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Politics Amtrak rider-in-chief Biden embarks on Rust Belt train tour

01:15  01 october  2020
01:15  01 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — If America had an Amtrak rider-in-chief, Joe Biden would be it.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The former vice president, who estimates he's logged more than 2.1 million miles riding the rails in his lifetime, added seven more hours to that total Wednesday as his campaign chartered a nine-car private train to tour parts of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania — key areas to pick up votes if he wants to flip the states from red to blue in November.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway, right, aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway, right, aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden spent much of the trip inside a roomy, window-lined “conversation car" chatting with supporters he had picked up at stops along the way. He and his wife, Jill, also had their own all-glass space at the back of the train known as the “president's car.” It's an appropriate name considering the Democrat's task at hand: to defeat President Donald Trump in November.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden forged a political identity around being an avid Amtrak rider. Starting around the time his first wife and young daughter died in a car crash just before Christmas 1972, he took the train daily from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington and then back again to be home with his two young sons. The roundtrip was 250 miles, and he made it every day the Senate was in session during his decades serving in the chamber.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

His campaign has used the commute in ads meant to portray Biden as an everyman, and the Amtrak station in Wilmington was renamed in his honor.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik): Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It’s an image that fits well into Biden’s latest line of attack against Trump: that he, the former vice president, represents working-class enclaves like his native Scranton, Pennsylvania, while Trump embodies glitzy Park Avenue in Manhattan. Biden frequently says that blue-collar America is tired of being looked down upon — an issue Trump capitalized on in 2016, when many of his supporters believed Democrat Hillary Clinton had disdain for them.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, right, speak with invited guests aboard an Amtrak train, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as it makes its way to Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, right, speak with invited guests aboard an Amtrak train, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, as it makes its way to Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Wednesday’s tour took Biden from Cleveland, the site of Tuesday night’s debate, to Alliance, Ohio, and then on to Pittsburgh. From there, he visited Greensburg, Latrobe and Johnstown, Pennsylvania -- areas whose industrially dependent economies, Biden said, had been devastated by Trump’s economic policies.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“I used to look out the window -- like I did on the way down here -- and look into the homes,” Biden told a couple dozen cheering supporters on a train platform at Pittsburgh’s Union Station. “I’d wonder, ‘What’s going on in that house? What are they thinking about?'”

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Alliance Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Alliance, Ohio. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

During the tour, Biden proclaimed, “I love being on the train,” and called it his “favorite means of transportation.” He also noted that, when he first starting riding Amtrak, the service didn't have its own police force, and he recalled helping rectify that in the Senate.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“It’s not as fast as a helicopter, but I made a lot of family friends on Amtrak,” Biden said.

Supporters ring cow bells and wave across the train tracks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Amtrak's Cleveland Lakefront train station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Cleveland, Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Supporters ring cow bells and wave across the train tracks during an event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Amtrak's Cleveland Lakefront train station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Cleveland, Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

During the day’s first speech at Cleveland’s train station, Biden was interrupted by a freight train thundering by. In Alliance, he was jokingly asked if he had enough Amtrak reward points to cover the campaign train. His said he wanted to save them for an excursion after the election is over.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his train at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden boards his train at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

During a press conference, he said his time was limited because the train conductor might leave him behind.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“We gotta get on this train, or all of you are going to have to run behind it,” Biden joked to reporters.

Supporters applaud as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Supporters applaud as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The conductor, 63-year-old Don Lewis, said Wednesday marked his final journey after 46 years with Amtrak. Lewis confessed to being a little nervous about meeting Biden when the candidate first climbed aboard the chartered train, but he also said he considered himself a Biden supporter.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden, making his third run for the presidency, announced his first campaign for the White House in 1987 at the train station in Wilmington. Then, he and his family posed for pictures off the back of the train. His 2020 campaign entertained notions of recreating a similar scene but were unable to, told that Amtrak no longer produces cabooses.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, arrive to speak at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, arrive to speak at Amtrak's Pittsburgh Train Station, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Instead, the Bidens’ private car on Wednesday featured a “Ridin’ with Biden” sign. His campaign also affixed Biden placards and signs urging supporters to text “Ohio” to the campaign, which staffers took down when the train crossed into Pennsylvania. Other signs billed the train as the “Build Back Better Express” a nod to Biden’s plan for post-coronavirus pandemic economic recovery.

According to the Amtrak website, the cost of chartering a private train begins at $30,000 and the journey must stick to existing rail routes. Wednesday’s followed the Capitol Limited, which runs daily from Washington to Chicago. Biden’s campaign wouldn’t publicly divulge how much it cost.


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