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FLOYD. KILLING OF BREONNA TAYLOR IN HER OWN APARTMENT. VIOLENCE OF EXTREMISTS AND OPPORTUNISTS. RIGHT WING MILITIAS. >> I APOLOGIZE. WE SEEM TO BE HAVING A TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY WITH THE VIDEO. WE'LL TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND BE RIGHT BACK WHEN WE SHORT IT OUT. >> SETTING FIRES IS NOT PROTESTING. NONE OF THIS IS PROTESTING. IT'S LAWLESSNESS. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. AND THOSE WHO DO IT SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. VIOLENCE WILL NOT BRING CHANGE. IT'LL ONLY BRING DESTRUCTION. IT'S WRONG IN EVERY DAY. IT DIVIDES INSTEAD OF UNITES. DESTROYS BUSINESSES. ONLY HURTS THE WORKING FAMILIES THAT SERVE THE COMMUNITY. IT MAKES THINGS WORSE ACROSS THE BOARD, NOT BETTER. NO, WEST NOT WHAT DR. KING OR JOHN LEWIS TAUGHT AND IT MUST END. FIRES ARE BURNING AND WE HAVE A PESIDENT WHO FANS THE FLAMES RATHER THAN FIGHTING THE FLAMES. BUT WE MUST NOT BURN. WE HAVE TO BUILD. THIS PRESIDENT LONG AGO FORFEITED ANY MORAL LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY. HE CAN'T STOP THE VIOLENCE BECAUSE FOR YEARS HE'S FOMENTED IT. HIS FAILURE TO CALL ON ITS OWN SUPPORTERS SHOWS HOW WEAK HE IS. DOES ANYONE BELIEVE THERE'D BE LESS VIOLENCE IN AMERICA IF DONALD TRUMP IS REELECTED? WE NEED JUSTICE IN AMERICA. WE NEED SAFETY IN AMERICA. WE'RE FACING MULTIPLE CRISES. CRISES THAT UNDER DONALD TRUMP HAVE KEPT MULTIPLYING. COVID. ECONOMIC DEVASTATION. UNWARRANTED POLICE VIOLENCE. EMBOLDENED WHITE NATIONALISTS. A RECKONING ON RACE. DECLINING FAITH AND THE BIRTH OF THE RIGHT AMERICAN FUTURE. THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE CAN'T JUST DO SO MUCH MORE THAN WE'RE DOING. THE COMMON THREAD, INCUMBENT PRESIDENT WHO MAKES THINGS WORSE, NOT BETTER. AN INCUMBENT PRESIDENT WHO SEWS CHAOS RATHER THAN PROVIDING ORDER. AN INCUMBENT PRESIDENT WHO FAILS IN THE BASIC DUTY OF THE JOB WHICH IS TO ADVANCE THE TRUTH THAT ALL OF US KNOW THAT WE'RE ALL BORN WITH A RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. THAT'S RIGHT. ALL OF US. THE MOMS AND DADS IN SCRANTON WHERE I GREW UP WHO HAVE WORKED AND SCRAPED FOR EVERYTHING THEY'VE EVER GOTTEN IN LIFE. THE AUTO WORKER IN MICHIGAN WHO STILL MAKES THE BEST AUTOMOBILE IN THE WORLD. THE SINGLE MOM IN OHIO WORKING THREE JOBS JUST TO STAY AFLOAT WHO'LL DO ANYTHING FOR HER CHILD. RETIRED VETERAN IN FLORIDA WHO GAVE EVERYTHING HE HAD TO THIS COUNTRY AND NOW JUST WANTS US TO HONOR THE PROMISES MADE TO HIM. LORD AND TAYLOR SALESPERSON WHO JUST LOST THEIR JOB. A STORE CLOSING AFTER 194 YEARS IN BUSINESS. NURSES AND DOCTORS IN WISCONSIN WHO HAVE SEEN SO MUCH SICKNESS. SO MUCH DEATH IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS. THEY WONDER HOW MUCH MORE, HOW MUCH MORE CAN THEY TAKE BUT STILL THEY MUSTER UP THE COURAGE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE PATIENTS IN THIS PANDEMIC WHILE RISKING THEIR OWN LIVES. RESEARCHERS IN MINNESOTA WHO WOKE UP THIS MORNING DETERMINED TO FIND A BREAK THROUGH IN TREATING CANCER AND WILL DO THE SAME THING TOMORROW AND THE DAY AFTER AND THE DAY AFTER BECAUSE SHE'LL NEVER GIVE UP. WHITE, BLACK, LATINO, ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE AMERICANS, EVERYBODY. I'M IN THIS CAMPAIGN