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Vice President Joe Biden Speaks at Syracuse Rally for Dan Maffei

joe biden speaks at a podium in a large, dark room with Congressman Maffei behind him
Chris Bolt

Vice President Joe Biden says the country has made a remarkable recovery so far, but the middle class is still struggling. He spoke today at a rally for Dan Maffei at Hancock International Airport, and said he believes some basic American middle class rights are gone as a result of poor political choices made by congress.

“There used to be a basic bargain in America, and Dan feels it in its gut, in his heart… That basic bargain was simple. It said if you worked and contributed to the wellbeing of the outfit you worked for, and it increased its productivity and gained in its profits, you got to share in those profits.”

Biden said the distance between the nation’s highest earners and middle class citizens has increased drastically since the 1980's. He highlighted that middle class workers have seen an increase in their wages of only 14 cents over the past ten years.

Biden stressed that strengthening the middle class is a necessity, and told the roughly 450 people listening at Hancock airport that Dan Maffei is the candidate to address wage disparities. He stressed Maffei’s opponent John Katko supports the wealthy over the welfare of average Americans, and also suggested that upcoming election could be a key indicator for political races across the country:

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.
Hannah vividly remembers pulling up in the driveway with her mom as a child and sitting in the car as it idled with the radio on, listening to Ira Glass finish his thought on This American Life. When he reached a transition, it was a wild race out of the car and into the house to flip on the story again and keep listening. Hannah’s love of radio reporting has stuck with her ever since.