WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) – Flying largely under the radar since John McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Joe Biden is set to make a splash Monday morning as he delivers what the campaign is describing as a major speech in Michigan that will sharpen their attacks against John McCain.
Aides say Biden will use his standing as McCain’s decades-long Senate colleague as a backdrop in the “just the facts” speech to further accuse the Arizona senator of being a “sequel” to President George W. Bush’s two terms.
“We’ve seen this movie before, folks,” Biden will say according to excerpts provided by the campaign. “But as everyone knows, the sequel is always worse than the original.”
“If you’re ready for four more years of George Bush, John McCain is your man,” he adds. “Just as George Herbert Walker Bush was nicknamed 'Bush 41' and his son is known as “Bush 43,” John McCain could easily become known as 'Bush 44.'”
This speech on domestic issues will be one of two framing speeches Biden will deliver before the fall’s debates, the second will be on foreign policy next week. Both will make the case that McCain has changed and is out of touch.
“Whatever happened to the guy, who once denounced tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in a time of war, as 'immoral'?” Monday’s speech will ask. “Whatever happened to the guy who wanted to do something about climate change? Not anymore.”
“When someone running for election changes his views to satisfy the base of the party, that’s not change, that’s just more of the same Washington game.”
Biden will also address the negative tone the race has taken in recent days, arguing that it is because the staff McCain has hired is the same team Bush used against McCain to launch “unconscionable, scurrilous attacks” in the 2000 race.
"The campaign a person runs says everything about the way they’ll govern," the speech reads. "John McCain has decided to bet the house on the politics perfected by Karl Rove."
The excerpts make no mention of Sarah Palin. Biden spokesman David Wade says that until she comes out of her “hermetically-sealed” environment, the campaign will assume she holds the same positions as McCain and will focus on him.
UPDATE: After the speech McCain-Palin spokeman Ben Porritt responded, saying Biden's comments are "more ridiculous comments that are not credible and stand in complete contradiction to their record."
"It’s salesmanship not leadership for Barack Obama and his running mate to tell families in Michigan that they have plans to aid the middle class when they recently both voted in favor of higher taxes for Americans making as little as $42,000," writes Porritt in an e-mail. "And they both persist in opposing sensible energy policy that will relieve our dependence on foreign energy.”