Joe Biden, democratic presidential nominee traveled to Warm Springs, Georgia, on Tuesday to borrow language and imagery from a titan of his party’s past in the closing days of the campaign about how to heal the country of the coronavirus pandemic and of bitter political divisions.
The late US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who contracted polio in 1921 and suffered paralysis, visited the mineral springs for his health often. After leading the country out of the Great Depression and through most of World War II, Roosevelt died April 12, 1945, while drafting a speech that Biden borrowed as a guide for his own prospective administration.
“In it he was to say: ‘Today … we must cultivate the science of human relationships — the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world at peace,’” Biden said. “To live together and work together. That’s how I see America. That’s how I see the presidency, and that’s how I see the future.”
Biden criticized Trump without naming him, saying the country needs a president who cares less about TV ratings and more about the American people, who looks not to settle scores but to find solutions, and who is guided not by wishful thinking but by science, reason and fact.
“That’s the kind of president I hope to be,” Biden said.
Trump’s campaign blasted the speech.
“Joe Biden today continued his despicable politicization of the coronavirus crisis, while being completely unburdened by the responsibility of leadership,” said Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman. “While President Trump led the nation in the unprecedented battle against the Chinese virus, Biden sat in his basement and suggested nothing that President Trump had not already done or was not already doing.”