(CNN) - The American auto industry is on the rise again because of policies of the Obama administration that let American workers compete with the world, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.
"You've got to take away the impediments," Biden told workers at a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio. "You've got to give the American people an even fighting chance."
Critics of President Barack Obama's federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler have been proven wrong, Biden said, noting the help has allowed both companies to rebound.
"The free enterprise system and private capital is the reason why this is coming back, but without a down payment by the American taxpayer, there would have been" thousands of jobs lost, he said.