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tv   Campaign 2020 Joe Biden Remarks on the Economy at Delaware State University  CSPAN  June 6, 2020 5:49am-6:06am EDT

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coronavirus and law enforcement accountability on tuesday at 3:30 p.m. secretary of labor eugene scalia testifies before the senate finance committee on the c.a.r.e.s. act and the role of unemployment insurance during the pandemic. then, the house judiciary committee hearing on policing practices and law enforcement accountability. also live on c-span three, the secretary of the treasury, steve mnuchin, testifies before the senate small business committee on the implementation of title i of the c.a.r.e.s. act. watch next week live tuesday and wednesday on c-span and c-span3, online at, or listen live on the free c-span radio app. >> democratic presidential candidate joe biden spoke about the u.s. economy at delaware state university, a historically black institution, in the state capital of dover.
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mr. biden: good afternoon everyone. let me begin by thanking dr. allen, president of delaware state university, one of the great hbcus of the country for accommodating us. i wish i was back on campus on a occasion.ratory before i speak on the economic situation, i want to take a moment to address something the president said this morning. tour at the end of his remarks, president trump said he hopes that, "george floyd is looking down and seeing that this is a great day for our country. ." to speak of a man who was needlessly killed by an act of that hasand --
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metastasized on this president's --ch as he with us on race as he splits us on race and ethnicity, george floyd's last words, "i can't breathe, i can't breathe," have echoed around the nation and around the world. to try to put any of the words in the mouth of george floyd frankly i think is despicable. the fact that he did so on the day when black unemployment rose , hispanic unemployment rose, black youth unemployment skyrocketed, tells you everything you need to know about this man and what he really cares about. americans, i am truly glad to see that 2.5 million americans have gone their jobs back. for those families, that is a sigh of relief. for all those of us, it reminds
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us of the resilience of american people. to those americans, i am so proud of you. so happy for you and for your families. i was disturbed, however, to see the president crowing this morning, basically handing a mission accomplished banner out hanging aasically mission accomplished than are out there when there is so much to be done. so many americans are still hurting. seven u.s. workers are still out of work. their dreams are still on hold and they are still struggling to put food on the table and wondering what will happen tomorrow -- can i pay my rent? will i be able to maintain my mortgage payment? the unemployment rate remains the highest it has been in nearly a century. as i said, luck unemployment would up this month -- went up
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this month. hispanic unemployment overall is four times higher than it was before the president watched his response to the -- botched his response to the pandemic. i am worried when you look deeper into the data, while temporary layoffs went down, permanent layoffs went up. donald trump still does not get it. he is out there spiking the ball , completely oblivious to the millions of people who are facing the greatest struggle of their lives. these folks aren't feeling any less pain today than they were yesterday. people have lost their health care in the crisis, they are not celebrating today, especially when donald trump is still going to court fighting to strip away health care from americans. there are fewer jobs today for americans than the day president obama and i left office.
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the president's behavior makes me deeply worried for the 90% with haven't. so, to all those families who who are frightened, hurting or wondering what is going to happen next, i want you to know i and a lot of others see you. we haven't forgotten you. -- i want be satisfied will not be satisfied until this country starts working for everyone, which is not now. let's be clear, the depth of this crisis is not a true -- not attributable to an act of god but to the failure of a president. but truth is every country dealt with their job losses due to the pandemic, that america was hit much harder out of the gate due to the complete incompetence and mismanagement of the response. presidentng, the
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tried to compare the response of germany and south korea. ok. let's compare. germany has one third of the deaths per capita than we do. south korea has less than 300 deaths total. america has 4% of the worlds population. and more than a quarter of the world's deaths due to this pandemic. 4% of the population. a quarter of the world's deaths. .t is no secret why let's get something straight. the president did not act quickly when he was warned to act, even his own team talked about it. for months, he downplayed the threat, falsely promising that everyone was going to be a would to get a test. claiming that, like a miracle, "like a miracle, this will disappear year ago he repeatedly praised china's
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containment response despite a litany of public appeals from many people, including me in january, not to let american lives and the u.s. economy and the world hang on his confidence , "the chinese word, the chinese truthful."was being he refused to take action to get adequate testing in place, 11 spread.s to columbia university found that 54,000 americans would he alive today, lives saved, if the administration had acted just two weeks earlier. this failure did not just cost cost jobs. new studies this week from movies and brookings confirm that half or more of those who lost their jobs would still be mounted aad trump competent response like germany and south korea did and other countries did when he should have.
