Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday, Sept. 9, held an outdoor campaign rally in Michigan where he attacked President Donald Trump for failing to bring back jobs to the state and tanking the U.S. economy with delayed response to the CCP Virus pandemic.
The campaign event was organized for roughly one dozen socially distant attendees in a parking lot behind the UAW Region 1 headquarters in Warren, according to a MLive report.
During a half-hour speech, Biden claimed that Trump broke his promises to the American workers while repeatedly emphasizing that the president has not improved the U.S. economy in four years.
“Under President Trump, the U.S. trade deficit has grown. It’s at an all-time high,” Biden said. “President Trump’s answer to this is the same as his answer to everything: Corporate tax giveaways that actually reward offshoring.”
“President Trump has broken just about every promise he’s ever made to the American worker and he’s failed our economy and our country,” Biden added.
The former vice president argued that the incumbent president’s delayed response to the CCP Virus pandemic has resulted in disasters for the economy.
Citing the economy lost 4.7 million jobs since Trump took office, Biden claimed, “He’s on track to be the first president since Herbert Hoover in the Great Depression to see the number of jobs in our economy go down, not up while being president.”
Accusing Trump of incentivizing companies to move jobs overseas through loopholes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Biden promised to restore American manufacturing jobs through a combination of tax hikes on companies that move jobs overseas and tax incentives for businesses that make investments in job growth.
The former vice president proposed an “offshoring penalty surtax” applied to profits from goods produced overseas and sold in the United States by American companies. He said that he would push Congress to raise the corporate tax rate to 28%, causing companies to pay a 30.8% tax rate on any profits from goods made overseas and sold back in the United States.
Biden also proposed a 10% tax credit for businesses that make specific investments to boost domestic jobs.
“We can revitalize our industrial base as the heart of the American middle class,” Biden said.
Michigan is a battleground state in the November election. Just one day after Biden’s visit, President Trump is also scheduled to make a campaign stop in Michigan on Thursday.
The president is scheduled to speak at the MBS International Airport in Saginaw County where several thousand people are expected to attend. According to ABC Detroit, some supporters have been camped out since Tuesday evening.
Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes, a narrow margin that made him the first Republican to win the state in nearly 30 years.