Vice President Biden talks terror on network morning shows
Vice President Biden walks through the US Capitol's Statuary Hall on his way to the House Chamber for President Obama's speech on job creation last night. (Brian Yaklyvich/ CNN)
September 9th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Vice President Biden talks terror on network morning shows

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.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Ray E. Georgia

    Gee Joe,
    Yiou are scary to me. Wanna help the country? Dump Obama Care, it can always be brought back in the future. Extend the Bush Tax Cuts for another 10 years. Then business will begin to hire again. You won't need no Jobs Bill. Savvy?

    September 9, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • Joe

      Your swallowing all Obama;s bullshit
      he will say anything to get reelected
      the guys a snake oil salesman

      September 9, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • Howard

        Notice how the attention of the American people was shifted on Thursday, right after Obumer's ridiculous 'vote for this bill NOW' speech, to a fake terror alert. Once again, a fake crisis was used to sabotage his opposition's criticism. This lying snake will stoop to any level, in order to deceive the public for his own gain.

        September 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        joe why do you use abusive language what are you going to achieve ,
        NAME calling is a inappropricate behavior that is not permitted .
        your posted polies of hate make me feel un safe in your America
        hatred does not cease by hatred but by love alone this is an acient eternal life.
        it is a man own mind not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways.
        A man is but the product of his thoughs what he thinks he become
        it comes from anindomitable will.

        September 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  2. Ed R

    Speaking of terrorism, Joe terrifies me every time he steps up to a podium or faces a microphone. His rancid stupidity is frightening.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      ED you are not only responable for what you say but also what you do .
      ED be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind dont matter and
      those who matter dont mind your comments we find comfort among those who agree with us,
      growth among those who dont we were born to unite with our fellow men and
      join in community with the human race, ED one of the hardest things in life
      is having words in your heart that you can not use .
      Ed where repect rules their is no will to power ,
      where power predominates their is no repect the one is the shadows of the other.
      shame you have so much evil hope you repent .

      September 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  3. jean2009

    For the uninformed (Ray, Joe, Howard & Ed) ....I think Joe Biden's speech at the Pentagon was one of the best speeches of the day.

    Keep The Affordable Health Insurance Act of 2010
    Eliminate the Bush era tax cuts

    Obama-Biden 2012

    September 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Howard


      "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President."

      September 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  4. Russell Brown

    The speech had spiritual moral responsibilty sincerity and truth justice freedom and peace
    all the tradittonal standards of a great speech writer.
    great job to the vicepresident team .

    September 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh so that was a fake terror alert, huh? A fake crisis!? Howard, every year since 2001, the federal government has put the nation under high alert coming up to 911. Even BUSH did that, and many AMERICANS truly believe he knew about the first one. Why would this anniversary be handled and covered any differently? Nothing...not even JUDGEMENT DAY, after the WAR of ARMAGEDDON will sabotage his oppositions criticisms! You all would rather die and go on to HELL first! You loons are a sad, pitiful bunch!

    September 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm |