Biden to base 2020 campaign in Philadelphia

Biden to base 2020 campaign in Philadelphia
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now 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 TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off 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.