Former Vice President Joe Biden presented his attitude on the importance of the following midterm elections while in Pittsburgh on Monday, pointing out that “everything” is at stake in November.
“Everything. It’s simple,” Biden said in response to a shouted question about the stakes in the upcoming elections. “Everything.”
Reporter: What's at stake in the midterms?
Former VP Biden: "Everything. We're in a fight for the soul of America. It’s about time we restored dignity to work, it’s about time we start talking to each other like we’re civilized and deal with one another with respect." –@NBCNews pic.twitter.com/9mR0xflp1H
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) September 3, 2018
“We’re in a fight for the soul of America. It’s about time we restored dignity to work,” he added. “It’s about time we start talking to each other like we’re civilized and deal with one another with respect.”
The reason for the visit of the former vice president in Pittsburgh was to participate in the city’s Labor Day parade, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Biden tied his remarks on midterms back to Labor Day:
“That’s what this is about. That’s what labor is about. You know, my dad used to have an expression. He’d say “A job’s about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about your respect. It’s about being able to look your kid in the eye and say ‘Honey, it’s going to be okay.’”
Biden also weighed in on the death of Sen. John McCain, saying the late Arizona Senator was “like a brother” to him.
“We had the same value set, we had different perspectives,” he said.
Reporter: What do you think of the president's reaction to McCain's death?
Biden: Everybody knows who the president is. pic.twitter.com/Z9V2SHvxdb
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 4, 2018
When asked more directly how he felt about President Donald Trump’s handling of McCain’s death, the former vice president appeared to scoff, “Everybody knows who the president is,” he said.