Biden warns: Eight years of Trump presidency would 'change the character' of US
August 27, 2020
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE kicked off his “No Malarkey” bus tour on Saturday by warning a crowd in Iowa that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE would “change the character” of the U.S. if he were to stay in the White House for eight years.
“We can overcome four years of Donald Trump, but eight years will literally, literally begin to change the character of this nation, and we cannot let that happen,” Biden said, echoing a theme of his 2020 presidential campaign. “We cannot let that happen.”
Biden’s eight-day bus tour will take him to 18 counties in Iowa as part of an effort to highlight voters in rural America. The tour comes just about two months before the Iowa caucuses.
In a speech launching the tour in Council Bluffs, Biden repeated many of the messages he’s preached throughout his presidential campaign. He strongly denounced Trump, saying that the “No Malarkey” bus tour name served as a contrast to Trump since the president is “all lies.”
“Our national character is on the ballot this time around. Our children are listening, they’re wondering what’s going on,” Biden said.
The former vice president also called out Trump’s trade policies and its impacts on Iowa farmers. He said that his tour would emphasize this problem, stating that he believes it has become a “forgotten part of this campaign.”
“I promise you, I promise you,” Biden said. “we’re going to win this race, and we’re going to beat Donald Trump, and we’re going to change America.”
A few hundred supporters came out to witness Biden’s speech, according to The Associated Press. Bobby Moore, a party volunteer, told the news outlet that the attendance “isn’t one-10th of what was here for Pete” Buttigieg just days ago.
Biden has remained near the top of state and national polls since launching his campaign. Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) have also separated themselves from the large primary field.
Buttigieg holds a 7-point lead over Biden in Iowa, according to a Civiqs-Iowa State University poll released last month. Meanwhile, Biden has an 8-point advantage over Buttigieg nationally, a Quinnipiac poll released last week found. Warren and Sanders appeared right behind them in each of the surveys.