March 19th, 2009
04:19 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden pushes recovery act, takes questions in Middle America

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Biden held a town hall event in Minnesota Thursday."]ST. CLOUD, Minnesota (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden took what's been dubbed the "Middle Class Task Force" to rural Minnesota Thursday in an effort to sell the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The group of cabinet members helped field questions at a town hall meeting in St. Cloud.

"We're here to listen, to hear your questions," Biden told the room here at a factory that produces low-emissions buses. "We have laid out a pretty detailed plan. You may thnk some of it can be improved on. You don't like some of it, let us know. You may have other ideas."

"Tell us what it is you need," he added.

Biden was joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Questions centered around bus and rail transportation, and economic aide for immigrants, students, and veterans affairs.

Biden said it call comes down to "being able to have the opportunity to have a decent paying job."

"Its all about jobs and whether or not we're going to be able to have an economy in the 21st century that generates jobs that are not just jobs," Biden said, referring to an earlier point brought up in the town hall that many of the new jobs created should be in green technology.

Vilsack added that "continued investment in research and production of alternative fuels will not only help improve the environment but create much needed jobs in rural America."

Biden concluded by saying the Recovery Act would "not only get us out of the hole we're in" but that it would also build a "new foundation for economic growth."

Former Vice President and Minnesotan Walter Mondale was also on hand in the audience.

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  1. matt

    "...and if you don't have a job, well by golly, we'll just take money from the hard-working industrious people of Minnesota and give it to all of the lazy couch potatoes that sit at home and watch Jerry Springer. Spread the's patriotic."

    March 19, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Brian Crooks

    This is called "listening." Remember when Cheney was told that 2/3 of the country thinks that the war wasn't worth it and he said "so?" That was called "arrogance." Biden has been doing a very good job at holding the reins of the stimulus so far. Keep up the good work Joe!

    March 19, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. peakarack

    When are we going to see a international crisis?

    March 19, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |