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Joe Biden’s train tour makes stops in Pittsburgh area day after first presidential debate

PITTSBURGH — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, took a train tour across eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

The former vice president stopped in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, New Alexandria and Latrobe as part of the “Build Back Better Express” train tour.

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Coming off Tuesday night’s first presidential debate, the tour started in Cleveland, where the debate was held. Stops in Pittsburgh and Greensburg happened before an event in New Alexandria -- followed by a stop in Latrobe and at a drive-in event in Johnstown.

Both Ohio and Pennsylvania are swing states. Joe Biden hoped to connect with voters in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state President Donald Trump won in 2016.

During his Pittsburgh stop, Biden spoke directly to the city’s industrial history -- with a strong backing from the president of the United Steelworkers, who was on-board the train.

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“The iron workers, steel workers ... they’ve built this town, the beautiful bridges that made Pittsburgh famous. And a lot of folks were hurt badly when the steel factories closed,” Biden said.

Biden spoke for about 30 minutes about the upcoming election before meeting with voters and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Biden arrived in Greensburg around 4:30 p.m.

There was a large crowd of supporters outside the train station to hear him speak.

At one point in Greensburg, a support of President Donald Trump clashed with the crowd of Biden supporters and was told to move by police.

People who talked to Channel 11 said Tuesday’s debate only encourages them to come out in support more.

Channel 11′s Rick Earle had a one-on-one interview with Biden. You can watch it below.