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Biden: Major terror attack on U.S. unlikely

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Biden: 'Another 9/11 unlikely'
  • Vice president assesses terror threat on "Larry King Live" Wednesday night
  • Biden doesn't see a strong likelihood of a massive terrorist attack
  • Hey says what's more likely is "small-bore but devastatingly frightening attacks"
  • On economic front, he thinks job creation start in the spring, but it will be slow

Washington (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that terrorists continue to try to harm the United States, but another "massive" terrorist strike like the September 11, 2001, attacks is unlikely.

"The idea of there being a massive attack in the United States like 9/11 is unlikely, in my opinion," Biden said in an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Instead, groups such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula "have decided to move in the direction of much more small-bore but devastatingly frightening attacks," such as the failed bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, a Nigerian, has been accused of trying to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it prepared to land in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day.

"I think there are going to be attempts," Biden said, but he praised the successes of the U.S. security and intelligence apparatus in dealing with the threats.

On other issues, Biden said he expected Congress to pass a jobs bill to stimulate employment growth, though it "will be probably less than is needed initially, but it will be very helpful."

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Biden took part in talks Tuesday with President Obama and congressional leaders from both parties to discuss how to overcome partisan divisions over the size and focus of a jobs bill.

"I think you're going to see net creation of jobs every month" starting in the spring, Biden said, acknowledging the growth would begin slowly.

He also said he expected to see some form of health care legislation to eventually win congressional approval, despite unanimous Republican opposition to Democratic proposals so far.