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Biden: 'Are we campaigning? Yes!'

AP

Vice President Joe Biden (D)

Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at critics today who have claimed that his and the President's efforts to get a job's bill passed is mere "campaigning." 

"Are we campaigning?"  he said. "Yes! We are campaigning to change this environment." 

Biden was in York, Pa., visiting the Goode Elementary School to argue that the American Jobs Act would support 400,000 education jobs. 

Because of budget cuts, the York School District has been forced to lay off 100 teachers.

Waxing at times poetic, Biden stressed the importance of education in keeping the nation competitive.

"If our students suffer, our future suffers,” Biden said, adding, "They are the kite strings that lift our national ambitions aloft."