Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden spoke outside at the UAW Region 1 Headquarters in Warren on Sept. 9.

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden spoke outside at the UAW Region 1 Headquarters in Warren on Sept. 9.

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Biden addresses autoworkers in battleground Warren

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published September 9, 2020

 Supporters of President Donald Trump turned out in Warren Sept. 9 to greet former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee.

Supporters of President Donald Trump turned out in Warren Sept. 9 to greet former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

 Biden supporters show their support outside the event.

Biden supporters show their support outside the event.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

WARREN — Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Warren on Sept. 9, where he addressed union auto workers and pledged to fight for them if he’s elected President of the United States in November.

Biden took the podium at about 1:45 p.m. and spoke for just under 30 minutes. He began on the offensive, criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting loss of jobs. He also accused the Trump administration of giving tax breaks to companies who send jobs overseas.

“He’s on track to be the first president since Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression to see the number of jobs in our economy go down, not up, while being president,” Biden said. “Our economy is down 4.7 million jobs since he took office. Even before President Trump’s failed response to COVID-19 crashed our economy, his reckless and chaotic trade policy had thrown American manufacturing into recession. It was already contracting in 2019.”

Biden announced plans to impose tax penalties on companies that offshore jobs and manufacturing to avoid paying taxes but eventually sell the products back to American consumers. He also floated an advanceable “made in America tax credit” as a reward for companies that invest to keep jobs in the U.S.    

Biden mentioned the closure of Warren’s General Motors Powertrain Plant as evidence of Trump’s “empty promises.” The 2.1 million-square-foot plant at Nine Mile and Mound roads employed 335 workers, including 265 hourly employees, before it was among five facilities left “unallocated” by GM in 2019. At the time, the company said the shutdown was part of a series of moves it described as “proactive steps” to meet market changes. The plant was retooled this year to produce surgical masks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden’s event was not open to the public, and press access was limited to pool reporters.

Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox blasted Biden’s visit to Michigan to promote what she called a “radical job-killing agenda” a few days after Labor Day.

“We know exactly what a Biden/Harris administration will look like for Michiganders — skyrocketing energy costs, destruction of manufacturing jobs and an ‘America Last’ foreign policy,” Cox said in a statement. “The people of Michigan won’t be fooled.”

Biden spoke outdoors at the UAW Region Headquarters, across the street from Dana Inc. inside of the massive plant once used by Chrysler to mass produce tanks during World War II, where Trump took a tour and rallied with workers during a visit on Jan. 30.

Trump’s visit in January was billed as a celebration of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade pact, signed into law the day before.

The stops in Warren were the latest in what could be a continuing string of trips to the fiercely contested battleground of Macomb County and the state of Michigan in the run up to the election on Nov. 3.

Trump held a rally in mid-Michigan on Sept. 10.

Trump defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Michigan in the November 2016 election by just under 11,000 votes. Trump won Macomb County, taking 54% of the vote to Clinton’s 42%.