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2016 Presidential Election

US Election Updates - September 7, 2012

Biden makes case for Obama

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday accepted his party's nomination for re-election as he praised President Barack Obama as a decisive leader with a starkly superior vision for the United States than his Republican rival Mitt Romney

Biden used his acceptance speech to highlight contrasts between the president and Romney.

Obama "has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart, and a spine of steel," Biden said to voters in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Folks, the Bain way may bring your firm the highest profits," Biden said in reference to Romney’s experience as a private equity executive at Bain Capital. "But it's not the way to lead our country from the highest office."

The Obama campaign hopes Biden, a politician with working-class roots, will benefit the president in manufacturing states such as Ohio and Iowa, where Obama previously had difficulty attracting traditional Democratic support.

According to political analysts, Biden's populist speech was seen as an elaboration on the line that he has turned into a slogan during the campaign: "Osama bin Laden is dead. General Motors is alive."

Biden gave Obama's decision to rescue the automobile industry through a government loan as an example of the president's determination, adding it was an option that Romney would not have taken.

He also hailed Obama's decision to go after Osama bin Laden, questioning whether Romney would have done the same.

“The two men seeking to lead this country over the next four years ... have fundamentally different visions, and completely different values," Biden said.

Biden ended his speech with a tribute to fallen and injured soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. The often-emotional vice president became teary-eyed as he described their sacrifice.