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Biden Praises Obama's Debate Effort, Says Romney Stuck in the Past

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- At a rally at the University of Toledo, Vice President Joe Biden praised President Obama’s performance in the debate and argued that Mitt Romney showed that his policies on foreign policy, social policy, and economic policy are stuck in the past.

“Boy did we see a president worth voting for last night,” Biden told the crowd at the University of Toledo as he encouraged them to participate in early voting.

"As the president pointed out, these debates,  the four now that we've had, have exposed that Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan have a foreign policy - to paraphrase the president last night - a foreign policy out of the 80’s, a social policy out of the 50’s, and an economic policy out of the 20’s,” Biden said.  “But regardless of whether or not you agree with that, here's the deal: it's clear by now to the American people that the difference in our policies, and I would submit, in our value system, is profound. This is a profound choice the American people are going to make. I don't think they’re going to be at all confused about the choices they have.”

Biden noted that throughout much of the foreign policy-centered debate, Romney echoed President Obama’s positions and argue that the American people still are unable to distinguish where Romney stands.

“Last night you saw Governor Romney rushing to agree with President Obama. Whoa. My, I tell you what, it was pretty -- even since the Ryan debate, where the explanations were given on foreign policy, all of a sudden. I was stunned and pleased that Governor Romney had disavowed so many things he's said in the past…and  acknowledged that the president was right on so many things,” he said.

“Folks, whether it was the strength of the United States Navy or our plans for Afghanistan or how to handle Iran or our relationship with Israel, you got a very clear sense that these guys just don't get it,” Biden said as a man shouted “Romnesia!” “Some days they go out there and rattle the sabers, some days they are doves carrying olive branches. The only thing consistent, the only thing consistent about the way they talk about policy, is that they are inconsistent. That's the only thing.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Obama campaign announced it would distribute over 3.5 million copies of a 20-page magazine-style brochure detailing President Obama’s plans for a second term, and the vice president proudly waved one of the new booklets as he explained how the president will get more Americans back to work and reinvigorate the manufacturing industry.

“We have laid out what we will do.  It’s all here in our plan,” Biden said as he waved the brochure in the air.  “That sounds so trite to hold up a plan but let me tell you a little bit of what it is.  First, in terms of creating jobs we have a plan, we’ve already created 5.2 million jobs, we’ve already brought back the automobile industry.  We’ve already brought back the steel industry is coming back, people are back to work making a decent living.  We can create a million – we want to keep that going.  We want to create a million new manufacturing jobs, double our exports, manufacturers can stamp so the manufacturers can stamp on their products made in America so that’s what people around the world want to buy.”

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