Biden Says McCain Camp Ignoring Economy

By Julia Hoppock

Oct 25, 2008 12:31pm

ABC News Matthew Jaffe reports: As Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill, releases a new two-minute ad on the economy, his running mate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Saturday morning emphasized to Virginia voters that the Democrats’ focus on the nation’s financial crisis stood in stark contrast to their Republican rivals’ approach.

In the ad, dubbed "Defining Moment," Obama describes his plan to "lift our economy and restore America’s place in the world."

"You know how we’re finishing up the campaign?" Biden asked 975 Suffolk supporters. "Barack is going up – instead of going negative – we’re going up and laying out our plan to fix the economy. That’s what we’re running on!"

"And ladies and gentlemen, what does the McCain campaign continue to do?" Biden noted. "They want to do anything but talk about the economy."

Here in the southeastern corner of the Commonwealth, Biden criticized comments made a week ago by McCain senior adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer that despite Democratic gains in northern Virginia, the rest of the state was the "Real Virginia."

"As if the rest of your state was not the real Virginia," quipped the Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

"We have made now nine visits to central, southwest, and here in southeast Virginia because, ladies and gentlemen, we’re competing for every voter here in the Old Dominion!" the Delaware lawmaker said. "Because we believe the Old Dominion can lead America, literally, to new leadership. Ladies and gentlemen, we win here and we win the presidency."

Following the rally, Biden will return to his Wilmington home for the rest of the weekend, his first trip home in 12 days, concluding the Senator’s longest uninterrupted stint on the campaign trial thus far.

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