Vice President Visits Pensacola

PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says Florida's Panhandle is fighting for both its cultural and economic survival while trying to keep oil off its beaches.

Biden toured a Coast Guard cutter at Pensacola Naval Air Station on Tuesday. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined the vice president in a 30-minute, shipboard meeting with the cutter's officers.

The Oak was the first Coast Guard cutter deployed in the gulf skimming effort and has spent six weeks in the gulf leading a flotilla of ships working to keep oil from reach the Gulf Coast.

Biden said federal emergency responders were closely monitoring hurricane activity in the Gulf of Mexico and BP oil recovery efforts at the spill site.

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