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Joe Biden says he’s ‘sick and tired’ of the Trump administration

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Former
Vice President Joe Biden is pictured above speaking in Ohio on
Monday.


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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden bemoaned the Trump
    administration while campaigning for Democrats on Tuesday. 
  • Biden started the day in Wisconsin where he noted the three
    terror incidents that have happened in the past week, commenting
    that hate is being “given space to fester.” 
  • The 75-year-old is considered a likely contender for the 2020
    Democratic party nomination. 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on
Tuesday bemoaned the tenor of Trump-era politics as he sought to
carry Democrats competing in key races across the finish line
ahead of next week’s election.

Biden began the day in Wisconsin stumping for Democratic Sen.
Tammy Baldwin and Tony Evers, the party’s nominee to unseat GOP
Gov. Scott Walker. The former vice president noted the 11 people
who were killed Saturday in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in
U.S. history, the two African-Americans shot dead at a Kentucky
grocery story and the wave of pipe bombs addressed to prominent
Trump critics, including Biden.

“Three times this past week the forces of hate have terrorized
our fellow Americans for their political beliefs, the color of
their skin or their religion,” Biden thundered to an audience of
more than 1,000 at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
“When that hate is given space to fester, it encourages other
seamier parts of society to rear their ugly heads.”

 

He continued: “I am sick and tired of this administration. I am
sick and tired of what’s going on. I’m sick and tired of being
sick and tired, and I hope you are too.”

Biden went on to say that this election “is bigger than
politics.”

“I think we’re in a battle for America’s soul,” he said.

Biden will be in Iowa later Tuesday to campaign for Abby
Finkenauer, a Democrat seeking to flip a Republican-held
congressional district in eastern Iowa.

His return to Iowa is certain to fuel speculation about whether
he’ll launch a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
While he’s not expected to make an announcement until after the
midterms, some Iowa Democratic activists say his message could
resonate, especially amid heightened concerns about the nation’s
heated political rhetoric.

“If I had to say what I want in the next president, it’s personal
integrity, character and a moral compass,” said longtime Biden
supporter Teri Goodman of Dubuque, Iowa. “Does Joe Biden fit many
of those? He does, in my opinion.”

Biden has long been an unsparing critic of President Donald
Trump’s moral leadership. Campaigning in Nevada this month, he
said American values are “being shredded by a president who is
all about himself.”

Following Saturday’s attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, Biden
said, “Hate is on the march in America.”

Trump condemned the synagogue shooting as an “evil, anti-Semitic
attack” and vowed to do “everything in my power as president” to
stop political violence. The president was headed to Pittsburgh
on Tuesday to offer his condolences.

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