Vice President Joe Biden told supporters today in Keene, New Hampshire that Mitt Romney’s experience at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded, doesn’t make him qualified to be President.
"That doesn’t mean that private equity guys are bad guys, they’re not,” he said. “But that no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber. And, by the way, there’re an awful lot of smart plumbers. All kidding aside, it’s not the same job requirement.”
The Vice President held a chart which showed private sector job creation since December 2007 during his remarks. He later compared the Republican Presidential candidate's economic proposals with those enacted by President Obama. “We will not go back to the ‘50s on social policy, to the Cold War on foreign policy, and the policies of our last administration on our economic policies. We will not do it their way again.”
The event took place at the Young Student Center at Keene State College. This trip was the Vice President's fourth trip to New Hampshire this year. He was last in the Granite State in Exeter in April where he spoke about the Obama Administration's tax policies. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Vice President would campaign mianly in six battleground states prior to the fall election: Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Earlier in the day, the Republican National Committee released a new web video "Empty Promises: College Costs Still Rising" ahead of Vice President Biden's campaign event at Keene State College. According to the RNC, the Vice President will be visiting a state with the "highest student loan debt in the nation, where the average undergraduate owes $31,048. Despite talking about rising college costs for four years, students have seen their tuition bills rise every year President Obama has been in office."
Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, also held a conference call with reporters today to talk about the Vice President's campaign stop in the state.