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tv   President Biden Touts Electric Vehicles at Detroit Auto Show  CSPAN  September 15, 2022 7:50am-8:23am EDT

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take us with you on the go with c-span now, a free mobile video apps and visit 2,022, your website for all midterm election coverage on demand. when you miss it live as well as state-by-state and chart from every product. c-span's campaign 2022, your unfiltered view of politics. >> president biden announced new funding for vehicle charging infrastructure during the north american international auto show detroit. president biden talked about the benefits of electric cars and outlined what his administration is doing to accelerate the growth of the electric car market.
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[hail to the chief] ♪♪ [cheers and applause] >> president biden: they are not many chairs there. please sit down. you probably heard twice already everything i am going to say. but i want to say it. by the way, i drove all three of these vehicles. in other places, on the back lawn of the white house there are still tire marks. anyway, great to be back at the auto show and i want to say to your wife, no purgatory for you, straight to heaven.
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governor witmer, thank you for the invitation today. there you go. as my mother would say, god love you, you are the best, you are the best, the short diet on your right. i don't know, get up here. and you've got the best marriage in the united states of america right here. he had to spend more time during the last two administrations, sitting one day in the oval office, president obama turned to me and said go fix detroit. no problem, none. i put myself in the hands of your mayor and i know every
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single neighborhood of most homes in your city. thanks. you are a great friend, and so many other people here. we've heard everybody else speak so far. my colleagues in the senate and house. i tell you what, i don't screw around, whatever she says i do. by the way, over here, mister president. but guess what, she is always right. that is why we love you. debbie is like my sister, just tells me what to do and usually she is right. anyway, i want to thank everybody. thanks a lot for the passport to the city. our infrastructure law by the way as we get to the airport today as you know, this is not what it is about, we invested $80 million in your airport, $80 million.
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like the governor is doing, fixing all your roads and everything else around here. at any rate, look. my friend ray karen is here. where are you, ray? there you are. as the saying goes in claymont, the city i moved to in delaware when i was in third grade, uaw brought me to the dance and i got elected in 1972 as a 29-year-old kid to the united states senate and it's because we had the highest percentage of autoworkers of any state in the nation, higher than here because we had such a small population and 14% of our entire population was autoworkers, the largest chrysler plant outside of detroit and the largest gm
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plant and an awful lot of carriers as well. so anyway, i want to thank you all and i want to thank the ceos of all the major auto companies who are here today, for leading the way, they stepped up. you all know i am a car guy. i'm here because the auto show, so many reasons to be optimistic about the future and i mean it. looking at them, driving them gives the sense of optimism though i like the speed too. for most of the last century we lead the world by a significant margin and because we invested in our people, we invested in ourselves and something went wrong along the way. we risk losing the edge as the nation and the china and the rest of the world are catching up, we use to invest 2% of our gdp in research and irrelevance, now 0.7% and the rest of the world is catching but not anymore. now we are choosing to build a better america.
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america confronting the climate crisis, america's workers leading the way, rebuilding an economy, clean energy economy and doing it from the bottom up in the middle out. i'm so tired of trickle-down i can't stand it. [cheers and applause] >> president biden: when the middle class grows everybody does well. the poor go up and the wealthy do very well and don't forget middle-class built america, and you built the middle class. [cheers and applause] >> that is a fact. nowhere is that more evident than right here in michigan where you are building the future of electric vehicle. bringing back us manufacturing jobs, 680,000 jobs since i took office, good paying jobs, union jobs, middle-class jobs, jobs that give you a sense of dignity and a fair shot.
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my dad said i want a little breathing room, the family said let me have a little breathing room and be treated with dignity. used to be to buy an electric car you had to make all sorts of compromises but not now which thanks to american ingenuity, american engineers, american autoworkers it is all changing, today to buy an electric vehicle with long-range, you can buy one made in america. [applause] >> president biden: it charges quickly, you buy american, you want one that is fast, a quarter-mile, you by american. while we are here in detroit, building an america we are making it easier for folks at home to buy here in america. companies have announced new investments, $36 billion in electric vehicles, $48 billion in battery manufacturing. in the us we are just getting started. i signed into law the inflation reduction act that give tax
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credits to new electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, made in america. for the first time, you get a tax cut if you buy a used electric vehicle. part of the infrastructure law investing $7.5 billion to build electric vehicle charging stations all across america. so today, i'm pleased to announced we are approving funding for the first 35 states including michigan to build their own electric charging infrastructure throughout their state. [cheers and applause] >> you all are going to be part of a network of 500,000 charging stations, 500,000. throughout the country. installed by the ipe w. [cheers and applause] >> a special thanks for the last election.
