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Biden Tells Public Servants They Are the 'Lifeblood of Democracy’

March 12, 2019 / Eric Katz

Amid reports he is gearing up to run for president, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech on Tuesday to sing the praises of those who enter public service. Biden acknowledged that Americans hold public servants in low esteem due to ongoing attacks on the country’s institutions, but implored government workers to remain committed to their duties and inspire the next generation. The former vice president, speaking to a room of civil servants and public administration educators at the American Society for Public Administration’s annual conference in downtown Washington, D.C., called for a new era in which public service is once again celebrated.