By Alicia M. Cohn - 10/19/12 05:19 PM EDT
Biden doubled down on the description Friday and took it one step further.
"I would respectfully suggest they're not sketchy. They're Etch-A-Sketchy,” Biden said of the Republican ticket.
Biden, speaking at the Sun City Community Center in Sun City Center, blasted the Republican ticket for secrecy and flip-flopping, warning the crowd that what Romney and Ryan aren't telling them will hurt them.
“With Romney and Ryan everything depends,” Biden said. “It depends on the moment, it depends on who they're talking to. … It depends on, in the case of Gov. Romney, what day of the week it is.”
Biden got laughs for characterizing Romney as a flip-flopper, and went on to offer his own energetic example of using an Etch-A-Sketch to shake off policy positions and dialing in a new sketch on the toy he said his grandkids use.
The “Etch-A-Sketch” reference is one the Obama campaign has used since Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said earlier this year that Romney’s campaign strategy would re-set, following the GOP primaries, for the general election.
“It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch — you shake it all up and start over again,” Fehrnstrom told CNN in March.
Biden went on to deliver a stump speech he has used in Florida before, hitting Romney for being willing to leave troops in Afghanistan past 2016, on abortion rights and on entitlement programs, as well as repeating the accusation that Romney’s former company Bain Capital invested in a series of firms that operated by outsourcing American jobs to other countries.
The Romney campaign calls the accusation misleading and has said such accusations confuse outsourcing — in which companies hire other companies to perform tasks usually done in-house — with offshoring, where jobs are sent overseas.
“That’s like Romney turning to the guy in the unemployment line and saying, 'I didn't outsource your job, I offshored it,' ” Biden mocked.
The Romney campaign said Biden was offering more of the same from the Democratic ticket.
“Today, Vice President Biden only offered Florida voters more misleading attacks to distract from President Obama’s record of failed policies, reckless spending and his inability to present a any agenda for a second term," said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. "The President and Vice President Biden are out of new ideas, out of time and out of excuses to explain their failed leadership and broken promises. Mitt Romney has a real plan to create 12 million jobs, and as President he will work with members of both parties to cut spending, restore our AAA credit rating, and get our economy growing again.”
Updated at 2:21 p.m.