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‘Four More Years!’: Union employees cheer Biden reelection bid

President Biden’s first speech after his reelection announcement Tuesday was delivered to an enthusiastic group of labor unions, following the identical playbook he utilized in 2020 when he spoke to a Pittsburgh union corridor after releasing a marketing campaign launch video.

Mr. Biden made his case for a second time period on the legislative convention for the North America’s Building Trades Union, a company comprised of 14 unions representing almost three million employees.

The occasion on the Washington Hilton got here simply hours after Mr. Biden formally kicked off his 2024 marketing campaign with a video announcement.

Although it was billed as a White House occasion and never an official marketing campaign cease, Mr. Biden spelled out why he believes his spending packages have revived American manufacturing, created good-paying union jobs, and rebuilt the center class.

He additionally concluded his remarks by echoing his 2024 marketing campaign slogan, “Let’s finish the job.”

“We’re on the cusp of major change,” the president stated. “We’re creating jobs again and manufacturing has come alive again. People can afford decent healthcare, and towns that have been forgotten and left for dead are coming alive again because of you all and what we are doing. Now we just have to keep going. Finish the job!”

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The pleasant crowd of union employees didn’t appear to know or care that it was an official presidential speech and never a marketing campaign kickoff, repeatedly interrupting Mr. Biden with chants of “Four more years!”

In closing his speech, Mr Biden tied his potential 2024 rival, former President Donald Trump, to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, and the remainder of the GOP.  It’s a theme that’s more likely to be repeated by the president because the 2024 election nears.

“The speaker, the former president, the MAGA extremists, they’re cut from a different cloth,” Mr. Biden. “The threat that MAGA Republicans pose is to take us to a place we’ve never been.”

Republicans responded to the president’s speech with a pointy rebuke.

“Biden wants to ‘finish the job,’ yet he couldn’t name a single accomplishment in his three-minute-long video seeking re-election,” stated Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Americans’ paychecks are shrinking and our communities are less safe in Biden’s America, which is why our Republican nominee will beat Biden in 2024.”

Mr. Biden has lengthy voiced his help for unions, a key group that helped carry him to victory over Mr. Trump in 2020. He typically brags that he’s the “most pro-union president’ in recent history and insists “unions built the middle class.” He repeated the road about unions and the center class on Tuesday.

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Ahead of his remarks, Mr. Biden obtained an endorsement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The union issued a press release calling Mr. Biden’s Cabinet, “the most pro-union administration of our lifetime.”

“Throughout his first term, President Biden has been a steadfast ally of unions and American workers. I am confident that support will continue in his second term,” IBEW President Kenneth W. Cooper stated in a press release.

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