Biden eases into role as Team Obama attack dog
TOLEDO, OHIO | Make no mistake, the presidential campaign is well under way for Democrats as well as Republicans: Vice President Joseph R. Biden called out Mitt Romney and other Republican hopefuls Thursday as “dead wrong” about the auto bailout.
Mr. Biden’s sharply worded attack marked a new offensive by Mr. Obama’s re-election team as it seeks to set the terms for the general election while Mr. Romney and his GOP rivals are still mired in their party’s nominating process.
In keeping with tradition, Mr. Biden, as No. 2 on the ticket, will be the campaign enforcer, leveling targeted attacks on Republicans. And his speech before a boisterous crowd of about 500 at a United Auto Workers hall in politically crucial Ohio suggested it’s a role he plans to embrace fully.
“If you give any one of these guys the keys to the White House, they will bankrupt the middle class,” Mr. Biden said of the Republican field.
“Gingrich and Romney and Santorum, they don’t let the facts get in the way,” he added. It was notable that Mr. Biden criticized the Republicans by name. He and Mr. Obama generally have refrained from doing that, aiming their criticism more generally at Republicans or generic opponents.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden aggressively entered the 2012 campaign Thursday with a speech at a United Auto Workers hall in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Biden called out Republican presidential hopefuls for not supporting the auto bailout.