Biden: 'I'm Running for Three Basic Reasons'

By Susan Jones | May 14, 2019 | 7:22am EDT
Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in New Hampshire on May 13, 2019. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Former Vice President Joe Biden, now running for the Democrat presidential nomination, told a gathering in New Hampshire on Monday that the 2020 election is "bigger than politics" and "bigger than any you've been engaged in" because of "who occupies the office."

“The fact of the matter is that I'm running for three basic reasons, and I'm going to be very clear about it as I move along and go into great detail as we get down the road here, because this is a marathon," Biden said.

He then listed his three reasons for running:

I want to restore the soul of this country.

And secondly, I really want to, quite frankly, rebuild the backbone of this country, this time bringing everyone along, the middle class -- the middle class that built this country.

And thirdly what I want to do is I want to, and we talked about earlier, unite the country. Folks, I know I get criticized for saying that I think we have to unite the country.

The truth of the matter is, we can't get anything done in this country without a consensus. That's the way our Constitution is written, that's the way it runs. We're in a situation where you have to be able to generate a consensus to get anything done.

If you don't do that, you end up where we are now, you end up with a president who can divide the country, based on the ability to garner more power for himself or herself, depending on who it is -- and be in a situation where you just can't get anything done, when things don't get done, that's when executives reach out and claim more power than they're entitled to.

Biden, apparently fond of the number three, also told the gathering "There's three things we have to do to restore people's dignity."

"The first one is, we have to re-establish what Barack and I did in the Affordable Care Act..." (Biden praised Obama as "one heck of a president”). He said he would "restore" Obamacare and stop its evisceration.

The second thing is free community college. “Twelve years of education is not enough any longer," Biden said, but the costs are skyrocketing.

"We can pay for this with the tax cut that we're going to reverse, as well as eliminating some of these loopholes that make no sense,” he said.

The environment is the third thing Biden mentioned: "Clean air, clean water…We need environmental revolution,” Biden said, to deal with the “existential threat.”

"We do need to finish this green revolution in a way that's rational, and we can do it and afford it and get it done now."

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