Vice President Biden visits Detroit for Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner at Cobo Center

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Vice President Joe Biden appeared in Detroit Saturday to give the keynote address at the Michigan Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

Biden began his speech by acknowledging the events of the past week. He touched on both the explosion at the fertilizer plant in Texas and bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Biden also touched on the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut, speaking about how the parents of the children who were killed came to Capitol Hill to push for the gun control bill that failed to pass the Senate earlier this week.

The Vice President then went on to fire up the crowd with a fiery speech, railing against Republican policies.

The Jefferson-Jackson dinner is an annual fundraiser for the Democratic Party. This year it was held at Cobo Center downtown.

"As we continue to fight against policies that hurt the middle class in Michigan, Vice President Biden is the perfect person to really help fire up the troops for that battle," said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson in a press release announcing Biden's speech. 

Both US Senator Debbie Stabenow and US Senator Carl Levin are in attendance.

Past speakers at the event include former senior advisor to President Obama Robert Gibbs and Minnesota Senator Al Franken.


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