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US Election Updates - October 3, 2012

Republicans pounce on Biden middle class comment

Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, in his latest campaign gaffe.

Republicans immediately jumped on what they labeled a "stunning admission" by Biden as evidence that President Barack Obama's policies have been bad for the economy.

Biden made the comments on the eve of the first presidential debate between Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

"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?" Biden asked a crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"We've seen this movie before - massive tax cuts for the wealthy, eliminating restrictions on Wall Street, let the banks write their own rules. We know where it ends. It ends in the catastrophe of the middle class and the Great Recession of 2008. Folks, we cannot go back to that. The president and I have a different way forward," he said.

The ailing U.S. economy has topped the agenda for both candidates ahead of the November 6 election.

"Vice President Biden, just today, said that the middle class, over the last four years, has been 'buried.' We agree," Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, said at a campaign event in Iowa.

Obama's campaign retaliated back saying the Romney camp was making a "desperate and out-of-context attack."

"As the vice president has been saying all year and again in his remarks today, the middle class was punished by the failed (former President George W.) Bush policies that crashed our economy, and a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is a return to those failed policies," a spokesperson said in a statement.