Biden to base 2020 campaign in Philadelphia

Biden to base 2020 campaign in Philadelphia
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE has chose to base his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, the largest city in a key Rust Belt state crucial to any path to victory. 

“We’re proud to anchor our campaign in the birthplace of American democracy,” Biden's campaign manager, Greg Schultz, said in a statement.

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“Philadelphia is a thriving city and a testament to the American spirit, built by the ingenuity and tenacity of ordinary people who did extraordinary things," he added. "Its storied history and celebrated diversity will serve as an inspiration for Team Biden, and is the ideal setting to continue our fight for the soul of this nation.”   

Biden will hold a rally Saturday in the City of Brotherly Love, his campaign said.

Pennsylvania, along with Michigan and Wisconsin, will undoubtedly emerge as one of 2020’s most competitive battlegrounds after President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE bucked a decades-long blue streak and won the state in 2016. 

Senior advisers to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign are reportedly concerned about the president’s chances for reelection in Pennsylvania after his narrow victory there by less than 1 point. 

Biden, who hails from the Keystone State, has angled his campaign’s appeal toward winning back white working-class voters who traditionally voted Democrat but supported Trump over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE. He has played up his Scranton roots early on during his White House bid to suggest he understands the struggles of America’s blue-collar workers. 

The former vice president has emerged as the crowded Democratic primary’s pacesetter, placing at the top of every national poll released since he announced last month and raking in millions of dollars in donations.