Biden talks up Social Security in courting Teamsters endorsement

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden connected Tuesday made Social Security a cardinal portion of his transportation to nan Teamsters activity successful a closed-door gathering arsenic nan powerful labour national weighs its 2024 endorsement.

Speaking pinch nan activity board, Biden discussed labour issues and Social Security a time aft erstwhile President Donald Trump said successful a CNBC interview that “there is simply a batch you tin do successful position of entitlements, successful position of cutting.”

Similar to his State of nan Union reside past week, Biden did not mention to Trump by sanction but alternatively called him "the erstwhile president," according to Teamsters vice president at-large John Palmer who attended Tuesday's meeting.

Biden "got really passionate astir Social Security" and cited Trump's caller comments, Palmer said. He added that Biden utilized what he called a "Joe-ism" erstwhile talking astir Trump, saying, "C'mon, man."

The national has yet to endorse a statesmanlike campaigner for 2024, though it usually waits until aft nan statement conventions, said Teamsters spokesperson Kara Deniz.

When asked whether nan national will travel their accepted schedule this year, Deniz said, “We person a process we are following, and nan roundtable is simply a portion of that.”

The Republican National Convention is successful July, followed by nan Democratic normal successful August.

Some Teamsters want nan national to endorse Biden “sooner alternatively than later,” Palmer said. He counts himself successful that group.

“Every time matters, particularly astir getting successful beforehand of nan rank and explaining to them why. I mean, nan differences couldn’t beryllium immoderate much stark,” Palmer said of Biden and Trump.

In a post to X about Tuesday's meeting, nan Teamsters said nan national “is conducting nationalist polling of nan rank and will statesman activity pinch its 360 section national affiliates to convene townhalls to perceive straight from arsenic galore members arsenic imaginable successful each states successful nan lead up to nan 2024 race.”

“We admit President Biden taking clip retired of his engaged schedule to meet pinch Teamsters members and leadership,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien successful nan union’s post. “The President shared that he is committed to continuing to support workers and opinionated pinch labour if elected to a 2nd term.”

Trump met pinch nan Teamsters activity successful January. After nan meeting, he told reporters that he believed he had a “good shot” astatine securing nan union’s endorsement.

“Usually a Republican wouldn’t get that endorsement,” he said.

The national endorsed Biden successful 2020. Four years earlier, it endorsed Democratic statesmanlike nominee Hillary Clinton.

In a Tuesday statement, nan Biden run pointed to different national endorsements nan president has received, adding, “We dream to gain nan support of nan Teamsters arsenic well.”

The run highlighted nan president's "historic, pro-union record," including a sojourn to a striking autoworkers' picket statement successful Michigan past September.

Megan Lebowitz

Megan Lebowitz is simply a authorities newsman for NBC News.