Chavez urges supporters to vote like ‘soldiers’

Chavez urges supporters to vote like ‘soldiers’

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Chavez urges supporters to vote like ‘soldiers’

Chavez tells his supporters to take good care of all the tactics in elections. AP photo

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that the middle class has been “buried” during the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama’s time in the White House, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration.

Discussing what the Obama campaign contends are Romney’s plans to raise taxes on most Americans to fund tax cuts for the wealthy, Biden made his comment to a crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina. “This is deadly earnest. How they can justify ... raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years?” he asked. “We’ve seen this movie before, massive tax cuts for the wealthy, eliminating restrictions on Wall Street; let the banks write their own rules. We know where it ends. It ends in the catastrophe of the middle class and the Great Recession of 2008. We cannot go back to that. The president and I have a different way forward,” Biden said. His remarks came just before Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney meet in their first presidential debate. Voters say the struggling U.S. economy is the most important issue in the election, and Obama’s Democrats and Romney’s Republicans have been jockeying over who would be better economic stewards for average Americans.

“Under President Obama, the middle class has suffered from crushing unemployment, rising prices and falling incomes,” Amanda Henneberg, a Romney spokeswoman, said in a statement.

 “Vice President Biden, just today, said that the middle class, over the last four years, has been ‘buried.’ We agree,” Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, told supporters at a campaign event in Iowa.

Obama’s campaign fired back that Romney’s camp was making a “desperate and out-of-context attack.”

 “As the vice president has been saying all year and again in his remarks today, the middle class was punished by the failed (former President George W.) Bush policies that crashed our economy - and a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is a return to those failed policies,” campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement.