Joe Biden hammers Romney, Ryan at event at Merrimack Middle School
Vice president spends second straight day in NH
Vice President Joe Biden rounded out a two-day trip to New Hampshire with a campaign rally in Merrimack.
Biden, who campaigned in Hanover and Concord on Friday, spoke to around 500 supporters at Merrimack Middle School Saturday afternoon.
Biden began by introducing Maggie Hassan, the Democratic candidate for governor in New Hampshire, and Carol Shea-Porter, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District.
“I hope I’m not embarrassing them,” Biden said as he encouraged both Hassan and Shea-Porter to join him on stage. “These are two incredible candidates.”
Biden then outlined the stark differences between his running mate Barack Obama and Republican opponent Mitt Romney, touching first on Medicare.
“(Romney and running mate Paul Ryan) would deny benefits for 48 million people,” said Biden. “What they don’t want to tell you is that it would turn Medicare into a voucher program.”
Biden then defended his campaign’s efforts to reduce federal spending, claiming that they’re trying to fix a problem originally caused by Republicans.
“(Romney and Ryan) haven’t offered one single, solitary idea to solve the problem,” said Biden.
Biden also made sure to hammer Romney on comments made public this week. In a video recently released, Romney was heard saying, "there are 47 percent of the people … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, he thinks people see themselves as victims dependent on government,” said Biden. “They’re just looking for an even shot, for a chance!”
The vice president concluded the event saying he believes the track America is on and that the country should continue to "move forward."
“I've got news for the congressman and the governor. Gentlemen, it has never been a good bet to bet against the American people," said Biden. "We will not stop until the middle class is back again!"
Following the rally, a Romney campaign spokesperson released a statement saying the current administration has not met expectations.
“Vice President Biden today doubled down on the same false attacks and abysmal policies that have failed to turn around our economy and bring change to Washington. President Obama’s broken promises and disappointing record remind voters that the Obama-Biden Administration doesn’t deserve another four years in power. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a record of bipartisan accomplishment and real plans to bring change to Washington and finally get our country back on the right track,” Romney Spokesperson Ryan Williams said.
Though President Barack Obama won New Hampshire four years ago, the November election is expected to be very close, and both campaigns have been putting significant time into the state.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was in Dover on Tuesday