March 15th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Biden's campaign plan

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will continue his campaign tour at senior centers in Florida next week, where he will promote the White House's stance on Medicare and hit a Republican budget plan, a senior Democratic official said Thursday.

The information comes the same day Biden hit the campaign trail in Ohio, where for the first time this year he hit Republican presidential candidates by name, saying Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would "bankrupt the middle class."

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The Democratic official said Biden would campaign in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire and Virginia, and would continue to make stops in Pennsylvania. All six states are considered battlegrounds in the race for the White House.

Aside from lauding the administration's handling of Medicare, Biden will hit the tax plan offered by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Ryan is the architect of a Republican budget proposal that has stoked controversy because of the way it would change Medicare by replacing the traditional insurance benefits the program currently provides with a vouchers recipients could use to purchase health care insurance in the private marketplace.

In his other upcoming campaign speeches the vice president will also tout Obama's handling of the manufacturing sector and his position on taxes, as well as continuing to promote the president's decision to bail out the American auto industry, a move his Republican rivals have criticized.

Democratic officials said the campaign planned this rollout in March because they thought there would be a GOP nominee at this point in the nomination process. The officials said they didn't want to wait until May or June to begin responding to the GOP's attacks and drawing contrasts with GOP positions.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • Joe Biden
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Chumlee

    Get it Joe!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 15, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obama deserves to be reelected, he has already saved America from the Bush/republican near depression and ended the war in Iraq.

    March 15, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Don't forget about all of the conservative talking points back in 2010 over modifying the 14th Amendment. I can guarantee that they have not forgotten about that issue. I can also guarantee you that if Republicans win the White House and both chambers of Congress, that they will act on those talking points.

    March 15, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. blaqmajik

    This is going to be an easy sell...Obama/Biden 2012

    March 15, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    All the republican clowns have endorsed the Ryan plan which will add $6000 to the cost of seniors medicare. If Mittens had told the truth, he would have been run out of the Villages by an angry bunch of people on golf carts carrying shuffleboard equipment.

    March 15, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    End the Fox, foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi, war on American owned media.

    March 15, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Dave

    Between this religious Zealot, Rick & Mr Personality with his secret overseas swiss bank accounts, There is a SEVERLY hugh amout of material here. I will never forget the Cowardly way Mitt handled the Ms Fluke thing. He ran & hid & bowed down to The Republican Partys leader Rush. What an absolute no backbone, spineless thing to do. He basicly sais I care more about my relationship with CLEAR CHANELL & I am way scared of Rush, who cares about a woman being called those horific things? Mr Personality can say BYE BYE to the woman vote. Then Mitt does it again with that ad trashing our only Latino Supreme Court Judge. DUH!!!! Say goodbye to the Latino vote. Im tellin ya, these guys are just outright STUPID!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Well looks like Obama's plummeting poll numbers have the Democrats worried to death he'll be tossed in a landslide. Totally unheard of for a sitting President and Vice-President to be attacking individuals running in a PRIMARY and this far in front of the general election. I guess they've given up on governing the country and trying to fix their policy disasters of the last 3 years.

    Obama/Biden/Democrats - Out of Excuses, Out of "solutions" (that don't work), Ou tof Time, OUT OF OFFICE!!!

    March 15, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Lizzie

    And the WH talks about replacing him with Hillary

    March 15, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The truth about the republican clown show really hurts, but not as much as the non stop lies of the republicans and Fox, foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi, have been belching against our president and our nation 24/7.

    March 15, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I do not believe the WH has ever talked about replacing VP Biden. I know some talk show people have though.

    March 15, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Dave

    Mr Plastic is hittin the panic buttin hard, Please, Please CHRIS HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Wire Palladin, S. F.
    All the republican clowns have endorsed the Ryan plan which will add $6000 to the cost of seniors medicare.
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    Actually no. The Ryan Plan which passed the House of Representatives so far is the only work done to actually save Medicare from going broke. It's too important to just borrow from and ignore the financial problems with like the current administration. Of course, financial details have never been Obama's strong suit. ObamaCare turns out to cost the government $1.8 trillion in the first 10 years as opposed to the $900 billion projected when Obama presented it. There are quite a few of these little mistakes that need fixing and Obama's not the guy. Romney 2012!

    March 15, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Moderate Sean

    Truth..., would you please take your so-called Sainted Idols (Mitt and that total nutcase Santorum) and just go....they have no true and workable plans, no actual solutions, and they do not understand the concept of being forward leaning, or even know how to think outside a pre-determined box set-up by the most crazed elements within the Tea Party and Far Right Neocons. Your obsession with these cast of nutty characters is truly unhealthy and your stories and attempts at arguing change daily on this blog, with them all too often being in conflict with each other!

    Not to hurt your feelings, Truth..., as they seem to get hurt quite easily, but Mittens is not a Conservative...never has been (though he is a "has been" in the general sense of the meaning) and never will be! He can pretend and pander till his heart content, he will only and always be the guy too uppity for the position of POTUS. Though, he could run for Panderer-in-Chief, and I suspect, he'd win hands down!!

    This Moderate is for sanity – Obama/Biden 2012. Thanks Truth...for helping me decide the right team to vote for....

    March 15, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Totally unheard of for a sitting President and Vice-President to be attacking individuals running in a PRIMARY and this far in front of the general election."

    You just make it up as you go along, huh?

    March 15, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Lizzie

    Wire.... Don't read very much do you, just take what mediamatters gives you and run with it.

    March 15, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Lizzie

    Wire Palladin, S. F. All the republican clowns have endorsed the Ryan plan which will add $6000 to the cost of seniors medicare. If Mittens had told the truth, he would have been run out of the Villages by an angry bunch of people on golf carts carrying shuffleboard equipment.March 15, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
    So the democrats cut 500 million from Medicare and another 300 million from who know what to fund their new program.

    March 15, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Roger

    To Truth and Anything but the Truth. What did the market do again today? Oh and how about those new jobless claims? So exactly which policies have failed? Must hurt sitting there in the basement.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 15, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How could anyone explain to a right wingut that the $500 million that was cut is due to the savings in affordable health care? Republicans don't read much. As long as right wingnuts have their domestic terrorist, Hanoi Hannity, they do not need facts.

    March 15, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. FrankinSD

    Here's an idea. No one over the age of 50 (which I am with room to spare) should be allowed to vote until they can correctly answer a quiz about what the Paul Ryan plan would do to Social Security and Medicare.

    Good luck getting people to vote Republican after that.

    March 15, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    President Obama also helped the notch babies get their benefits. Look that up Lizzie (or is it Cheney?)

    March 15, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |