Biden, during visit, praises Portsmouth shipyard's role in national security
A shipyard electrical engineer in the crowd said welding and component fitting work usually take place in the massive shop building, which was overflowing with spectators, media and security personnel during Biden’s lengthy remarks.
“Simple fact - you are simply the best in the world. In the world,” Biden told the workers.
He said apprenticeship and training programs at the facility are a model for private enterprises and for America’s path to revitalizing the middle class. He said that while the national GDP has shown significant growth since 2001, middle class wages rose only 14 cents in that time.
Biden began his remarks by condemning the actions of the Islamic militants who released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
Biden added that America will not be intimidated by the beheading, which follows the similar killing of New Hampshire native James Foley, a journalist for GlobalPost.
He said America “came back from 9/11” and “came back Boston Strong,” and vowed to bring Foley and Sotloff’s killers to justice.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., and U.S. Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree, both Democrats from Maine, were on hand Wednesday and spoke before Biden, praising the shipyard’s role in the regional economy and in national security.
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