AMHERST, N.Y. - Former Vice President Joe Biden is the latest democrat to be targeted by suspected pipe bombs. Two suspicious packages were addressed to him and intercepted before he received them Thursday morning.
Biden was in Western New York the same day for a speech at the University at Buffalo. He kicked off the school's 32nd annual Distinguished Speakers Series.
He opened his speech addressing the suspected pipe bombs sent to him and other prominent democrats.
"Folks, we don't have all the facts yet, and we don't know who is behind this or why they're doing it. These pipe bombs being mailed might wake everyone in my business up a little bit," said Biden.
Biden believes the recent string of suspicious packages is trying to divide the country even more.
Hours before his speech, Biden stopped at the Olive Tree Family Restaurant in Lancaster to talk about the race for Congress. He advocated for NY 27 democratic candidate Nate McMurray whose running against republican Chris Collins.
"This guy (McMurray) is solid, this guy is bright as hell, this guy knows more about international relations just by his academic and legal background. This guy understands what ordinary people are going through, this guy is in it for the right reasons," said Biden.
"He wanted to show that he's behind us and we appreciate it greatly," said McMurray.
Thursday night, thousands of people lined up at UB to hear the former vice president speak about current affairs.
"I think he's one of those people that really actually cares about humanity, he's always out there for women's rights, student's rights , just in general I really like his demeanor," said Biden supporter, Jessica Kardashian.
In front of a sold out crowd of 6,500 people, Biden delivered a message of peace and love.
"This division, this hatred, this ugliness has to end. We have to begin to put this country back together again," said Biden.