and literally, that have no competition. 59

Joe Biden

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00:25:57-00:26:16 (19 sec)
This board is going to set up and say, "This is how much you can charge based on what you've invested. You make a healthy profit but you will not be able to raise the price of the drug without proof that you've taken other action that you've required you to improve the drug." So it can only be raised at the cost of medical inflation. 60

Joe Biden

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00:26:16-00:26:47 (31 sec)
Independent analysis found that my plan will slashed the cost of prescription drugs by 60 percent. How many of you know somebody who's had to sell things just to get the drugs that have gone up exponentially? We're gonna protect Social Security and increase benefits for millions of seniors. And I'll fight to protect your pensions, including fixing -- fixing multiple-employer pensions so many Floridians earned and deserve Folks, I guess -- again with this. 61

Joe Biden

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00:26:47-00:27:12 (24 sec)
I'm confident. I know, as bad as things are, we say, "Oh, my God, how can you get better?" I am absolutely confident we can do this and more. We just have to come together. I'm running as a proud Democrat; I'm going to govern as an American president. I'm going to work as hard for those who vote against me, as those who voted for me. 62

Joe Biden

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00:27:12-00:27:42 (30 sec)
That's the job of a president, a duty to care, to care for everyone. And after all, we've been through, all America's accomplished. All the years we've stood as a beacon to the world, we cannot let ourselves remain divided. But we have to vote. Go to iwillvote.com/FL. You can still request your vote-by-mail ballot. 63

Joe Biden

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00:27:42-00:28:12 (30 sec)
The deadline is October 24. Request your ballot. If you have it already, mail it or drop it in one of the drop boxes today. Look, I'm tired of us all walking around with our heads down as if there's nothing we can do. This is the United States of America. There's not a single thing beyond our capacity. Nothing we've ever decided to do we've not accomplished when we've done it together. 64

Joe Biden

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00:28:12-00:28:36 (24 sec)
Remember when we were kids, we had to learn about a famous speech John Kennedy made about going to the moon. Everybody remembers different pieces of it. The part I remember my college used to kid me in the Senate when I was there. When asked -- answering the unasked question, why was he doing it? He said, "Because we refuse to postpone. 65

Joe Biden

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00:28:36-00:29:06 (30 sec)
We refuse to postpone one more day what's within our capacity as Americans to do." There's nothing beyond our capacity. There's no limit to our future. We got to stand up, lift our heads up. The only thing that can tear America apart is America itself. And he's well on the way trying to do that. Everybody knows who Donald Trump is and it isn't who we are -- who we are. 66

Joe Biden

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00:29:06-00:30:05 (59 sec)
We choose hope over fear, unity over division, science over fiction. And yes, truth over lies. We can do this, folks, I promise you but you got to vote. May God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Thank you for listening. You're a very patient audience. Thank you. Thank you. 67