tv Road to the White House 2020 Joe Biden Campaign Rally in Pittsburgh CSPAN April 29, 2019 3:36pm-4:32pm EDT
[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] >> a live picture from the teamsters temple number 249 in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, where former vice president joe biden is about to kick off his campaign for the democratic presidential nomination. this rally expected to start here in just a couple of minutes. it will last a few hours, after it begins. a short time ago the national firefighters union endorsed joe biden for president. president trump tweeted this in esponse. former vice president biden responded with -- i'm sick of this president bad mouthing unions. labor built the middle class in this country. minimum wage, overtime pay, the 40-hour workweek. they exist for all of us because unions fought for those rights. we need a president who honors them and their work. >> everybody stand for the
pledge of allegiance, please. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it ands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thank you. cheers and applause] announcer: ladies and gentlemen, to sing the national anthem, please welcome joey breslow. [cheers and applause] ♪ o say can you see y the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed
at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright tars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched ere so gallantly streaming and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still here o say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ cheers and applause] announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the general president of the international association of firefighters, harold sheaburger. cheers and applause] >> great to see you. good afternoon to all of my sisters and brothers in the great labor movement and pittsburgh and beyond. to the members of the i.f.f., the proud gold and black so, great to be with you.
and it's also so much of a thrill to be with the hundreds of you in this hall, but the overwhelming crowd that's still outside, unable to get in. good afternoon to each and every one of you. cheers and applause] let's be clear, why we are here. and it's really simple. and that's to elect joe biden as the next president of the united states. [cheers and applause] there's no question, joe is the one candidate in 2020 who stands above the rest when it comes to a career standing up for people who work for a living. and hold a union card. he understands the value of a hard day's work and the dignity of getting your hands dirty and doing a job that you're proud of. he knows that labor and unions
built the middle class. they built this country. [cheers and applause] and all of you are part of who is responsible for building this great country. he speaks to and connects with those workers that didn't believe the last democratic nominee heard them. cared about them. and felt that their historic votes for a democratic candidate were maybe just being taken for granted. i'm pretty straight when i say what i have to say to all of you. and that is that i know that joe biden is going to be a president that will stand up for all of the patriotic americans who want nothing more than to earn a decent wage, send your kids to college, have affordable health care, and enjoy a decent and secure retirement. you agree with me? cheers and applause]
joe is a lot like our firefighters and a lot like so many of you. he's a problem solver. he's one whose dedicated to making this country better. this morning i had the great privilege of announcing that the international association of firefighters, the iaff, has endorsed joe biden to be our next president of the united states. cheers and applause] we want joe! we want joe! we want joe! we want joe! [crowd chanting] let me tell you. we endorsed him because we know he'll be a champion for the public safety in america, fighting for policies and legislation that improve the lives and livelihoods of not just firefighters, but all of you who work hard for a living.
