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Joe Biden hit the stump in Ohio on Thursday, making sure to remind autoworkers there about Mitt Romney's opposition to the government bailout of GM and Chrysler.
After first praising President Obama for "taking a chance" on the American auto industry, the vice president pivoted to blast the current, if embattled, GOP front-runner, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"Gov. Romney's predictions of a living dead? We have now living proof: a million jobs saved, 200,000 new jobs created," Biden told a group of about 500 at a United Auto Workers hall in Toledo.
The vice president took shots at the GOP field as a whole, saying that a Republican win this November would "bankrupt the middle class again." But his main target was Romney, an indication that Obama's re-election team still views the former governor as its likely general election challenger. Romney managed to pull out a narrow win in the Buckeye State GOP primary earlier this month.
Biden’s speech in Toledo was the first in a series of planned campaign stops in the coming weeks as Obama's re-election campaign ramps up. In a related effort, the Obama team is set to release its Tom Hanks-narrated campaign documentary later this week.