PSU Hosts U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in Oct. 20 Speech

October 20th, 2011 by blyndes
Vice President Joseph Biden addresses students, staff and faculty at Plymouth State University Oct. 20

Plymouth, N.H.–Plymouth State University hosted Vice President Joseph Biden Thursday, Oct. 20, as he spoke on behalf of the American Jobs Act, which would be financed by a tax increase on millionaires. Speaking to nearly 400 PSU students, faculty, staff and community members in Heritage Commons, the Vice President argued that public education and safety are compromised when there are fewer teachers in the classrooms and police in the streets. The Senate plan would pay for the near-$500 billion jobs program through raising by one-half of 1 percent the income tax for individuals making more than $1 million.

“It doesn’t seem to me to be much of a hardship, and I honest to God believe that millionaires think it’s fair,” Biden declared.
“I don’t think they believe it is soaking the rich.”

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said the official White House visit is a great opportunity for students.

“Students in New Hampshire, because of the first-in-the-nation primary, have an extraordinary opportunity to interact with candidates, but to interact with the Vice President of the United States is something that few students can do,” said Steen.

Biden, a former U.S. senator from Delaware, answered student questions about reforming social security, regulating financial businesses, and the similarities between political groups like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street.

PSU student Rachel Ferranti of Moultonborough, N.H., a senior English major, said she appreciated the chance to see a senior elected official answer questions from students.

“It is nice to see such a high-profile individual pay true respect to college students and institutions of higher education,” said Ferranti.

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For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu