Buffalo, N.Y. (WHAM) - Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed a sold out crowd at the University at Buffalo Thursday night promoting a message of unity.
"Words matter," he said.
At a time of political unrest Biden kicked off the university's 32nd annual Distinguished Speakers Series.
"Americans is who we are. We are Americans before we are democrats or republicans or independent," he said hoping his words resonated with a crowd of over 6,000 people.
"I want to hear him especially because of yesterday," said Earl Lynch.
Biden wasted no time addressing the crowd on how authorities intercepted two package headed to his home in Delaware. Authorities said they were similar in nature to the pipe bombs recently sent to political figures across the country.
"Might wake everybody in my business a little bit and realize that we have to begin to put this country back together again," Biden said.
UB students like Lea Mann said she’s not shocked to hear Biden was targeted.
"It's kind of more alarming to me that I am not alarmed that it’s happening at all," she said.
She like others attending the event were thoroughly checked and screened before entering the area. This is all part of a plan to heighten security as a circumstance of recent events.
"It's definitely necessary in case something could go wrong," said Mann.
Biden' visit comes less than two weeks ahead of midterm elections.
"Trump is building his ammunition as far as going to all these rallies so the democrats have to respond," said Lynch.
Moving forward Biden said despite the difficult times the country is going through - "ladies and gentleman the press is not the enemy" - he’s said he's praying that different times are ahead.
"My hope and prayer is that all of our leaders will work to lower the temperature in our public dialogue," he added.