After Joe Biden provided a character reference for President Barack Obama on Thursday night in Charlotte, he attempted a character assassination on Mitt Romney.
The vice president opted for an emotional, direct approach during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, first brushing away tears as son Beau nominated him.
Beau Biden put his father’s name forward four years ago before deploying to Iraq with the US Army.
He set the tone again this year, promising the audience that his father operates on the highest principles.
“I’ve watched him strengthen relationships with our allies and stare down our adversaries,” said Beau Biden, attorney general of Delaware. “I’ve seen him salute the workers in factories that are only open because of decisions that he and President Obama had the courage to make.”
Biden accepted the nomination, and then vowed that his front-row seat on Obama’s presidency makes him an excellent judge of the president’s purpose.
“I want to take you inside the White House to see the President, as I see him every day, because I don’t see him in sound bites,” Biden said early in his remarks. “I walk down the hall, 30 steps to the Oval Office, and I see him in action.”
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Biden, 69, touted Obama’s motives, saying every White House came with the question, “How is this going to work for ordinary families?”
The former Delaware senator also referenced Obama’s health-care policies and job creation, saying both men experienced firsthand just how important both are to Americans.
“Barack had to sit at the end of his mom’s hospital bed and watch her fight cancer and fight her insurance companies at the same time,” Biden said.
“When Barack and I were growing up, there was an implicit understanding. If you took responsibility, you’d get a fair shot at a better deal. The values behind that deal — were the values that shaped us both. And today, they are Barack’s guiding star.”
Then Biden attempted to frame the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, as a cold-hearted capitalist bent on profiting as America crumbles.
He suggested while the president saved Detroit, Romney would sell it for parts.
Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, grew up in Michigan the son of an auto executive who ran American Motors.
“I’m sure he grew up loving cars as much as I did,” Biden said. “I just don’t think he understood what saving the automobile industry meant-to all of America. I think he saw it the Bain way. Balance sheets. Write-offs.”
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