ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., blew into the Buckeye State Friday afternoon, four days before Election Day, blasting Republican attacks against Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and declaring that come Tuesday, Obama’s critics will be calling him the next commander-in-chief.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we need to move past the politics of division and attack," the Democratic vice-presidential nominee told a crowd of 2000 in Kettering. "Over the past week, Republicans have gone way over the top in my view, calling Barack Obama every name in the book, and it probably will get worse in the next three and a half to four days."
"Well look, if you look at who he is, what he’s done, and what he plans to do for this country, if you work for us in the closing days and choose hope over fear," Biden urged supporters, "after next Tuesday, the very critics he has now and the rest of America will be calling him something else – they will be calling him the 44th president of the United States of America, our commander in chief Barack Obama!"
As is his standard approach on the stump, the Delaware lawmaker linked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to President Bush, encouraging voters that in four days from now they can change the course of the nation’s future.
"An opportunity missed is not the same as an opportunity lost," Biden cautioned today in this crucial battleground state. "Not yet. Not if we recognize the urgency of the moment. Not if we have the courage to reject the course that has clearly failed. Not if we have the will to embrace the most enduring of all Americans beliefs – which is, we do not have to accept things as they are, we can change them and define our own destiny! And we will change them!"
Biden has been ripping McCain’s agent of change "costume" for the past week and today, the Delaware lawmaker didn’t miss his opportunity at this holiday rally.
"I know it’s Halloween," the six-term senator said, "but John McCain dressed as an agent of change is a costume that just does not fit."