Joe Biden riles up Orlando rally for Democrats
Former Vice President Joe Biden declared America’s to major parties are in a “battle for the soul of America” and left no doubt that he believes the Democrats are the ones offering character, moral leadership, trustworthiness and Republicans inspired by President Donald Trump are “preying on hopelessness and dispair.”
In front of several hundred people packing a downtown Orlando show venue, Biden laid out his attacks in sometimes thundering oratory, while also reserving much of his speech for soft and contempative thoughts on the issues dividing the parties: health care, climate change, the future of Social Security and Medicare, foreign affairs alliances, and reactions to waves of alt-right white nationalism.
“I’m afraid that this is not your father’s Republican Party,” Biden said, adding that he had vowed to give Trump time, until the Charlottesville demonstrations. “I couldn’t remain silent any more. I wrote an article for Alantic magazine saying, we’re in a battle for the soul of America.”
Biden also was there at Orlando’s Church Street Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House, as he was earlier in the day in Tallahasee and Jacksonville, to boost the election campaigns of Democrats U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, gubernatorial nominee