tv President Biden Touts Electric Vehicles at Detroit Auto Show CSPAN September 14, 2022 5:54pm-6:28pm EDT
president biden: please sit down. you have probably heard twice already everything i'm going to say. [laughter] president biden: i drove all three of these vehicles. there are still tire marks behind the white house. great to be back to the auto show and thanks for that introduction and go straight to heaven. i tell you. governor whitmer. god love you. you are the best.
get up here, lieutenant governor. [cheers and applause] president biden: he has the best man in the united states of america right here. and had to spend more time than we ever thought during the two administrations and sitting in the oval office and president obama said joe, go fix detroit. oh, no problem. none. [laughter] president biden: i put myself in the hands of your mayor and i know every neighborhood in your state. thanks, mike. you are a good friend. my colleagues in the senate and the house, you have heard from commander dingell.
[laughter] president biden: whatever she says, i do. and by the way, over here, mr. president. no. no. guess what, she is always right. debbie, i love you. she is like my sister and tells me what to do and usually right. i thank everybody -- and mike, thanks a lot for the passport to your city. our infrastructure law, you know and this is not what this is about, invested $80 million. [cheers and applause] fixing your roads and everything else around here. and my friend, ray curry is
here. [cheers and applause] president biden: ray, there you are. as the saying goes from the city, u.a.w. ran 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 used to have the highest percentage of auto workers in the nation higher than here because we had a small population and 14% of our entire population was auto workers. we had the largest chrysler plant outside of detroit and largest gm plant and an awful lot of carriers as well. i want to thank you all and thank the c.e.o. o and they stepped up. i'm a car guy. i'm here because the auto show gave me so many reasons to be
optimistic about the future. looking at them and driving them. i like their speed, too. and the last century, we led the world by a significant margin and we invested in our people and invested in ourselves and something went wrong along the way here. and china and the rest of the world are catching up. we used to invest and now .7% and the rest of the world is catching. but not any more. we are choosing to build a better america -- [cheers and applause] president biden: america attacking the climate crisis and rebuilding a clean energy economy and i'm so tired of trickle-down, i can't stand it. [cheers and applause] president biden: by the way,
remember when the middle class grows, the poor have a way up, the wealthy do very well. the middle class built america and unions built the middle class. [cheers and applause] that's a fact. nowhere is that more evident than right here in michigan where you're building the future of the electric vehicle. we're bringing back u.s. manufacturing jobs, 680,000 jobs since i took office. good-paying jobs, middle class jobs, jobs that give you a sense of dignity and a fair shot. my dad used to say, i just want late bit of breathing room. a family should have a little bit of breathing room and be treated with dignity. it used to be to buy an electric car you had to make all sorts of compromises. but not now. thanks to american engineers,
american autowork, it's all changing. today if you want an electric vehicle with long range, you can buy one made in america. if you want one that charges quickly, buy american. want one that's fast for the quarter mile, buy american. so by the way, while we're here in detroit, building it in america, we're making it easier for folks at home to buy it here in america. companies have announce nud investments, more than $36 billion in electric vehicles and $48 billion in battery manufacturing here in the u.s. we're just getting started. i signed into law the inflation reduction act, gives tax credits to new electric vehicles, made in america. for the first time you get tax cut if you buy a used electric vehicle. that's all coming. part of the infrastructure law, we're investing $7.5 billion to build electric vehicle charging stations all across america.
so today i'm pleased to announce we're approving funding for the first 35 states, including michigan, to build their own electric charging infrastructure throughout their state. [cheers and applause] and y'all are going to be part of a network of 500,000 charging stations. [cheers and applause] 500,000. throughout the country. installed by the ibew. [cheers and applause] who i owe a special thanks to for the last election. look. look, folks, the great american road trip will be fully electrified, whether you're driving coast-to-coast on i-10 or on i-75 here in michigan. charging stations will be up and easy to find as gas stations are
now. we'll also invest $7 billion to make american car companies and have batteries and other critical materials they need. auto companies like ford, g.m., chrysler, my dad worked for them for a while, are all our partners here. they made commitments in investing billions of dollars to go electric. we're lucky to have the most skilled auto workers in the world, that's not hyperbole. the single most skilled autoworkers are right here today, u.a.w. i'm not joking. you know what i tell people? [cheers and applause] i tell business, and i'm not joking, whether i'm speaking to the chamber of commerce, the business round table or any major organizations, why am i so pro-union? they don't give you the credit, the american people don't understand. for you to get to be, go through the apprentice program in other
trades, you've got four or five years like going to college. you get paid a little bit, not a lot, but you're working like hell before you get certified. it's cheaper to hire you because you do it the best, it lasts the longest and you do it with everybody. i mean it. and by the way, we don't tell people that. people don't know that. neighbors where i come from may know it. but they don't know it. it's not that they're mean about it, they don't understand. one day you show up, got a trade, man, you're all set. but you work like the devil to get there and your work product shows it. i recently signed a chips act, 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 america. we don't have to rely on other countries to power smart phones, washing machines, automobiles and so much more. last week i was in ohio to break ground on a multibillion dollar semiconductor manufacturing plant at intel. 7,000 construction jobs. by the way, davis-bacon wage, nothing left. and folks, 3,000 full-time jobs making an average of $135,000 a year and you don't need a college degree for all those job. skilled workers. [applause] so folks, all told, my administration is investing more than $135 billion to advance america's electric vehicle future. our infrastructure law is also helping to make it in america. and when the -- and win the economic race of the 21st
