President Joe Biden visited the Steelworkers Union Hall in Allegheny County on Labor Day.
The speech marked his second of the day. The first came in another battleground state: Wisconsin.
“The middle class built America, and unions built the middle class,” Biden said.
He highlighted recent bills signed into law, including the CHIPS Act, Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. He said the pieces of legislation are good for American workers.
“I’m going to be back here not too long from now because we got $60 billion to rebuild that bridge that collapsed when I came here not long ago,” Biden said while speaking about the Fern Hollow Bridge. He also mentioned the coming expansion at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Biden also took the opportunity to stump for statewide Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.
“If I have to be in a foxhole, I want John Fetterman there with me,” he said.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman briefly appeared at the podium. He’s running for Senate against Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“Send me to Washington, D.C., so I can work with Sen. Casey and I can champion the union way of life,” Fetterman said.
We attempted to speak with Fetterman as he left, but he did not do an interview or comment.
The president also repeated some themes from his speech in Philadelphia a few days ago, calling “MAGA Republicans” undemocratic. He said the country is at an inflection point.
“It’s clear which way the new MAGA Republicans are. They’re extreme. Democracy is really at stake. You can’t be a democracy when you support violence if you don’t like the outcome of an election,” Biden said.
We received a statement from Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel about Biden’s visit. It said in part:
“Pennsylvania knows who John Fetterman is: a Biden Democrat who is more comfortable in the company of Bernie Sanders and wealthy, Washington elites than he is with hardworking Pennsylvanians.”
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