Biden takes aim at Romney in Iowa
March 28th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden takes aim at Romney in Iowa

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden returned to the campaign trail Wednesday to deliver a stinging critique of leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before an audience of manufacturing workers in Iowa.

"Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent - as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president ... consistently wrong," the vice president said.

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The event, held at an engineering plant in Davenport, was the third in a series of speeches the vice president is delivering in key battleground states as the president's re-election effort shifts into a more publicly combative phase seven months before Election Day.

The vice president also met with a private gathering of grassroots supporters in Sioux City Wednesday.

The president himself continues to refrain from attacking any of his potential Republican opponents directly. But Biden - long recognized as an effective communicator with blue-collar voters especially - has increasingly let loose. The No. 1 target is Romney, who the vice president has painted as a ruthless capitalist eager to outsource middle class jobs.

"He vetoed a bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature that would have stopped the state from outsourcing contracts overseas," Biden said of Romney's time as governor.

The Obama campaign has so far dispatched Biden to speak before groups largely favorable to the president in 2008: two weeks ago he rallied United Auto Workers in Ohio, while last week he addressed seniors in a Florida retirement community. The president carried Ohio, Florida and Iowa in 2008, though only by single digits in each instance.

Biden's speech in Davenport perhaps constituted his sharpest critique of the GOP's economic philosophy; yet, he also told voters they face a stark choice next November.

"Look folks, we have a choice in this election: Between our philosophy that believes manufacturing is central to our economy, and their philosophy that scoffs at it," Biden said. "Between our philosophy that says there is nothing 'out of touch' about fighting for the future of the middle class by creating manufacturing jobs ... And their philosophy that says if the folks at the top do well, that's good enough."

The Romney campaign hit back at Biden, saying he is "part of an administration that has done more to devastate the middle class than any in modern history."

"Under President Obama's leadership, over 800,000 fewer Americans have a job, home prices have plummeted, and gas prices have hit record highs. With that kind of record, it's no surprise that the Obama White House has taken to attacking a proven job creator like Mitt Romney," campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

Obama will return to the campaign trail Friday, attending two large fundraisers in Vermont and Maine.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Romney never created jobs-he lost jobs as a vulture capitalist and was 47th in job creation as governor as Massachusetts.

    March 28, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Is Mitt a Git?

    Sorenson–how right you are. It's not necessary to criticize Romoney–he is so arrogant and nasty tempered, that he always does himself in every time he opens his mouth or some camera shows his walking away from a voter who asked him a simple questions.

    He has a temper just like McCain, or worse. I also love how Medvedev got into this by calling Romoney on the carpet (without mentioning his name) for his archaic remarks about the Soviet Union. Romoney has not foreign policy experience or even charisma–unless you cound the jobs he sent to other countries. Romoney better remember that Medvedev will not be the Russian president if he is elected-it will again be Putin. Imagine those two in a room together–Romney would crap his pants before he got a chance to sit down. What a dingleberry he is.

    March 28, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Gary

    Joe Biden is a BAFFOON and an embarrassment to America!

    March 28, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. WTF

    I have served our country for the last 23 years. I have been on numerous deployments, missed birthdays and anniversary's. We have a all volunteer force, I hold nothing against people who chose not to serve its their choice. Last I checked less than 2% of all americans serve. So more than likely the ones blasting Romney's family not serving have not served either.

    March 28, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Brandon

    Consistently wrong as a business-man and investor...yet he has a networth of over $250 million....

    March 28, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Nick-o

    Blame Obama for the recession? $4 gas? Maybe Romney needs a check up for Alzheimers. I clearly remember $5 throughout the last two years of Bush's presidency, cleverly going down right before election time, and a banking/housing market crash precipitated by foolish laissez faire regulative authority and scandalous business practices. You can fool some people, but you can't fool me

    March 28, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. edbonfla

    Who is paying for this campaign trip; the union, the DNC, Biden's campaign committee, or we the taxpayers?

    March 28, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Biden's premature bash

    "... slated to deliver a stinging critique of leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney... "

    Why are you in it at this stage, Joey boy? Oh, you're scared that Mitt will win the nomination... bad news for your boss.

    Suddenly everything becomes clear.

    March 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Very carefully worded to be technically truthful while implying (but not exlicitly saying because it would be a lie) that it all is somehow Obama's fault that these things happened."
    -------
    Didn't you get the memo? NOTHING is Obama's fault. We should really elect him as dictator for life and start calling him dear leader. Then everything would be roses.

    March 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Four and The Door

    The Real Tom Paine
    Can anyone say that the companies you listed are places where many people can have any sort of a career, Four? Virtually all of them are retail or service industry jobs, which are notorious for a lack of stability and low pay.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    I intentionally selected Bain companies more people would be familiar with to make my point that yes, thousands of American jobs have been saved by Bain Capital. These are industries related to consumers and only a small part of Bain's portfolio which includes many industrial and financial companies as well. If you really are interested I suggest you check BainCapital.com.

    March 28, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Clear Channel -- a Bain product - Rush Limbaugh's radio.

    March 28, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "So more than likely the ones blasting Romney's family not serving have not served either."

    Yes, but the people criticizing him also aren't committing his hypocrisy by warmongering and spewing imecile chest-thumping chickenhawk talking points like he does, suggesting things like attacking Iran or NK.

    March 28, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Consistently wrong as a business-man and investor...yet he has a networth of over $250 million...."

    You do realize that he was born filthy rich, don't you? But hey, we'll gladly focus on HOW he made even more money if you'd like...it goes so well for Captain 1% when we do that.

    March 28, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Bill

    Nick-o Nor can you be educated. The housing/banking crash was Clinton's doing for teilling bank to loan to more minorities who couldnt afford the conventional loan. The scandalous business practices were going on under Clinton's watch and only were discovered between 2000 and 2002

    March 28, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Data Driven

    @Four and the Door,

    So Romney saved Dunkin Donuts and Outback Steakhouse, eh? Wowwww.

    Pfffft.

    To be fair, the child care place sounds like it's a place that might have real jobs on offer.

    March 28, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. 4commonsensenow

    You say tomato, I say tamoto. Get back to work.

    March 28, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Beverly Travers

    Please Biden, when you take on Romney, ask him if he is better off than he was 4 years ago. Obviously he is, considering the fact that he is equipping the new mansion with an elevator for his cars. This comment is not only about Romney, all "rich" people are better off than they were 4 years ago, It is the middle class and the poor that continues to suffer.

    March 28, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Richard

    I served in Viet Nam, and I will bet most people who are blasting Willard have served. Must be a republican who believes we are all chicken hawks like most republicans. All anyone has to do is a little research, and you will find all these republicans calling to attack Libya, Syria, Iran, Russia, are all white men, with the exception of Herman Cain, want to get us into any and all wars. Let the poor and middle class die, but not one of their sons or daughters. Most republicnas are cowards and they only serve their corporate masters.

    March 28, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Jerry

    Biden is a hypocritical Obama lapdog. This president, Biden and their administration have have no shame. Oops! Sorry! I forgot Obama, Biden and their moronic administration don't know what shame means.

    America lets not accept MORE LIES, SMOKE and MIRRORS!!!

    Oh well...

    March 28, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. jpmichigan

    Biden is the albatross around Obama's neck, His remarks prove it every time he opens his mouth. Romney won't have a leg to stand on if the Republicans compare Romney care to Obama care. As heard on the tv yesterday, the Democrats are stating they took the idea of Obama care from Romney care. Santoum is a jeals socialistic nut case, would you want clergy sitting in the Oval Office. Romney=Obama, I for one had enough of someone with no leadership skills governing this great country, Obama even lack class. He reminds me of the young guys hooded, whether white or african American standing on the corner, shouting at peole to pay them attention. I bet he was an affrimative action fellow, who jumped over someone more worthy, to get into Harvard. I would love to see his thesis! Does he still have a liceanse to pratice law in Illinois and how offen did he have to take the bar!

    March 28, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    GI Joe
    Clear Channel - a Bain product – Rush Limbaugh's radio.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________
    ..as well as Reverend Jesse Jackson's talk show. What's your point,GI Joe?

    March 28, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Sniffit

    ""Very carefully worded to be technically truthful while implying (but not exlicitly saying because it would be a lie) that it all is somehow Obama's fault that these things happened."
    ---
    Didn't you get the memo? NOTHING is Obama's fault. We should really elect him as dictator for life and start calling him dear leader. Then everything would be roses."
    =======

    Typical angry conservative defense-mechanism drivel designed to distract from having any rational, intelligent, informed, fact-based conversation whatsoever about the true causes of the recession, debt, deficits and state of he current economy. Touch a nerve, did I?

    March 28, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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