FOR YOU. NO MATTER YOUR COLOR. NO MATTER YOUR ZIP CODE. NO MATTER YOUR POLITICS. WHEN I THINK OF THE PRESIDENCY I DON'T THINK ABOUT MYSELF. IT ISN'T ABOUT MY BRAND. IT'S ABOUT YOU THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER. I PROMISE YOU THIS, WE WILL DO BETTER. YOU KNOW, ROAD BACK BEGINS NOW IN THIS CAMPAIGN. YOU KNOW ME. OWE KNOW MY HEART. YOU KNOW MY STORY. MY FAMILY'S STORY. ASK YOURSELF, DO I LOOK LIKE A RADICAL SOCIALIST WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR RIOTERS? REALLY? I WANT A SAFE AMERICA. SAFE FROM COVID. SAFE FROM CRIME AND LOOTING. SAFE FROM RACIALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE. SAFE FROM BAD COPS. LET ME BE CRYSTAL CLEAR. SAFE FROM FOUR MORE YEARS OF DONALD TRUMP. I LOOK AT THIS VIOLENCE AND I SEE LIVES AND COMMUNITIES AND THE DREAMS OF SMALL BUSINESSES BEING DESTROYED. AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR REAL PROGRESS ON THE ISSUES OF RACE AND POLICE REFORM. AND JUSTICE BEING PUT TO THE TEST. DONALD TRUMP LOOKS AT THIS VIOLENCE AND HE SEES A POLITICAL LIFELINE. HAVING FAILED TO PROTECT THIS NATION FROM THE VIRUS THAT HAS KILLED MORE THAN 180,000 AMERICANS SO FAR, TRUMP POSTS AN ALL CAPS TWEET SCREAMING LAW AND ORDER TO SAVE HIS CAMPAIGN. ONE OF HIS CLOSEST POLITICAL ADVISORS IN THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN'T EVEN BOTHER TO SPEAK IN CODE. JUST COMES OUT AND SHE SAYS IT. QUOTE, THE MORE CHAOS, VIOLENCE, THE BETTER IT IS FOR TRUMP'S REELECTION. THINK ABOUT THAT. THIS IS A SITTING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY. INSTEAD HE'S ROOTING FOR CHAOS AND VIOLENCE. THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS DONALD TRUMP FAILED TO PROTECT AMERICA SO NOW HE'S TRYING TO SCARE AMERICA. SINCE DONALD TRUMP AND MIKE PENCE CAN'T RUN ON THEIR RECORD THAT HAS SEEN MORE AMERICAN DEATHS TO A VIRUS, THIS VIRUS THAN THE NATION'S SUFFERED IN EVERY WAR SINCE KOREA COMBINED. SINCE THEY CAN'T RUN ON THEIR ECONOMY THAT HAS SEEN MORE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR JOBS THAN ANY TIME SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. SINCE THEY CAN'T RUN ON THE SIMPLE PROPOSITION OF SENDING OUR CHILDREN SAFELY BACK TO SCHOOL, SINCE THEY HAVE NO AGENDA OR VISION FOR A SECOND TERM, TRUMP AND PENCE ARE RUNNING ON THIS AND I FIND IT FASCINATING. QUOTE. YOU WON'T BE SAFE IN JOE BIDEN'S AMERICA. AND WHAT'S THEIR PROOF? THE VIOLENCE WE'RE SEEING IN DONALD TRUMP'S AMERICA. THESE ARE NOT IMAGES OF SOME IMAGINED JOE BIDEN AMERICA OF THE FUTURE. THESE ARE IMAGES OF DONALD TRUMP'S AMERICA TODAY. HE KEEPS TELLING YOU IF ONLY HE WAS PRESIDENT IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN. IF HE WAS PRESIDENT. IF HE WAS PRESIDENT YOU'D FEEL SAFE. WELL HE IS PRESIDENT WHETHER HE KNOWS IT OR NOT. IT IS HAPPENING. IT'S GETTING WORSE. AND YOU KNOW WHY. BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP ADDS FUEL TO EVERY FIRE. BECAUSE HE REFUSES TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE'S A RACIAL JUSTICE PROBLEM IN AMERICA. BECAUSE HE WON'T STAND UP TO ANY FORM OF VIOLENCE. HE'S GOT NO PROBLEM WITH WHITE RING MILITIA AND VIGILANTES WITH ASSAULT WEAPONS. OFTEN IN THE MID OF THE VIOLENCE AT THE PROTESTERS AND AIMING THERE. AND BECAUSE TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SIMPLY DON'T TRUST THIS PRESIDENT TO RESPECT THEIR RIGHTS TO HEAR THEIR CONCERNS OR TO PROTECT THEM. DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA AND I WERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, WE HAD TO DEFEND FEDERAL PROPERTY. WE DID IT. WE DIDN'T SEE IT. YOU DIDN'T SEE US WHIPPING UP FEARS AROUND THE DEPLOYMENT OF SECRET FEDERAL TROOPS. WE JUST DID OUR JOB. AND THE FEDERAL PROPERTY WAS PROTECTED. