Biden Slams Trump in First Clinton Campaign Appearance

He's 'thoroughly unqualified'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2016 2:50 PM CDT
Biden Slams Trump in First Clinton Campaign Appearance
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Riverfront Sports in Scranton, Pa., Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Vice President Joe Biden assailed Donald Trump's ability to lead America at home and abroad on Monday, branding him as indifferent to the needs of Americans in his first campaign appearance with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the AP reports. Biden told a crowd of about 3,000 at Riverfront Sports in his native city of Scranton that Trump was "totally, thoroughly unqualified" to be president, calling him a dangerous voice on national security and foreign policy. On the economy, he said, Trump's reveling in his TV reality show tag-line, "You're fired," showed his true colors. "He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break. It's such a bunch of malarkey," Biden said, adding: "He doesn't have a clue."

Offering himself as a powerful character witness for Clinton, Biden portrayed the former secretary of state as the most qualified person to lead the country, singling out her foreign policy experience and passion for improving people's lives. He cited his long history with Clinton, saying he's known her for three decades, since before she was first lady in the 1990s. "Hillary has forgotten more about American foreign policy then Trump and his entire team will ever understand," he said. And he cited Clinton's gender as a powerful asset, saying electing the first female president would change the lives of American women and girls. "Hillary Clinton is going to write the next chapter in American history," he said. Introducing Biden, Clinton sought to sow doubts about Trump's ability to bring jobs back to blue-collar communities like Scranton, where Biden lived for the first decade of his life before moving to Delaware. She acknowledged that many people in the audience might have friends considering voting for the Republican, but offered this advice: "Friends should not let friends vote for Trump." (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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