Biden takes aim at Romney in Iowa
March 28th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
6 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. b d

    Is anyone surprised. Campaigns do this all the time, they use the VP (candidate or sitting) to attack, so that if it back fires they can blame the vp for the remarks.

    March 28, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Dave

    I dont get why America hates Mitt so much, so he is a draft dodger, dog abuser, billion dollar earmark taker, wanted to destoy Detroit & all of its suppliers, chicken-- when it comes to defending woman getting SEVERLY slandered & bowes down & knells to King rush, Lds leader who to this day has the authority to change the no Blacks rule in the Elders in Mormonism, refuses to do so, Racist, hates the poor, & wants to start world war 3 with russia. Does this really make him such a bad guy?

    March 28, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |

    I just love Joe. He tells it like it is. Willard is a job killer. Lord only knows how many jobs he shipped overseas and left hard working middle class Americans out of work. And this is the guy who is supposed to have the back of the middle class? I think not.

    March 28, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. shades

    Obama better hide Joe Biden somewhere, and make him take that witch of a woman tha heads the DNC with him

    March 28, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Get real

    And Biden is consistently spinning distortions. Obamacare, alone, is reason enough to throw every Democrat out of office (along with the 1 Republican) that voted for it. There is NO reason our Constitutional freedom should be violated and that is exactly what mandated insurance does. No matter how you spin it Obamacare is Constitutionally illegal and Obama should, therefore, be impeached. I went years without insurance coverage and was at poverty level or below- don't tell me everyone needs to buy a policy. BTW, not everyone will use the healthcare system and there will be those on low budgets who use it but pay out of pocket with money they carefully set aside rather than spend on iPods, tv's, SUV's and other frivolous options. . .

    March 28, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Let's pray he hits his target right in the middle of his forehead.

    March 28, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. kevin

    Go get 'em Joe!

    March 28, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. king

    I know if the repubs win, they will drill baby drill, the only problem is, oil is not a shortage, and most countries are moving away from fossil fuel, and into clean energy to protect the earth. Fossil fuel is so last century. This is why we need, to replace veheicle gas tanks with propane tanks, that contain cleaner, and less expensive natural gas. All you have to do is slap on a modified injector to feed the pistons in the crank shaft, and "WALLA", we've got got cleaner gas with the fossilized liquid, and carbon. Hey we've got to look about the health of our future generations,.

    March 28, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Bob

    "Under President Obama's leadership"

    The rest of the sentence SHOULD read: the economy is recovering from the damage done by 8 years of Bush mis-rule.

    But of course, Mittens has to resort to lies.

    March 28, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Tom

    When Romney speaks, he seems very nervous. He acts like he's got ants in his pants.

    March 28, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Mike

    Let's not confuse "job creator" with "wealth creator". Romney's job at Bain was to create wealth for his investors. Sometimes in the process of creating wealth, he also created jobs. But sometimes in the process of creating wealth, he eliminated jobs. He knows about creating wealth. Creating jobs was not the goal, only the sometimes-pleasant side-effect.

    March 28, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "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.
    Even Romney surrogates make misleading and false statements. Under Obama's leadership we have done nothing but *gain* jobs. I would like to know on which date the Henneberg is drawing a comparison. Gas prices hit record highs in 2008, and the higher prices now are one sign that the economy is returning to what it was.

    Home prices were grossly overinflated for nearly a decade as people tried to make a quick profit flipping homes. Some areas of the country saw as much as 300-400% increase in home prices between 1997 and 2007. That's several decades worth of increased value of the span of one. Even Romney is on record saying the home market needs to "bottom out", acknowledging that prices were artificially high.

    Can someone tell me where is Romney's record on job creation? Show me where his hand and leadership "created 100,000 jobs while at Bain Capital," as he claimed during a debate.

    March 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Jay

    Romney was an expert at destroying American Companies and sending their jobs overseas.

    March 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Why would anyone take this guy seriously? A few of the gems this buffoon has given us:

    ""A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!"

    "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."

    "His mom lived in Long Island for ten years or so. God rest her soul. And- although, she's- wait- your mom's still- your mom's still alive. Your dad passed. God bless her soul."

    "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."

    "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened."

    "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya." (to the guy in a wheelchair)

    "You know, I'm embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number? I should have it in front of me and I don't. I'm actually embarrassed."