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA AND I WERE IN OFFICE WE DIDN'T LOOK AT CITIES AS DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN RUN. THESE ARE AMERICAN CITIES. BUT TRUMP DOESN'T SEE HIMSELF AS PRESIDENT FOR ALL OF AMERICA. FRANKLY I BELIEVE IF IT I WERE PRESIDENT TODAY THE COUNTRY WOULD BE SAFER AND WE'D BE SEEING A LOT LESS VIOLENCE AND HERE'S WHY. I HAVE SAID WE MUST ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF RACIAL INJUSTICE. I HAVE PERSONALLY SPOKEN TO GEORGE FLOYD'S FAMILY AND TO JACOB BLAKE'S FAMILY. I KNOW THEIR PAIN. AND SO DO YOU. I KNOW THE JUSTICE THEY SEEK AND SO DO YOU. THEY'VE TOLD US NONE OF THIS VIOLENCE RESPECTS OR HONORS GEORGE OR JACOB. I BELIEVE WE CAN BRING THESE FOLKS FIGHTING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE TO THE TABLE. I'VE WORKED WITH POLICE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR MANY YEARS. I KNOW MOST COPS ARE GOOD, DECENT PEOPLE. I KNOW HOW THEY RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY TIME THEY PUT THAT SHIELD ON AND GO OUT THE DOOR. AND I'M CONFIDENT I CAN BRING THE POLICE TO THE TABLE AS WELL. I'D MAKE SURE EVERY MAYOR AND GOVERNOR HAD THE SUPPORT THEY NEEDED FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT I WOULDN'T BE LOOKING TO USE THE UNITED STATES MILITARY AGAINST OUR OWN PEOPLE. IF I WERE PRESIDENT MY LANGUAGE WOULD BE LESS DIVISIVE. I'D BE LOOKING TO LOWER THE TEMPERATURE IN THIS COUNTRY, NOT RAISE IT. I'D BE LOOKING TO UNITE THE NATION. BUT LOOK, IF DONALD TRUMP WANTS TO ASK THE QUESTION WHO'LL KEEP YOU SAFER AS PRESIDENT? LET'S ANSWER THAT QUESTION. FIRST, SOME SIMPLE FACTS. WHEN I WAS VICE PRESIDENT VIOLENT CRIME FELL 15% IN THIS COUNTRY. WE DID IT WITHOUT CHAOS AND DISORDER. AND YES, WE DID IT WITH DEMOCRATIC MAYORS IN MOST OF THE MAJOR CITIES IN THIS COUNTRY. THE MURDER RATE NOW IS UP 26% ACROSS THE NATION THIS YEAR UNDER DONALD TRUMP. DO YOU REALLY FEEL SAFER UNDER DONALD TRUMP? COVID HAS TAKEN THIS YEAR JUST SINCE THE OUTBREAK HAS TAKEN MORE THAN 100 YEARS — LOOK, HERE'S, THE LIVES, THINK ABOUT IT. MORE LIVES THIS YEAR THAN ANY OTHER YEAR FOR THE PAST 100 YEARS. MORE THAN 180,000 LIVES IN JUST SIX MONTHS. AN AVERAGE OF 1000 PEOPLE DYING EVERY DAY IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST. DO YOU REALLY FEEL SAFER UNDER DONALD TRUMP? MR. TRUMP, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT FEAR? DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF IN AMERICA? THEY'RE AFRAID THEY'RE GOING TO GET COVID. THEY'RE AFRAID THEY'RE GOING TO GET SICK AND DIE. AND THAT IS IN NO SMALL PART BECAUSE OF YOU. WE'RE NOW ON TRACK TO MORE THAN 200,000 DEATHS IN THIS COUNTRY DUE TO COVID. MORE THAN 100,000 SENIORS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO THE VIRUS. MORE COPS HAVE DIED FROM COVID THIS YEAR THAN HAVE BEEN KILLED ON PATROL. NEARLY ONE IN