|Speech notes. "I can't guarantee you much,
but I can guarantee you one thing. With or without your endorsement,
if I am the next president of the United States of America you will never
have had any president that is more loyal and more devoted to you than
After telling the audience about how much he personally owes fire fighters,
Biden focused on Iraq, stating,
"There's a big boulder sitting in the middle of the road.
It's called Iraq. In order for us to restore our flexibility and
credibility to deal with our problems at home as well as abroad, we have
to solve that problem. It's the single biggest issue because it affects
He outlined "the critical two word test" on Iraq: "After you do what you
propose, then what?" The only alternative that answers that question, Biden
said, is a federal system. "Separate the parties; give them breathing
room," he said.
In the latter part of his speech, Biden talked about the importance
of unions generally. The Bush administration, Biden said, "is waging
a war on labor's house." "There is a middle class for one reason
and only one reason in America. Organized labor. That's why
it exists," Biden declared, prompting a standing ovation. "This administration
has lined up ten deep to strip away a hundred years of labor progress,"
Biden declared. Biden worked some of the IAFF priorities into his
"They tell you they love you, but just like Cuba Gooding, show
me the money. Show me the money. Next time my friends tell
you, particularly on the opposite side of the aisle they love you, say
don't kiss me; pass the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.
Don't tell me you love me; pass the FIRE Act. Don't tell me you love
me; give me the money."
Biden also spoke at last
year's IAFF Legislative Conference.