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Weekly Address: Joe Biden on 'A Weekly Conversation: On the Line' with Erica - February 27, 2021

  • Erica Harris
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  • Joe Biden
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Erica Harris

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00:00:00-00:00:27 (27 sec)
I didn't grow up with money, but I hit the lottery because I had my mom. She thought I could do anything. Like become a waitress, a home health aid, and a nurse. Since she's passed, I find myself still thinking what would mom say, what would she say if she knew I ran COVID testing at one of the hardest-hit hospitals in the country? 1

Erica Harris

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00:00:27-00:00:33 (6 sec)
And what would she say if she knew the President of the United States -- 2

Joe Biden

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00:00:33-00:00:34 (1 sec)
Erica, can you hear me? 3

Erica Harris

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00:00:34-00:00:40 (5 sec)
-- wanted to hear about it? 4

Joe Biden

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I understand your mom was ill? You took care of your mom? 5

Erica Harris

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For many, many, many years. I actually even have her here with me, 'cause I know she's present but I have a photo of her, of her behind us. But uh -- 6

Joe Biden

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I can see her. 7

Erica Harris

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-- yeah, my mom. Yes. 8

Joe Biden

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I can see her. I sometimes -- 9

Erica Harris

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But I think I can hear -- 10

Joe Biden

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00:00:55-00:00:57 (2 sec)
-- find myself saying, "Mom, what should I do?" 11

Erica Harris

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I still do, I still do. 12

Joe Biden

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00:00:59-00:01:06 (7 sec)
Yeah. What do you, uh, think is the most important thing that I should be doing with regard to COVID right now? 13

Erica Harris

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00:01:06-00:01:14 (8 sec)
It's what's on the front of my mind that would make me the proudest right now, is to see that everyone who wants a vaccine is able to get one. 14

Joe Biden

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00:01:14-00:01:20 (6 sec)
We've gone out and we've now signed contracts for 600 million doses -- 15

Erica Harris

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Wow. 16

Joe Biden

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-- by the middle of the summer. Tell me what you do at the hospital there. Do you have any mass vaccination capacity? 17

Erica Harris

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00:01:26-00:01:39 (13 sec)
Well, I'm very proud to say that we're able to vaccinate the community, hundreds and hundreds of people a day. We've vaccinated now, I think about 10,000 people. You know, it might seem like a small task but it is -- 18

Joe Biden

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00:01:39-00:01:40 (1 sec)
No, no, it's a big task. 19

Erica Harris

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-- a huge, big. 20

Joe Biden

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Gigantic. 21

Erica Harris

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00:01:42-00:01:50 (8 sec)
We really want the President to make sure that we have the resources we need to keep this horrible disease contained. 22

Joe Biden

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00:01:50-00:02:11 (22 sec)
I've asked the Congress to pass this thing called the American Rescue Plan which puts $160 billion to help you and other frontline workers, to make sure you have the supplies, the testing equipment, the vaccines, the ability to distribute the vaccines quickly, and also provided $350 billion for emergency funding to state and locals. 23

Erica Harris

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00:02:11-00:02:17 (6 sec)
The proudest moment was working as a team here. The teamwork that we have now is so incredible. 24

Joe Biden

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00:02:17-00:02:32 (14 sec)
We've never failed at getting anything important done in America when we've done it together. People are starting to come together now. And I hope, if you're ever gonna be down the Washington way, I mean this sincerely now, let us know, I'd love to see you in the White House. 25

Erica Harris

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00:02:32-00:02:33 (1 sec)
Wow, thank you so much. 26

Joe Biden

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00:02:33-00:02:39 (6 sec)
That, that's just a flat invitation. You're doing God's work [Laughs]. Thank you so much. 27

Erica Harris

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Thank you. 28

Joe Biden

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Look forward to seeing you. 29

Erica Harris

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Thank you, President Biden. Absolutely. 30

Joe Biden

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00:02:42-00:02:43 (1 sec)
Okay. 31

Erica Harris

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Have a wonderful day. 32

Joe Biden

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All right, thank you. 33