Former Vice President Joe Biden hosted a town hall to answer questions for undecided voters in Pennsylvania

The below questions and answers were not asked or answered by ZU News, but were taken from Joe Biden’s town hall on Oct. 15. 

What would Biden’s administration do differently to follow the direction science is taking us on COVID-19?

The administration would provide businesses and schools with guidelines and funds to implement social distancing regulations and safety measures. In addition, testing would be made more widely available in order to identify and track cases as they emerge. 

If a vaccine was developed and approved by the end of the year, would Biden take it and enforce its use throughout the country?

If a statistically significant body of scientists say that the vaccine is ready and will protect people from the significant side effects of COVID-19, then yes. 

Since Biden said that the taxes on the middle class would not go up and that he would eliminate the Trump era tax cuts, what is his plan to move forward and implement similar or lower taxes for the middle class?

He is eliminating the tax cuts on the wealthy, not all the tax cuts. If you raise the corporate tax rate to a “fair tax” it would be possible to implement the needed reforms without raising taxes for the middle class. 

“It’s about growing the economy,” Biden said “we’re going to invest in infrastructure, we’re going to own the electric market, we’re going to insist that [our automobile fleets] are made in America… If you make it overseas, you will get a 10% tax increase, if you make it in America you get a 10% growth, if you bring back a company and open up an old facility you get a 10% tax credit for all you invested.”

What is Biden’s response to Black voters that are hurt by his words and do not want to vote for him?

In order to earn the vote from Black Americans, he supports an increase in funding for early education, a $15,000 down payment for first time home buyers, funding for start up entrepreneurs, both Black and White and ending the practice of redlining neighborhoods. 

A bill that Biden wrote in 1994 shows prejudice against minorities. What is his current stance?

The situation has changed since that bill was drafted. It was believed to be the best course of action at the time. However, times have changed and now America knows that it is not a course of action that is beneficial to the Black communities, so he would not vote for it now. 

What is his reaction to safeguards being put in place so that the Supreme Court does not go through this turmoil again and what does Biden say to minority groups that are concerned about the removal of their rights?

Amy Coney Barret has not answered many questions or laid out a judicial philosophy over the course of her hearings, so it is justifiable to be concerned about certain rights and freedoms. 

Of note, Amy Coney Barrett has proclaimed herself an originalist. The Constitution implies that the way that people have a say in their judiciary is how they vote for their senators and representatives. Therefore, once an election begins, it is wrong to begin court hearings for the appointment of a new judge. 

If Biden becomes president, how will he resist the temptation to exact revenge against the former party, as so many do, and restore bipartisanship and civility? 

“In politics, grudges dont work,” said Biden. It is important to change the way individuals interact with one another. He mentioned that you can question another’s judgement but never their motive. He recommended that American’s listen to another’s plan and respond in turn with the motive as it is on the surface, then question their judgement if it is necessary. 

Since fracking is harmful for those in the communities that immediately surround it, how will Biden help transition us away from fossil fuels and towards greener energy sources, and which ones does he support?

Biden does not support moving entirely away from fracking until a plan is in place for more storage of renewable resources. While plans are in the works for larger and stronger batteries to capture energy from wind and solar, nothing is strong enough to work through low energy times. Therefore, advancements must continue to be made and America must continue to implement green energy wherever possible, but it is not reliable enough to stop fossil fuel use entirely. 

“We will bring down the cost per BTU of wind and solar,” Biden affirmed. “That way it is cheaper than coal and cheaper than oil… it is also the fastest growing employer in the energy industry. There are a number of things I would do now. Number one…cap the wells. Number two…moving towards the new technologies that are going to be able to deal with carbon capture…in order to use some gases.”

Does President Trump’s foreign policy deserve some credit for the peace talks and deals that are occurring all over the world?

Biden stated that he believes the president deserves some credit, but not much. He stated that America is more isolated in the world than it has been in decades and its allies have said that they cannot rely on them. In addition, many of the people that America is in talks with are dictators that are placing bounties on the heads of all American military personnel in the region, a story that has little evidence. Therefore, credit will be given and has been given in phone calls with the current president, however, he does not deserve all of the credit. 

How would Biden protect LGBTQIA+ individuals from discrimination?

“There is no reason to suggest that rights should be denied [to] the LGBTQ+ community,” Biden stated. Therefore, action must be taken for the protection of those rights. He claimed he would do away with any executive orders that have been passed by the current administration hindering those rights, including providing more protections for minors.

If Biden loses, how will he use his platform to unite the country and encourage Trump and his allies to do the same?

Biden responded that he wanted to return to the university that he taught at and continue to teach civil disagreement to the next generation of American students. There he would try to encourage students to focus on inclusion of all people groups in politics and to focus on policies that make that more accessible.