March 28th, 2012
09:07 AM ET
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden returns to the campaign trail Wednesday, slated to deliver a stinging critique of leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before an audience of manufacturing workers in Iowa.
“Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent - as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president ... consistently wrong,” the vice president plans to say, according to prepared remarks distributed by the Obama campaign.
The event, to be held at an engineering plant in Davenport, is the third in a series of speeches the vice president is delivering in key battleground states as the president’s re-election effort shifts into a more publicly combative phase seven months before Election Day.
The vice president will also meet with a private gathering of grassroots supporters in Sioux City Wednesday, according the campaign.
“When he was governor of Massachusetts, he vetoed a bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature that would have stopped the state from outsourcing contracts overseas,” Biden is expected to say. “That resulted in millions of dollars flowing to companies running call centers in India.”
The Obama campaign has so far dispatched Biden to speak before groups largely favorable to the president in 2008: two weeks ago he rallied United Auto Workers in Ohio, while last week he addressed seniors in a Florida retirement community. The president carried Ohio, Florida and Iowa in 2008, though only by single digits in each instance.
Biden, whose speech in Davenport might constitute his sharpest critique of the GOP’s economic philosophy; yet, he will also tell voters they face a stark choice next November.
“Look folks, we have a choice in this election: Between our philosophy that believes manufacturing is central to our economy, and their philosophy that scoffs at it,” Biden will say. “Between our philosophy that says there is nothing ‘out of touch’ about fighting for the future of the middle class. And a philosophy that says if the folks at the top do well, that’s good enough.”
The Romney campaign is already hitting back at Biden, saying he is "part of an administration that has done more to devastate the middle class than any in modern history."
"Under President Obama's leadership, over 800,000 fewer Americans have a job, home prices have plummeted, and gas prices have hit record highs. With that kind of record, it's no surprise that the Obama White House has taken to attacking a proven job creator like Mitt Romney," campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.
Obama will return to the campaign trail Friday, attending two large fundraisers in Vermont and Maine.