March 15th, 2012
03:32 PM ET
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will continue his campaign tour at senior centers in Florida next week, where he will promote the White House's stance on Medicare and hit a Republican budget plan, a senior Democratic official said Thursday.
The information comes the same day Biden hit the campaign trail in Ohio, where for the first time this year he hit Republican presidential candidates by name, saying Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would "bankrupt the middle class."
The Democratic official said Biden would campaign in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire and Virginia, and would continue to make stops in Pennsylvania. All six states are considered battlegrounds in the race for the White House.
Aside from lauding the administration's handling of Medicare, Biden will hit the tax plan offered by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Ryan is the architect of a Republican budget proposal that has stoked controversy because of the way it would change Medicare by replacing the traditional insurance benefits the program currently provides with a vouchers recipients could use to purchase health care insurance in the private marketplace.
In his other upcoming campaign speeches the vice president will also tout Obama's handling of the manufacturing sector and his position on taxes, as well as continuing to promote the president's decision to bail out the American auto industry, a move his Republican rivals have criticized.
Democratic officials said the campaign planned this rollout in March because they thought there would be a GOP nominee at this point in the nomination process. The officials said they didn't want to wait until May or June to begin responding to the GOP's attacks and drawing contrasts with GOP positions.
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