Joe Biden cherry-picks audience to promote bipartisan infrastructure deal

Joe Biden cherry-picks audience to promote bipartisan infrastructure deal
Joe Biden eats a cherry as he tours a fruit farm with Debbie Stabenow, a Democratic senator from Michigan. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP
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Daily US Times: On Saturday, US President Joe Biden used a visit to a cherry farm in Michigan to talk up his bipartisan infrastructure package and additional plans for investing in education and families. The president also pitched his immigration plans when chatting with two couples from Guatemala who were picking cherries.

Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan, greetedJoe Biden’s midday arrival in Traverse City, which is hosting the National Cherry Festival, an event that has attracted presidents in the past.

As they toured the cherry farm in nearby Antrim county, Whitmer told journalists that she had not spoken to Mr Biden about any bipartisan infrastructure projects for Michigan specifically.

She said: “I’m the fix-the-damn-roads governor, so I talk infrastructure with everybody, including the president.”

In recent flooding, the state saw “under-invested infrastructure collide with climate change”, she added.

The Michigan governor continued: “So this is an important moment. And that’s why this infrastructure package is so important. That’s also why I got the president rocky road fudge from Mackinac Island for his trip here.”

Asked if the infrastructure package had enough money for electric vehicles, governor Whitmer suggested that more was needed.

She said: “There’s so much investment that is going to have to happen to support electric vehicles … but we’ve got a lot more to do on this.”

Juliette King McAvoy, Biden’s host at King Orchards, introduced him to the two Guatemalan couples, who she said had been working on the farm for 35 years.

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