Biden Wades Into the ‘Urban-Rural Divide,’ But Can’t Find His Way Out of It

By Susan Jones | December 4, 2019 | 8:28am EST
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Mason City, Iowa on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo:Screen capture)
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Mason City, Iowa on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo:Screen capture)

( - The audience in Mason City, Iowa was mostly silent, their faces impassive, as former Vice President Joe Biden gave them his presidential pitch on Tuesday.

Among other things, Biden talked about uniting the country, even as Democrats push for the impeachment and removal of a duly elected president.

"Unless we pull the country together again, we got a real problem," Biden said. "You have to be able to reach consensus or you don't get anything done."

Continuing with his unity theme, Biden said, "Look how we're even getting divided based on urban and rural now.

"Why should someone who lives in a skyscraper in New York City or Los Angeles have any more or less of an opportunity -- why do we have to choose between that and someone living on a farm in this county?" Biden asked.

"But that's how we're kind of making it out these days. Look at the splits, read all that -- all that -- all those opinion pieces in the press -- the great divide between urban America and rural America. There's no reason for it. That didn't always exist. Always differences, but it never existed the way it does now. And folks, we gotta change it," Biden said.

"And the way to start to change it -- and I'm going to get right to it and not keep you a long time here,” Biden said, as he walked to the lecturn to look at his notes.

"The way to change it is -- (looking at his notes) -- "that your children and your grandchildren, growing up in Mason City and this county should be able to be in a position when they grow to choose that they're going to stay and raise their families right here in Mason City and the rural counties around -- surrounding them. But it's getting harder and harder to do it, isn't it?

"I remember as a kid, we used to have to take the Iowa test..."

Biden then rambled into education and health care access, never explaining how he would solve the "urban-rural divide," aside from keeping Mason City kids in Mason City.


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