The appearance marked a return to the public eye for Biden, a Scranton native. The vice president had taken a weeklong break to be with his son Beau Biden.
Beau, the attorney general of Delaware, was admitted to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after feeling weak and disoriented during a family vacation. According to the Biden family, Beau underwent an unspecified but successful procedure in Houston before being released Thursday.
Biden began his address by referencing concerns about his son.
“My son Beau is fine, and sends his love,” Biden said. “He’s doing well and is anxious to get back to work.”