CNN political reporter and former Obama administration official Matt Zapotosky spoke with former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden about the recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, which left nine people dead and three others injured.
Biden is scheduled to hold a fundraiser at the University of South Carolina on Thursday.
CNN Political Reporter: Beau Biden, I want to start off by saying that you are a well-respected leader in the Biden family.
Joe Biden: Thank you Matt.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: When we talked about the Biden name a few months ago, you said you were concerned that you were going to be attacked.
I know that the Trump administration is already doing a lot to try to discredit the Biden campaign.
Biden: I think they have tried to smear the name in a way that it’s not.
But I am very much a supporter of the President’s and his policies.
We’re talking about policies that have made our country stronger, that have created millions of jobs.
There’s a very real opportunity right now for the President and his team to bring the American people together.
And so it is not about trying to hurt the President or the President himself, it’s about bringing our country together.
I think that the President, as you mentioned, is looking forward to the event that he and I are hosting on Thursday night.
And I think, you know, I think it’s going to happen because, again, we’re talking a very, very important election year.
You know, it has been a tough week for both campaigns.
We’re looking at a very close race in South Carolina and there are a lot of factors that have contributed to that.
I think the President is going to use the opportunity to bring people together and show that he’s committed to bringing our nation together.
He wants to unite us, and we’re going to see him take us through the tough days ahead.
In terms of the Biden event, Biden said that it will include a photo op with the President.
I’m sure there will be other events with Biden that we’ll cover.