WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been
buried for the past four years, just longer than President
Barack Obama's time in the White House.
Republicans immediately seized on what they termed a
"stunning admission" by Biden as evidence that Obama's policies
have been bad for the economy, just a day before Obama and his
Republican challenger Mitt Romney meet in their first
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 in an emotional speech to a
crowd of about 1,050 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? How in the Lord's name can they justify raising their
taxes and these tax cuts?" he asked.
Voters say the struggling U.S. economy is the most important
issue in the election, and Obama's Democrats and Romney's
Republicans have both been jockeying over which 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.
The U.S. presidential election is Nov. 6.
(Reporting By Patricia Zengerle in Washington; Editing by