Vice President Biden visits Charlotte, Rock Hill

Vice President Joe Biden visited CPCC on Monday, then made his way to Rock Hill for several events.

TRAVELING WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT -- Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that Hillary Clinton’s health was good, but that her staff “screwed up” by not revealing earlier she had pneumonia.

Biden arrived at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and with a full police escort, Biden headed off to his first stop.

He arrived at a campaign office for Hillary Clinton carrying boxes of donuts for the volunteers, telling them that Mrs. Clinton’s healthy was “good” after she nearly collapsed Sunday in New York at a 9/11 ceremony.

Clinton’s staff only then said she had been diagnosed last Friday with pneumonia.

Biden and his motorcade then headed for the main stop of the day at Central Piedmont Community College.

There he told students how important community colleges are in training students for the high-paying jobs of the future.

Leaving CPCC, the motorcade then headed south down I-77 that had been cleared of all traffic on the southbound side.

Biden stopped for a private political event in Fort Mill for his former staffer, Fran Person, who is now running against long-time Republican Mick Mulvaney.

The final stop of the say was in downtown Rock Hill where people stopped, some of them waving, as the motorcade came to a stop in front of what is now called the Five and Dime.

The building used to be a McCrory's and it is where the Friendship Nine were arrested in the '60s for sitting at the lunch counter as a protest against segregation.

Inside, one of the survivors of the group, Willie McCloud, shook hands with the Vice President who told him, “We owe you, buddy. We owe you big.”

Mr. Biden then took a few questions about Hillary Clinton’s health, saying, “The staff acknowledged they screwed up. They acknowledged they should have on Friday just stood up and said she’s been diagnosed with pneumonia.” 

He said she will rest a few days and will be ready for the first debate with Donald Trump.

VP Biden talks education, jobs at CPCC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vice President Biden talked education and job growth at Central Piedmont Community College Monday morning. Biden touted the administration's record with job creation and pushed a plan for free community college. 

"Twelve years is not enough in the 21st century. When I graduated 300 years ago in 1961, if you were innovative and you had some brawn and some brains you could live a middle-class life with a high school education, not many shots now," he told the select crowd of CPCC students, faculty and alumni. "Congress has to act to increase access to college affordability," he declared.

Biden proposes closing tax loopholes for the wealthy to cover the tuition costs of community college

Michelle Lopez, an Army veteran, found herself underemployed after leaving the military. She attended CPCC and now has a career in Information Technology.  Lopez said free tuition would have made a dig difference for her.  

"I would definitely take advantage of that opportunity, yeah. It is something that why wouldn't anyone want to go to school for free," she said.

Lopez introduced the Vice President and got to spend some time with him before his speech.

"It is very surreal, he is just very personable, charismatic person," she said.

The Vice President steered clear of presidential politics, not naming his party's nominee, Hillary Clinton, or her opponent Donald Trump once. Students and alumni like Lopez said they appreciated his focus on them instead. However, he did take a swipe at the GOP.

"The one political thing I'm going to say: this is not your father's Republican party," said Biden.   

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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