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Biden Emphasizes Middle Class, Economy & Jobs in Campaign Stop

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Danville, VA - Vice President Joe Biden was taking aim at the Republican ticket during a campaign stop in Danville Tuesday. In front of a crowd of screaming supporters, he unloaded attacks on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Biden also spent a lot of time talking about things near and dear to the Southside: Jobs and the economy.

In a part of the state with high unemployment, the Vice President was focused on proving to this crowd, the President's agenda has been one of small but substantial success.

"Folks, the President and I came to office determined to make sure that we restored dignity to the middle class," said the Biden.

The middle class was the focus of a speech the Vice President used to hammer Romney and newly announced running mate Paul Ryan.

"This country faces one of the starkest choices in my generation. And now that Governor Romney has selected Congressman Ryan, those differences are even more stark," said Biden.

Much of the Vice President's focus was on attacking Romney's record; referencing his proposed cuts to social services, Medicaid, and education, and cutting tax rates of those making more than $1 million a year.

"It's not fair to the middle class, it's not fair to the working poor, and it will not grow this economy," said Biden.

He painted Romney as a man completely disconnected from Main Street; at one point using colorful words that stirred mixed reaction from the audience.

"He's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They're going to put ya'll back in chains," he said.

Biden was quick to point out accomplishments achieved during his previous four years. A bumper sticker for his ticket he said would read something like this... "Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive!" shouted Biden.

Biden did not touch on any civil or social issues, not even foreign policy, an area seen as his strength.

From Danville, the Vice President spoke in Wytheville. Wednesday, he's set to speak in Blacksburg.

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