Biden to fault Romney on manufacturing jobs

Vice President will speak in Davenport later today

Ed Tibbetts
Published: March 28 2012 | 7:05 am - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 2:55 pm in
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In a speech in Davenport later today that focuses on rebuilding the country’s manufacturing sector, Vice President Joe Biden will say that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been “consistently wrong,” faulting his approach toward manufacturing, according to excerpts of remarks released by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign this morning.

“Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent — as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts and now as a candidate for president,” Biden will say. “Remarkably consistent. Consistently wrong.”

Biden also will question Romney’s commitment to manufacturing, saying a newspaper article reported that Romney scoffed at the idea of manufacturing as an engine of job creation.

“So look folks, we have a choice in this election,” he will say. “Between our philosophy that believes manufacturing is central to our economy, and their philosophy that scoffs at it.”

The excerpts say Biden will accuse Romney of vetoing a bill while governor that would have stopped outsourcing contracts overseas. He also will say that while the president favors tax cuts for manufacturers who create jobs in the United States, “Romney’s tax cuts go to companies that create jobs overseas.”

“It’s a fundamentally different philosophy from ours,” the excerpts say. He’ll also say that while Romney was governor, the state of Massachusetts was losing manufacturing jobs at twice the rate as the rest of the country.

Biden will be at PCT Engineered Systems, 8700 Hillandale Road, Davenport, about 11:15 a.m. He’s also meeting with supporters privately, according to some participants. Later in the day, Biden will make a stop to meet with grassroots supporters in Sioux City.

This is the first campaign stop by either the president or vice president in the state, even though both have been here frequently on official trips. The event at PCT is by invitation only.

Biden also will talk about the surge in manufacturing jobs in the country since the beginning of 2010. He will say that more than 15,000 jobs are new in Iowa, part of a 430,000 nationwide. That is the fastest growth since the 1990s, the excerpts say.

The Romney campaign responded this morning:

“Vice President Biden is part of an administration that has done more to devastate the middle class than any in modern history. Under President Obama’s leadership, over 800,000 fewer Americans have a job, home prices have plummeted and gas prices have hit record highs. With that kind of record, it’s no surprise that the Obama White House has taken to attacking a proven job creator like Mitt Romney,” said Amanda Henneberg, a Romney spokeswoman.

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