Joe Biden: Middle class ‘has been buried last four years’

Vice President Joe Biden slams Mitt Romney’s tax plan.

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Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying the former Massachusetts governor’s tax plan would leave middle class Americans facing higher taxes.

“This is deadly earnest.  How they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years, how in the Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes.  We’ve seen this movie before,” Mr. Biden said to a crowd of 1,000 during a campaign stop in North Carolina.

‘‘These folks don’t need these tax cuts,’’ Mr. Biden added. ‘‘They’re not even asking for tax cuts.’’

Mr. Biden, who spent much of the day stumping on the campaign trail in North Carolina, offered his criticism of Mr. Romney just twenty-four hours ahead of the first presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle. Speaking Tuesday, the Romney campaign sought to downplay Mr. Biden’s criticism, saying the former Massachusetts governor’s tax plan would lower taxes for millions of Americans.

“Vice President Biden made a stunning admission today and we could not agree more: the middle class has been ‘buried’ under the last four years of this President’s policies,” Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement. “Under President Obama, the middle class has suffered from crushing unemployment, rising prices and falling incomes. They can’t afford to be ‘buried’ for four more years. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will take our nation in a new direction and are offering exactly what hardworking families need – real reforms for a real recovery,”

Meanwhile, an Obama campaign official said Mr. Biden has maintained that throughout his time on the campaign trail that the Bush administration was responsible for the nation’s economic crisis that led to one of the highest unemployment rates in history.

“As the Vice President has been saying all year and again in his remarks today, the middle class was punished by the failed Bush policies that crashed our economy — and a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is a return to those failed policies.  With more than five million private-sector jobs created since 2010, the Vice President and President Obama will continue to help the middle class recover and move the nation forward,” the campaign official said, according to CBS.

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