Who’s out of touch? Biden takes aim at Romney on economy
Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday accused Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney of disregarding the importance of the manufacturing sector as a source of jobs for middle class Americans and said the former Massachusetts governor had offered “consistently wrong” remedies for the U.S. economy.
In a campaign speech in Davenport, Iowa, a key battleground state in the general election, Biden also said Romney showed a lot of “chutzpah” by suggesting President Barack Obama was “out of touch” with ordinary Americans.
“Out of touch? Romney?” Biden said to laughter from his audience at an Iowa factory. “I mean, pretty remarkable, pretty remarkable.”
Biden zeroed in on Romney’s former role as head of the private equity firm Bain Capital, mentioning U.S. factories that were closed by the company, including one that makes photo albums and picture frames. “I’m tempted to say, Mitt, thanks for the memories. You know what I mean?”
He also took aim at Romney’s opposition to the auto industry bailout – touted by the Obama administration as a measure that saved over a million jobs – saying that the former Massachusetts governor would have “let Detroit go bankrupt.”
While Biden touted the Obama administration’s recently brokered free trade agreements with Korea, Columbia, and Panama, as well as new tax laws that favor clean energy firms that operate on U.S. soil, he criticized Romney’s tax proposals, saying they would reward companies that move jobs overseas.
Biden’s attacks on Romney over the economy come as Romney, becoming more confident that he will clinch the Republican presidential nomination, has sought to rally conservatives by attacking Obama’s record on jobs and growth.
In a speech in Chicago earlier this month, Romney denounced what he called Obama’s “assault on economic freedom.”
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (Biden file photo)