Former Vice President Joseph Biden is coming to Proctors on November 20 as part of a national tour in support of his forthcoming memoir “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”
“I have always been fortunate to have an incredible support system around me, and I understand how many people in this country go through far worse than I have, with far less support,” Biden said in a press release for the tour. “I hope my own story will strike a chord with other Americans who have walked the same path I have. I’m looking forward to talking with people all over the country on this book tour, not only about my experiences, but about how much we have in common, and what we can do together to continue to build on the great promise of America.”
The tour is billed as a series of conversations that “will will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most.”
Biden has made frequent visits to New York State as of late. He enjoys a close personal and professional relationship with Governor Andrew Cuomo, attending fundraisers for the governor’s 2018 reelection campaign and backing the New York political leader on several proposals such as the Fight for $15 minimum wage hike, the family leave plan–which would give New Yorkers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for newborns or the sick and dying–and a $4 million infrastructure revitalization project at LaGuardia Airport.
Cuomo moved to act on the renovations after the vice president likened the airport to one travelers might pass through “in a third world country.”
Earlier this year, he was honored by Cuomo for his work for the national non-profit HELP USA in support of military veterans and their families as well as his legislative record in the fight against domestic abuse. Biden’s landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 garnered attention for bringing forth the first ever White House Advisor role to support and aid abuse victims.
Biden has recently fueled speculation from his supporters concerning a 2020 presidential campaign, as has Cuomo. Both politicians have shot down such rumors. Biden has already run for president twice in his career, once in 1988 and again in 2008. While considering a run in the 2016 race, he soon bowed out following the devastating loss of his son Beau to brain cancer.
Biden has spent nearly half of a century in political service to the United States. After an upset victory in 1972, he was elected the fifth-youngest senator in U.S. history at the age of 29–turning the Constitutionally-legal 30 during his campaign–and spent 36 years serving Delaware’s Senate before Barack Obama chose him as his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign. He is known for his role as a the loyal right-hand-man to the Democratic president as well as his ability to communicate efficiently across party and national lines.
During his time in the White House, Biden was the resident go-to on foreign and economic policies. He advised on the conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan and managed the administration’s $787 billion stimulus package. Additionally, he was given 100% approval rating from the American Public Health Association (2007) for his stance on expanding public health policies and was key in the push for marriage equality and bipartisan outreach with the Republican party.
In January 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama for his service during their two terms. The former president called Biden “the best vice president America’s ever had,” later adding, “To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard, and to live life fully.”
Tickets for the event will be available at www.proctors.org, by calling 346-6204 or at the Proctors box office, 432 State St., Schenectady. Prices range from $75 to $150. There is also a $300 meet-and-greet package.