and at noon today we celebrated and honored workers who have been killed while doing their jobs. and our members who lose their lives sacrificing in the line of duty to serve others. joe biden understands that sacrifice. joe biden is a compassionate, personal and decent leader who when the going gets tough is always there with those in times of need. he's a good man, cares deeply about his fellow americans, and our great nation. [cheers and applause] and joe biden is genuine. there's nothing phony or artificial about joe biden. [cheers and applause] and his strength isn't only focused on making a better america for working families. his experience on the
international stage throughout his public career, establishing strong relationships with leaders from across the globe will restore america as the beacon of hope and democracy around the world, where we once were and where we will be again. [cheers and applause] and at a time when the political arena has become so damn nasty, so much rancor and personal attacks, joe will bring civility and deebt decency and enhance the political discourse that our country needs right now. because he's just like all of you here. he truly believes that we must be unified and stand together as americans. his years in the u.s. senate, as vice president of the united states, bring the experience that is needed to get things done. and while we can debate and argue over policy issues, we must put personal differences
aside to solve the big problems for the american people. and joe biden will help us do just that. cheers and applause] let me ask you a few questions, ok? do we need a president who opposes right to work laws? do we need a president who will fight for collective bargaining for every worker? [cheers and applause] do we need a president who opposes a supreme court ruling in the janice case last year that was meant to knee cap and cripple public sector unions? ok. and do we need a president who recognizes a strong economy, just isn't g.d.p., it's not just stock market index increases, it's not just trim lines on a graph, but a president who believes that a strong economy has to work for working people,
is that the president we want? cheers and applause] listen. those great jobless numbers that we're hearing about, to my belief, is somewhat misleading. particularly if they're made up by how many of you whose families have both people in that family working, how many are working part time, how many are not getting paid a decent, fair living wage? how many are working multiple jobs just to make ends meet? we need to fix that. so do we need a president who will fix that? [cheers and applause] do we need a president who is going to protect prevailing wage? [cheers and applause] do we need a president who supports a strong, secure, guaranteed refirmente for workers who have fulfilled their careers? [cheers and applause] we need a president that doesn't want us just to turn retirement plans into 401-k cash cows for wall street, is that who we
need? do we need a president will w.h.o. will work to make sure -- who will work to make sure that you are paid a fair -- who said no up there? come on. [laughter] we got to get this right. that was a yes. do we need a president who's going to make sure that you get paid a fair day's wage for a fair day's work, to have a little something to save after you pay your bills, to help ensure that your children have a better chance than you did, than we did? [cheers and applause] you're damn right that's what we need. and joe biden will be that president! cheers and applause] [audience chanting] let me hear you. i can't hear you! all right! let him hear you outside! far too many -- listen. this is a union town. this is a union state. this is a union county.
[applause] and far too many politicians today treat the word union like it's a dirty word. but i truly believe our nation is seeing once again the real value of our union. the real value of your work. the history of how unions built america. that unions did build the middle class. that unions are fighting for a fair work force, that unions can provide a voice of protection for every american who busts their ass every day to make this country stronger. cheers and applause] and joe biden isn't afraid to say union. joe biden has stood with unions. and joe biden will support our unions because he knows you are the backbone of the middle class and the foundation of our strong nation. are you ready to stand with him? [cheers and applause] then let me hear you!
cheers and applause] we want joe. we need joe. we need joe more than joe needs to be president. this country needs joe. [cheers and applause] and finally. with a field of good people putting themselves forward in this primary season, the most important factor that we must etermine in the democratic nomination process is who can win? who has the necessary experience to win? who has the metal to win the general election? and let me shoot straight with you. and this may not be popular in parts of the democratic party. but we have to have a nominee and can't have a nominee that is too far left. it's just that simple. a candidate that has high-minded ideals, maybe honorable ideals,
but little chance of winning. and there's no question that the candidate who can win, the candidate who can and will be our next president is joe biden. cheers and applause] we want joe. we need joe! we need joe! so that's why this iaff and that's why we're going to count on every one of you to work your asses off to elect our friend joe biden, the next president of the united states! thank you for being here. god bless you. god bless all hardworking union members all across this great country. cheers and applause]
jill: so exciting to be here today in pittsburgh. you know, some weeks are just a bit more exciting than others. and this has been an incredible week for joe and me. >> go jill! [cheers and applause] jill: as you know, last thursday, my husband announced that he was running for president of the united states. cheers and applause] and what did i do to celebrate? the same thing that all of you probably did. i went to work. [laughter] jill: because, hey, those research papers weren't going to get collected by thems.
so teaching -- thank you. teaching is more than just a job for me. it's a calling. and can i ask, how many teachers are in the audience today? [cheers and applause] jill: thank you. i can see by your shirts now that i see them. i know a lot of you teachers feel the same way. our students give us so much. they keep us grounded and inspire us. most of my students at northern virginia community college are the first ones in their families to pursue an education. cheers and applause] they work full-time jobs and have a lot of people counting on them. they come to my class after their military service in iraq or afghanistan. they come as single parents.