    "If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there's still a 30% chance we're going to get it wrong."

    March 28, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. James

    It is interesting that Biden will talk down Romney on outsourcing when the president's leader in job creation committee (GE Jeff Immel) has moved manufacturing of certain products to overseas. He talks big about how important manufacturing is but takes money from contributors that are outsourcing these jobs.

    March 28, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. kjswartz

    We might have been better off with McCain as President, but this outsourcing of citizens' social security numbers, addresses and birthdates to foreign nations sounds very insecure to me, and a breach of national security. I wonder how many false federal tax returns were filed using that same information, and how secure did those call centers protect that information?

    March 28, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. DC Johnny

    Love how Biden will cherry-pick Romney's record, trying to isolate and distort the random cases that suit the president's campaign needs.

    Keep throwing stones from a glass house, Joe. It's not like your president has a foolproof history in office. Everywhere you look, in every sector of our government, Obama has led us astray.

    Maybe you don't care if Obama signaled absolute weakness to the Russians. Maybe it doesn't bother you particularly that Obama hands out more welfare than any president in history. Maybe it does't offend you that Obama treats Israel with disdain. Maybe you aren't deterred that Obama seeks to radically separate us based on race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Maybe you don't really care that Obama speaks of American history and capitalism as if they are dirty words. Perhaps it doesn't affect you that Obama prematurely assigns blame in racially motivated cases, such as that of Professor Gates or the present case with the young Mr. Martin.

    But all of those put together into one candidate? Wow.

    March 28, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. James

    Go Biden! Show Romney the things that his money can't even begin to buy. And sock it to Ham-Head Rove, too.

    March 28, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Dave

    Word, Mike & Jay, Romney created a lot of rich friends while taking earmarks from the Us Gov & putting that $ directly in Bains pockets while Improving Chinas ecomy sending them jobs overseaes. A form of SEVERE legal embezzement. Mitt has always been a Washington insider when it comes to taking Americas money, 02 games almost a Billion, Bain, tens of millions. This guy is so Anti American & Anti middle class it aint funny.

    March 28, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. cisom

    Trash Mitt all you want, I can't hear it. Obama criticized G.B.'s economic policies then broke his deficit spending record in less than 1 term. Economic recovery has been slight at best. If you are okay with $50,000+ of federal debt per citizen, vote Obama. I'm voting for someone who has a consistent record of turning red ink to black.

    March 28, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Romney supported raising fees by over 300 million while governor: this included a gas retailer tax of $.02/pergallon that generated over 60 million dollars. He was criticised for this apporach, since his fees were disproportionately on the people who could least afford it. He also closed tax loopholes on corporations that brought in another 300 million, and cut spending as well: the spending cuts forced a rise in MA property taxes from 49% to 53%. Now, how can anyone criticize Obama for looking for sources of revenue to help close the federal debt, when Romney did exactly the same thing and is praised for having balanced a budget? Romney took care of a budget gap that was left to him by his GOP predecessors: if there had been stim money available, he would have probably taken that as well to close his debt ( like every other Red State governor, eg., Rick Perry, Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindall). The idea that Romney knows how to manage things is a farce, because the increases in fees and porperty tax hikes killed job growth in his state. If you want job growth, it balloons your debt: if you want the debt reduced, taxes will rise and/or services get slashed. Bottom line is that MA did not create jobs in any significant amount: the 47th out of 50 is the truth, and no amount of screaming will get him out of that.

    March 28, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. jstout5111

    Yeah. Romney is a job creator. Too bad the jobs he has helped create are NOT in the U.S.

    March 28, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    ...Even Romney surrogates make misleading and false statements. Under Obama's leadership we have done nothing but *gain* jobs.
    Gain jobs but lose more. The fact is a fact. 800,000 fewer Americans are working than when Obama was sworn in, in spite of Obama using jobs creation as an excuse for so many of his failed spending bills. Just look around yourself Rudy. Things are not going well for so many people. How would you not see that?

    March 28, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Dr Knowitall

    eww "Smokin Joe" Biden. So tough, so mean, so full of business (cow business that is)..

    March 28, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Dr Knowitall

    Rudy NYC "Even Romney surrogates make misleading and false statements. Under Obama's leadership we have done nothing but *gain* jobs. I"
    Yeah, we gained as long as you don't count the losses.

    March 28, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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