Biden puts bull's-eye on Romney
December 23rd, 2011
08:07 AM ET
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Biden puts bull's-eye on Romney

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden slid into his role as campaign attack dog Friday, taking on Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney by contrasting his proposals with those of the current administration. And Romney quickly siezed on the comments during his first event of the day.

In an op-ed published in the Des Moines Register, 11 days ahead of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, Biden said the economic proposals from Romney, one of the GOP frontrunners, mirror those that led to the economic collapse, a repeat of which "Americans cannot afford."

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He also criticized the former Massachusetts governor for categorizing the policies of the Obama administration as creating an "entitlement society" instead of an "opportunity society," an oft-repeated Romney line on the campaign trail.

"The only entitlement we believe in is an America where if you work hard, you can get ahead," Biden wrote. "His policy prescription for an 'opportunity society' leads to less, not more opportunity for middle class Americans. How can anyone forget the economic catastrophe brought about by the same policies Mr. Romney's proposing?"

According to national and state-wide polling, Romney, who is making his second bid for the White House, is a consistent top-tier candidate in the 2012 battle for the GOP nomination. In keeping with that status, he has focused the bulk of his prodding on the current president, instead of his fellow Republicans.

Although Biden and Obama have occasionally jabbed the Republican field as representing the policies of former President George W. Bush, Biden's op-ed is the latest example the Obama reelection team is honing in on Romney.

In Friday's piece, Biden also described to Iowa voters what he and President Barack Obama stand for, including universal health care coverage, American ingenuity and reducing the deficit.

"Quite simply, the president and I believe this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules," Biden wrote. "That is how we define opportunity."

Romney responded to the vice president, accusing him of inhabiting a "fantasy land."

"The delusion to imagine that I was responsible for the decline of this economy of the last three years," Romney said at a campaign stop in Tilton, New Hampshire Friday. "You wonder in some respects what fantasy land he lives in."

"This president and his policies have made it harder on the American people and the middle class. And I don't think they get it," he added.

- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

Also see:

Bush 41 carefully backs Romney

Gingrich uses another tele-town hall to dispel negative attacks

Romney's austerity message raises some voters' concerns

Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman not on Virginia ballot

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Romney is out of question...

    December 23, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. ScottEDowner

    Mitt Romney is so wrong for people to trust..A true insider of Wall Street with his Healthcare he Created for a Sell out to people for his Profit.A person that speaks as god to make all the houses he has from Cali to New Hampshire.A man that Steals the Computers out of his Office to Replace them and not give up the Hard drives or back up. The word Trust could never come out of my vote with Him. But one man has my Vote RON PAUL .I have seen alot of Presidents in my life but this man stands out ..RON PAUL

    December 23, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It is going to be really hard for Gov. Romney to shake himself loose of the perception that he *is* the 1%. He was born into wealth, lived a life of riches and luxury, while telling The People that he has worked hard all of his life and has *earned* his fair share. And now, Gov. Romney is slow on the draw to release his tax records and income information, which plays directly into the narrative that Vice-Pres Biden is building.

    December 23, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Evidently MIttens suffers from the same selective hearing and lack of reading comprehension impairments that have been plaguing and decimating the Rethugs.
    Biden truthfully stated that Mittens continues to support the trickle down economic policies that have done nothing except allowed the wealthy to continue to amass greater wealth off of the broken-down backs of the country's middle class.

    December 23, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    Joe Biden and Barack Obama have every right to fear Mitt Romney. Mitt is absolutely the guy who will send them on a one way ticket back to Chicago and wherever it is that Biden chooses to retire.

    America is not about class warfare as Obama's strategy tries to push. It is about everyone having an opportunity to do well and for those who work hard and make great contributions a chance to do really well. It will take a significant change in Washington to get on a path to recovery and give future generations the opportunities our ancestors left to us. Right now we are leaving them a huge, ineffective self-serving federal government that works against economic recovery in almost every way possible.

    Mitt Romney does not play the shell game with taxes. He is not beholden to large unions and special interest groups the way Obama is. And Mitt Romney understands 21st century economics and the role of American government in a thriving economy. He has values for leadership and a full capability to deliver results. Not excuses.

    December 23, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Peace

    Who can trust a person like Romney, (he pretends to be jobless) and still millions of dollars are coming to his accounts. He can lie but with this modern age of getting news around the clock from every corner, each individual will be informed of everything.

    December 23, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. hrs4

    We the people WANT the freedom to succeed and to fail. I'd vote for Mitt over Obama any day!

    December 23, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. LegendRx

    Go get em Biden!

    December 23, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Larry L

    Romney is a flip-flopping corporate fascist. He might be good for 1-3% of Americans – those who would use the other 97% as voiceless consumers destined to remain at lower echelons.

    December 23, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |