Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, hopefuls for Presidential elections, became the first two Democratic contenders to visit Pittsburgh for their campaigning. Despite their conflicting views, both the contenders have been focusing on the same voters to win the elections.
Bernie Sanders became the first Democrat to address a crowd of around 4,500 at Schenley Plaza in Oakland, Pittsburgh on April 14. Throughout his campaign, he talked about providing Medicare for all, tuition-free public universities, a livable federal wage, immigration and prison reform. The aim was to get support from the Great Lakes and Midwest region of the country.
Alternatively, Joe Biden also delivered the first speech of his campaign at a Teamsters Union Hall on Monday, where he addressed a crowd of 500 people. The key points of his speech included a $15 minimum wage, the elimination of occupational licensing and non-compete agreements for working-class jobs, a public option for health care, cutting out tax loopholes to slash college costs up to half.
Biden and Sanders have been leading in the crowded Democratic presidential race as of now. They have been representing the Democratic goals at the base level and aim at bringing absolute changes in the existing policies and way of governance. They emphasized on winning back the so-called blue wall states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, wherein the voters shifted their support from Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Thus, the main aim is to reclaim the presidency.
Joe Biden has held an early, commanding lead in the polls, fueled by the belief that he has been the best Democrat to take on President Donald Trump. Despite being mocked by Trump earlier, Biden in his speech on Monday, said, “If I’m going to be able to beat Donald Trump in 2020 it’s going to happen here. It’s going to happen here in Western Pennsylvania.”
He later added: “We’re going to be able to do it. In Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, northeast Pennsylvania, places where a little lately we’ve had a little bit of a struggle.”
In the wake of his laid plan, Biden failed to visit the college campus or Philadelphia where 42 percent of the population consisted of black people. This raises questions on his desired strategies to win, as an increase in the number of voters of black race would be helpful for the Democrats to win the elections in these three states.
Sanders has largely focused on Trump’s record on trade, calling on the president to scrap his plan for a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement because the new deal doesn’t provide enough protection for workers. Biden focused his campaign launch on Trump’s behavior after the 2017′s violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Although, Joe Biden’s policies were considered less ambitious in comparison to Bernie Sanders, the people in Pittsburgh have been favoring Biden largely.