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.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. thomas

    Mitt Romney , five sons who avoided military service during Bush's ten year war's.

    Vice President Joe Biden's son served our country's military.

    If I had five sons , I'd expect one to serve our country.

    March 28, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. beevee

    There is no point in criticizing Romney when it comes to foreign policy. The guy is naive and probably can't even tell when the soviet union broke down into different countries. Just because he was invovled in organizing winter Olympics several years ago he may be thinking he is foreign policy expert.

    March 28, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. dwain

    Its sad we dont have a good person to run. Obama is taking jobs away from us. He has killed the transportation industry. Opened the mexican borders allowing them to haul freight in to the country and yet we cant go into there country once again taken jobs away from us.

    March 28, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. steven harnack

    I agree with Bob. If Mitt were honest he would have said that "Under the Obama administration the middle class is now starting to recover from the damage that caused 800,000 workers to lose their jobs.....etc". As for foreign policy, it seems like the Republicans just can't wait to antagonize everyone on the planet. As war hungy as they are, you would think that they might want to have somebody besides Israel in our corner.

    March 28, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. PJ/TX

    Don't you just luv it when some people have nothing to offer so they just criticize, lie and even have time to
    dig out quotes that are meaningless?

    March 28, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As for job creation, Mittens created 51,000 jobs in MA in 4 years. President Obama has created 4 million in 3 years. That is 80 times as many as Mittens. Regardless what the Kochs, Rove and the Swift Boaters say, Mittens should not be president.

    March 28, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. ObamaJoe

    Michael Bachmann is the best VP candidate for MItt,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    But seems Mitt did not get it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he does not willing to share the cake with conservative Christians and Teas,,,,,,,

    March 28, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. ALPHA

    CNN is practically salavting to print this. They are telling us what Joe plugs Biden is going to say. Then tomorrow they will tell us that he said it, and the next day they will analize what he said and how it was received...what an absolute joke this paper, and their TV channel has become.

    Shamefully promoting the Libs at every turn, regardless of the facts. At the same time they question why their readership and viewers are fast falling and sending them into who cares territory.

    Biden is scheduled scheduled ...... to deliver a stinging critique.....a stinging critique.....who cares what foul mouthed Biden says anyway.

    March 28, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Carla Nelson

    If Romney is so interested in saving the Gorvernment money then why don't he pay the Unemployment, Social Security, Vetrans, SSI, Food stamps from his bank account. Then the govenment which he opposes can have some release. I left out one thing your medical bills when you go to the emergency room. He can talk because it is not coimig out of his pocket.

    March 28, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Devon

    Dave,

    Check your facts knuckle-head. I am a black Mormon and I have the same priesthood authority that my white mormon friends have. No wonder you support Obama – you're just another number that doesn't research anything to understand it better. You just like believing that if it sounds good to you then it must be true.

    March 28, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. anonymoussource

    The more I see, the more sick I get. There is such a large bi-partisan divide, that neither party is going to accomplish much. There will continue to be such a hate, that America wont continue being the leader of the world for long. Work together instead of spending countless time, money, and energy trying to prove each other wrong instead of looking for the solution!

    March 28, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    jstout5111
    Yeah. Romney is a job creator. Too bad the jobs he has helped create are NOT in the U.S.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Are you referring to the " overseas " companies such as Michaels, Staples, Burlington Coat Factory, Bright Horizons child care, Dunkin' Donuts, AMC Entertainment, Clear Channel Communications, The Weather Channel, Toys R Us, Gymboree and Outback Steak House? Every one of them in the Bain Capital Portfolio.

    March 28, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. TownC

    I like it when Mr. Biden speaks...he is one of the more effective advocates for change. Polling I'm sure will eventually show that Mitt Romney's poll numbers go up every time Mr. Biden speaks.

    March 28, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Sorensen

    It is not really necessary to critizise Romney too much. He is already the worst possible advertising for himself.
    His useles, empty, nonsense flip-flop remarks on anything makes it very painful to listen to. He has no personality,
    no guts, no style, no honesty, no nothing. And the GOP knows that all too well. The problem is that the rest of their
    "candidates" are crazy, bible-bangers or ridiculous or all of the above. They will all go down in flemes.

    March 28, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. rla

    Yea the middle class is doing so much better under Obama??? Wow the spin is dazzling!

    March 28, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    thomas
    Mitt Romney , five sons who avoided military service during Bush's ten year war's.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Last I heard the US Military has been an all volunteer force for decades. I served my 4 Thomas and am thankful for every day I spent in the Navy, but hold nothing against people who made other choices.

    March 28, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Rsprings

    Biden has been consistently moronic. And His boss has been consistently inept.

    March 28, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Its sad we dont have a good person to run. Obama is taking jobs away from us. He has killed the transportation industry. Opened the mexican borders allowing them to haul freight in to the country and yet we cant go into there country once again taken jobs away from us."

    Is that why we've had 24 straight months of job growth and 4M jobs created since he took office? Is that why he has more border patrol agents and more technology on th eborder than has ever been there in our history? Is that why he's pushing for high speed rail lines and innovative solutions to the need for cars that run on alternative fuels? Huh. I guess you're right.

    March 28, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. tstorm92

    Go Biden! Kick Republican butt!

    March 28, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. tstorm92

    Go Joe! Romney is one of the most inept, least qualified, and politically stupid, out of touch with the middle class candidate the GOP has ever fielded for president.

    March 28, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Sniffit

    ""Under President Obama's leadership, over 800,000 fewer Americans have a job, home prices have plummeted, and gas prices have hit record highs.""

    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.

    March 28, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. JASTROW SIMASIKU

    Please, send you journalists to Zambia where the western region also known as Barotseland have declared independence.

    March 28, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. PJ/TX

    @Alpha:
    ****
    Go to Fox Noise and live happily ever after with the less than honest robots who "are shamefully promoting the
    right wing nuts at every turn, regardless of the facts".

    March 28, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "You just like believing that if it sounds good to you then it must be true."

    You mean like "death panels," "socialism" and "where's the birth certificate?"???

    March 28, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. 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. Is a job working at Outback Steakhouse or Staples a job you would want for 20-30 years? Could you raise a family on that pay while working 60-80 hours a week?You can't have the kind of society we all aspire to with job options like that ( I would not call it a career: its more like a sentence to being the working poor). Romney should not list retailers, radio stiations and telecommunications companies amongst his list of successes. Did he save any major manyfacturers?

    March 28, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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