Transcript for Joe Biden says what he will do if he’s not elected POTUS
Keenan Wilson, Democrat. Good evening. You say that you committed to entering this race after the events of charlottesville in 2017. I assume that that feeling that prompted you to run will not go away once the results are determined. So, hypothetically, if you lose, how will you use your platform to urge president Donald Trump and those rallying behind him towards the ideals of a more perfect union? Well, to be very honest with you, I think that’s very hard. He is not — things have not lent themselves to him learning from what’s happened, what’s gone before. Instead of being chastened by being one of the few presidents, the only president, to be impeached and then have a member of his own party vote to expel him, item boldened him, but what it will do, hopefully I’ll go back to being a professor at the university of Pennsylvania and making the case that I’ve been making and the Biden institute at the university of Delaware, focusing on the same issues relating to what constitutes decency and honor in this country. It’s just a thing that got me involved in public life to begin with. As a kid, I moved from Scranton, where there were no African-Americans and moved down to Delaware and in Delaware, we had the eighth-largest black population as a percent of the population, it was an epiphany for me, seeing what was going on. I don’t mean — I wasn’t John Lewis, I don’t mean to imply that, but it’s a thing that’s motivated. My dad used to have an expression, for real. He said, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity, it was real. Everyone is. So if I’m a defeated candidate for president back teaching or I’m elected president, it is a major element of everything that I’m about because it reflects who we are as a nation. And it’s what makes us — every single solitary generation, the dial has moved closer and closer and more and more to inclusion. And we are a country that is a country of slaves who came here 400 years ago, indigenous people and everyone else is an immigrant. And we’re a diverse country. And unless we are able to treat people equally, we’re just never going to meet our potential. But I think the American people want to see that happen. I think they’re ready to see it happen. And I tell you one thing, if I’m elected president, you will not hear my race baiting, not hear me dividing, you’ll hear my trying to unify. And unify, bring people together. When I said I was running because I wanted to unify the country, people said, well, those are the old days — we better be able to do it again. Agree. We better be able to do it If you lose, what will that say to you about where America is today? Well, it could say I’m a lousy candidate and I didn’t do a good job, but I think — I hope that it doesn’t say that we are as racially, ethnically and religiously atodds with one another as it appears the president wants us to be. Usually, the presidents in my view, with all due respect, has been divide and conquer. The way he does better if he splits us, if there’s division. And I think people need hope. I think — look, George, I’ve never been more optimistic about the prospects for this country than I am today, and I really mean that. I think people are ready, they understand what’s at stake. And it’s not about Democrat or Republican. If I get elected, you know, I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’m going to be an American president. I’m going to take care of those who voted against me as well as those who voted for me, for real. That’s what presidents do. We have to heal this nation, because we have the greatest opportunity of any country in the world to own the 21st century and we can’t do it divided. One more break, we’ll be
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