Joe Biden on Jobs: Educational Skills Need to Match 'The Needs of the New Economy'

Vice president discusses the administration's commitment to education and rebuilding the nation's economy.
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Transcript for Joe Biden on Jobs: Educational Skills Need to Match 'The Needs of the New Economy'
with Cory Remsburg and the president roused the crowd with shout-out to the son of a barkeep and brought this vine response from speaker Boehner. I appreciate what the president said but I'm with the Americans who are asking where are the jobs. To the man sitting right next to him, vice president Joe Biden. Good morning. What's the answer to speaker Boehner? Where are the jobs? The jobs are in -- jobs and good jobs and middle class jobs are in matching skills to the real increase we have in high-tech manufacturing in this country, getting out there, beginning to rebuild the infrastructure of this shouldn't which has to be built to the 21st century, matching educational skills to the needs of the new economy and that's what the president talked about last night. He talked about everything from early education to using community college to retrain people for the high-tech jobs of the future and there are plenty of jobs out there and there's a mismatch now in terms of skills and the jobs that are available. You mentioned the mismatch between skills and jobs. There may be a mismatch because what needs to be done and what the president can do with these executive orders. They're relatively limited. Can he even say how many workers will get a raise because of the president's executive order on the minimum wage? Well, there will be thousands, tens of thousands will get it but, look, here's the point, I was asked earlier by a press person about why are we doing this alone? We're not doing it alone. We want the congress to come along. There's local ways to do this, states have already done this. The -- here's what the president can't do. The president can't sit there and say that someone working 40 hours a week should live in poverty when the people cleaning the offices and pressing the uniforms of our military, when those people are getting only $7 an hour. So he has to act where he can. My prediction to you is it's going to set an example. So the question is can you guarantee that any of those bipartisan initiatives the president wants will actually pass this year? Hey, George, I served in the senate for 36 years. Even when we call got along well, I couldn't guarantee anything. What I can guarantee you is that the congress has become increasingly aware that the public by over 81% of them think that they're not doing their job and they're getting it and so one of the things the president does, and you know this as well as anybody, is go out and make the case to the American people why things have to be done. It does have the effect of seeping down through the political strata here and I, for example, Boehner -- the speaker and I were sitting there talking before the state of the union. And he thinks we're going to be able to move on immigration. Well, this too many time last year everybody said, no, there's no possibly. Not going to happen much the congress will never do it. The president went and said, I need your help, in the meantime, he moved to do everything he could to alleviate the trauma brought about by the fact that the congress is not acting, but we expect the congress to act. Bob Gates, former secretary of defense had a pretty harsh assessment and said you were wrong on every major foreign policy issue over the past four decades. I know you haven't responded publicly yet. What's your response now. Well, look, I choose -- there's only a couple mentions of me, one, I'm a man of great integrity. I choose to focus on that piece, all kidding aside. Bob is a guy of great integrity. We just have agreed on every foreign major policy since Vietnam. Finally, you know this question is coming for the next three years or so, we're seeing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton revving up her campaign right now. Allies organizing in Iowa even though she hasn't formally decided. A lot of democrats assuming you won't run for president if she does. Are they right? I haven't made a decision what I'm going to do. I haven't decided to run or not run. If I run it won't be who is in the feel. It'll be whether or not I honestly believe I have a chance to really move this country in a direction that is different than those who are running and that I can get that done. And I'll make that decision later but now is not the time to talk about that. Now is time to talk about the opportunity we have this year. We'll let you get back to your job. Thanks for joining us this morning. Thanks an awful lot, George.

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