Vice President Joe Biden will attack Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney by name today for having been consistently wrong in his economic prescriptions, strategists for Biden said this morning.
Biden is scheduled to speak at PCT Engineered Systems in Davenport, Iowa, a key swing state. His comments will mark another ratcheting up of anti-Romney rhetoric by Biden, who is emerging as a key surrogate for President Obama on the campaign trail.
The Obama-Biden re-election campaign released these Biden excerpts:
"Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent--as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president. Remarkably consistent. Consistently wrong."
The campaign added that Romney will also say, "When he was governor of Massachusetts, he vetoed a bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature that would have stopped the state from outsourcing contracts overseas. That resulted in millions of dollars flowing to companies running call centers in India. It's no surprise that Massachusetts was losing manufacturing jobs twice as fast as the rest of the country while Governor Romney was in charge."
A spokesman for the re-election campaign said that, overall, Biden will emphasize the theme that Romney "believes in an economy built on outsourcing, loopholes, and risky financial deals that jeopardize our entire economy and threaten the security of the middle class. It's no surprise that Romney supported outsourcing both as governor of Massachusetts and in his private business deals. He turned his back on American workers and doubled down on firms that make a profit by sending American jobs overseas."
The speech is the third in a series that Biden has delivered on the economy in recent weeks, and his rhetoric against Romney has escalated each time.