SIX SMALL BUSINESSES HAS CLOSED IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY. DO YOU REALLY FEEL SAFER UNDER TRUMP? WHAT ABOUT TRUMP'S PLAN TO DESTROY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? AND WITH IT THE PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. THAT IMPACTS MORE THAN 100 MILLION AMERICANS. DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL SAFER? OR HOW ABOUT TRUMP'S PLAN TO DEFUND SOCIAL SECURITY? SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S CHIEF ACTUARY JUST RELEASED A REPORT SAYING IF A PLAN LIKE THE ONE TRUMP IS PROPOSING GOES INTO EFFECT THE SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND WOULD BE AND I QUOTE, PERMANENTLY DEPLETED BY THE MIDDLE OF CALENDAR YEAR 2023 WITH NO ABILITY TO PAY BENEFITS THEREAFTER. PUT IT PLAINLY, TRUMP'S PLAN WOULD WIPE OUT SOCIAL SECURITY, PERIOD. YOU FEEL SAFER AND MORE SECURE NOW? THE FEAR THAT REIGNS UNDER THIS PRESIDENT DOESN'T STOP AT OUR SHORES. THE KREMLIN HAS PUT BOUND BOUNTIES ON THE HEADS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND INSTEAD OF TELLING VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT THAT'LL BE NO PUTTING UP WITH THIS. THAT THERE'LL BE A HEAVY PRICE TO PAY, THEY DARE TOUCH AN AMERICAN SOLDIER, THIS PRESIDENT DOESN'T EVEN BRING UP THE SUBJECT IN HIS MULTIPLE PHONE CALLS WITH PUTIN. REPORTED THAT THE RUSSIAN FORCES JUST ATTACKED TROOPS IN SYRIA, INJURING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. DID YOU HEAR THE PRESIDENT SAY A SINGLE WORD? DID HE LIFT ONE FINGER? NEVER BEFORE HAS AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT PLAYED SUCH A SUBSERVIENT ROLE TO A RUSSIAN LEADER. NOT ONLY DANGEROUS, IT'S HUMILIATING AND EMBARRASSING FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD TO SEE. IT WEAKENS US. NOT EVEN AMERICAN TROOPS CAN FEEL SAFER UNDER TRUMP. DONALD TRUMP'S ROLE AS A BYSTANDER IN HIS OWN PRESIDENCY EXTENDS TO THE ECONOMIC PLAN AND PAIN. THE PLAN HE DOESN'T HAVE AND THE PAIN BEING FELT BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. HE SAID THIS WEEK AND I QUOTE, YOU BETTER VOTE FOR ME OR YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THE GREATEST DEPRESSION YOU'VE EVER SEEN. DOES HE NOT UNDERSTAND AND SEE THAT TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD TO FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT THIS YEAR SO FAR? THE PEOPLE WHO WON'T BE ABLE TO MAKE NEXT MONTH'S RENT PAYMENT. THE PEOPLE WHO LOST WAGES WHILE THE COST OF GROCERIES HAS GONE UP DRAMATICALLY. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND I STOPPED A DEPRESSION IN 2009. WE TOOK A BAD ECONOMY THAT WAS FALLING AND TURNED IT AROUND. TRUMP TOOK A GOOD ECONOMY AND DROVE IT BACK INTO THE DITCH. THROUGH HIS FAILURE TO GET COVID UNDER CONTROL, HIS FAILURE TO PULL TOGETHER THE LEADERS IN CONGRESS, HIS FAILURE TO DELIVER REAL RELIEF TO WORKING PEOPLE. WE TALK ABOUT SAFETY AND SECURITY, WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT BASIC SECURITY OF BEING ABLE TO LOOK YOUR CHILD IN THE EYE AND TELL THEM EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE OKAY. DON'T WORRY, HONEY. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LOSE OUR HOME. WE'LL BE ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON >> WITH A CLEAN ENERGY STRATEGY THAT HAS A PLACE FOR THE ENERGY WORKERS RIGHT HERE IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. I'M NOT BANNING FRACKING. