As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attended the Labor Day Parade in Pittsburgh on September 7, he gave hopefuls a glimpse of what it would be like if he decided to make a late entry into the 2016 presidential race.
The 72-year-old delivered a speech and voiced his appeal to fix income inequality. At one point, he said, “The tax code’s not fair. It’s simply not fair.” The Steel City, closely linked with organized labor, showed its support for Biden when he added, “The wealthy aren’t paying their fair share. There used to be one America.”
Meanwhile, he appeared eager and energetic as he jogged across a street downtown. Several people cheered him on with chants of, “Run, Joe, run,” and “Give it a go, Joe,” encouraging the politician to formally enter his bid for presidency. Biden looked as though he was having a good time, taking photos and entering the crowd to interact with people.
In conversation with a member of the United Steelworkers, Biden showed his support for democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, saying he was “doing a hell of a job.” Suddenly, a worker loudly interjected, “Biden for President.”
The current VP tackled the issue by joking, “No—you’ve got to talk to my wife about that. I’ve got to talk to my wife about that.”
However, last week Biden opened up about the issue of running for president, claiming that he was not emotionally fit to take on the candidacy role following the death of his son, Beau, from cancer this past May. He said that he has given himself till November to run for president, on his late son’s request.
President of AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, walked alongside Biden in the parade. While confessing he had no idea about the VP’s intentions, he said, “If you’re looking for energy, this is a great place to get energy today.”
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“‘Give It a Go, Joe!’: Biden Pumps Up Organized Labor Crowd as 2016 Rumors Swirl,” The Blaze web site, September 7, 2015.