Biden: Middle Class `Buried’ 4 Years

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Vice President Joe Biden on Oct. 2, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.

“I’m supposedly an expert on foreign policy,” Vice President Joe Biden said today. “As all of you know, an expert is a guy from out of town with a briefcase.”

That was in Asheville, North Carolina.

Earlier today, in Charlotte, Biden was speaking like the sort of expert that Mitt Romney’s campaign loves to hear.

Biden criticized Romney for proposing policies that Biden said would cut taxes for millionaires and raise them for the middle class.

Biden asked how Republicans “can justify raising taxes on a middle class that as been buried the last four years?”

“We agree,” Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, said while campaigning in Burlington, Iowa. “That means we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States.”

On a Romney campaign conference call, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu welcomed Biden’s remarks as a set-up for the first of the presidential debates tomorrow night.

“Thank you Vice President Biden, for the first time in a long, long time, you’re right,” Sununu told reporters. “We have an economy in crisis. We have a president in denial.”

Obama’s campaign maintained that Romney’s team is taking the remarks out of context:

“As the vice president has been saying all year and again in his remarks today, the middle class was punished by the failed Bush policies that crashed our economy — and a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is a return to those failed policies,” said campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith.


 Julianna Goldman contributed.

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