Big day for camp Obama: VP Biden, documentary
March 15th, 2012
06:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Big day for camp Obama: VP Biden, documentary

(CNN) - In his remarks later Thursday at the United Auto Workers Local 12 Hall in Toledo, Ohio, Vice President Joe Biden will mention the Republican candidates by name, per a senior Democratic official.

This is a departure for Team Obama. To date, they have stayed away from outright combat by routinely declining to name the GOP candidates. Now the president's closest surrogate is dropping the fig leaf.

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The vice president is expected to talk about the president’s support for the auto industry bailout, slamming the bailout’s Republican critics (including Republican candidate Mitt Romney), as “dead wrong.”

Biden will further seek to draw a sharp contrast with Republicans on the middle class and the economy.

“Stated simply, we’re about promoting the private sector. They’re about protecting the privileged sector,” he will say, according to prepared remarks. “We’re a fair shot, and a fair shake. They’re about no rules, no risk. And no accountability.“

There was one recent instance when the vice president took on the GOP opposition – in a December op-ed in the Des Moines Register. It attacked Romney's policies and CNN has been told this speech will reflect similar themes but tick through all the GOP candidates.

Also Thursday night, the Obama campaign releases the 17-minute Guggenheim documentary, which frames the campaign narrative on the president's three years in office. Supporters who sign up at the campaign website will get the documentary at 8 p.m. ET. There will also be viewings at house parties across the country.

And note the state dinner last night was, for the first time, filled with big Obama donors (and quite a few former mega-Hillary Clinton donors). Usually the White House is criticized for neglecting supporters on big nights like this. Now in campaign mode, the White House has rectified and switched gears.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • Vice President Biden
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. parkmore

    He is the VP? We don't see him at all or hear from him? Where is his office?

    March 15, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. mark

    I will only echo the sentiment "Its about time"!! While not a great fan of all of Obama's policies I don't hate the man either – but the anger and hatred and ugliness we saw for 3 years went utterly unchallenged – very frustrating to see them not throw a punch back.

    Dems need to wake up and start swinging

    March 15, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Oh, my – Joe has been unleashed!

    March 15, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Jim

    The most positive step for the republican field is for the dems to turn smokin' Joe loose on the offensive.

    March 15, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. shades

    Joe Biden attacking, this should be fun

    March 15, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. bfpierce

    "They’re about no rules, no risk. And no accountability"

    Actually they're about no rules, total assumed risk to the private sector, and accountable to their shareholders and customers.

    Since JB is so in love with the bailout, it would appear that the Administration is in favor of no risk. Don't worry about making bad decisions with your company, because the government will step in and bail you out because you're too big to fail. That's socialized losses and privatized gains, no risk involved, unless you're a tax payer.

    March 15, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Jomama

    @mark, They'll swing with the facts. No need to get into a hate-filled spewing contest. Leave that to the right. They'll dig their graves on their own.

    March 15, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. peterr

    If it is scripted, then Biden will be alright. But if he talks freely, then it should be fun.

    March 15, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. John Tarver

    This will be hillarious, you never know what will come out of Biden's mouth.

    March 15, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. red1

    Sorry comment got screwed up! Obamacare means you don't get any health care if you had a genetic test and were found to carry a gene that causes disabilitating illness. That includes medicare and medicaid. This also means your children and grand childern will be uninsurable also. Real death panel! Ask your Doctor!

    March 15, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. red1

    Sorry comment got screwed up! Obamacare means you don't get any health care if you had a genetic test and were found to carry a gene that causes disabilitating illness. That includes medicare and medicaid. This also means your children and grand childern will be uninsurable also. Real death panel! Ask your Doctor!!!!

    March 15, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Gene Cole

    Big deal. The VP is a buffoon.

    March 15, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. red1

    Sorry comment got screwed up! Obamacare means you don't get any health care if you had a genetic test and were found to carry a gene that causes disabilitating illness. That includes medicare and medicaid. This also means your children and grand childern will be uninsurable also. Real death panel! Ask your Doctor!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. jim

    Can guarantee he won't go after Paul except for kindergarten name calling tactics.

    March 15, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Ricke1949

    Worse is the press favoring Obama. Media Matters, a Soros off shoot, is trying to destroy by lies the conservative side of American politics.

    March 15, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. alan

    O' joe being taken out of the basement? The obama campaign must be getting desparate. I cannot wait to see this! "STAND UP CHUCK!!!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    March 15, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. ThisSerious

    Finally! This unchecked GOP hyperbole was killing me. Its like the GOP refuses to have a conversation thats based on any kind of fact. I have gotten used to the idea, that I have to reset my reality of what the world is really like, in order to get through Romney or Gingrich or Santorum's speeches. When are they going to be held accountable for such distortions of the truth?

    March 15, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. G-Man64

    Did Obama get to all 57 states yet???

    March 15, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. luckjoe

    Great news, Biden just gave the presidents job to the Republicans!

    March 15, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. dave

    Why isn't this being discussed or articles here on CNN?

    The Congressional Budget Office has extended its cost estimates for President Obama's health care law out to 2022, taking in more years of full implementation, and showing that the bill is substantially more expensive - twice as much as the original $900 billion price tag.

    In a largely overlooked segment of the CBO's update to the budget outlook released Tuesday, the independent arm of Congress found that the bill will cost $1.76 trillion between now and 2022, and that doesn't include the implementation costs and other charges.

    "The bill spends more than the president promised, it covers fewer people - probably 2 million fewer people - and it taxes more than was expected,"

    March 15, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. dave

    Biteme Biden going after the Republican candidates? LOL, That's the best news I have heard. Every time he opens his mouth he sticks his foot in it. I have a hard to believing 0bama is even considering keeping him as VP. I guess he thinks it make him look even smarter, in comparison.

    March 15, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. iadadman

    Biden can be very effective in this role. Remember, even as he didn't gain much traction running for the nomination in 07-08, he came up with the zingers that helped sink Guiliani's campaign. "A noun a verb and 9-11" It was funny and true and pretty much exposes Rudy's campaign for the farce it was.

    March 15, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. wrongfacts

    To my fiscally conservative republicans, please explain. CBO (bipartasian) estimates if Romney's tax plan takes affect add 6.1 trillion to deficiet over 10 years. If Santorum's goes in to effect add 10 trillion to deficiet over 10 years.

    March 15, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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