YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Vice President Joe Biden struck a defiant tone in defense of manufacturing jobs as he kicked off a campaign swing here today.
"It's about dignity, about respect," Biden said about the need for people to work. “These guys don’t get that,” he added, saying Romney and Republicans believe that the middle class will get by if the wealthy get wealthier.
"I resent when the fact that they think we're talking about — it's envy, it's job envy, it's wealth envy, that we don't dream." Biden said. "My mother and father dreamed as much as any rich guy dreams. They don’t get it. They don’t get who we are."
Biden gave a backhanded compliment to Romney but said he's just unable to relate to the working class.
"He’s a patriot. He’s a generous man. He gives to his church. He has a beautiful family," Biden said. "But he doesn’t get it. It’s about people’s dignity."