Biden: Obama Can't Win Without Florida

Saturday, 29 Oct 2011 12:03 PM

By Gary Cohen

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Vice President Joe Biden says there will be no second term in office if President Barack Obama doesn't win Florida, according to a report in The Hill.

Biden made two key stops in Florida yesterday, going on the attack against the Republican Party concerning the deficit.

biden florida obama"I find it absolutely bizarre, Republicans moralizing about deficits. That's a little like an arsonist moralizing about fire safety. These guys have zero credibility," he told a Florida Democratic Party fundraising dinner at Walt Disney World.

"We plan on winning Florida. We can't win without Florida," added Biden at the dinner.

Earlier yesterday, the vice president told the Florida Education Convention in Orlando the GOP is "using an international crisis and a recession caused by the policies they created in order to shift in an organized effort to place the blame for budget shortfalls squarely on teachers."

While not mentioning Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott by name, Biden a number of times said "your governor" when speaking about recent efforts in Florida and other states to curb the collective bargaining rights and pay of public employee unions.

At the party fundraiser, the vice president accused the GOP of "playing roulette with the national debt."

"They didn't want to just stop what we were doing. They wanted to undo everything we had done," Biden added.

He then used the phrase "Republican obstructionism" in rhetorically asking whether GOP positions on the economy are based on ideology or policy.

"I know one thing. It doesn't matter which it is. They're standing in the way of progress," charged the vice president

Emphasizing the importance of winning Florida, this was the third visit to Florida in October by the administration.

The president headlined a fundraiser in Orlando October 11th and First Lady Michelle Obama attended fundraisers in Jacksonville, Davie and Tampa on Thursday.

Biden told the party fundraiser gathering yesterday that Floridians were going to be seeing a lot of him in the months to come.

"The states I am going to be concentrating on are Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire and Iowa and I am going to be here a lot."

Biden could also have been looking past the 2012 election in his visit.

His stop came just days after an interview with CNN in which he did not close the door on the possibility of making another run of his own for the White House in 2016.

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