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Biden says Romney 'consistently wrong' on jobs

Biden says Romney 'consistently wrong' on jobs

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a proponent of outsourcing and doesn't believe the manufacturing sector is crucial to future U.S. economic success.
Seeking to frame the choice that voters could face in November's presidential election, Biden used a speech in the politically important state of Iowa to reject Romney's argument that his background as a business executive makes him better suited to turn around the economy than President Barack Obama.
Biden's speech was his third in recent weeks in his role as Obama's chief surrogate, outlining the campaign's arguments for a possible general election fight against Romney. The vice president's hard-hitting speeches allow Obama to appear to remain above the political fray.
The Obama campaign has tried to shore up support in Iowa, which it carried in the 2008 elections and could need again in November. With polls showing Iowans split on the president and his policies, Obama's campaign has been reaching out to middle-class workers and touting manufacturing, the state's largest industry.
Biden mocked Romney for allowing state contractors to set up call centers in India while he was Massachusetts governor, and said the Bain Capital private equity firm Romney once headed had shipped jobs overseas after acquiring companies in the 1990s.
Biden said manufacturing was recovering under Obama, with 430,000 jobs added since January 2010, and that Romney had spent his career in business and politics undermining American workers with policies that favor the wealthy.
"Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent _ as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president," Biden told supporters at PCT Engineered Systems, a firm in Davenport, a working-class city of 100,000 on the Illinois border. "And I respectfully suggest: consistently wrong."
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus dismissed Biden as "the junior campaigner in chief" and said the vice president's rhetoric would not help families afford higher food, gasoline and health insurance costs.
Biden said Romney's decision as Massachusetts governor to veto a bill in 2004 that would have barred state contractors from outsourcing work allowed millions of dollars to flow to companies to run call centers in India. He touted the administration's call for tax incentives for companies that "insource" or return jobs to the U.S.


Updated : 2021-10-26 10:41 GMT+08:00