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. Phil in KC

    Good! I look forward to the Dems taking the fight to the Republicans for a change.

    March 15, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. mommabear123

    "we’re about promoting the private sector. They’re about protecting the privileged sector" well said

    March 15, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. marshder

    I really see no need for the administration to "attack" the republican candidates, because they are doing an admirable job on their own. Let me be the first to say it, I would love to see a ticket of Obama/Clinton for 2012. That would be a beautiful thing.

    March 15, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Chumlee

    It is about time! The GOP candidates have been trashing our President in name from day one. It is time for the
    Democrats to give back the favor – day after day after day.

    Obama 2012

    March 15, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. Marc

    This article is worse then a meeting – it's like writing something about something someone is going to say before they say it and then they will post an article later about what they said.. eh?

    March 15, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. sayer

    Fired up! Obama 2012

    March 15, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. shades

    I smell liberal desperation, and it smells sweet.. scramble boys, the end is near

    March 15, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    RealityBites observed:

    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.
    -------------------–
    That's what most people do not like about it. It doesn't allow for everyone to have coverage, which is exactly what conservative leaning politicians fought for and won. What is point? The law is as crippled and flawed as conservatives could make it.

    Despite the flaws, anything is better than insurance companies dropping people and forcing them to go on Medicare. The AFA does achieve its' main goal, though. That's to shift the burden of cost coverage off of Medicare back to the insurance indusry where it belongs. Medicare was created because the industry was permitted to drop people, or turn them away for any reason the industry decided was appropriate.

    The health insurance industry created the need for a program like Medicare. The AFA takes money out of Medicare because costs are shifting back to the private industry. If conservatives would allow private industry accountable, then we wouldn't even need Medicare.

    March 15, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Enough is Enough

    No one wanted to see GM disappear, U.S. Air and Kmart did fine with bankruptcy with out stealing from the taxpayer. The unions were the single biggest reason GM and Chrysler went bankrupt Obama saved the union contract so he could get the union dues at taxpayer expense. If a normal bankruptcy occurred the union would have felt the pain not the taxpayer.

    March 15, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. alpg49

    I got a kick out of Biden's comment to the effect that the R's weren't even bothering to hide the ball. Football metaphor. The R's are unashamedly in favor of the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

    March 15, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Hey You

    Unfortunately the Democrats have never been about helping the private sector. The Democrats are about the Government sector – how can we have the Federal Government do everything for everyone.

    March 15, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Bud

    WHAT?!! They gonna let ol' Joe open his mouth again? This oughta be good and funny.

    March 15, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Duck Dodgers

    *** imputt

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

    Naw, they have you to lie about it.

    March 15, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. b

    Joe Biden's comedy tour. This should be pretty good. What's the over/under on how many times he sticks his foot in his mouth?

    March 15, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Bobby

    Lock the doors ...Hide your children
    They're letting Biden..loose..

    March 15, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. john

    This will be GREAT! The late-night talk show hosts must be drooling at the prospect of Biden being anywhere near a microphone. The things he gets caught saying make fantastic fodder for their comedy writers. I look forward to laughing the evenings away from now until November.

    March 15, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Dance This Mess Around

    how can we have the Federal Government do everything for everyone.

    We cant, but we can level the playing field, so the middle class has a fighting chance.

    March 15, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Rachael

    This should be funny. Every time they send Biden out to speak publicly – he puts his foot in his mouth.

    March 15, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. RonB in SC

    If W and the republicans had not cut taxes and had not goten us into two unfunded war, we would have NO national debt. Clinton left office with four years of surplus. The republicans gave that to their wealthy 1% a huge tax cut, then we went to a totally unnecessary war which was not funded. Obama had to spend money to dodge a second great depression and the wars were in the budget.

    March 15, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. macbil

    This is response to Hey You. Look at the facts about who gets government money and who doesn't.

    March 15, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. jj

    I'd normally be concerned about this but he'll screw it up I'm sure.

    March 15, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. crazyvermont

    yea go Joe, but please no asinine statements before checking them out as recent administration statements have been a bit embarrassing. one of worse was your bosses claim that new auto efficiencies will save average American family $8,000 per year. As a salesman, I drive over 50k per year and don't even pay $8000 in gas.....does that mean I'll get money back from gas company?

    March 15, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Rosslaw

    The Republican party has reached the status of a national security threat in terms of their willingness to crash the American economy in their pursuit of "getting" their enemies. The Repubs were happy to put 1.4 million out of work to bankrkupt, dismember and sell off the assets of GM and Chrysler to the Toyotas, Mercedes, Nissans, etc. who now dominate those red states that tend toward third world economics and political structures like Mississippi. Additional advantages for the Repubs would include gutting the UAW. The Repubs are of course depressed over GM and Chryslers' incredible comebacks and the whole idea that they would pay back their federal loans instead of having the money disappear is something Repubs just can't get their heads around.

    March 15, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Lulz

    The guy who snores through Obama speeches is going to do something?

    March 15, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Bob-a-loo

    The republican party comes to Washington to represent republicans, not the people. But I do have to agree the auto unions needed reigning in.

    March 15, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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