or some are women returning to school to make a better life for themselves and for their families. despite their differences, they come looking for the same simple thing. the opportunity to work hard and build a future. and that's what we all want, isn't it? [cheers and applause] jill: more than that, it's what we all deserve. when we turn on the news today, we are told that we are a nation that is more divided than ever. we're told that our differences are irreconcilable. that we must close the door on people who think differently. we're told that there is a war between them and us. but when i travel this country and i meet people like all of
you, that's not what i see. i see neighbors who pick up groceries for the mom whose husband is deployed. i see middle class families who are getting record-breaking amount -- giving record-breaking amounts of donations to causes they care about. i see americans who drive their pickup trucks into the floods of a hurricane and run toward fires to help their neighbors. cheers and applause] i see people speaking out against bullying, dig tri-, and race -- bigotry and racism. [applause] that's who we are. that's the america i know and love. that's what this nation is
about. working hard and building a better life for our kids. [applause] coming together to create something that is more powerful than anything we could achieve alone. we are a nation of faith. the belief that together, we can rise to our greatest aspirations and that our best days are yet to come. cheers and applause] that faith has shaped my husband's life. it has led him through tragedy and triumph, through his time in the senate, and through eight incredible, hopeful years as your vice president. [applause]
and that's why i know that with your help, he will bring that hope, that vision, that faith in the promise of america, to the white house. [applause] renee and i love teaching. she's a middle school math teachers who has served in pittsburgh's most channeling schools. she is a proud member of the pittsburgh federation of teachers. cheers and applause] and was recently apoint to the executive board. she's a mom of five children.
and a surrogate mom to many of her students and her colleagues alike. she's been described as well-loved and a fire cracker. so you know she and joe have a lot in common. so please help me welcome to the tage, ronnier is months. -- sermons. cheers and applause] >> hello, everyone. i would like to thank dr. biden for that wonderful introduction and for giving me the opportunity to introduce our special guest. first, i would like to share a little of myself with you all. i was born and raised in pittsburgh to a young couple
with the american dream, to provide a better life for their child than they had. my mother was a nurse's assistant for over 25 years and my father is a recently retired union painter over 49 years. cheers and applause] the reason i speak of the work they did is because they were hardworking, middle class african-americans who grew up with low income and little money. they both showed and instilled in me ha hard work pays off and that knowledge is power. cheers and applause] i was raised on that proverb, it takes a village to raise a child. to respect my elders.
to be honorable. work hard and take pride in every job i had. become a productive citizen in the world. and to always honor god. i went to pittsburgh public schools where i now teach today. cheers and applause] i am a proud wife and mother of five children who all work and are currently educated in pittsburgh public schools. i know that my task as a teacher and a mother is that i am not raising children but future adults. today i am honored to stand before you as someone who was often told what i couldn't be. i was looked down, counted out, and even thrown away by many but
my family and the teachers who pushed me when i wanted to quit is why i am standing here today. cheers and applause] i encourage my children to be better than me and soar higher than me. i want them to know that in life, it's not how you start but how you finish. [applause] we need a president who will bring back the words of the pledge of allegiance, and to the republic for which it stands, under god, indy visible, with liberty and jusity for -- indivisible with liberty and justice for all. not for all who are in a certain class. or race. but for all people. regardless of race, class, or gender.