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN: I'M NOT BANNING FRACKING. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES DONALD TRUMP LIES ABOUT ME, THIS FUTURE, THE FUTURE, THAT'S WHAT HIS IS ALL ABOUT. WE HEAR DONALD TRUMP'S SELF- CENTERED RANTS AND RIFTS, BUT THE VOICE OF AMERICANS SHOULD BE HEARD. THE ONE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO IS JULIA JACKSON, THE MOTHER OF JACOB BLAKE. HERS IS A VOICE OF COURAGE, CHARACTER AND WISDOM. LOOKING AT THE DAMAGE IN HER CITY, SHE SAID, QUOTE, THE VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION DOESN'T REFLECT MY SON OR MY FAMILY. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF A MOM, A MOTHER WHOSE SON HAD JUST BEEN SHOT SEVEN TIMES IN FRONT OF HIS CHILDREN, BADLY INJURED, PARALYZED, PERHAPS PERMANENTLY. YET EVEN AS SHE SEEKS JUSTICE FOR HER SON, SHE'S PLEADING FOR AN END TO THE VIOLENCE AND FOR THIS FASHION TO HEAL. SHE SAID SHE WAS PRAYING FOR HER SON, THEN SAID SOMETHING TO ME THAT SURPRISED ME. SHE SAID SHE WAS PRAYING FOR ALL POLICE OFFICERS, AND HAD ALREADY BEEN PRAYING FOR MESSENGER EVEN BEFORE HER SON WAS SHOT. SHE ASKED US ALL TO EXAMINE OUR HEARTS, CITIZENS, POLICE, OFFICIALS, ALL OF US. THEN SHE SAID, QUOTE, WE NEED HEALING. MORE THAN ANYTHING, THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS A NATION. WE NEED TO HEAL. THE CURRENT PRESIDENT WANTS YOU TO LIVE IN FEAR AND ADVERTISES HIMSELF AS A FIGURE OF ORDER. HE ISN'T. HE'S PART OF THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM I AS PRESIDENT WILL GIVE YOU MY ALL RESOLVE TO SOLVE. I'LL DEAL WITH THE VIRUS. I'LL DEAL WITH THE ECONOMIC CRISIS. AND I'LL WORK TO BRING EQUALITY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO EVERYONE. WE HAVE ARRIVED AT A MOMENT IN THIS CAMPAIGN WE ALL KNEW WE'D GET TO, THE MOMENT WHEN DONALD TRUMP WOULD BE SO DESPERATE, HE'D DO ANYTHING TO HOLD ONTO POWER. DONALD TRUMP HAS A TOXIC PRESENCE FOR FOUR YEARS, POISONING HOW WE TALK TO AND TREAT ONE ANOTHER, POISONING THE VALUES THIS NATION HAS ALWAYS HELD DEAR, POISONING OUR VERY DEMOCRACY. NOW WITH JUST A LITTLE OVER 60 MAKE. WILL WE RID OURSELVES OF THIS TOXIN OR WILL WE MAKE A PERMANENT PART — MAKE IT A PERMANENT PART OF OUR NATION'S CHARACTER? AS AMERICAN, I'M CONFIDENT WE BELIEVE IN HONESTY AND DECENCY, GIVING EVERYONE A FAIR SHOT, LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND, GIVING HATE NO SAFE HARBOR AND DEMONIZING NO ONE. UP TO NOW WE RECOGNIZED THERE'S SOMETHING BIGGER THAN OURSELVES WE ARE ABOUT. TRUMP DOESN'T SEEM TO BE IN ANY OF THAT. LOOK, I'VE SAID IT BEFORE, AND I'LL KEEP SAYING IT: AMERICA IS AN IDEA. IT'S THE MOST POWERFUL IDEA IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. IT BEATS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. ALL MEN AND WOMEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, AND THEY DESERVE TO BE TREATED EQUALLY. TRUMP HAS SOUGHT TO REMAKE THIS IMNATION H HIS IMAGE: SELFISH, ANGRY, DARK. