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Vice President Joe Biden, in a Pittsburgh campaign stop on Tuesday, called on voters to embrace Democrats both up and down the ballot on Nov. 8. He also said that after months of rebuking Donald Trump for his controversial campaign-style and rhetoric, he's "finished" with the Republican candidate.Watch the full speech here:
Biden, who is working on behalf of Trump opponent Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and those of other Democratic candidates for down ballot Senate seats, has spent months criticizing Trump for his rhetoric on everything from immigration to Islam. And on Tuesday, he continued the attack, while appearing increasingly exasperated by the subject and the tone of this campaign.
"This man [Trump] is thoroughly unqualified based on his conduct and abuse of power and lack of substance and lack of knowledge. He lacks the basic knowledge needed to be president of the United States, and so I'm finished with Donald Trump," Biden said.
His dismissal comes as Clinton maintains a sizable lead over Trump in the polls, polls which Trump disputes. It also comes as Clinton herself turns the focus of her campaign toward ensuring the election of down ballot Democrats for Congress in states like Pennsylvania.
He used the Senate's failure to confirm Obama administration Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, as proof, calling it an "abuse of power" and an abuse of the Republican Party's majority.
Biden, while calling Toomey a "decent guy," linked him to that "abuse of power" as an incumbent Senate Republican. Biden also said Toomey's failure to disavow Trump equaled support, adding, "Silence is consent."
Biden also blamed Trump for monopolizing media coverage of this election, saying, "Because of the outrageous and from comical to ugly things Trump has said from the primary to today, the press has had no choice but to lead the top of the news with these things. And so what happens is he undermines the notion of what a democratic election is supposed to be about. It's supposed to be about debate. ... And nobody really has heard much about the issues in this campaign. Think about it."