Bi­den pledges New Deal-like agenda to counter Trump

The Maui News - - Nation And World - The As­so­ci­ated Press

DUN­MORE, Pa. — Demo­crat Joe Bi­den turned his cam­paign against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to­ward the econ­omy Thurs­day, in­tro­duc­ing a New Deal-like eco­nomic agenda while draw­ing a sharp con­trast with a bil­lion­aire in­cum­bent he said has aban­doned work­ing-class Amer­i­cans amid cas­cad­ing crises.

The for­mer vice pres­i­dent pre­sented details of a com­pre­hen­sive agenda that he touted as the most ag­gres­sive govern­ment in­vest­ment in the U.S. econ­omy since World War II. He also ac­cused Trump of ig­nor­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic and the cli­mate cri­sis while en­cour­ag­ing di­vi­sion amid a na­tional reck­on­ing with sys­temic racism.

“His fail­ures come with a ter­ri­ble hu­man cost and a deep eco­nomic toll,” Bi­den said dur­ing a 30-minute ad­dress at a me­tal works firm near his child­hood home­town of Scranton, Pa. “Time and again, work­ing fam­i­lies are pay­ing the price for this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­com­pe­tence.”

Bi­den’s shift to the econ­omy meets Trump on turf the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent had seen as his strength be­fore the pan­demic se­verely cur­tailed con­sumer ac­tiv­ity and drove un­em­ploy­ment to near-Great De­pres­sion lev­els. Now, Bi­den and his aides be­lieve the is­sue is an all-en­com­pass­ing open­ing that gives Democrats av­enues to at­tack Trump on mul­ti­ple fronts while ex­plain­ing their own gov­ern­ing vi­sion for the coun­try.

The for­mer vice pres­i­dent be­gan Thurs­day with pro­pos­als in­tended to rein­vig­o­rate the U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing and tech­nol­ogy sec­tors.

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