Skip to Content

Joe Biden Campaigns at King Taco Because Of Course

7:05 PM PDT on May 8, 2019

[dropcap size=big]P[/dropcap]residential candidate Joe Biden stopped by King Taco in Pico-Union for a campaign photo-op and was asked about homelessness, immigration, and the "constitutional crisis" brewing in Washington. The former vice president made his first stop in California since announcing his presidential bid for 2020, scheduling two fundraisers in the L.A. area.

The fabled King Taco chain, which was founded by modern taco-truck inventor Raul Martinez Sr., is a favorite of presidential hopefuls when they swing into town.

Biden showed up at King Taco No. 10 with longtime taco fan L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. The two sat at a table with locals as reporters and photographers watched and posed questions. When asked about the showdown over brewing House and Senate investigations into the Trump administration and the 2016 election, Biden said the country was "getting close" to a crisis over its foundational system of checks and balances.

Happening now - @JoeBiden is having tacos with @MayorOfLA at King Taco #10 on Pico. Biden is also attending two fundraisers while in LA. Head to @ABC7 online for livestream #2020Election #CAPrimary

— Josh Haskell (@abc7JoshHaskell) May 8, 2019

Biden also addressed the most recent campus shooting in Colorado, in which 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed on Tuesday while rushing two attackers. The former veep called for more action from Washington to stop the epidemic of mass shootings in America.

Watch video of Biden's entire visit to King Taco here:

Away from the cameras, Biden attended high-ticket fundraisers in Hancock Park and in Beverly Hills, according to reports. Garcetti had a short-lived presidential campaign himself, before the mayor abruptly announced in January he was not going to attempt becoming the first sitting mayor to make it to the White House. Today, that person is Pete Buttigieg.

"I will not speak ill of any Democratic candidates, I will not do it," Biden said, answering a question about the arguably overcrowded Democratic primary field of some 20 others. Biden, the current frontrunner according to national polls, later claimed that he had decided to run after Garcetti bowed out. "When he decided not to run, I called him," Biden said. "But I'm also glad you're not running, because I plan on running. I wouldn't want to run against you!"

It wasn't clear from the footage what Biden ate. ("By the way, I do endorse King Taco, the best taco around," Garcetti quipped.)

RELATED: Cardi B Sets New Video with Bruno Mars at East L.A.'s Tacos Mexico

Already a user?Log in

Thanks for reading!

Register to continue

Become a Member

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

FBI, ATF, and LAPD Announce Crack Down on Drugs, Ghost Guns, and Crime Linked to Cartels in Harbor Area

The multi-agency investigation, which found the criminal activities stretching to associates in two counties in Northern California, yielded a total of 27 arrests, 30 firearms, 72,115 fentanyl pills, 1.7 pounds of fentanyl powder, 143 pounds of methamphetamine, 4.7 pounds of heroin, 1.9 pounds of cocaine, 1.7 of pounds PCP, and $44,000.

October 3, 2023

Exclusive: Top Film & TV Studios Spent Over $660 Billion on Stock Buybacks While Actors and Writers Live ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’

According to economist William Lazonick stock repurchasers like Apple could certainly use the tens of billions that they spend on buybacks to pay actors and screenwriters more. “The fact [is] they’re not paying them more,” and instead they’re making the rich richer.

October 3, 2023

Spot Check! Caviar Cakes, Champurrado Pot de Creme, Tamal Ice Cream, and Free Elote From Becky G

You can also party with L.A.'s first Black women-owned dispensary, enjoy a Lebanese legend past midnight, and pair quesabirrias with funnel cakes.

September 29, 2023

The Seven Best Tacos Along Metro’s K Line, From Crenshaw to Inglewood

The K Line is Metro's newest light rail line that cruises through the heart of Black Los Angeles, from Nipsey Square to Leimert Park. The taco scene along this route is all about hustle, featuring some of the cities must under-the-radar community gems like a historic L.A. taquería with a killer red salsa, lightly crunchy "enchilada tacos," and so much more. Next stop: flavor.

September 29, 2023
See all posts