Detroit, Joe Biden, Michigan, Organizing For America — August 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Photos and quotes from Vice President Joe Biden’s speech in Detroit


Olympic Boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields, before introducing Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to a crowd of Obama/Biden supporters during a campaign stop at Renaissance High School in Detroit on Wednesday, showing her support for President Obama and Vice President Biden:

It’s pretty cool knowing when you represent your country, you’ve got a president and a vice president who represent you. We’ve had tough times in Michigan, but we never give up. We just get up and keep going. We keep fighting with the president and vice president who’ve got our backs.

Vice President Joe Biden:

This isn’t class warfare. Rich folks are just as patriotic as poor folks. … (The wealthy) are not even asking for this. And Romney calls the president out of touch? Swiss bank accounts. Untold millions in the Cayman Islands. Refusal to release your tax returns. And you call my friend out of touch? Come on. Folks, this is not your father’s Republican Party. And this is not even Mitt Romney’s father’s Republican Party. This is a different group of people.

We see an America where women get equal pay for equal work. Where getting ill doesn’t risk bankruptcy.

We’ve seen this movie before. We’ve seen it. We know how it ends. It ends with the Great Recession of 2008 throwing millions of people out of work. It was a catastrophe for the middle class, the working class. Folks, we cannot go back to those days. … You don’t grow the economy of this great nation from the billionaires down. You grow it from the middle out.

My dad used to say you measure a man or woman – it wasn’t whether they got knocked down, but how quickly they got up. And guess what? Detroit’s getting back up.

The country is going to face one of the starkest choices in my memory. There’s no wondering who stands where or what direction this country is going to go.

Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately. I have never, never once, in all the time I’ve been with this president — I’ve never once in the difficult decisions he’s had to make heard him ask me or anyone else, ‘What are the politics in this for me?’ Not one single time.