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Biden spent 12 minutes at the UAW picket line, 87 seconds speaking

President’s very brief speech followed by San Francisco Bay Area fundraiser

Officially, President Joe Biden spent about three hours in Michigan Tuesday, between landing at Detroit Metro Airport at 11:35 a.m. and departing at 2:35 p.m. But his historic presence at a UAW picket line in Wayne County lasted only 12 minutes, and he only spent about 90 seconds speaking.

It was 87 seconds, to be exact, per a report from NewsNation. A CBS News video captures only a 10-minute visit.

Watch Biden’s entire speech to the UAW here:

“I’m going to be very brief,” Biden said at the outset of his remarks. “The fact of the matter is that you guys, the UAW — you saved the automobile industry back in 2008 and before. You made a lot of sacrifices. You gave up a lot. And the companies were in trouble.”

“But now they’re doing incredibly well,” Biden added. “And guess what? You should be doing incredibly well, too. It’s a simple proposition. Folks, stick with it, because you deserve the significant raise you need and other benefits. Let’s get back what we lost, okay?”

Then Biden handed the microphone to UAW President Shawn Fain.

“Today, the enemy isn’t some foreign country miles away,” UAW President Shawn Fain said after Biden spoke. “It’s right here in our own — in our own area. It’s corporate greed.”

Biden was greeted at the airport by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II and U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Dearborn, and Debbie Dingell, D-Ann Arbor. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is attending to her sick father and did not meet with Biden, according to reports.

Per Factbase, which publishes the president’s daily schedule, Biden left Metro Airport 2:35 p.m. for San Francisco, where he attended a campaign fundraiser at the home of Liz Simons and Mark Heising in Atherton, California. Then he stayed the night in San Francisco.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.