Addressing union manufacturing workers in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Pres. Joe Biden said that there were “three reasons” he decided to run for president – but, then, he only listed two reasons.
As he began to explain why he decided to run, Biden suddenly stopped when he realized that he had failed to introduce Pennsylvania’s governor, who was in attendance:
“When I started my campaign for president – the guv’s still, guv, I didn’t introduce you. I apologize. You’re the governor of this state and one of the best governors of the country. Thank you. You’re a good friend.”
Returning to his explanation of why he decided to run for president, Biden listed two reasons, then drifted off into a soliloquy on the value of unions, both to the country and his 1972 campaign:
“When, when I said I was running, when I announced my campaign, and not many people took it seriously, I said I was running for three reasons:
“One, to restore the soul of this country, a sense of decency and honor.
“And, secondly, to rebuild the backbone of the country. Hard-working, middle-class folks who built this country.
“And, I want to point out: unions built the middle-class! That’s not a joke. Unions built the middle-class. And, by the way, in case you regret anything, I just want you guys and women in union to know: if it weren’t for the UAW in 1972, I never would have won.”
“So, before you get upset, remember: you’re to blame,” Biden told the union workers.