Biden Calls For Unity, Says Country Is ‘Crying Out For Leadership’

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Joe Biden offered a message of hope and unity in prepared remarks delivered in Philadelphia’s City Hall on Tuesday, seeking to heal a nation tearing at the seams after eight days of unrest and posit his leadership style next to a combative President Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia, Tuesday, … [+]

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“The president of the United States must be part of the solution, not the problem,” Biden said, adding that the nation is “crying out for leadership” after the death of George Floyd, and a pandemic that has left more than 100,000 Americans dead and more than 40 million unemployed.

Biden called the protests sweeping the nation a “wake up call” and repeated Floyd’s dying words, “I can’t breathe,” imploring Americans to try and “listen” and “understand” them.

Biden’s speech comes one day after Trump delivered remarks in the Rose Garden on Monday in which he promised to “mobilize troops” on American soil if governors failed to respond forcefully.

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