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look, folks, the great american rd. trip is going to be fully electrified, when you're driving coast-to-coast on i 10 or i 75 in michigan charging stations will be up and easy to find as gas stations are now. and $7 billion to make american car companies and have batteries and other crippled materials they need. the auto companies like ford, gm, i'm still inclined to say chrysler, my dad worked for them for a wild. all our partners here, they made commitments and investing billions of dollars in themselves to go electric and we are lucky to have the most skilled autoworkers in the world and that is not hyperbole, the most skilled autoworkers in america are right here today, uaw. i am not joking. you know what i tell people?
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when i tell businesses i'm not joking, the chamber of commerce, the business roundtable and major organizations, why am i so pro union, they don't give you the credit, the american people don't understand, for you to go through the apprentice program and other trades by going to college. and they are working like hell, and and and i really mean it. and not that they are mean about it. and you're all set. you worked like the devil to get there and your work product shows it. .. signed a chips act,
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chips and science act, investing billions of dollars in research and development, work force train, manufacturing incentives to bring semiconductor manufacturing back to america. we invented that little computer chip. we invented it here in the united states of we invented that little computer chip. we invented here in united states of america. we don't have to rely on other companies to. last week i was in ohio to break ground on a multibillion dollars semiconductor manufacturing plant at intel, 7000 construction jobs. by the way, davis bacon wage. nothing less. [applause] and folks, 3,000 thousandd fulltime jobs, making an average of $135,000 a year. and you don't need a college degree for all those jobs. it's skilled workers. [applause] so, folks, all told, my administration is investing more
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than $135 billion to advance america's electric vehicle future. our infrastructure law is also helping to make it in america and win the economic race of thi 21st century, a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's roads, bridges, railroads, ports, airports, lead-free water systems, high-speed internet. it's the biggest investment in american infrastructure since president eisenhower's interstate highway system. it's a little bit like what your governor does, filling all those potholes and building all those roads. [applause] no, you came through. you said you're going to do it, and you guys did it. and folks, look, we've awarded $25 million to upgrade two miles of michigan avenue connecting downtown and corktown detroit. well, that's because of the leadership of the mayor and the governor. you all know the neighborhood where the tigers used to play, you know, on the corner at
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michigan and trumbull? well, i'll tell you what, this funding will help restore michigan avenue to its former glory and make improvements inor the future as well. [applause] and, folks, with the governor's leadership, we're spending $1 billion, $1 billion to clean up and restore areas around the lakes, including at the detroit river, kalamazoo river, rouge river, as well as torch lake. and that goes to your folks sitting here, right here in front of me. [applause] and they're big deals. that's going to make a significant impact on the economy of this state and, by the way, the entire great lakes system. it really is. i don't know if people, i wish i had time, well, i don't want to take your time, but there's so much to explain that people would, when they go, whoa, i didn't know it would do that.en but you see these two ladies sitting in the front here? don't get in their way. because they want to make surehe that it gets done.t and we've got a secretary of transportation and a secretary of energy and a secretary, who
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all are with us, and they want to make sure it gets done, too. folks, look, when you see these big projects in your hometowns, cranes going up, shovels in thee ground, workers with hard hats on, i want you to feel the way i feel. and i really mean it. pride. pride in what we can do when we do it together. there's nothing we can't do. working with so many of you here today, my economic agenda has ignited a historic manufacturinr boom here in america. where is it written that says we can't be the manufacturing hub of the world? where is that written?d? well, we are now. we're way far away. what happened? where does it say the most advanced nation in the world can't, and, by the way, i won't go into that. but no, i know many of you watching at home are like the folks i grew up with in scranton and in claymont, delaware.
