FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Joe Biden accused Republicans Saturday of hypocrisy over the budget, mocking “how they bleed over the national debt” despite a role in driving it up.
Campaigning in a heavily Republican county in southwest Florida, the vice president specifically criticized Republican counterpart Paul Ryan for rejecting bipartisan proposals that would reduce the deficit, a possible preview of his strategy for their upcoming debate.
In his speech accepting the Republican nomination for vice president, Ryan had criticized President Obama for discarding the recommendations of his own deficit reduction panel, known as Simpson-Bowles.
Biden reminded more than 2,000 supporters at a community center here that Ryan himself was a part of that commission.
“He wouldn’t even vote to let it get to the United States House of Representatives and Senate to vote on it. Why?” Biden said. “Because they will not vote for a single solitary reduction in the debt if it includes one dollar in new taxes for millionaires. Not even one dollar. That’s a fact.”