Full interview: Biden discusses pandemic, campaigning, Supreme Court vacancy
In a one-on-one interview with WRAL News anchor/reporter Cullen Browder, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden contrasts his campaign effort in North Carolina with President Donald Trump's packed rallies and discusses Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the need for Democrats to turn the effort to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before the election into a campaign issue.
Welcome to North Carolina. Good to be back. Let's start with National Breaking News in Louisville. One former officer indicted there, but not for the death of Briana Taylor. What's your reaction? I have not. I just heard by being asked the question moment. I haven't seen any of the details, so I'm reluctant to respond. All I know is I've heard and heard on the radio We're coming here that people acquire lining up to protest and they're very upset. I don't know the detail, I hope, was a thorough investigation. I'll comment when I know the detail, but if there are gonna be protest, they should be peaceful. Protest. Briana Taylor's mom, God lover, has gone through hell, and she should not have to be in a situation where I'm sure, just like the other, just like the other folks have been victimized is does not want to see burning, looting anything like that. So I pray, be peaceful and then be peaceful. Protest. Let's turn to Covad. 19. Clearly campaigning in this pandemic is very difficult. It's complicated. Uh, by tomorrow, President Trump will have been here holding rallies five times in the past month. This your first visit since of February. You're clearly, uh, concerned about social distancing. How do you compete? And how do you show North Carolina voters you care about this? Well, we have a couple 1000 volunteers in the state. Number one. We have over 200 some page staff in and out of state and contacting people on the telephones and virtually constantly, Um and, uh and so I think we compete responsibly. But we don't do is we don't large bringing about large crowds where people are cheek to jowl there, in fact, breathing in one of their coffee and one of them and some people are going to get sick and die. The number of cases is going up again. We're in a situation hours expected to be another 178,000 deaths between now and the end of this year. What's the president saying? He says. I take no responsibility. It's not my fault. I have no responsibility. It's up to the governor's. Come on, you said you're a commander in chief. Act like one, take responsibility, provide the PPE, provide all the things that are needed to keep people to be able to open schools and safely make sure businesses are given the protection they need to be able to set up everything from from plastic covering, be in front of the cash register to people wearing masks and a whole range of things. He's just not doing what needs to be done. He's being totally irresponsible. It's all about re election for him, and it's irresponsible. In the wake of Justice Ginsburg's death, you've been critical of Republicans who have reversed course from 2016 where they blocked Barack Obama's nominee. Uh, now they want to push through a nominee. Will you go along with what some Democrats are proposing to expand the court? What I'm not going to do, I hope you'll understand, is play the president's game. He wants to change the subject instead of about violating constitutional principles by moving forward in the middle of an election. Elections have already started. He wants us talking about whether or not we're gonna expand the cord or we're gonna court pack. I'm not gonna get into that. What I am going to say is that I urged the Democrats to go out and campaign like the devil to make it clear what the president has done, what he's attempting to do, and he's probably gonna be able to do and make it clear that that's going to cause women their health care because we're gonna take away the affordable care act. They're gonna take great, affordable care act once again, we will be able to charge more for the same procedure Man is charged for, pregnancy becomes a pre existing condition. Again, people are gonna lose their healthcare, particularly women. And that's why that's why we should be out making this a campaign issue and make sure that we changed it. We've seen a lot of negative ads here in North Carolina, many attacking you. The president clearly has attacked you, calling you week that you're unfit for the job. For those North Carolina voters who buy into that, who may question your whether you're physically mentally fit for this job? How do you respond right now? Watch me Look at him. I'm not the guy who, by the way, said the problem with the civil with the Revolutionary War is we didn't have enough airports. I'm not the guy who said that the attack that took down the trade towers around 7 11. I'm not the guy who can't run up or down the Platt the the ramp to get to the, uh to deliver a commencement speech in an academy. I'm not the guy who says Inject bleach in your arm. I want to talk about, you know, And I do know the difference between truth and lies between good and bad, between hope and fear. And so just watch me and make your decision. And quickly, with the debates coming up, are you prepared? How do you stack up? Look, I'm a on all athletes, and I'm used to dealing with bullies. The front is that rather than say, I'm going to do it again. Watch me. I've not been a bad debater, and we'll see. What I'm gonna do is insist that we talk. About what? The press With the president's failures. He's gonna want to make it personal. He's gonna want to get in the mosh pit. I'm going to talk about why I want to be president. United States, what I'm gonna do and where he's failed. Mr. Vice President. Thank you so much. Thank you. Appreciate it. Thanks.