we must have a leader that has a vision, experience, and integrity. we must have a leader that is honorable. and will speak to what is right and wrong and stand firm on the truth. cheers and applause] laying aside pride, laying aside pride and self-elevation but serving the people of the united states of america and willing to do the work necessary to regain the truth of all americans. cheers and applause] we must come together and build each other up and not tear each other down. no longer creating division with hatred and fear. i believe that joe biden is that person. cheers and applause]
joe biden is from pennsylvania, comes from a working class family. he was the vice president of the first african-american president. [applause] he is history. he still has work to do to build on the work he and president obama began. it is my honor and pleasure to introduce vice president joe biden, the next president of the nited states of america. cheers and applause] we take care of our own
cheers and applause] joe: thank you. am ame is joe biden and i jill biden's husband. that's how i'm known back home, that's how i am known most places. thank you. i want to take a moment to reflect on something that happened here in the state not long ago. as a matter of fact, very recently. reflect on the anti-semitic attack that took place this synagogue in california, one dead, three injured but folk we saw hate in charlottesville, we saw it again in pittsburgh at the tree of life synagogue, the attack the
deadliest in america history on a jewish community. and we are reminded again, we are in a bat. we are in a battle for america's soul. i really -- i really believe that. and we have to restore it. folks -- [applause] joe: i want to thank rich fitzgerald, count injury executive of allegheny county, being here. and mayor nesby, city of -- city of duquesne is here as well. i know you're here somewhere. the international firefighters general president and my friend for a long, long time. one of the guys in our unions that as they say along with the teachers brung me to the dance when i started. thank you, harold. cheers and applause] thank you for your endorsement. kevin schmidt, president of teamsters local here, thankers in use of the house. appreciate it.
[applause] joe: the president of the firefighters, dave, where are you? dave, thank you very much. also a real -- a union that helped me in the verying very beginning of my career and i've had great respect for, the united steelworkers. bobby. [applause] joe: and the building trade. frank, frank is here too. you've got it, pal. look. the pennsylvania federation of teachers, the pennsylvania -- [cheers and applause] joe: pennsylvania state education association. american federation of government employees, united brotherhood of carpenters, service employees union, united food and commercial workers.
i make no apologies. i am a union man. cheers and applause] >> we love joe! we love joe! we love joe! we love joe! joe: thank you. thank you. let me tell you why -- thank you. let me tell you why i chose pittsburgh to begin this effort. i believe that pittsburgh and my native town of scranton and my hometown of wilmington and claymont represent the cities and towns that make up hardworking, middle class americans who are the backbone of this nation. that's not hyperbole. the backbone of the nation. i also came here because quite frankly, folks, if i'm going to be able to beat donald trump in 2020, it's going to happen here.
cheers and applause] joe: with your help -- we're going to be able to do that >> we love joe! we love joe! we love joe o! joe: thank you. with your help, i think we're going to be table to do that. we're going to be able to do it in pennsylvania. western pennsylvania. northeast pennsylvania. places where a little lately we've had a little bit of a struggle. the truth of the matter is i think we're coming back. so please, please go to joebiden.com and sign up and join our campaign. we need your help. we need your help. [cheers and applause] joe: there are three basic reasons i'm running for president of the united states. the first is to restore the soul of the nation. the second is to rebuild the backbone of this nation. and the third so to unify this nation. we always do better when we act
as one america. today i want to speak about the second of these three and that's rebuilding the backbone of america. that is, we have time, all my time in public life i've gotten involved, i've been referred to as middle class joe. it's not always meant as a compliment. it's usually that i'm not sophisticated, that's why i'm middle class joe. the fact is i'm sophisticated about why, how, and who built this country. let me say this simply and clearly and i mean this. the country wasn't built by wall street bankers, c.e.o.'s and hedge fund managers. it was built by you. it was built by the great american middle class. [cheers and applause] the american middle class is built by unions. by you. look, folks. you know, that's the story of america. when ordinary people from neighborhoods like yours and mine, we grew up, go out and do
extraordinary things, that's how it happens. when i look out at this crowd, i see the folks from my neighborhood in claymont and wilmington and scranton. i'm not being solicitous and -- solicitous, i mean it. i see people with physical courage and brains. i see people who butted their backs their whole lives to care for their families. i see people like the million a-- millions across this nation who get up every single day to work like a devil to raise their family, pay their taxes and volunteer in their communs to make this country work. i see people understand that being middle class is not a number. it's a value set. it's being able to send your kids to a park where you know they're safe. being able to own your own home and not have to rent it. it's being able to send your kid to a good school and if they do well they can go beyond high school. to trade school or college or beyond. it's about being --