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Politics Biden refuses to take questions from media during visit to old home in Scranton

04:30  10 july  2020
04:30  10 july  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Joe Biden pointedly refused to take questions from the media during a brief visit to his old home in Scranton, Penn. on Thursday, even though he had no issue exchanging pleasantries with a smattering of locals who gathered around.

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Biden, who rarely hosts press conferences and largely sticks to friendly audiences in virtual events and televised interviews, was in town to announce new economic initiatives.

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After Biden asked one resident, "Who's that beautiful baby? How old?" and "How are you?," Fox News' Peter Doocy tried to pose an inquiry of his own.

"Time for a few questions?" Doocy asked.

"No, no," Biden responded. "I just came to see Anne. Next time hopefully without a mask, ok?"

Ann Kearns purchased the Biden family home on North Washington Avenue in 1961 and describes herself as a fan of Biden.

While Biden didn't take questions from Fox News, he did sit for interviews with two local Lackawanna County stations following his economic policy address in Dunmore, Penn.

In those interviews, Biden insisted that "fracking is not going to be on the chopping block" and that he wouldn't fully defund the police. Instead, Biden siad he would call "for significant, different changes in police conduct."

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At his earlier policy address, Biden proposed spending $700 billion on American products and research -- in the hopes of bringing back millions of jobs lost in an economy flattened by the coronavirus pandemic.

The former vice president unveiled his populist plan during a speech at a metal works factory in Dunmore, Pa., just minutes from his childhood home. He also took a clear shot at the president.

“Growing up rich and looking down on people is a bit different than how I grew up here," he remarked.

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Biden's proposal, called the “Build Back Better” plan, also seeks to create 5 million new jobs and is the first of four economic proposals Biden is expected to roll out over the coming weeks.

"Let’s use this opportunity to take bold investments in American industry and innovation, so the future is made in America, all in America," Biden emphasized.

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Biden's latest trip to Pennsylvania -- he's made seven in the past month and a half -- came on the same day Vice President MIke Pence kicked off a campaign bus tour through the state.

Pennsylvania, along with fellow Rust Belt states Michigan and Wisconsin, was carried by the Democrats for a quarter century in presidential elections. But Trump narrowly edged out Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in all three states in 2016.

With just under four months to go until Election Day in November, the latest public opinion polls in all three states indicate Biden holding a single-digit advantage over the president.

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser and Allie Rafa contributed to this report.

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