Vice President Joe Biden is stepping up attacks on Republicans as the party of "privilege" and defenders of an economy that is "rigged" against the middle class, while casting President Barack Obama as a champion of "the workers."
Biden's comments, coupled with the release of a 17-minute campaign film celebrating Obama's time in office, mark a clear ramp-up of the president's re-election push even before he knows for certain who his Republican challenger will be.
"Stated simply, we're about promoting the private sector. They're about protecting the privileged sector," Biden was to tell a United Auto Workers crowd Thursday morning in the pivotal battleground state of Ohio.
"We're a fair shot, and a fair shake. They're about no rules, no risk. And no accountability," Biden said, according to speech excerpts provided by the Obama campaign.
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Republicans were sure to assail Biden's comments—to be made in an 11 a.m. speech in Toledo—as another sign that the embattled Obama is betting his political fortunes on what they dismiss as "class warfare." And they've already mocked the campaign film with a fake poster.