Biden takes aim at Republicans, Romney
March 23rd, 2012
08:33 AM ET
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Biden takes aim at Republicans, Romney

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is poised to attack the Republican presidential candidates over entitlement programs through a speech in the battleground state of Florida Friday.

Biden will criticize Republican-backed measures that he says will negatively impact Social Security and Medicare, according to excerpts of the remarks.

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"Make no mistake, if Republicans in Congress and their amen corner of Romney, Santorum and Gingrich get their hands on the White House, they will end Medicare as we know it," Biden will say.

Friday's speech in Coconut Creek, Florida is the second in a series of speeches the former Delaware senator is expected to make about the economy. Last week he addressed a United Auto Workers union hall in Ohio, a state likely to be competitive in 2012 election. The Obama-Biden ticket captured Florida and Ohio in the 2008 election with 50.9% and 51.2% of the vote respectively.

In Florida on Friday, the vice president will specifically target frontrunner Mitt Romney's support of the "cut, cap and balance" plan to tackle the national debt, a proposal he will say "looks and sounds innocuous."

"So let's cut through it and say it in plain English. The 'cut' is cutting Social Security. The 'cap' is putting a camp on what we ask the wealthiest Americans to pay in taxes. And the 'balance' is balancing the budget on the backs of seniors and middle class Americans," Biden is expected to say according to a release from the Barack Obama re-election campaign.

"Cut, cap and balance" is a Republican-backed proposal that passed the House of Representatives in July 2011. Those who signed the pledge vowed to oppose any debt limit increases unless they included cuts and caps on spending, as well as the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Romney has said he supports the pledge as a first step toward reforming government.

But Biden, who is also expected to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia and Pennsylvania, will say cuts to government programs will place an economic burden on the next generation.

"They're making it even harder for the middle class at a time when we know, if we want our economy to be strong, the middle class has to be strong," Biden will add.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Republicans
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Gene Cole

    Joe Biden? Is he still around? I thought he went to the booby hatch a couple of years ago.

    March 23, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. JohnW

    Hey Rudy, type slower. Fair just isn't getting your point.

    March 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Taran

    @Fair,,Rudy is right on the corhusker kickback. It was removed in the final bill when the "cat was let out of the bag" about it.

    March 23, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Lizzie

    Can't run on the democrats accomplishments so you have to find anything to talk about.

    March 23, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    ThinkAgain wrote:

    Taran, you really ought to start thinking for yourself and not just typing up the latest Fox talking points!
    Taran lost all credibility citing $6.50 gasoline prices in Florida and Alaska a week or two ago. I think Taran cited a city, too. Tampa? Not average prices, just the fact that *a gas station* was supposedly charging that much. Once somone pointed out that a location near the Tampa airport was charging that price, we didn't see anymore posts from Taran. I think they closed the thread, but we still didn't hear anymore cited facts from Taran until now. Bogus, once again.

    March 23, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Taran

    @thinkagain. here is what it says in the law as passed:
    "The Secretary may take into account
    the financial burden on providers with underserved populations
    in determining any penalty to be imposed under
    this subsection.
    paragraph, the term ‘underserved population’ means the
    population of an area designated by the Secretary as an
    area with a shortage of elder justice programs or a population
    group designated by the Secretary as having a shortage
    of such programs. Such areas or groups designated
    by the Secretary may include—
    ‘‘(i) areas or groups that are geographically isolated
    (such as isolated in a rural area);
    ‘‘(ii) racial and ethnic minority populations; and
    ‘‘(iii) populations underserved because of special
    needs (such as language barriers, disabilities, alien
    status, or age).

    March 23, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Taran

    @thinkagain, which part of that did you not understand?

    March 23, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    JohnW wrote:

    Hey Rudy, type slower. Fair just isn't getting your point.
    You might be right, but I think you're wrong. Fair is much smarter than that. I blame it on the autonomous denial streak many conservatives seem to exhibit lately. I'm going to be wrong, no matter what. I wonder if Fair understands why states pay part of the cost for Medicaid and Welfare. It is done to motivate them to get their own citizens back into the workforce, which would only be to the state's own benefit: to have another person working..

    March 23, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Taran

    @Rudy, you are attempting to damage my credibility by reporting me stating things I did not say. I never said anywhere the "average" price of gas was $6.50. I said people are paying $6 plus in Alaska and Florida, you asked where in florida and I said Tampa. My facts were accurate, some stations in both places were charging $6 and up. Doesn't matter if they were price gouging or whatever, which I consider it gouging by the way, the fact is that is the price they were charging.

    March 23, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. mike

    Lets cut through the B.S. We all know we need to compromize and cut spending and raise taxs. Enough said .

    March 23, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. jeffromac

    I personally think that for a party that talks about a balanced budget as much the Republicans do it is odd that their party took a balanced budget and turned it back into deficit as soon as they got the presidency back in 2000. The Republicans seem to only become fiscally conservative when a Democrat has the White House. Reagan said we needed a balanced budget but had the highest deficit's of any president till him. If I ran for president against a Republican I would simply put up a chart showing the deficit's by president's to show who the real fiscal conservatives are.

    March 23, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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