Thursday, March 15, 2012
Joe Biden descended on an Ohio union hall to deliver his first bona fide campaign speech of the 2012 cycle, ripping into the GOP field for opposing the auto bailout — and mocking Mitt Romney’s connections to Bain Capital.
All of the “guys on the other side” pretensions were ditched Thursday, as Biden — Obama’s chosen emissary to the white Midwest working-class — hammered Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum by name for the first time, in a city boosted by the $14 billion bailout of Ford and Chrysler.
“Hey! I’m back! You’re back! And the industry is back!” shouted Biden to a crowd of about 500 supporters organized in the brown paneled-union hall of Local 12 of the United Auto Workers.
“Gov. Romney [said] ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt… he called [the bailout] worse than bankruptcy,’” Biden shouted to a chorus of a sympathetic boos. “Newt Gingrich said [the bailout] was a mistake.”
And Biden sneered at GOP claims that the bailout could have been prevented if private firms had stepped in to save the companies, instead of the limited federal takeover.