At a Campaign 2012 stop before members of United Auto Workers in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden called out Mitt Romney and the Republican Party over failure to support the auto bailouts. The Detroit Free Press reports that Biden went on to cast President Obama as an advocate of middle-class America, while GOP candidates like Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are “protectors of the privileged.”
Keeping the auto industry alive
“If you give any one of these guys the keys to the White House, they will bankrupt the middle class,” said Biden before a crowd in the politically important state of Ohio.
While singling out GOP front-runner Mitt Romney as a native of the U.S. auto industry’s home base of Michigan, Biden marveled at how someone like that could believe that the best course of action instead of the auto bailouts would have been to allow the industry to go bankrupt – to become “the living dead,” as Biden put it.
“Gov. Romney’s predictions of a living dead? We have now living proof: a million jobs saved, 200,000 new jobs created,” he said.
President Obama, on the other hand, “didn’t flinch” when it came time to make the decision of whether the federal government should back up the U.S. auto industry.
“This is a man with steel in his spine,” said Biden of his president.
Private versus privileged sector
Thursday’s speech in Toledo marked the first of four Campaign 2012 events that Joe Biden will hold in the weeks to come. The talks will give the Obama campaign the opportunity to focus even more intensely upon the perceived drawbacks of the Republican field.
“Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have a fundamentally different vision,” Biden said. “We’re about promoting the private sector. They’re about protecting the privileged sector.”
The strategy of Amtrak Joe
Ohio is one of the major political battlegrounds of Campaign 2012, and the Democratic Party is eager to regain support that has been lost since 2008, before the recession took its toll on the finances of the average U.S. worker. Joe Biden’s working-class Catholic upbringing in Scranton, Pa., factored heavily in the Democrats’ decision to use him as a train-riding spokesman on the working-class battleground of Toledo. The commonly accepted public perception is that Biden empathizes with the struggles of blue-collar workers, notes the Free Press.