Joe Biden gave what is being described as a “populist” and “revival-type” speech to South Carolina Democrats.
One attendee told CNN he gave an “Elizabeth Warren-type speech” blasting income inequality.
Biden has been courting liberal voters as he prepares for a possible run against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though many Democrats don’t think he’d run against her.
He did not mention his own presidential ambitions in the speech but multiple sources described it as “populist” and high-energy, according to CNN.
“He said we have some of the most productive workers in the world, but corporations are more concerned about their stockholders than they are about their employees,” one attendee said. “He talked about how the fruits of labor go to stockholders, rather than to the people who are producing it. That the people making the money in this country are the corporations.”
Another attendee described it as “a stem-winding, almost revival-type speech.”
It’s clear that Joe Biden is staking his ground to the left of Hillary Clinton with a populist message. He appears to want to come off as a non-corporatist Democrat in a bid to hug to the left as we head toward 2016.