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you feel left out and left behind in an economy and an industry that's rapidly changing. you wonder where is my place going to be in that economy? i understand. i really do. one of the reasons why my dad moved from scranton when coalan died, everything died. had to find new ways to do, learn new skills, new work. well, but hear me, we're going to leave nobody behind. we're going to be working with companies, community colleges, technical schools, union-led apprenticeship and training programs to make sure american workers are prepared to compete and outcompete anybody in the world. and i'm not joking. [applause] i am not joking. earlier this month, i announced a $52 million grant for the american rescue plan. that's a partnership right here in detroit, including the big three and united autoworkers, to train our workers and upgrade factories for electric vehicle revolution. for example, just like they used to be building carburetors, you're not going to be doingt
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that much anymore with electric vehicles. but we're going to have to built an awful lot of vehicle batteries.s. and the first people that'll get those jobs, the first people to train for those jobs, the people that are going to be able to do those jobs? anybody displaced. anybody displaced. you know, i worked with the longshoremen back in my state and around the country. and, you know, when we got all this new, modern equipment to deal with the supply chain, to speed up product coming in, well, we put all these new cranes and equipment in. but i made a deal with the, i was, i shouldn't say i made, i suggested that the business side of that equation was, anybodyhe displaced by any modernization, they got to get the jobs to run those cranes. they got to get the jobs to be trained on every new thing that was going on. and the same thing is going to happen with autoworkers, anybody displaced because they're not.
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[applause]e] i ran for office to build a better america, not just to get us back to how things were before the pandemic. so we launched a once-in-a-generation effort to invest in america. we're working to deliver an economy that finally works for working families. we started with the american rescue plan. that's taken us from economic crisis to economic resurgence. jobs are up. incomes are up. people are back to work. and this is a governor who knew how to take that money and use it to keep cops, firefighters, ambulance folks, you did. [applause] some of the governors literally pocketed the money. they put it to reduce, they wanted to reduce taxes with it. but you used it to keep people employed, keep schools open, keep it all running. you're a great governor. you're a great governor. [cheers and applause] and, by the way, american manufacturing is roaring back. just since i've been in office,
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we've already created 10 million new jobs, more jobs in that time period than any time in american history. [applause] the unemployment rate is 3.7%, near a 50-year low. but there's more to do. but the american people shouldt have confidence that we are on the right track. we're doing all this whilele cutting the deficit at the same time. i used to always hear it from my friends on the other team, yeah, they spend a lot of money, and maybe some of it is worthwhile, but they're just increasing the deficit. guess what? first year in office, we reducee the deficit by $350 billion. [applause] and guess what? this year, this year, we're on track, at the end of the fiscal year, to reduce the deficit by over $1 trillion. [applause] and we'll cut, and we'll cut it by another hundreds of billions
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of dollars more over the next decade because of the inflation reduction act. because medicare is going to be able to negotiate lower drug prices, it means taxpayers pay out less money. look, these investments are also tools, tools to fight against climate change, building cars with zero tailpipe pollution, running on a cleaner grid, making and inventing the technologies that are going to power the future. let me close with this. when president obama and i took office back in 2009, the auto industry was on its back. we were told, as you remember, and this was one -- and, by the way, as i said, all kidding aside, my state used to have the highest percentage of autoworkers of any state in the nation. they're all gone now. it's all gone now. but used to have the highest percentage. a and guess what? we were told, when the automobile industry was going belly up, that it would never recover.
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and the answer, we weren't going to be able to sell american-made cars at the same rate as we did but we didn't listen. and this is the god's truth. because the debate we had internally was, and i made the case, so did the president: we bet on the uaw to bring it back. [cheers and applause] swear to god. you brought it back. no, i'm not joking. think about it. the uaw brought it back. [applause] [cheers and applause] and that's who we bet on. and we're betting on you again. [applause] you got a lot of help from american engineers, from american innovation. we extended a lifeline, and we stepped up and we saved more than a million jobs.s. because of that work, the auto manufacturers are in a position today to drive full speed ahead. i believe we can own the future of the automobile market.
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i believe we can own the future of manufacturing. american manufacturing is back.. detroit is back. america is back. and, folks, we're proving it's never, ever, ever a good bet to bet against the american people. never, never, never. [applause] we just got to remember who we are. we are the united states of america. [cheers and applause] we are the united states ofa. america. and there literally, i mean this sincerely, there's not a damn thing we can't do, nothing, nothing, nothing if we do it god bless you all. w and may god protect our troops. thank you, thank you, thank you. [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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