On Friday, Biden visited northern Nevada stressing the strategies and upcoming plans President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party will instill if re-elected to a second term in Washington D.C.
Biden said he has visited Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and New Hampshire in addition to Nevada pushing for the Democratic vote. He said after winning the majority vote in Nevada in 2008, the Democrats have increased the number of field offices in Nevada in an attempt to win the voters over again.
“Nevada is a critical path to victory and it is very important to do everything we can to win the votes here,” Biden said.
Biden laid out some of the critical mental characteristics a president and his cabinet must possess in order to do the most for the country. Biden, who was deployed for a year in Afghanistan, spoke specifically about the office of Veteran Affairs, which is his major focus while campaigning for his father, and the capabilities of the president in terms of defense.
“The Commander-in-Chief, myself speaking as a veteran, has to do three things: he has to know when and where to deploy our troops in order to protect our nation's interests and our country,” Biden said. “They need to know when, where and how to redeploy our troops, or how to bring them home. And, you need to know that your duties as commander-in-chief don’t just end there. It is how you take care of the troops when they come home.”
Biden said the final weeks before Tuesday’s General Election are ones where the American people are deciphering which candidate they trust most. He said the Republican candidates of Gov. Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan do not show strength in Veterans Affairs.
“I am not convinced they get it. These are the two least experienced people ever nominated on the same bill in history. Congressman Ryan has zero experience in foreign policy,” he said. “When you are running for the president of the United States, especially in the last week or two weeks, the American people are looking for who they can trust. It is all about trust. The president and my father know what they mean and they mean what they say.”
Biden said Nevada is looking for candidates that will help them in two of the most debilitated sectors of the economy: housing and education. Nevada ranks near the bottom in both categories and Biden said President Obama’s plan for both will aid Nevada residents.
“You will continue to see the federal government sue the banks and hold them accountable for poor lending habits,” Biden said. “You lose 20 to 35 percent of the value of your property and equity if your neighbor goes into foreclosure. It is in the interest of the economy, and the responsible borrower to do something about this constructively and not let it hit rock bottom like (Congressman) Ryan suggested and let the market take care of it.”
In terms of reinforcing education, Biden said the president’s plan is clearly outlined in his budget. He said an old adage of his father inspires him to trust fully in the Democratic solution.
“Something my dad has always taught me was don’t tell me what your priorities are, show me your budget and I will tell you what your priorities are,” he said. “Education is not just an economic issue, it is a moral issue and, quite frankly, it could be a national security issue. It is how we project who we are around the world. the difference couldn't be any more stark.”
Biden agreed with countless statements made by President Obama that signs of resilience and turnaround are being shown. Biden said “there is still a long way to go,” but he believes the solution lies with President Obama and Vice President Biden.
“President Obama created 5.2 million jobs in the private sector, which is more than Bush created in eight years as president,” Biden said. “We have 32 consecutive months of job growth, unemployment below 8 percent, the stock market up, housing starts up nationally, home sales up and consumer confidence up. We are on the right track. I know that Gov. Romney wants to give people a $5 trillion tax cut. That’s all I hear him talking about is a tax cut. He wants to increase spending in the military by $2 trillion dollars and he wants to extend the Bush tax cuts which, conservatively speaking, is $1 trillion. How do you reduce the deficit if that is what you want to do?”