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As Gates Controversy Lingers, Biden Praises Cops

Vice President Biden seemingly had two goals today as he visited Philadelphia for a Recovery Act event. First, to continue defending the administration's economic plan as even he conceded some "have a lot of reason" to criticize the pace of recovery. But perhaps more importantly, to utilize his strong ties with the law enforcement community as President Obama continues to face criticism for his criticism of the actions of Cambridge police.

"We know the bravery you display simply by pinning on that badge, by doing nothing more than going to work," Biden said, surrounded by uniformed police officers. "We can't achieve the goal of a stronger community without a stronger police force."

Biden, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, were highlighting $1 billion that will go to cities through the COPS program, created by Biden himself as a senator.

"We're investing deeply in all of you, not only because you deserve it but because we need you," he said.

He offered some simple math to explain how this provides an economic boost: "Cops plus roads plus teachers equals a community, and equals a better future."

"Ladies and gentlemen, the Recovery Act is making a difference," he argued. "Yes we still have a long, long way to go. But we are moving in the right direction. Our critics who have a lot of reason to go out and say in four months we haven't remade the world and corrected this recession which was eight years in the making, or maybe longer. I ask them, what would you do?"

That pitch comes with another request for patience, saying the administration "would be fairly judged" in about two years "when this act has run its course."

"Did it keep us from falling deeper in the hole? Did it save people's lives? Did it save people's sanity?" he said. "I think it will. I'm absolutely confident. In the meantime, notwithstanding the criticism, President Obama and I are not going to relent."