Do you think Americans are dependent and looking for a handout or are we strong and responsible?
Do you think Americans are dependent and looking for a handout as Romney said earlier, or do you agree with VP Biden about the strength and responsibility of the American people?
In Florida, Biden says he doesn't recognize Romney's America
By TAMARA LUSH - Associated Press
Vice President Joe Biden visits with patrons Julie Holcom, right, and her daughters Emily and Amanda at Mel's Diner in Fort Myers, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Biden has been making his pitch to re-elect President Barack Obama in Florida. (AP Photo/The News-Press, ) Amanda Inscore — APFORT MYERS -- President Barack Obama had been on the job less than a week when a top economic adviser told him and Vice President Joe Biden that the country faced a trillion dollar deficit, Biden told a roomful of Florida supporters Saturday.
Obama replied, "But I haven't done anything yet," Biden recalled.
The mammoth deficit landed in Obama's lap, Biden said, because former President George W. Bush "put two wars on a credit card," and gave tax cuts to the wealthy.
Not long after getting the grim news about the deficit in 2009, the Obama White House said the country faced a long and painful financial recovery, even with major government intervention to stimulate the economy and save financial institutions.
The economy has been on voters' minds across the country, but especially in Fort Myers, located in a county that's suffered among the most foreclosures per capita in the country....
Biden also continued to hammer Romney on a leaked video in which Romney described 47 percent of Americans as people who pay no federal income tax and "believe that they are victims."
Biden said that Romney's running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, also talked about similar themes in "Young Guns," the book he co-authored.
"When they talk about the culture of dependency, I don't recognize the country they're talking about," said Biden.
"The American people are so much better, so much stronger, take so much more responsibility than these guys give them credit for."
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