As Mitt Romney delivered his victory speech in New Hampshire tonight, Vice President Joe Biden told state Democrats via video teleconference that the GOP front-runner is clueless when it comes to understanding the middle class.
"He thinks it's more important for the stockholders and the shareholders and the investors and the venture capital guys to do well than for those employees to be part of the bargain," Biden said.
"We inherited a broken bargain, a deal that our parents didn't have to face," he said, citing the struggles of the middle class. "And we were determined to fix it.
"Listen to Mitt Romney: He has no idea the bargain even exists, let alone is broken," Biden said. "How else can you say the best way to fix the financial crisis is by letting it all go down to the bottom?"
Biden's remarks were broadcast live over the Internet exclusively to 25 Democratic house parties in 24 cities across the Granite State. A campaign official said more than 2,000 Obama supporters turned out for the events.
The VP took two questions from supporters, one on the place of America in the world, the other on how the campaign can best reach out to voters who are struggling economically.
Biden answered the latter question by drawing a philosophical contrast that his campaign team has made a key part of their strategy.
"These guys are not immoral bad guys," Biden said of the Republican presidential candidates. "They have a fundamentally different view of this country and what will make it great."
As for how he and President Obama will seal the deal in November, Biden compared the challenge of defeating Republican opponents to clearing "brush" off the road.
"The country is ready to move," he said. "We've just got to clear the brush out of the way."
Meanwhile, Romney trained his fire on Obama-Biden in a speech to supporters who were electrified by the first-in-the-nation primary win.
"The president has run out of ideas. Now he's running out of excuses. And tonight, we're asking the good people of South Carolina to join the citizens of New Hampshire and make 2012 the year he runs out of time," he said.