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Vice-President Biden talks jobs at Urban League convention

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Calls for infrastructure and job support, that was the message for people attending the National Urban League Convention at the Duke Energy Center from the vice president of the United States.

Joe Biden can sometimes be an attack dog, but this was a low key speech at the convention, with only a few digs to opposition.

The theme of the convention is Jobs, One Nation Underemployed. Mr. Biden spoke at length about the jobs already available right now in the county, some of which don't even need degrees. He said the car industry has turned around and manufacturing has returned to the U.S.

But, he says, in order for America to ensure leadership in the world economy, America must invest in that future. "This is a new era, we are better positioned than anybody in the world, but we need to invest in infrastructure and skilled job training."

"I believe his remarks were very well on point and on target with where we are as a nation," said Jamahal Boyd who attended the address, "and also locally in terms of what we need to do as next steps to be poised to support what he was talking about this morning."

Former Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory said, "The vice-president is right on point. The fact that we need to invest in infrastructure and that investment will bring about a lot of jobs. He's absolutely right that the political system in Washington seems to be broken right now but we need to get beyond that because there are people out here who are trying to feed their families, trying to send their kids to college and trying to live and the only way they're going to be able to do that is with a decent job."

The vice-president said the job is more than just a paycheck, it's about dignity. If there's anyone who is trying to improve dignity it's the Urban League. By the way, Biden's daughter is on the board.

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