Thursday, February 27, 2020
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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Joe Biden and the Working Class

May 5, 2019 --

The Times reported, April 30, that the former vice president and long-time senator, opened his campaign in Pittsburgh "vowing to rebuild the country's middle class." The headline for the article said, however, "Biden, in First Speech as Candidate, Vows Blue Collar Revival." Perhaps Mr. Biden promises to restore the working class to middle class level? Mr. Biden chose Pittsburgh for his first campaign campaign because, he said, that if he is to defeat President Trump, "'it's going to happen here.'" But Charles Blow, in his April 29 Times column seemed annoyed at the emphasis paid to the "working class" on restoring Democrat presidential fortunes. Referring to working class voters who helped elect President Trump in 2016, Blow indicated that Democrats were misguided "to hold constant their support from women and minorities even as they chase the votes of people hostile to the interests of women and minorities.

The columnist indicated that Democrat leaders and Joe Biden will have to justify "their inordinate focus on white, working-class voters...."

Meanwhile, LPR wonders if any of the former vice president's 19 challengers will raise questions about his son Hunter's ties to Ukraine business interests, mentioned in the April 19 posting of LPR. So far, only Bernie Sanders was said to have issued a "veiled attack" on Mr. Biden, citing Sanders opposition to NAFTA, which, as senator ,Mr. Biden supported.