March 15th, 2012
12:48 PM ET
11 years ago

Biden speech leads campaign fight for Obama

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday harshly attacked the economic policies of Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, calling them a threat to the American middle class.

"If you give any one of these guys the keys to the White House, they will bankrupt the middle class once again," Biden told autoworkers in Ohio, a key battleground state for Obama's re-election bid in November.


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  1. Expat American

    Let's start the Good Fight!

    March 15, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Is Crazy Joe serious? FOUR YEARS of record unemployment with OBAMA has already bankrupted everybody! Record foreclosures after plan after failed plan keeps failing. Four more years of failing and huge debt is what Obama and Biden offer the American people.

    March 15, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Bankrupting the middle class has been the Republican political goal since the middle class arose after WW II.

    March 15, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The speech by Biden at a United Auto Workers hall in Toledo
    Do Obama and Biden EVER speak to NONUNION audiences??!!! Talk about living in a bubble! All they ever do is pander to their multimillion dollar campaign supporters in the unions. Unions bankrupted GM and threaten to bankrupt many states. And all Obama and Biden do is kneel before them and promise them the world AT THE TAXPAYERS EXPENSE.

    March 15, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Here come the tears. "Waaaaaaaah, liberals are supposed to be wimpy hippies...not use facts to stomp all over our misrepresentations and fight back as vigorously as we've been attacking!!!!! We're the only ones allowed to use bombast and accusations!!!! IOKIYAR!!!!"

    March 15, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. R

    Can Republicans and Democrats do anything else besides attack each other? When both parties see a low voter turnout, they shouldn't be surprised and should blame the person they see in the mirror. It seems like we've lost a lot of mutual respect and civility towards our fellow Americans. Until that gets restored, I don't think there will be much change.

    March 15, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. diridi

    Ohoooooooooooo.....well done. WE LOVE YOU. Biden. Stand up. We love you....Well Done.....Well done...Speak up. GOP is nasty idiots. Enough of their lies.....Thugs of the nation are GOP idiots.

    March 15, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "Do Obama and Biden EVER speak to NONUNION audiences??!!!"

    Aww, c'mon, you're not even trying anymore. Wasn't it you just the other day complaining about all the speeches to wealthy fundraisers in LA? You're like Rush Dumbo where you get all poutraged about something one day and then the next you get poutraged again while claiming the opposite.

    March 15, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair


    Ohoooooooooooo.....well done. WE LOVE YOU. Biden. Stand up. We love you....Well Done.....Well done...Speak up. GOP is nasty idiots. Enough of their lies.....Thugs of the nation are GOP idiots.
    P.S. nationalize the Oil companies... ok, that's it.
    P.S. we need smaller homes... ok, that's really it.
    P.S. Nation is on right track... that's reallty really it

    March 15, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    "These guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy," Biden said of Romney, Gingrich and Santorum. "We're about promoting the private sector. They're about protecting the privileged sector."
    How's that private sector promoting going over the last few years, Joe? Great, except for a few small glitches like the housing market, unemployment levels, the national debt and the economy stuck in neutral. Not much to look forward to with you guys, either. No plans for fixing it, just more of the same. Raise taxes and raise the debt ceiling.

    I don't think Joe has heard about Mitt Romney's proposed 20% tax decrease for every working American. I guess Joe must be including every working American in the privileged sector. 4 more years of Obama's political driven antics and he would be correct!

    March 15, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Mikey

    @Truth – Where do you get 4 years of record unemployment? First, the President has not been in office for 4 years. Second, we were losing 700+ jobs per month when he took office. It took 9 months to reduce and then eliminate the monthly job losses. Third, we have had 24 consecutive months of private sector job gains during which we have added over 4 million jobs. Fourth, it was your friends who blew up the economy with policies that stagnated wages and crippled regulation, leading to the housing collapse and recession.

    The record has been the massive three year bull market. That is a leading indicator and it started improving within 60 days of President Obama taking office and is still going strong.

    @Four – First, the housing market collapse happened in 2007 and 2008, as did the recession. Second, the Obama has proposed and passed about 25 separate tax REDUCTIONS. The only increase was the Snooki-Boehner tanning tax. Third, Obama Administration policies have added about $1T – $1.5T, most of that temporary, not recurring commitments. Fourth, not raising the debt ceiling would be like not paying your credit card bill after you made the charges. Fifth, Romney's 20% tax decrease, along with his stated military spending increases and protection of social security and medicare would cause a massive debt increase that would make current deficits seem puny.

    Both of you let your distain for our President rule your opinions. Get real.

    March 15, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |