The vice president attacked Romney in an op-ed in The Des Moines Register, just days before the Iowa caucus.
Vice President Biden attacked Mitt Romney, the front-runner for the GOP nomination, in an op-ed published Friday in The Des Moines Register.
“How can anyone forget the economic catastrophe brought about by the same policies Mr. Romney’s proposing?” Biden wrote. “His are the same policies that deregulated Wall Street and turned it into a casino that gambled recklessly with hardworking Americans’ money. As a consequence, Americans saw the equity in their homes evaporate and their 401(k)s plummet in value. Millions of jobs were lost.”
The Obama reelection team has focused the majority of its fire on Romney, holding conference calls to attack his policies and blasting out news releases criticizing the former Massachusetts governor.
But Biden is the highest-profile member of President Obama’s team to assail Romney. His op-ed was published in Iowa’s biggest newspaper less than two weeks before the Jan. 3 caucus. It didn’t mention any other GOP candidate, even though the Obama reelection team has also attacked Newt Gingrich. The former House Speaker rose to the top of the polls earlier this month, but his numbers have fallen in recent days.
The op-ed indicates that, despite other GOP contenders having spent time at the top of the polls, the Obama team considers Romney the likely Republican nominee.
Iowa will also be a swing state in the 2012 general election, and Biden’s op-ed could be a preview of what an Obama-Romney election battle would look like:
“Romney appears satisfied to settle for an economy in which fewer people succeed, while the majority of Americans are left to tread water or fall behind,” Biden wrote. “His proposal would actually double down on the policies that caused the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression and accelerated a decades-long assault on the middle class.
“Romney also misleadingly suggests that the president and I are creating an ‘Entitlement Society,’ whereby government provides everything for its people without regard to merit, as opposed to what he calls an ‘Opportunity Society,’ where everything is merit-based and every man is left to fend for himself. The only entitlement we believe in is an America where if you work hard, you can get ahead.”