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Joe Biden's message for the Golden State: 'California is the future'

Former Vice President Joe Biden is, not surprisingly, a supporter of the Golden State.

“I think California sets the future. California is the future in almost everything we’ve ever done,” he said backstage Wednesday night at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Before sitting down with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison as part of the paper’s Ideas Exchange series, Biden spoke briefly about the resilience of Californians in the aftermath of wildfires and mudslides, calling it a “a heavy price to pay in such a beautiful place.”

Biden went on to talk about what it was like to write a book about his late son, Beau, who died after a battle with brain cancer in May 2015. It’s called “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”

“Writing this book about my boy was harder than I anticipated,” Biden said. “… Losing him was like losing part of my soul.”

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