As the presidential election approaches and nominees begin to fervently campaign, Joe Biden participated in his first town hall on Sept. 17, hosted by CNN, in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
This town hall differs from those in the past because of the current global pandemic. Rather than holding it indoors with numerous people, the audience listened from their cars and waited to ask their questions, one-by-one, either from their car or at a microphone. This in itself made history, being the first drive-in town hall with socially distant participants.
Moderated by Anderson Cooper, Biden answered a variety of questions, ranging from the state of the country due to COVID-19 to fair wages between men and women. Another issue he acknowledged during the town hall was systemic racism and white privilege. Unlike President Donald Trump in an interview with Bob Woodward, Biden recognized his privilege while answering a question about his stance on white privilege.
Biden referred to the presidential race as “a campaign between Scranton and Park Avenue” when answering a question about health care workers. He made the statement to appeal to the working class and emphasizes the differences in the people he perceives the two candidates hope to protect and promote; Trump engages the wealthy class, while Biden wants to uplift the middle and lower classes in America.
Biden will continue to have presidential campaigns and social distancing rallies leading up to the Nov. 3 election.
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