Vice President Biden speaks in Nashville at largest gathering of local elected officials

FILE PHOTO: Joe Biden, Photo Date: January 10, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – “If I never attend a zoning hearing again in my life, I will die a happy man,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday to a crowd of thousands in Nashville.

Biden could joke about such things because before he was a US Senator, more than 40 years ago, he was on a city council, like so many at the National League of Cities convention.

The Vice President spoke primarily about infrastructure needs during his 45-minute speech.

“Studies confirm what we already know. People can’t move up the ladder to middle class unless they have access to reliable transportation just to get them to the job interview, to be to show up to work on time, to be able to get home on time for dinner and put their kids to bed,” Biden said.

While defending some policies of the Obama administration, such as the stimulus package as helping local governments, the VP made his pitch to them to support plans to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.

“There’s so much we can do. So we need you. So let’s make it happen. You make it happen. Force us to act,” Biden exclaimed.

The event, which focused on helping city leaders build better communities, was held at the Music City Center.

It was is billed as the largest gathering of local elected officials and staff in the country.

Biden’s last visit to Tennessee came in August, when he gave an emotional speech at a ceremony in remembrance of four Marines and a sailor who were killed in attacks at two military facilities in Chattanooga.

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