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE. AT HER BEST, AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN, AND IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT, WILL BE AGAIN, A GENEROUS, CONFIDENT NATION FULL OF HOPE AND RESOLVE. DONALD TRUMP IS DETERMINED TO INSTILL FEAR IN AMERICA. THAT'S WHAT HIS ENTIRE CAMPAIGN FOR THE PRESIDENCY HAS COME DOWN TO, FEAR. I BELIEVE AMERICANS ARE STRONGER THAN THAT. I BELIEVE WE'LL BE GUIDED BY WORDS DRAWN FROM THE SCRIPTURES: BE NOT AFRAID. BE NOT AFRAID. FEAR NEVER BUILDS THE FUTURE, BUT HOPE DOES. AND BUILDING THE FUTURE IS WHAT AMERICA DOES, WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE. IN FACT, IT'S WHAT WE HAVE DONE BEST AND CONTINUE TO DO BEST. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THERE'S NOT A SINGLE THING BEYOND OUR CAPACITY WHEN WE DECIDE TO DO IT TOGETHER. SO LET'S GET TOGETHER. I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY GOD PROTECT OUR TROOPS. >> AND WE HAVE JUST BEEN LISTENING TO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE JOE BIDEN DELIVERING A SPEECH ON SAFETY AND SECURITY IN THE U.S. FROM PITTSBURGH THERE. HE PLACED THE BLAME FOR THE VIOLENCE AND UNREST SQUARELY ON THE PRESIDENT'S SHOULDERS, SAYING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEVISIVE AND TOXIC RHETORIC IS TO BLAME. HE CALLED THE PRESIDENT A TOXIN TO OUR COUNTRY AND OUR DEMOCRACY. FOR MORE ON THIS, LET'S BRING IN CBS NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT ED O'KEEFE. ED, IT SEEMS LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS BEEN CONTROLLING THE AIR WAVES IN RECENT DAYS WITH HIS LAW AND ORDER STANCE. WAS THIS SPEECH CHOREOGRAPHED IN ORDER TO RESET THE NARRATIVE IN BIDEN'S FAVOR? >> WELL, THAT'S AN ASTUTE OBSERVATION. LET'S PUT IT THIS WAY: AS OF FRIDAY, THERE WERE NO PLANS FOR THIS SPEECH. AS OF TODAY, THERE WERE. WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN NOW AND THEN? OBVIOUSLY THE SCENES IN PORTLAND CONTINUED TO TOPPLE, AND OTHER SCENES LIKE THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY HERE IN WASHINGTON, WHEN SENATOR RAND PAUL WAS LEAVING THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION PROCEEDINGS ON THE SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE. AND YES, THE PRESIDENT STEPPED UP HIS RHETORIC REGARDING LAW AND ORDER CONCERNS OR SAFETY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND QUICKLY OTHER THE WEEKEND, YOU COULD SEE WHERE THINGS ARE HEADED OVER THE NEXT 64 DAYS, AT LEAST AS OF MONDAY, THE PRESIDENT CLAIMING IF YOU ELECT JOE BIDEN, THE COUNTRY WILL BE MORE DANGEROUS. JOE BIDEN IS SAYING, HOLD ON, THIS IS HAPPENING UNDER YOUR WATCH, AND YOU ALSO DON'T KNOW HOW TO SORT OUT THE PANDEMIC OR DEAL WITH THE ECONOMIC DOWNTOWN. BUT BIDEN GOING INTO THE PRESIDENT'S CLAIMS THERE, SAYING, DO I LOOK LIKE A SOCIALIST WITH A SOFT SPOT FOR RIOTERS? IT ASKS THE VOTERS TO THINK ABOUT THAT. YOU KNOW MY HISTORY, MY RECORD. I'M NOT THAT KIND OF DEMOCRAT. THIS HAS MORE POTENTIAL TO INFURIATE THOSE ON THE LEFT OF THE PARTY THAN THOSE IN THE MIDDLE PERHAPS. BUT IF WE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT JOE BIDEN, HE'D RATHER WIN THE PEOPLE IN THE BUILDING IN PITTSBURGH THAN INTERESTED IN WINNING OVER MODERATES AND REPUBLICANS LOOKING FOR A REASON NOT TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. >> AND WHY DID BIDEN DELIVER A SPEECH LIKE THIS ONE IN PITTSBURGH OF ALL PLACES? WHAT MIGHT THIS TELL US ABOUT THE MINDSET OF THE CANDIDATE? >> Reporter: THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. WE THOUGHT THERE HAD BEEN A QUESTION BIDEN MAY TRY TO GET TO WISCONSIN AHEAD OF THE PRESIDENT TOMORROW. DON'T BE SURPRISED IF WE GOES THERE IN THE NEXT EIGHT OR TEN DAYS OR SO. BUT HE DECIDED TO GO TO HIS FAVORITE SWING STATE, NEAR DELAWARE, AND THERE'S SYMBOLISM THERE. IT'S WHERE HIS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED LAST YEAR AND WHERE HE MARCHED IN A HUGE LABOR UNION PARADE HELD IN PITTSBURGH EVERY YEAR. THE PARADE ISN'T BEING HELD THIS YEAR, SO THIS IS PROBABLY HIS EXCUSE TO GET BACK TO PITTSBURGH, WHERE HE USUALLY FINDS HIMSELF AROUND LABOR DAY. THAT'S A PART OF IT. IF HE HAS ANY SHOT AT WINNING PENNSYLVANIA, HE'S GOT TO DO BETTER THAN HILLARY CLINTON DID FOUR YEARS AGO. IT'S A PART OF THE STATE HE KNOWS WELL, AND PART OF THE STATE THAT KNOWS HIM WELL. IT'S ESSENTIALLY SAFE A TERRITORY. ARE THERE PLANS FOR HIM TO GET ON A PLANE AND GO WEST OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL? YES, HE'S SAID HIMSELF, MINNESOTA, ARIZONA, WISCONSIN, MICHIGAN, THEY ARE ALL ON THE AGENDA. WE SHOULD EXPECT TRIPS THERE IN THE FUTURE. HE'S BACK TO DELAWARE TONIGHT AND THAT'S LIKELY THE PATTERN WE'LL SEE, A DAY TRIP AND COME BACK AND GET AS MUCH AS HE CAN IN THAT STATE. PENNSYLVANIA HAS BEEN HIS GO-TO OVER THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC. TODAY HE WENT A LITTLE FARTHER TO PITTSBURGH. >> AND LOOKING AT THE CALENDAR, IF HISTORY IS ANY INDICATION, AUGUST CAN BE ANNULET I DON'T SEE MONTH. CAN WE EXPECT THIS AND WHO DOES IT FAVOR, BIDEN OR PRESIDENT TRUMP? WE HAVE SEEN THE RIGHT WING MILITIAS ADDING TO THE TENSION AND WE HAVE SEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP SORT OF TURN A BLIND EYE TO THEM. SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, IS THE PRESIDENT PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME BY CALLING HIMSELF THE LAW AND ORDER PRESIDENT? >> Reporter: WE'LL SEE. THE PRESIDENT WOULD LIKE IT TO BE. HIS TEAM WAS QUITE HAPPY TODAY TO SEE JOE BIDEN'S TEAM MAKE THIS SCRAMBLE AND MAKE THIS QUICK TRIP. THEY ARGUE HE'S OUT OF THE BASEMENT. HE'S BEEN AT THE CONVENTION, NOT JUST IN THE BASEMENT. HE SAID HE HAD PLANS TO TRAVEL AGAIN AFTER LABOR DAY. IF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAS THEIR WAY, LAW AND ORDER WILL BE THE ISSUE. IT'S PARTLY DESIGNED TO CHANGE FROM THE COVID SITUATION AND STRUGGLING ECONOMY, AND PUT THE PRESIDENT IN A BETTER POSITION ON AN ISSUE WHERE HE BELIEVES HE'S DONE BETTER. I THINK AS YOU SAW BIDEN DO THIS, HE RAISED QUESTIONS, SUGGESTING THE MURDER RATE HAS GONE UP, AND THAT MORE POLICE OFFICERS — AND THIS IS SOMETHING WE'LL HAVE TO FACT CHECK, SO I DON'T WANT TO BE 100% ON THIS — THROWING IT BACK AT THE PRESIDENT, SAYING, I'LL HAVE A DEBATE ON LAW AND ORDER BECAUSE THIS IS ALL HAPPENING UNDER YOUR WATCH. IT'S ONLY MONDAY. LET'S SEE IF THEY WILL ACT ON THIS OR CHANGE THE SUBJECT AGAIN. >> AND ONCE FALL HITS, THERE COULD BE OTHER ISSUES DOMINATING HEADLINES. ED O'KEEFE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. REALLY APPRECIATE IT. >> Reporter: GOOD TO SEE YOU. >>> AND WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK BUT WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE NEWS. STAY WITH US. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN. CBS NEWS, ALWAYS ON.