Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Biden Campaigns for Clinton in Ohio

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Biden Campaigns for Clinton in Ohio

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WARREN, Ohio - Speaking down the road from a General Motors assembly plant Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden urged some 200 union members and others to remember who'd been on their side when their jobs hung in the balance - and to side with Hillary Clinton this November.

When the economic recession of 2008 hit, Mr. Biden said, "I got my brains kicked in ... by the Republicans" for supporting a financial-aid package that staved off the collapse of the American automobile industry.

"Remember what they were saying about you all?" he asked. "They were saying American workers were not productive, that you all were lazy." In a shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, he said, "That's still Trump's story."

Mr. Trump's election prospects depend on support of working-class whites, though he has offered conflicting appraisals of the assistance given auto workers. While he offered warm words for the effort at the time, after his campaign got underway last year he said, "You could have let [the industry] go bankrupt."

Mr. Biden's nearly 40-minute address praised autoworkers for rebuilding the industry since the crisis.

In a voice that ranged from hoarse to thunderous, he emphasized solidarity among them. "Folks, we all come from the same neighborhood, whether it's Youngstown, Scranton, Toledo, Pittsburgh," he said. As for Mr. Trump, Mr. Biden said he didn't understand their concerns "any more than you understand what it's like to live in a 30,000-square-foot penthouse 80 floors up in New York."

Mr. Biden appeared with Ted Strickland, a former Ohio governor now running for Senate, and he spoke comparatively little about Ms. Clinton. He did, however, try to address her weakness among working-class whites.

"I know some of you are mad at Hillary, [but] let me tell you something: She gets it," Mr. …

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