Biden visit highlighting workforce development

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Motion Picture Association of America's creativity conference at the Newseum in Washington, Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Vice President Joe Biden spent time at two political fund raisers in Fairfield County late Wednesday afternoon. Both were held in private homes in Greenwich and Stamford and raised money for the fall campaigns for the State Democratic Party and the Democratic Governor’s Association.

Earlier in the day he met with a small group at Goodwin College in East Hartford. The group was made up of students, and local political and business leaders. About 16 people in all.

LINK: Biden to hit Connecticut Wednesday

He said he wanted to pay special tribute to the slain photojournalist, James Foley, and what his brutal death tells the world.

“It allows the whole world to understand what they’re doing. They’re attempting to wipe out entire elements of the population in Iraq, including Muslims,” said the Vice President.

And he paid tribute to other journalists who risk their lives to report from the war zones in that part of the world saying; “so many journalists put their lives on the line every single day to bring the truth to the world and truth to country.”

The event at Goodwin College, arranged by the Governor’s office, was also an opportunity for Biden to brag about his boss’s accomplishments.

“53 straight months of job growth, the federal deficit of the shared economy has been reduced in the last six years by 50 percent,” he said.

The East Hartford event was designed to highlight a new manufacturing training program at the school.

“Pratt and Whitney, one of the great companies in the world that you represent, it’s a different company than it was twenty years ago…I mean it’s fundamentally different,” said the Vice President.

He said the Goodwin program and ones like it will help the country re-tool the workforce. “There’s no reason why we cannot rebuild the middle class in this country. We’ve been through a rough patch, we’re on the way back.”


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