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WASHINGTON--Vice President Joe Biden hits battleground Ohio on Thursday for the first of a series of pure campaign speeches. This is the first event of the year handled totally by the campaign--and not the White House.


From Obama headquarters in Chicago: "The event is the first of what will be a series of remarks that the Vice President will deliver in the coming weeks about the economy and the middle class that will frame the issues that will be at the core of the general election and the choice America will make in November about the future we want for this country."

below, from Obama for America....



EXCERPTS OF THE VICE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH

CHICAGO, IL -- Today Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at the United Auto Workers Local 12 Hall in Toledo, Ohio on the President's efforts to create an economy built to last based on a system where hard work pays, and on the critical role the auto industry is playing in growing the economy and strengthening the middle class.

The event is the first of what will be a series of remarks that the Vice President will deliver in the coming weeks about the economy and the middle class that will frame the issues that will be at the core of the general election and the choice America will make in November about the future we want for this country.

EXCERPTS OF THE VICE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH

Ours is a philosophy that values the role of workers in the success of a business, and values the middle class in the success of the economy.

Stated simply, we're about promoting the private sector. They're about protecting the privileged sector.

We're a fair shot, and a fair shake. They're about no rules, no risk. And no accountability.

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The President didn't flinch.

This man has a spine of steel.

He knew rescuing the industry wasn't popular. He knew he was taking a chance. But he believed.

He said, we are not going to give up on a million jobs, and the iconic industry America invented. Not without a fight.

We all want a president with the courage of his convictions.

Well folks, we have one.

He made the tough call.

And the verdict is in: President Obama was right and his critics were dead wrong.

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The President and I have a fundamental commitment to dealing the middle class back in to the American economy.

And ultimately that's what this election is all about. It's about a choice.

A choice between a system that's rigged, and one that's fair.

A system that holds someone who misleads investors as accountable as someone who misses a payment on a mortgage.

A system that trusts the workers on the line, instead of just listening to the folks in the suites.

That's a stark choice. To my mind it isn't a choice at all.


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