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vice president joe biden in ames iowa Vice President Joe Biden speaks to students at Iowa State University on March 1 about the future of the American economy. (Photo courtesy Alysa Goethe)

Election 2012: "Believe In This County"

Vice President Biden promotes economic plans in Iowa

By Alysa Goethe | null null , null

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa, about the Obama Administration's economic plans.

The Vice President began his day in Ames by touring the university with a group of students. He was joined by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture and former Governor of Iowa. Vice President Biden saw the school's engineering facilities, which includes an ag sprayer (a machine used in agriculture), 3D Rapid Prototyping (which turns two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional prototypes), and a fluid power hydraulic tester.

After the tour, the Vice President addressed a crowd of more than 700 people. Most of them were ISU students. The focus of his speech was the creation of new jobs in science and engineering industries and the importance of manufacturing to the American economy.

One in six American jobs depend on manufacturing, the Vice President said. The future of the nation's economy depends on keeping those jobs in the United States and bringing back jobs that have gone overseas.

"How many times have we heard the phrase ‘outsourcing'?" Vice President Biden asked. "I'm here to tell you, the generation of students at this university are not going to hear much about outsourcing."

He also spent some time talking about China. Some people have said that America can't compete with the expanding Chinese economy. The Vice President said Americans reject that kind of thinking.

"The American people are tired, tired of being told to lower expectations, tired of being told they can't compete, tired of being told they are not going to be the leading economy in the world," he said. "Believe in this country. Vote for whoever you want to vote for. But do not buy into [the idea] that we have to lower our sights, [that] we have to think smaller. Don't do that."

The Vice President also hit on issues such as innovation, "rebooting" the middle class, and tax relief for companies that keep jobs in the United States.

One of the students that took the tour with the Vice President was Shannon Krogmeier. She was able to talk to the Vice President about her work with 3D Rapid Prototyping. "He was very easy to talk to," Krogmeier said. She added that the experience was "neat and inspiring."

Another student on the tour was Tom Naret. Naret has worked to develop an ag sprayer that will help prevent the overuse of herbicides and pesticides. He felt Vice President Biden "made great points and was well spoken."

After his speech, the Vice President answered questions from journalists. This reporter wanted to know how he would inspire younger students to pursue jobs in the science and engineering fields.

"It all starts with the elementary schools. They are the building blocks to education," Vice President Biden told the Kids Press Corps. "If students get exposed early on to science and math, that's the stuff that generates a natural curiosity."


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