Vice President Joe Biden escalated the Obama campaign’s attack on Mitt Romney’s business record during a campaign speech today, slamming Romney for ignoring the plight of workers.
“I resent when they talk about families like mine that I grew up in. I resent the fact that they think we’re talking about envy, that’s it’s job envy, it’s wealth envy. That we don’t dream,” Biden said at a Youngstown, Ohio factory.
“My mother and father dreamed as much as any rich guy dreams! They don’t get us! They don’t get who we are!”
Biden also followed up on the Obama campaign’s recent ad which ripped Romney’s work at Bain Capital, by reminding the audience of the human cost involved with Romney’s rise to wealth.
“Romney made sure the guys on top got to play by a separate set of rules, he ran massive debts, and the middle class lost,” Biden said. “And folks, he thinks this experience will help our economy?”
Romney has focused all week on the “prairie fire” of debt spreading across the country, but Biden attempted to counter his narrative by pointing out that GS Steel — the Kansas City plant featured in the Obama campaign’s ad — added a massive amount of debt while Bain owned it. The company was $533 million in debt when it filed for bankruptcy, compared to just $13 million when Bain bought it.
“What that means is, when you’ve got that kind of debt and things turn bad, you’re dead,” Biden said.