New York Daily News
Joe Biden has gone from “Rock the Vote” to “convince the rapper.”
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee sat down for a new interview with one of his toughest questioners yet: the Bronx’s own Cardi B. But instead of hyping his own platform, Biden took time to lay the blame for his prospective predecessor.
“In 2016, if 18- to 24-year-olds had voted in the same percentage as the rest of the population, there would have been 5.2 million more votes. We wouldn’t have [Trump]; we would have had Hillary Clinton. The vote matters,” the former vice president said in the Elle interview, published Monday.
“That’s why you keep talking to people about the need to vote. Your generation can own what happens in the next election. They can change things dramatically if they show up and vote.”
Despite asking the “WAP” rapper what her fans are “most concerned about,” he dodged her answer of free Medicare, which came up several times.
The two did find common ground on education, though, as Biden promised free community college for any family making less than $125,000.
The mother of a 2-year-old and the grandfather of five also bonded over child care, which he said he couldn’t afford for his two sons, Beau and Hunter, after his first wife and daughter died in a car crash.
“Thank God, I had my sister and my brother and my mother, who helped me. But look at all the people who don’t have that kind of help,” Biden said.
“I’m the guy that put in those after-school programs. I was able to get $20 billion [for] more boys and girls clubs. But what happened? Everything was getting better—this was when crime was going down—so [people said], “We don’t have to pay for this anymore.” Because people didn’t want to pay the taxes for it. And that’s why this [notion that] ‘government is bad’ has been such a downer for things that really matter to you and me.”
Cardi B endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election and has even joked about running for the mayor of New York, during which she told “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2018 that she would focus on getting rid of the “rats and raccoons.”
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