Wednesday Jul 11, 201212:32 AM GMT
Joe Biden: Mitt Romney is 'Bush on steroids'
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Vice President Joseph Biden

Vice President Joseph Biden criticized Mitt Romney and the Republican Party on Monday at a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell in Seattle, calling the presidential hopeful "George Bush on steroids" and lampooning the GOP's foreign policy as "right out of the Cold War."

 

Biden, who spoke to a crowd of about 1,000 downtown at the Westin Seattle Hotel, praised Cantwell, D-Wash., who is heavily favored to win re-election in November, and emphasized her humble roots.

 

"This is a woman who, like me, was the first in her family to go to college," he said.

 

Romney, Biden continued, "dug into his trust fund to go to college," drawing laughs.

 

Biden's remarks followed a speech by President Barack Obama at the White House Monday afternoon in which he implored Congress to immediately extend the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year. Biden kept up the theme in Seattle, criticizing Romney's support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan and the GOP's call to extend the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans, too.

 

Local Republicans, for their part, didn't wait for Biden's plane to land to lash into him.

 

"While never knowing what gem might come out of Biden's mouth makes him a lot of fun, he certainly isn't someone who is going to help Washington with job growth and the economy," Kirby Wilbur, the Washington State Republican Party chairman, said in a statement. mcclatchydc.com

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Vice President Joe Biden appeared at a Monday fundraiser in Seattle, where he borrowed a little material from former President Bill Clinton to slam GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Huffington Post

 

According to a pool report, Biden compared Romney's economic policies to "George Bush on steroids," before acknowledging he had picked up the jab from Clinton. wn.com

 

Biden also reportedly took aim at renewed GOP efforts to enact voter ID laws in a number of states, such as Pennsylvania and Ohio. Huffington Post

 

The vice president joked, "Republicans have changed the law so you get arrested if you do vote" and said their moves were an effort "to essentially try to intimidate people, tak[e] people off the rolls." Huffington Post

 

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