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Biden promotes Obama's jobs plan in Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Vice President Joe Biden has told public safety officers in Michigan that the Obama administration's jobs plan will help struggling cities like Flint.

Biden was speaking midday Wednesday at Fire Station No. 1 on E. 5th Street in downtown Flint Wednesday morning to promote the American Jobs Act, which would pump $5 billion into supporting jobs for police and firefighters.

He says everything flows from keeping citizens safe.

As a result of state budget cuts over the past three years, Flint has been forced to lay off over 100 of the city's first responders.

The White House says Biden is to be at a Grand Rapids-area school later Wednesday to focus on plans to put workers back on the job by spending $25 billion to rebuild and modernize schools.

Obama's $450 billion overall jobs plan would reduce payroll taxes on workers and employers, extend benefits to long-term unemployed people, and help local governments keep teachers, police officers and firefighters on the job.

Meanwhile, Biden says there's no question that he'll be in the No. 2 slot on next year's Democratic presidential ticket.

Asked on a nationally broadcast interview about speculation there might be a change, Biden said he's certain he'll be running with President Barack Obama again in 2012, saying, "Absolutely, positively yes. There's never been a question about that."  

The former senator acknowledged there had been speculation about whether he would be replaced as the vice presidential candidate.

Copyright 2011 WNEM. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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