Vice President Joe Biden addresses members of labor unions as Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine (Va.) listens at a rally before the start of the Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh on September 5,2016. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- While most Americans have the day off work, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, and those associated with their campaigns, made appearances at parades and rallies around the midwest as the home stretch of the presidential election started.
Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Tim Kaine started the day with the Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh, said to be on of the largest in the nation. Biden introduced himself and Clinton's vice presidential nominee while thanking union members for their efforts to protect workers rights.
"My name is Joe Biden. And I work for Hillary Clinton and whatever the hell this guy's name is," he said, referring to Kaine.
Biden and Kaine spoke after Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers International, who addressed the rights of employees and concerns about Trump's potential election to the White House.
"With Hillary Clinton, you can have a 'you're hired' president. But with Donald Trump you're going to get a 'you're fired' president," Kaine said, later comparing Trump's ethical standards to former President Richard Nixon for refusing to release his federal tax records.
Meanwhile, Trump and Pence spent Labor Day morning in Brook Park, Ohio, taking part in a round-table discussion with union members, which included conversations on crime concerns in northern Ohio and the state of manufacturing, jobs and the economy.
"We will get our jobs back and we will stop companies from leaving. Trade is a one-way street and it's leading us to the poor house. We have to bring jobs back to this country or we are not going to have a country," Trump said.
Trump added, in response to a later question, that "we are right now at 1 percent growth now."
"No jobs, no growth, really negative growth. If we can get it up to 4 percent -- actually, I think we can get it higher than that. We are making it a much simpler tax system -- [the United States] will be one of the lowest taxed nations in the world, will bring jobs back."
The Clinton campaigned announced last week it would start inviting the traveling press corps onto her official campaign plane, officially welcoming them on board this morning before going to Cleveland.
The 14-year-old Boeing 737 has more than 40 seats for the press, in addition to a cabin for Clinton and her aides, one for the Secret Service and another for additional campaign staff, The Hill reported.
"I'm so happy to have all of you with me," Clinton said to members of the press before the plane's first takeoff. "I have just been waiting for this moment."
Clinton was expected to land in Cleveland as Trump was taking off, prompting Kaine to note the importance of Ohio to both campaigns in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
"It's kind of interesting to have all the planes here on the same tarmac," Kaine said. "Just shows you how important Ohio is. We're going to be here a lot."