Biden defends Obama in Bluffs
October 4th, 2012
Omaha, NE – Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa today. The Vice President made an impassioned plea to voters a day after the first Presidential debate.
Bidenâ€™s visit to Iowa is a strategic one as Election Day looms and Iowa remains a critical swing state. In fact, early voting is already underway in that state, and Biden urged the crowd to waste no time. â€œYou donâ€™t have to wait to Election Day,â€ Biden told supporters at the Mid-America Center. â€œSo elect us today. Get out there now and vote. Why wait?â€
Biden came out swinging against Gov. Mitt Romney less than a day after President Obama faced off with him in the first debate. The President was criticized for failing to dodge Romneyâ€™s punches on stage. But Biden worked to make up for it, bringing up popular campaign trail issues like Gov. Romneyâ€™s failure to release more than two years of his tax returns, which Obama did not mention in the debate.
â€œItâ€™s bad enough that Governor Romney wonâ€™t release the details of his tax returns,â€ Biden said. â€œNow, he wonâ€™t even release the details about what he plans to do about your taxes.â€
â€œSeriously,â€ Biden continued. â€œLast night, the Governor walked away from the center piece of his economic plan.â€
Biden referred to Romneyâ€™s assertion in the debate that he would not approve any tax cuts that added to the federal deficit.
The Vice President also defended the Presidentâ€™s plan to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of the year, saying a balanced approach that involves revenue and spending cuts is required to reduce the deficit fairly. â€œOn top of a trillion dollars of spending weâ€™ve already cut, weâ€™re going to ask, yes, weâ€™re going to ask the wealthy to pay more. My heart breaks. Come on, man.â€
â€œWe want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesnâ€™t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy,â€ he added.
Biden focused much of his speech on Medicare. He accused Romney of planning to turn the popular program into a voucher system, and he took the Governor to task for criticizing the President during the debate for cutting $700 billion from Medicare, another critique Obama did not counter. Thatâ€™s a claim thatâ€™s been rejected as false and refers to savings that are also included in Romneyâ€™s running mate Paul Ryanâ€™s budget plan.
â€œGovernor Romney just stood there and said bold-faced that we cut benefits and endangered Medicare,â€ he said. â€œFolks, who do you think Americans are going to trust? Governor Romney? Or the AMA (American Medical Association), which endorsed what we said, the American Cancer Societyâ€¦the American Heart Association…the American Hospital Association and AARP that endorsed what we said.â€
The President held a campaign rally in Denver today, while Romney and Ryan headed to Virginia for a campaign stop tonight. Romneyâ€™s campaign said President Obama is doing â€œdamage controlâ€ in the aftermath of a lackluster debate performance.
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