Joe Biden on D.C.: ‘You should be a state’

George Hawkins, Tom Vilsack, Muriel Bowser, Joe Biden, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gina McCarthy, Carlton Ray
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at an event to highlight the importance of maintaining roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, during a visit to a river tunnel project in Washington. From left are, D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, Biden Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Clean Water Director Carlton Ray. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — A press conference on improving the nation’s infrastructure was peppered with support for D.C. statehood from the nation’s second in command.

It began with D.C.’s delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton comparing the size of Vice President’s native Delaware to the District.

“The Vice President you know represented a small state  … which is not much bigger than the District of Columbia,” Holmes said.

Her comment was quickly followed by the Vice President saying ,”you should be a state.”

Those words drawing cheers from the crowd.

Later, when Biden took the podium, he told the crowd that he has supported statehood for D.C. for 20 years but was quick to say he’s speaking on behalf of “Joe Biden” and not the administration.

Biden said “it would be a little easier,” if D.C. was a state.

The Obama administration hasn’t officially supported statehood for the District even though President Obama has said in the past that he would be for it.

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Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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