Vice President Joe Biden wove a careful narrative at an event Tuesday in Chesterfield. The VP argued that raising taxes on the wealthy will make life easier for the middle class. He also accused Mitt Romney of wanting to raise taxes on that same group, while at the same time not understanding their needs.
Not suprisingly, the republicans aren't buying the argument. Both sides seem prepared to lay their tax plans on the line and let the voters decide.
Here is my report on Biden's visit to Chesterfield for NBC12:
Vice President Joe Biden was in Chesterfield Tuesday, hoping to convince middle class voters to get behind the Obama- Biden ticket. He used an issue that impacts almost everyone, taxes.
Biden actually argued that taxes should go up, but on a very specific group of Americans.
He was playing to his kind of crowd and the Vice President didn't disappoint.
"God Love ya," he yelled to a supporter in the front row sporting a Delaware t-shirt.
Biden didn't waste any time, attacking republicans at the core of their economic message, by indirectly arguing that raising taxes should be on the table.
"They have rejected every effort to reduce the national debt,” he said of republican leaders. “If that effort required one dollar even one dime of revenue coming from people making more than $1 million.”
The major distinction is where democrats want to draw that revenue - another word for taxes- from, the very rich.
"They don't need another tax cut," Biden said.
And that is where the line is drawn.
"They will raise taxes,” said republican spokesman Pete Snyder. “They will raise taxes on all Americans."
Synder is an entrepreneur himself is happy to have that debate. He argues a tax hike on anyone will be enough to destroy an already slow economic recovery.
"We are in a difficult time right now,” he said. “The economy is sputtering. We need actual policies that are going to grow the economy."
Biden believes hiking taxes on the rich, will reduce the burden on the middle class, allowing them to spend more. He used the covert video of Mitt Romney talking about 47% of the country not paying taxes as evidence that republicans are out of touch.
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Meanwhile, Biden did escape his Chesterfield visit without any kind of verbal gaffe, but his past transgressions still followed him. A local gas station owner whose business was directly on the route the Biden motorcade traveled, posted this message for the V.P.