“President Trump won Ohio convincingly in 2016 and will do so again in November, so we are thrilled to see Joe Biden wasting a valuable day on the campaign trail visiting a state he cannot win,” Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement. “President Trump has a clear record of building a strong Ohio economy before the global pandemic was unleashed by China, and he’s already doing it a second time.”
Biden spoke to members of the United Auto Workers in Toledo during his stop at Ohio. The former vice president criticized Trump on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and claimed that the president is more concerned with the stock market’s performance than with the financial welfare of middle-class families.
“I don’t measure people by the size of their bank account,” Biden said at the campaign stop. “You and I measure people by the strength of their character, their honesty, their courage.”
Murtaugh grilled Biden back by saying “record on the economy is a disaster and includes voting for NAFTA and putting China’s interests ahead of America’s, with Ohio workers paying the price."
“Biden’s proposed $4 trillion tax increase and his embrace of the Green New Deal would decimate the Ohio economy and destroy 700,000 fracking jobs in the state," the Trump spokesman added. "Ohio voters know that President Trump has accomplished more in 47 months than Joe Biden has in 47 years."
Trump also privately weighed in on Biden's stop in Ohio, tweeting that "almost nobody" had come to his event.
Last month, Biden, known as “Amtrak Joe” for his productive use of the rail service during his career in politics, took a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. Trump also held campaign rallies in Ohio in September but was required to cancel in-person events in recent days after he was diagnosed positive for the coronavirus.
The Trump campaign has continued to be publicly confident of its chances to carry Ohio in the election, after canceling millions of dollars in TV ads in the state last week while peddling its in-person connections with local voters.