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Biden: Governors 'best hope we have' to end partisan politics

By By CNN Political Unit
Published On: Jul 11 2014 04:38:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2014 05:23:04 PM CDT
Biden in NH Friday

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(CNN) -

Vice President Joe Biden told the nation's governors that they're "the best hope we have" at ending the "corrosive" politics that are hurting the country.

"The way things have gotten today, and I'm not singling out any party or group of people, just the politics, the culture in Washington now, it's become too personal, it's too corrosive," said the vice president Friday, adding that "this country can't run that way."

In an address to the National Governors Association, which is meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, Biden went on to say that "you folks, the Democratic and Republican governors, are the best hope we have to bring back an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable," adding that "you've got lead us out of this mess we're in."

The vice president praised the bipartisan efforts coming from the states, saying that "the vast majority of you respect one another."

Biden set up his remarks about the bitter partisanship in the nation's capital by joking that "I probably shouldn't say this, but then again I'm Joe Biden," which drew big laughs from the audience.

The vice president spent much of his nearly hour-long speech emphasizing the need for infrastructure investment and increased funding for job creation and job retraining programs.

Biden also said that serving as a U.S. senator for nearly four decades was the "greatest honor" of his life.

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