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President Donald Trump is claiming support from rank-and-file union members as Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden prepares to address an organized labor crowd in Pennsylvania.

Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is shown after appearing on ABC's
Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is shown after appearing on ABC’s “The View”, Friday, April 26, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Trump tweeted Monday he’ll “never get the support of Dues Crazy union leadership” but added “the members love Trump.”

Pennsylvania is one of the Rust Belt states where many white working class voters, including union members, backed Trump in 2016. Pennsylvania will be a key battleground in the 2020 general election, and Biden is making an early play in the state.

Trump again labels the former vice president “Sleepy Joe Biden” and says Biden and President Barack Obama “didn’t do the job.”

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden greets a few Amtrak employees as he arrives at 30th St. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden greets a few Amtrak employees as he arrives at 30th St. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Biden will speak in Pittsburgh after receiving the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Biden announced his candidacy last week, declaring the “soul of this nation” at stake if Trump wins again.

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Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is shown after appearing on ABC's
Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is shown after appearing on ABC’s “The View”, Friday, April 26, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

12:20 a.m.

Joe Biden is picking Pennsylvania for his first campaign speech of the presidential race. That signals his hopes of owning what may be the toughest battleground of next year’s election.

The former vice president’s speech to an organized labor crowd Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh comes days after he announced his candidacy and attended a fundraiser in Philadelphia.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks outside of Gianni's Pizza, in Wilmington Del. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks outside of Gianni’s Pizza, in Wilmington Del. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

For Biden, planting a flag in Pennsylvania makes sense: The longtime former senator from Delaware was born in Pennsylvania, has numerous ties to it and can use his deep inroads with influential state party figures to his advantage.

President Donald Trump’s campaign is already mapping out a strategy to win Pennsylvania for a second time, and the state forms the core of the president’s likeliest path to victory.

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