Vice President Biden made a tour of the network morning shows this morning and addressed reports of a “credible” terrorist threat to New York City and Washington D.C. on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. While he reiterated that he could not “confirm” the reports, Biden said that the threat was “real” and that this was “the first credible piece of information we’ve gotten” since Osama bin Laden was killed four months ago.
On what the administration is most concerned about this weekend, Biden told NBC:
The thing we're all most worried about is what they call the lone ranger, a lone actor, not some extremely complicated plan like it took to take down the World Trade Towers or the plane in Shanksville or the Pentagon. It doesn't mean they couldn't happen but it's much less likely. The lone actor is the more worrisome thing because there are fewer trails to follow, there are fewer leads to move on. But this is information from a credible source that indicated this was an intent. We have not been able to confirm, nor does that source confirm or do they know who the individuals may be who are trying to find access to the United States. But we're taking it seriously.
On reports that the threat includes a possible car bomb, Biden told ABC:
We have been told that was an intention to get people into the United States to do that, from a credible source, but we do not have confirmation of that.
On what this means for average Americans, Biden told NBC:
Continue your life as normal. Be vigilant. Be vigilant. Continue life as normal. But be vigilant. Report. Report anything that looks suspicious to you. And you know, we went through this before in a different circumstance with the car bomb in Times Square. There are people who are likely to try over the next period of months and years, but the point is that we are using every single asset we can, including local law enforcement, to help thwart the possibility it could happen.
Switching topics to the president’s new jobs plan, Biden told CBS that the White House is hopeful that some portions of the plan could gain bipartisan support:
Well, I think the first point to gain bipartisan support is the tax cuts for people who get a payroll stub. That is, they would get an extra $1,500 – right now, you pay 6.2% out of every paycheck that gets taken out before you're paid. That would go down to 3.1%, the result of that for the average person out there working is an additional $1,500 a year. That's a difference between being able to pay your auto insurance, being able to do a lot of things that really matter to people hanging on the edge.
And finally Biden told CBS that the White House would be willing to compromise:
We are willing to compromise on any ideas that will help the middle class. If they have a better idea how to put more money in the pockets of middle class people who are hanging on by a thread, if they're willing to come up with a better idea how to keep people – let them refinance their mortgages to 4% and the average person would save $2,000 a year, if they have a better idea on how to go and make sure that employers get a boost for hiring people, if they're willing to go out there and tell us how they can help the unemployed while training them in jobs that they may be able to get later, after their unemployment runs out, if they have better ideas, then we are totally prepared to compromise. But we are not prepared to compromise in terms of doing nothing.