Biden: Trump has just 'given up' on fighting virus

Democrat Joe Biden says President Donald Trump "has just given up" on fighting the coronavirus, and he says the American people deserve better. Biden took a pause from campaigning Wednesday to get a virus briefing from public health experts. (Oct. 28)

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JOE BIDEN: Folks, we've lost more than 220,000 lives to this virus already, but this administration has just given up. Over the weekend, the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, went on television and admitted that they've wave the white flag and declared surrender. He said, quote, "we're not going to control the pandemic," end of quote.

The American people deserve so much better than this. Just look at what happened last night in Omaha after Trump-- after the Trump rally ended. Hundreds of people, including older Americans and children were stranded in sub-zero freezing temperatures for hours. Several folks ended up in the hospital. It's an image that captured President Trump's whole approach to this crisis.

He takes a lot of big pronouncements and he makes a lot of big pronouncements, but they don't hold up. He gets his photo op and he gets out. He leaves everyone else to suffer the consequence of his failure to make a responsible plan. It seems like he just doesn't care much about it. And the longer he's in charge, the more reckless he gets.

It's enough. It's time to change. This country can't afford four more years of a president who thinks he's only responsible for the well-being of the people who voted for him. Even if I win, it's going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic. I'm not running on the false promise of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch.

But what I can promise you is this, we will start on day one doing the right things. We'll let science drive our decisions. We will deal honestly with the American people and we'll never ever, ever quit. That's how we'll shut down this virus. So we can get back to our lives a lot more quickly than the pace we're going at now.