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  • In 1987, Senator Joe Biden was running for President.

  • Then, one of his rivals leaked a video of him repeating a speech

  • from a British politician as his own:

  • The first Kinnock I'm the first Biden

  • in a thousand generations to be able to get to university

  • to get to a college and graduate degree

  • Biden dropped out and went back to DC, where

  • he was chair of the Senate Judiciary committee.

  • He offered to step down.

  • Here's how he describes what happened next.

  • "'Absolutely not,' Sen. Strom Thurmond said.

  • 'You're my chairman.'"

  • Strom Thurmond wasn't just a Republican - he was a segregationist.

  • But he and Biden became friends.

  • Biden's long career in the Senate was built

  • on personal relationships like this.

  • Now, he's running for President again.

  • This time, he's running on the belief that's defined his political career: That consensus

  • isn't just possible, it's preferable.

  • People are saying, 'Biden just doesn't get it, You can't work with Republicans

  • anymore.

  • That's not the way it works anymore.'

  • Well, folks, I know how to make government work.

  • It's a promise rooted in Biden's vision of how things once were.

  • I've worked across the aisle in the past.

  • I can do that again with your help.

  • He's a person who represents a nostalgic version of politics.

  • Biden represents what we want to believe is the past.

  • Joe Biden believes he can take us back to a time before partisan gridlock.

  • The question is, should we give him the chance?

  • What's the best case for President Joe Biden?

  • I've met Joe Biden and I admit it's kind of enchanting.

  • He's a gladhander. He'll make you smile.

  • He'll make you laugh.

  • People feel like he cares and he has empathy.

  • That is one of Biden's sort of strengths.

  • His primary opponents have criticized Biden for being too moderate.

  • You think he's too moderate?

  • He might be too moderate for me and for the party.

  • I think if you're looking through his policies, what you're gonna see is that

  • despite the rhetoric of him being a moderate candidate,

  • in a sort of bigger picture way he's definitely still a progressive.

  • Biden wants to triple the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 a year to $6,000.

  • He's been championing free college since 2015.

  • And supports a $15 minimum wage.

  • Plus, he wants to make it easier for workers to know how much their co-workers are making,

  • to help fight against pay disparities.

  • If Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders weren't there, I think the headlines would be

  • "Joe Biden is running on the most progressive policy platform in American history."

  • At the same time, Biden has built a persona as a moderate deal-maker.

  • Back in 2009, during the financial crisis, Biden helped convince three moderate

  • Republican Senators to cross the aisle and vote for a stimulus bill

  • That helped stabilize the economy

  • by increasing investment in highways and programs like food stamps

  • He's going to take a deal, is going to take a bargain because he believes that that's

  • what's going to make people's lives better.

  • And the case for him as a candidate rests on where that reputation can help him the most.

  • I will win Michigan.

  • I promise you that.

  • I will win Pennsylvania.

  • I will win Ohio.

  • All of the Democratic candidates beat Trump nationwide, all of them.

  • But that's not how you win.

  • So in the United States, you have to win not only a lot of votes, but you have to win in

  • a lot of places.

  • And that's what Donald Trump did.

  • So he beat Hillary Clinton with fewer votes, but he won in key places.

  • Some of these key places Democrats have won before.

  • Barack Obama won them.

  • The state of Pennsylvania went for Obama...

  • But then Donald Trump came in

  • and he carried a specific district right outside of Pittsburgh by 20 points.

  • American politics usually comes down to, you know, 10 points is a landslide.

  • Five points is like a sweeping victory.

  • So 20 points is a knockout race.

  • A year and a half later,

  • there was a special election that came up.

  • The Republican incumbent had aligned himself closely with President Trump.

  • And he faced a challenge from a young Democrat.

  • I'm Conor Lamb, and I approve this message.

  • They were running a campaign of localized politics, moderate politics, appealing to

  • union workers.

  • They worked hard for it and they expect us to keep our promises to them.

  • His campaign only paused for one national Democrat.

  • Former vice president Joe Biden.

  • Go out and make sure he wins!

  • Conor Lamb won that race.

  • And a few months later, a similar strategy helped Democrats

  • win back the House of Representatives.

  • Of the 41 seats that Democrats flipped from Republican incumbents in 2018, just a handful

  • went to members of the House Progressive caucus.

  • The rest ran on more moderate platforms.

  • It was a lot of just competent women.

  • A lot of them came from military backgrounds, policing backgrounds.

  • And were running on, hey, I'm gonna make sure healthcare stays strong.

  • I'm going to protect the ACA.

  • Two years later, that sounds a lot like the kind of campaign Joe Biden is running.

  • I believe we have to protect and build on Obamacare.

  • That's why I proposed adding a public option to Obamacare

  • as the best way to lower cost and cover everyone.

  • Joe Biden has a case to make, a very strong case that he can go into places where Democrats

  • have lost and he can win.

  • He has a reputation for connecting with voters, for being a really great campaigner.

  • And it's not just that he's good at those things, but it's that those things matter

  • in the places that Democrats really need to win.

  • If you're looking at Democrats, it's worth considering.

  • Who whose political strategy do you like the best and do you think will get the most done?

In 1987, Senator Joe Biden was running for President.

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