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why this happened. donald trump was more focused on the stock wealth of the biggest corporations than he was on the well-being of the american people. he and his top economic advisers are telling people to buy stock instead of warning or nation to brace -- instead of preparing our nation to brace for this pandemic. now, after 110,000 american deaths, more than 20 million people still out of work, the consequences are clear. we are still facing devastating unemployment and still facing a historic health crisis. the continuing crisis of violence and injustice and indignity that is devastating black americans and latinos. we are losing the soul of this country. some of the sternest challenge is our nation has faced, and donald trump is patting himself on the back.
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view,t has no idea, in my what's really going on in this country. he has no idea the depth of the pain that so many people are enduring. he remains completely oblivious to the human toll of his indifference. it's time for him to step out take a own bunker, look around at the consequences of his words and his actions. , the president who takes no responsibility for costing millions and millions of americans their jobs, deserves no credit when a fraction of them return. but there is a deeper concern here. as we recover, some of the temporary job losses are still not on track to grow back in a way that will actually really serve working people. president trump is still rewarding wealth over work. all we hear coming out of the
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white house these days is calls for more tax cuts for big investors, big corporations. well, they didn't build this country. the middle class built this country. unions built the middle class. that's who i'd fight for. if trump continues to put the interests of ceos and shareholders ahead of the american worker, we will never get to where we need to be in this country. look, every american has a choice to make in november, not simply to who they will have as a president or senator or
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congresspeople, but what kind of country do we want to be? what kind of economy do we want? and who will it serve? in the coming weeks, i've laid out a plan i have developed for my comprehensive plan not just to build back the economy the way it was before covid-19, but to build it back better. it was already hurting for so many people. a plan to create millions of new good paying jobs with benefits where people get a fair return on work, where we make the country stronger, more resilient, more just. as you will see, that plan is anchored in job creating investments in small businesses, trillions of dollars in infrastructure, investing in innovation, manufacturing, caregiving and rewiring the faulty structures of our economy to ensure that dignity and equality for all american workers. there is a public health crisis, a job crisis, a crisis of inequity and indignity being endured by african americans and many other people of color. those three challenges alone are deeply connected to one another. the solutions have to be connected as well. any economic plan must start with a public health plan to make sure tests are available and they're able to be traced, tests and tracing. get our society functioning to
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build back the confidence we need to truly bring back jobs and small businesses. that is only the first step. my job plan talks about restoring the dignity to american people in addition to pursuing badly needed reforms, we need to grow wages, level the playing field, create tens of millions of new, good paying jobs to build a better american future. there is a monumental amount of work to be done to repair the damage that has already been done, and simply tweeting slogans like transition to greatness will not solve anything for the families who are hurting and wondering, where do i go next? i look forward to introducing -- i would have already done it had we had not had the death, george had not been held up against that curb. i planned on introducing it
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earlier, but i will be introducing it very quickly, implementing a real job plan that we're going to create and meet this moment. americans can't afford to have any more of their time wasted. they need an economy that works for them and they need it now. they need jobs that bring dignity and need it now. they need equal justice and equal opportunity now. they need a president who cares about them, who cares about helping them heal now. they can't wait. the response of so many people around the world, across the country, including many of our republican colleagues, former military commanders, etc. is crying out. we need justice, opportunity, and hope. i have faith in the american people.
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we give them half a chance, there is nothing they can't do. we need to unite as one nation, when we have, we have never ever, ever failed to solve the problems that face us in the moment. -- at the moment. thank you for listening. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. >> the u.s. senate returns on monday and plans to spend a week on the great american outdoors act to establish fund of maintenance for national parks and other public lands.
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the senate meets at 3:00 eastern. you can watch gavel-to-gavel coverage on c-span2. week, former president jimmy carter, bill clinton, george w. bush and barack obama made statements surrounding the events of the killing of george floyd. from president carter, dehumanizing people defaces us all. humanity is beautifully and almost infinitely diverse. the bonds of our common humanity must overcome the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. president clinton remarked, 57 years ago, dr. kane dreamed of a day where his four little children would be charged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. today, that dream seems even more out of reach, and we will never reach it if we keep treating people with color with the unspoken assumption that they are less human. president bush said, this tragedy, in a long series of similar tragedies, raises a long-overdue question, how do we end systemic racism in our
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society? the only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of america or how it becomes a better place. and president obama, who delivered his message on social media said, but it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station, including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way every day to work together to create a new normal in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts. you can read the entire statement from the former president's online at yesterday at the white house, president trump spoke to reporters in the rose garden about the u.s. economy, ongoing protests around america and the coronavirus. this is almost an hour.


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