Biden campaigns in Pennsylvania

September 5, 2008 5:14:06 PM PDT
The Republican and Democratic conventions are over, and all of the candidates are hit the campaign trail hard Friday.John McCain and Sarah Palin rallied in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden stumped in Pennsylvania. The Senator from Delaware made stops across the Delaware Valley.

Joe Biden was chosen to fortify Barack Obama in what's known as "Hillary Clinton country," home to blue-collar middle class voters, catholics and the union rank-and-file.

One stop was a union hall in Northeast Philadelphia, where Biden blamed the nation's ailing economy on the Bush administration.

"Just this month 84,000 Americans lost their jobs," Biden said. "Eight straight months in a row of job loss. "

Biden promises an Obama White House will mean less war, smaller taxes and more jobs.

When asked if he would treat his opponent, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin with kid gloves, Biden said:

"They would yell to Harry Truman, 'give 'em hell!" Biden said. " Harry Truman looked out there and said, I'm not going to give them hell. I'm just going to tell them the truth and they'll think it's hell."

By the time Joe Biden arrived at a school in Langhorne, he was ridiculing the Republican National Convention as nothing but insults and wisecracks.

"The silence of the Republican Party was deafening on jobs, on health care, on the environment, on all the things that mater!" shouted Biden.

With 60 days to go until the election, and Pennsylvania is a critical swing state. That means both contenders will expend maximum resources here.


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