“We may not agree on everything,” Biden said of Ridge. “But we agree on this: this is a moment to put country above party,” he said, employing a line popularly used by conservative voters who have thrown their support behind the Democratic nominee.
Biden’s remarks focused heavily on the economy as he warned that working class people are “being left behind by the most unequal recovery in American history” due to the President’s mishandling of the pandemic.
After the last stop in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which went for Trump four years ago, Biden acknowledged, “a lot of white working-class Democrats thought we forgot them and didn’t pay attention,” referring to the Democratic Party. “And I think it’s important that they know.”
His campaign is employing Republican surrogates and endorsements to make their case for the Democratic nominee as well.
Biden’s campaign is also touting support from former Trump voters. In Erie County, Rick Telesz, a soybean farmer from western Pennsylvania who voted for Trump in 2016, introduced Biden ahead of his remarks. Telesz said that while Trump made many promises to farmers and working people four years ago, “it did not take long for me to realize that President Trump is nothing more than a con-man.”
Telesz delivered a scathing rebuke of the President, arguing that he is “not pro-life” but rather “pure pro-profit.”
CNN’s Nicky Robertson contributed to this report.