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With Trump Stuck In NYC Courtroom, Biden Launches Pennsylvania Campaign Tour

Biden said there are competing visions for the U.S. economy: 'Scranton values or Mar-a-Lago values'

With Trump Stuck In NYC Courtroom, Biden Launches Pennsylvania Campaign Tour

A court order requiring former President Donald Trump to be physically present for each day of his trial in New York City has effectively taken him off the campaign trail for the duration of the proceedings.

Trump is facing 34 counts related to falsifying business records for his alleged role in what prosecutors call a hush money scheme to pay off an adult film star with campaign funds.

The historic trial began Monday and is expected to last around six weeks. And as Trump was anchored to the courtroom of Judge Juan Merchan, his rival, President Joe Biden, traveled to the key battleground state of Pennsylvania for three days of campaigning.

On Tuesday, Biden made a return to his hometown of Scranton, attempting to re-frame the conversation about the economy, align his campaign with working class voters, and draw contrasts between himself and his billionaire opponent.

“When I look at the economy, I don’t look at it through the eyes of Mar-a-Lago. I look at it through the eyes of Scranton,” Biden said during an event at a community center.

He added that he wants to make the tax code more fair and proposed a 25 percent minimum tax for billionaires.

“Scranton values or Mar-a-Lago values,” Biden said. “These are the competing visions for our economy that raise questions of fundamental fairness at the heart of this campaign.”

The visit to his hometown was not publicly announced by Biden’s scheduling team. Unlike the huge rallies held by Trump, this event was held in a small room with a few dozen chairs and reports indicating low attendance despite the small venue.

“All I knew about people like Trump is that they looked down on us,” Biden stated, contrasting his upbringing with Trump’s frequent visits to his palatial estate. “They wouldn’t let us into their homes and their country clubs. When I look at the economy, I look at it through the eyes of Scranton, not through the eyes of Mar-a-Lago.”

Biden will stop in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia this week to unveil a plan for new trade protections and call for an investigation into Chinese subsidies for its shipbuilding industry.

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