Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Des Moines Register Soapbox during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Biden centers campaign where he started: Trump's character

August 09, 2019 - 1:11 am

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is anchoring his presidential campaign around questions of character — both his and President Donald Trump's.

The recent back-to-back mass killings in Texas and Ohio have given Biden new traction for his arguments.

Biden has spent the past three months largely on defense over a long policy record that draws fire from Democratic Party's most progressive corners. But he reasserted himself this week with a blistering takedown of Trump's racist language and the ways in which some of the president's anti-immigrant outbursts could have inspired one of the shootings.

In Iowa, Biden weaved between hushed disappointment and incredulous fury over a president who offers "no moral leadership."

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