April 27, 2010
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VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN OPTIMISTIC ON JOBS GROWTH,
DISCUSSES FINANCIAL RULES IN NPR NEWS INTERVIEW
AIRING TONIGHT ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview airing tonight on NPR News' All Things Considered, voiced optimism for economic progress and job creation, telling NPR: "I'm absolutely confident that the policies that we put in place are sending the economy and the American public in the right direction." Host Robert Siegel interviewed the vice president in Milwaukee this afternoon following a meeting Biden attended on the White House Middle Class Task Force.

When asked about his earlier forecasts of new jobs being created at the rate of 250,000 to half a million a month, Biden says: "No, that's not what I said. I said we will be creating jobs between 100 and 200,000 a month, but we will, at some periods in there – and there will be an ebb and flow – create between 250 and 500,000. I think we will hit a month where we will create as many as 500,000 jobs a month. But that's a long way to get to erase an 8 million-job deficit."

Asked what it will take to restore the economy to a level that helps the American middle class, Biden says: "What has to happen is, there has to be continued forward progress. There’s going to be ebbs and flows. If it's three paces forward and one pace back, that's good, but it has to be constantly moving in the direction of job creation, number one. Number two, no one is doubting right now that we're going to have continued projected growth on the GDP that is extended out, and that's already happening. My point is, I am absolutely confident that the policies we put in place are sending the economy and the American public in the right direction. Of that, I am confident."

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All Things Considered, NPR's signature afternoon newsmagazine, is hosted by Melissa Block, Michele Norris, and Robert Siegel and reaches 12.4 million listeners weekly. To find local stations and broadcast times for the program, visit www.npr.org/stations