In the weekly White House address to the nation, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says American workers deserve ''a fighting chance'' and that the country needs ''to preserve the progress we've made in the past eight years'' of the Obama administration. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden touted the progress made for American workers, during the weekly White House address on Saturday (November 19). "Over the last 8 years, we've created more jobs in all the advanced economies in the world combined. Unemployment cut in half, wages are finally on the rise, we've gone from economic crisis to recovery, to the cusp of resurgence. And we're better positioned to own the 21st century economically and otherwise than any other nation in the world," Biden said. "But we know there's more we can do, more that needs to be done to make this resurgence permanent. And it begins and ends with the president I have believed from day 1, we have to give the American workers a fighting chance. We have to build the middle class," he added. The vice president said that seven million workers have seen their wages rise during the Obama administration. "We have to preserve the progress we've made in the past eight years, and continue to support states and cities in their fight for worker protections. It's not just for workers who benefits, they're not the only ones, the economy benefits," Biden said.