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Joe Biden: LaGuardia Airport looks like belongs in Third World

Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday LaGuardia Airport looks like it belongs in a Third-World country, not New York City.

Biden used the airport, one of the busiest on the planet, in a speech at Philadelphia's stately 30th Street Station calling for more infrastructure spending, Politico reported.

He was there for the unveiling of a new Amtrak electric engine.

Being vice president has given him a lot of experience with air travel, Biden said. He famously communed between Washington and Wilmington, Del., by Amtrak when he was in the Senate.

"If I blindfolded someone and took him at 2 o'clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said, Where do you think you are?' he'd say, 'This must be America, it's a modern airport,'" Biden said. "If I took him blindfolded and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, 'I must be in some Third World country.' I'm not joking!"

Biden said he finds it "embarrassing" that the World Economic Forum ranks the United States behind Barbados in infrastructure quality: "Great country, one airport."

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