(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.
The president himself continues to refrain from attacking any of his potential Republican opponents directly. But Biden - long recognized as an effective communicator with blue-collar voters especially - has increasingly let loose. The No. 1 target is Romney, who the vice president has painted as a ruthless capitalist eager to outsource middle class jobs.
“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.
joe is a geart guy. Honest and down to earth, Tell it like it is Joe. Tired of repo lies. Especially from flip flop.
Joe is crazier than an outhouse rat.
"consistently wrong" I am standing in that crowd, be specific. "he vetoed a bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature that would have stopped the STATE from outsourcing contracts overseas" What are the facts. What bill? Manufacturing is central to our economy, so where are the new factories, refineries, mills......talk to us like we have intelligence, because we do and eyes that see. I work with my hands because I'm good at it, not because I have to. I don't see the growth. Back off the emotions and talk to us like you want our vote.....We are Americans first.
Hey Joe! Where ya been the last 3+ years?
I heard on the discovery channel that since the current administration has been in power, scientists are now working on a cure for stupidity.
I am with you 100% Mr Vice Prez. Mr draft dodger has done nothin but bad things to our Great Country. He made his HUNDREDS of millions from shuting down companies & shipping them overseas to China. Then he goes & makes that SEVERLY stupid remark about Russia being our biggest enemy. What a whackjob!
Mr draft dodger has done nothin but bad things to our Great Country
Funny you say that. I just looked up info on Biden's military service and guess what? He didn't serve either. Five student deferments and then a re-classification! You equally mad at that?
Daddy Rich mormon, can you fly me to france & hide it behind the Lds religion. Russia is our # 1 enemy. This whackjob should be disqualified just on pure stupidity & yes Biden at least didnt outright DODGE.
Yo, steveo How many black elders are their ? 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Can a brother get all up in that Quarom? Why Heavens no. Why not? Cause their Black You guys are so FU-–K UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dont wimp out on me Salt Lake Tabby, Lets talk about the scriptures & how your cult treated blacks all these years. You know damn well that the only reason Morminism let Blacks in the Priesthood 235 years AFTER this great Country was established is because The Us Gov made them or they were goin to lose their tax exempt status. It wasnt caus dead joe smith got a call from Brigham & the they called the WHITE, WHITER & WHITEST Elders & said , Yea we all got together & God said let the brother in the Priesthood. You cult member racist are so brainwashed!!!!!!!!!
Dont wimp out on me salt lake tabby, were just gettin started. Who built Coral Canyon in Hurricane Utah? Yea the mormon lds cult fully supports the economy of the Freaks in Hilldale Ut & Colorado City. Gee lets just turn our backs on 12 year old girls getting raped & sold off to 58 year old men. & by the way lets support that buy hiring the cheap labor of them & the 13 year old boys that help build all thes homes in So Utah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring it on Tabby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your statement has what to do with anybody's military service or lack thereof. Fact, Biden 5 deferments and Romney 3! What does black elders have to do with me responding to a topic YOU brought up? Can you even stay on YOUR own topic?
Do you support Obama? If you do and you are making comments like this about military service maybe you should just keep your comments to yourself. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
It appears D was referring to Romney! He/she expressed agreement with Biden!
maybe you should just keep your comments to yourself
Really John? The 1st amendment would disagree with you, my friend!
I served 22 years more than all of them combined probably including yourself too no doubt.
Joe Biden is a buffoon.
Joe Biden was looking good in his tux at the White House dinner with the Hollywood "1%" You know that really nice dinner paid for by working tax payers... Oh.. Ya... He will fight for you!!! LOL ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
this guy and his boss are a joke...
salt lake Tabby Where are you????