Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden has faced an unusual interview: For the magazine “Elle”, the 77-year-old former vice president was interviewed by the 27-year-old rapper Cardi B.
Biden appealed in the conversation to the young generation to go to the polls on November 3 – and to help him to victory over incumbent Donald Trump.
But first, Cardi B, who had supported Biden’s left-wing rival Bernie Sanders in the primaries, presented the presidential candidate with a long wish list: free health care, free higher education, an end to police violence against blacks.
“There’s no reason why we can’t have all that”
“I don’t want blacks to be killed and no one to be held accountable for it,” said the Grammy winner, who became famous with hits like “Bodak Yellow” and “Money.” “I’m fed up with it.”
“There’s no reason why we can’t have all this,” Biden replied. “Presidents must take responsibility.” He accused Trump of dividing society, fomenting prejudice and spreading hatred. “We have to stop this.” Cardi B said that prejudices are dangerous: “This could be the beginning of a civil war.”
Biden emphasized that young voters could be decisive in the presidential election: “Your generation can decide what happens in the next election,” said the former deputy of President Barack Obama. For him, the young generation is a reason for optimism: “You are the smartest, best educated, least biased and most committed generation in history. And you will change things.”
Biden will be officially named his Democratic Party’s presidential candidate at the end of the four-day nominating convention starting Monday (starting at 3 a.m. CEST).
Although the convention is held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is largely virtual due to the corona pandemic. Neither the party delegates nor the speakers travel to Milwaukee – not even Biden.