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Biden puts spotlight on Iron Range in campaign statement

HIBBING, MN -- Presidential Candidate Joe Biden gave a hat tip to the Iron Range in a campaign statement Wednesday morning.

In the statement, Biden shared how his "Build Back Better" plan would creates millions of high-paying union jobs manufacturing and building new autos, bridges, water systems, transportation options, and more.

Biden said his plan will make a "historic procurement effort" and reshore critical supply chains.

"Iron Rangers and other American workers will mine and manufacture the materials — including steel — to power that effort," the statement read.

Biden also discussed the Iron Range's vital role in helping build America, saying that's why he's proud to be endorsed by unions across the Iron Range, including the United Steelworkers and AFL-CIO.

The statement also took aim at President Donald Trump.

Biden is expected to visit Minnesota Friday, along with President Donald Trump.

As of Wednesday there was still no word on where Biden is expected to visit.

President Trump will be in Bemidji.

FULL STATEMENT

Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on Minnesota’s Iron Range

Minnesota’s Iron Range has played a vital role in helping build America. U.S. manufacturing and mining was the Arsenal of Democracy in World War II. It must be part of the Arsenal of American Prosperity today, helping power an economic recovery for working families. We must recognize the contribution of union members who helped build decades of growth in our country. That’s why I’m proud to be endorsed by Iron Range unions across the labor movement — from the United Steelworkers to the AFL-CIO — and to stand with organized labor.

Despite the economic recovery set in motion by the Obama-Biden Administration across the Iron Range, under President Trump, demand for Iron Range products has suffered. Steel shipments are down more than 25% nationwide from last year, mining operations have idled, and thousands of Rangers have lost their jobs, all while China produced the largest monthly volume of steel on record. My Build Back Better plan creates millions of high-paying union jobs manufacturing and building new autos, bridges, water systems, transportation options, and more. My plan will make a historic procurement effort and reshore critical supply chains. Iron Rangers and other American workers will mine and manufacture the materials — including steel — to power that effort. Together, with real authentic leadership, we will put the U.S. on a path to lead the world’s economy, and we will build back better.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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