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Biden talks jobs during Winston-Salem visit

Posted June 6, 2012

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— Vice President Joe Biden was in central North Carolina Wednesday to discuss President Barack Obama's efforts to create jobs in the U.S. and restore middle class economic security.

He spoke to about 600 people in the Wake Forest Biotech Place in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning. His speech focused on job creation and bolstering the economy for the middle class.

"We not only need to create new jobs, we need to create new industries," Biden said. "Look, we’ve been through a lot of tough times in this country … you all in this region know better than anybody."

"There is no quit in this country. There never has been. There never will be. This country, like this community, fights back," Biden added. "That's why I'm so optimistic in these tough economic times ... This is a make or break moment for America's middle class."

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The visit capped of a flurry of economic banter between the campaigns of the president and Republican Mitt Romney in North Carolina. Both Obama and Romney made visits in April.

The chief budget-writer in the U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, was in Raleigh on Tuesday on behalf of the Romney campaign.

Former-and-almost Republican presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry and Donald Trump visited last weekend.

Wednesday's trip to the Piedmont was the second of the year for Biden, who came to Thomasville in February to highlight Obama's proposal to create an $8 billion fund to form partnerships between community colleges and business to train workers in fields that are growing. 

"I promise you that your generation is going to hear the word 'insourcing' as much as my generation heard the word 'outsourcing,'" Biden said in February. 

The Republican National Committee released a statement Monday, saying Biden "has a lot of explaining to do to the thousands of North Carolinians struggling to fill their gas tanks, pay their bills, or sent their children to college because of President Obama's hostile policies towards job creators."

After his speech, the vice president stopped into Wolfies for some frozen custard. The Winston Salem Journal reported that Biden orders a double dip of vanilla and dark chocolate. He talked with some students and with a businessman who recently became a naturalized citizen. "Thank you for choosing us," Biden told him.

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  • NCPictures Jun 7, 2012

    "He figured out how to make money and then did it. He's earning his money.......not sticking his hands in taxpayers pockets for it.

    While I'm far from rich, I can certainly respect his accomplishments and certainly prefer him to lead my country above a man, who even though his resume was very thin, felt it necessary to write two memoirs before age 40.

    Talk about narcissism...either that or clueless....take your pick." ---zebco98765

    Very well stated! Like you I am far from rich, but will not begrudge those that have figured a way to make money legally. Too bad this administration insists in ripping on fellow citizens of this country; all for political gain. I thought Obama said he was going to bring everyone together. He has nothing but the opposite!

  • jjordan231179 Jun 7, 2012

    If Obama and Biden want our votes in November, they better start way better than sending this clown. And, by clown I mean a pasty-faced political hack with fake hair who just blurts out random jibberish. No offense.
    gswalker51
    June 7, 2012 9:21 a.m.
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    Random jibberish? LOL how ironic

  • mep Jun 7, 2012

    Apparently Joe missed the so-called "stimulus". It was basically the Federal govt throwing lots of borrowed money the taxpayers will have to pay back, up in the air to create new jobs and industries. Industries like Solyndra. Joe needs a new job.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Jun 7, 2012

    And then Joe said,"Thanks y'all and Gov. Perdoe for making me feel welcome in the great state of Mississippi!"

  • gswalker51 Jun 7, 2012

    If Obama and Biden want our votes in November, they better start way better than sending this clown. And, by clown I mean a pasty-faced political hack with fake hair who just blurts out random jibberish. No offense.

  • JoCo50 at MXR Jun 7, 2012

    "One thing's for sure - Mitt and his little circle of friends and family will get very very rich."

    One thing is for sure......He and his little circle of friends are ALREADY mud rich. Richer than you can imagine. Richer than you if you hit the lottery every year for the rest of your life.

    He figured out how to make money and then did it. He's earning his money.......not sticking his hands in taxpayers pockets for it.

    While I'm far from rich, I can certainly respect his accomplishments and certainly prefer him to lead my country above a man, who even though his resume was very thin, felt it necessary to write two memoirs before age 40.

    Talk about narcissism...either that or clueless....take your pick.

  • jdupree Jun 6, 2012

    That's the problem, all he does is talk and talk is cheap. Zero results! We can't afford 4 more years of these guys!

  • North Carolina Home Jun 6, 2012

    At least the paid union serial bloggers have logged out and gone to their organizational meeting to obtain their talking points for tomorrow's forums :)

  • hardycitrus Jun 6, 2012

    If Romney passes the Ryan budget (European style austerity) we'll have a European double recession, and where Europes social safety net got trimmed, ours will pretty much disappear entirely.

    But who knows maybe a depression and lots of illiteracy, TB, malnutrition, and a drastically shorter life expectancy is just what America needs. We may find out as soon as next summer!

    One thing's for sure - Mitt and his little circle of friends and family will get very very rich.

  • US VET Jun 6, 2012

    Who is Biden????

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