Big day for camp Obama: VP Biden, documentary
March 15th, 2012
06:01 AM ET
6 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. Marie MD

    Where do they start. There is SO MUCH material to be used against all of them. Firings, serial cheating and the most prevalent their hatred of women, gays, blacks, muslims, jews and, yes, even catholics.

    March 15, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't really matter. I don't think that they have to worry about Ron Paul. Given that he is so far behind, he won't be the nominee or have much say over the platform either. GIngrich and Santorum have views out of the norm and bagage that will keep them from being effective candidates.

    March 15, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  3. Dar

    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.

    Campaign mode is a more appealing word than "SUCK UP MODE"

    March 15, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. Sponge-Bob

    I think I'll be skipping the propaganda video.

    March 15, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  5. HenryB

    Finally we see the President go after these yodels. I left the Republican party a few years ago after it finally dawned on me that the Republican "flagpole" became a magnet for angry and fearful people. It is something that this party has become for the last 30 or so years. The party itself likes this because all they have to do is condemn others. They don't have to come up with any solutions at all, just lame finger pointing.

    March 15, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  6. diridi

    advise to Obama. Watch out Oil Prices. Watch out these Oil speculators. Do some thing. Nationalize Oil companies. Price drops. Push more Fuel-Efficient vehicles on the road. Good luck.

    March 15, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  7. Scef

    There is much to tout, ending the unfundedwar in Iraq, the pummelling of the Taliban enabling the drawdown of the unfunded war in Afghanistan, going from losing 750000 jobs a month to adding 225000 a month and the economic recovery in 3 years after the repub caused worse recession since the great depression.
    Since 1950 there has been 100 months of recessions under the repubs and 12 months under dems.

    March 15, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  8. Rags


    March 15, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  9. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Go Obama, Dem landslide coming in Nov.

    March 15, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Mike in SA

    Weird the way CNN put up the blub "Biden to go on teh offense"...I already thought Biden was offensive.

    March 15, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  11. imputt

    how about an update on the huge cost over runs of Obama care. Is this mainstream media hiding Obama problems again?

    March 15, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. Ed

    I wonder if Biden will say anything about the new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that Obamacare will now cost about 1.8 trillion not the 900 billion that Obama said it would cost.

    I guess CNN didn't see this report that could be the only reason they haven't reported it yet.

    March 15, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  13. keith

    Biden on the offensive??? Better not get between his foot and his mouth!!!

    March 15, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  14. Willie12345

    Biden IS offensive.

    March 15, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  15. Rae

    Well it's time because the GOP candidates have been saying plenty about President Obama

    March 15, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  16. Alina1

    Obama and dude Biden 2012!

    March 15, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  17. Dennis Freeman

    Game on on

    March 15, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  18. Sanity

    Wow!! Can Biden mention Republicans by name without a teleprompter?

    March 15, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  19. king

    Its about time, dens start to fight back. When I turn on the rarely, all I hear is 24 hour right winged propagandalist destroying the president. I often wonder if there is no dem radio programs on air. Fox news and their rich business friends on telivision is no better. I wonder how the hell this president still is poling at 40 percent. The repubs are doing every thing in the public view to descredit one of the best president ever. Yet their propoganda Frederic's, by the rich and Republicans blinds the gullibles to the facts.

    March 15, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  20. Publius Novus

    Give 'em hell, Joe.

    March 15, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  21. Sadie Boyd

    Yea! There is the Biden that I have known since he was a wet-behind-the-ears Senator at twenty-nine...Pull no punches Joe! It is about time this administration unleashed one of the best heroes for the working class, teachers, nurses, fire fighters and independent business owners. This guy can make mincemeat of Gingrich in a debate and he knows the likes of people like Romney who have bought and sold our country overseas. No Holds Bar, Joe!

    March 15, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. Curtis Mayfield

    Go Joe! So much 'diss-information" being passed out to the media and the public for the past six months, it will be nice
    to at least begin to get the real record out there for potential voters and convinced naysayers.
    Keep it real, Joe, keep it honest, and people will come around...

    March 15, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  23. slim

    Thats right Dems. Its time to break the silence. Unleash the fury!!! Obama/Biden for 2012.....

    March 15, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  24. RealityBites

    Meanwhile.., back in reality:

    The CBO reports that ObamaCare will spend a lot more than promised, tax more than promised and still leave some 30 million people without health coverage.

    March 15, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. Javon

    This is the moment I've been waiting for. Let Smokey Joe Biden off the leash to point out how absolutely ridiculous the GOP is. I love that guy

    March 15, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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