(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden took the administration's defense of its controversial $862 billion stimulus plan to New Hampshire Thursday, touting the program's investment in making houses more energy efficient.
Biden visited a house in Manchester, according to a White House, to mark "the weatherizing of 200,000 homes under the Recovery Act."
The vice president was joined by New Hampshire's two Democratic House members, both of whom face challenges at the polls in November.
Obama officials say their goal is to weatherize nearly 600,000 homes by March 2012 with stimulus act funds, noting in a statement the program includes a $90 billion investment "in clean energy and energy-efficiency projects that cut costs, reduce energy use and create new jobs."
Among other things, Biden characterized the expenditure as a "down payment" on a more efficient 21st century economy. He also cast it as necessary for national security.
"Unless we fundamentally reduce our dependence" on foreign oil, he said, "we're going to be in a (situation) where the very guys who are shooting at us are the very guys we're pouring $350 billion a year into (in) the sands of Saudi Arabia ... and the jungles of Venezuela."
The stimulus was passed by Congress early last year in a vote that was mostly along party lines. Republicans have repeatedly criticized the measure for failing to sufficiently create jobs and pump up the economy.
"Joe Biden is either oblivious or in denial of the damaging impact the Democrats' policies are having on the economy," says Republican National Committee spokeswoman Katie Wright.
Democratic Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter joined Biden at the event. Rather than run for re-election, Hodes is bidding for the state's open Senate seat, currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, and is his party's presumptive Senate nominee.
Shea-Porter is running for re-election. Thanks in part to the tough political climate facing incumbents and Democrats, analysts say both Hodes and Shea-Porter face difficult elections.
Biden is expected to return to New Hampshire late next month to help raise campaign funds for both representatives.
.....the weatherizing of homes.....that's what the White House is standing on as a success. What a joke......the only person more dangerous to the health of this country than Obama is Biden. Dems are going to get steamrolled in November. Can't wait.......
the program includes a $90 billion investment "in clean energy and energy-efficiency projects that cut costs, reduce energy use and create new jobs."
How many jobs did you get for that borrowed $90 billion, Joe? Even if you got 1 million, that kind of money would be a lousy investment. I'm sure you didn't even get 10,000. Really. Where are they?
Where are all the jobs that were promised.
What party lowred the standard for getting home loans DEM's
What party wants to give away everything DEM's
What party wants to tax the rich so the poor can have more freebies DEM's
Think about it America you can't keep taxing the rich they will take their businesses and money and go some place else then who will pay for the freebies us and we can't afford it.
The stimulus so called job saver isn't working and it will not.
Obama doesn't have a clue. The DEM's, Biden and Obama are so out of touch with the real people out here that work and pay their way. They don't look fr hand outs and they don't leave on welfare for generations.
The DEM's want to give everything away and the party of no so they are called continues to work hard so the rest of you can sit on your butts and not pay taxes and don't want to work.
I did the math ... 862 Billion for 200,000 homes. Did you? Do you feel better now?
At least he claims something works, but it is not the 10% of the public who are out of work!
Really Joe? You need to step out of your bubble. You are clueless!
This clown is at it again. If his "facts" are true, than are unemployment is should have reached that majic number of under 8% as pronounced by Obama. The best advise to Biden would be to stop the distortion this is not a game. The lives of so many are being destroyed and here you are telling the Nation that the current administration economic programs are working. Hopefully, you are not that stupid but then again........
Biden is a moron. In case he or any of you haven't looked around, there are no jobs and unemployment is higher and higher every month. The only reason the number of unemployment claims s going down is because people have used up all their eligibility so they can't file anymore.
Promises, promises. Where are the jobs, Joe? I'll tell you – they went to India and China. America manufactures nothing. We don't make a computer, a TV, a DVD player, a video game, or an iPod. Apple sells iPods directly from Singapore and Hong Kong, shipped to the US from there every time they sell one. Maybe if we actually made some stuff here, there'd be some jobs here.
Hope we never go to war, because we'll never be able to feed, clothe, or supply ourselves, since we rely on every other country in the world and their cheap labor for all our goods.
Bite me Biden tells us the "Summer of Recovery" is here. At least the Bozo didn't tout the Obama porkulous bill at FORD like Barry did. What a bunch of idiots.
the .gop likes to tell everybody that tax cut are a way to stimulate the economy when in truth it doesnt.bush 8 yrs in office created 3 million low paying jobs it was the worst economic job growth in 50 yrs. bill clinton raised tax in 1993 and the economy grew after that yr! thats a fact! fdr in 1935 had huge gov programs that stimulated the economy and gnp of the us rose every year till ww2. the recovery from the great depression started in 1935 not ww2 as gop would like u to reamber it. it made it quicker,historically tax cuts doesn not spun job growth they inpede them, reagan tax cut in the 80 s would not work because the economy is 3 times bigger than when he left office in 1989, the economy now is more global and interconnected, so much for gop lies on tax cuts!
Is Joe talking about the houses that no one can afford to live in any more and are losing to forclosure. That's great at least these empty houses will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
He and his party are responsible for this housing problem. Their big social experiment that everyone should own a home got us in this problem in the first place. Then they thought that they would just buy their way out of the problem they causes. Their new program to help forclosures is a joke. More people have been tossed out of the program than it has helped. Just wait until they get their hands on health care. God help us all. Vote Republican in November to repeal health care so they can create something that will really work for this country.
Joe Biden is so hard to understand.You can hardly make out what he's saying when he's trying to talk with his foot in his mouth.
Are you kidding me? Claiming the "stimulus" was actually a "stimulus"? Every time this guy opens his mouth he says something totally idiotic. Just keep talking Joe – just keep talking.....
Could someone at CNN please get me an autographed copy of Tim Geithner's "Welcome to the Recovery Pamphlet" issued literally hours before the wave of economic downgrades of US GDP by Wall Street began in earnest,
Did Chia Pet make this speech before the market closed below 10k today?
The reason things don't get done in WASHINGTON is both partys have to much pride republicans party of NO NO NO
People are unemployed, out of work, losing their homes, have no income and are starving and Obama Admin wants to 'winterize homes'... lol .. Maybe he can rotate my tires and throw in a few bucks to do my weeds... what a joke