century. our roads, airports, bridges, ports, high speed internet, it's the biggest investment in infrastructure since president eisenhower's interstate. is it's a little like what your governor does, fill the potholes and build the roads. you said you'd do it and you guys did it. folks, look, we have awarded $2 million to upgrade two miles of michigan avenue, you all know the neighborhood where the tigers used to play, on the corner. at michigan and trumble? this funding will help restore michigan avenue to the former glory, make improvements in the future as well. and folks, with the governor's leadership we're spending $1 billion, $1 billion in cleanup and restore areas around the
laiblgs -- lakes including the detroit river, kalamazoo river, rogue river as well as the lake. that goes to you folks sitting right here in front of me. and they're a big deal. that's going to make a significant impact on the economy of the state. and by the way, the entire great lakes system. it really. is i wish i had time -- well, i don't want to take your time but there's so much to explain that people, when they go whoa, i didn't know it would do that. but you see these two ladies sitting in the front here? don't get in their way because they want to make sure it gets done. and we've got a secretary of transportation and a secretary of energy and a secretary who all are with us, they want to make sure it gets done too. when you see these big projects in your hometowns, cranes going up, shovels in the ground, workers with hard hats on. i want you to feel the way i
feel. i really mean it. pride. pride. and what we can -- 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 historic manufacturing boom here in america. where is it written that says we can't be the manufacturing hub of the world? where is that sphwhrin but we aren't now, we are way for a 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 i know many of you watching at home are like the folks i grew up with in scranton, you feel left out, left behind in 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 coal
died, everything died. had to find new ways to do, learn new skills, new work. 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 training programs, to make sure american workers are prepared to compete and can out-compete anybody in the world. i'm not joking. i'm not joking. earlier this month i announced a $52 million grant for the american rescue plan. that's a program to train workers and upgrade factories for electric vehicle revolution. for example, just like it used to be building carburetor, you won't be doing that much anymore. with electric vehicles. but you have to build an awful lot of vehicle batteries. the first people who get toaz jobs, the first people who train for those jobs, anybody displaced, anybody displaced.
you know, i worked with longshoremen back in my state and around the country. you know, when we got all this new modern equipment to deal with the supply chain, to speed up product coming in, we put all these new cranes and equipment. in i made a deal -- i shouldn't say i made. i suggested. [laughter] that the business side of that equation was, anybody displaced by modernization, they got to get the jobs to run those cranes. they got to get the jobs to be trained on every new thing going on. and the same thing is going to happen with autoworkers. anybody displaced because they're not -- [applause] 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 the wubs in -- 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. it's taken us from economic crisis to economic resurgence. jobs are up, incomes are up, people are back to work. this is a governor who knew how to take that money and used -- and use it to keep cops, union folks. some of the governors pocketed the money. they wanted to reduce taxes with it but you used it to keep people employed. keep schools open. keep it all runs. you're a great governor. you're a great governor. and by the way, american manufacturing is roaring back. since i've been in office we've already created 10 million new jobs. more jobs in that time period than any time in american history. unemployment rate is 3.7%, near a 50-year low.
but there's more we can do. but the american people should have confidence that we are on the right track. we're doing all this while cutting the deficit at the same time. used to always hear 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 reduced the deficit by $350 billion. guess what? this year, this year, on track at the end they have fiscal year to reduce the deficit by over $1 trillion. and we'll cut it by another hundreds of billions 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, taxpayers pay out less money. look, these investments are also tools.
tools to fight against climate change. building cars with zero tail pipe pollution. runs on a cleaner grid. making and inventing the technology that will 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 is one -- 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. used to have the highest percentage. and guess what? we were told when the automobile industry was going belly up that it would never recover. and the answer, we weren't going to be able to sell american-made cars at the same rate as we did before. we didn't listen. 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 u.a.w. to bring it back. [cheers and applause] swear to god you brought it back. i'm not joking. think about it. the u.a.w. brought it back. that's what we bet on, we're betting on you again. got a lot of help from american engineer, from american innovation. we extended the lifeline and we stepped up and we saved more than one million jobs because of that work the u.s. automanufactures are in position today to drive full speed ahead. i believe we can own the future of the automobile market. 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 a good bet to bet against the american people.
never, never, never. just got to remember who we are. we are the united states of america. we are the united states of america. and there's literally, i mean this sincerely, there's not a damn thing we can't do. nothing, nothing, nothing. if we do it together. god bless you all, may god protect our troops. thank you, thank you, thank you. ♪
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television providers getting you a front row seat to democracy. o insist to discuss president biden's visit to the detroit auto show and his administration's effort to promote electric vehicles in the u.s.. good morning, david. guest: good morning. host: president biden's comments will be carried on c-span networks and platforms later today so folks continue in around 1:45 p.m. but can you start by giving us a little preview about what brings president biden to the motor city? guest: president biden vos cars. he loves auto shows. he routinely came to the auto shop by himself to make good auto companies and look at new cars. i once saw
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