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Biden in Colorado: It’s ‘all about the economy’

Steven K. Paulson
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., speaks at a campaign stop at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

GREELEY, Colo. ” Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden advised Republicans on Tuesday to stop slinging attacks at Barack Obama and concentrate on offering plans to fix the nation’s deteriorating economy.

Biden told a rally in Greeley that this election is “all about the economy.”

“If it’s about the economy, talk about the economy, not about Barack Obama’s heritage,” he thundered to a crowd at the University of Northern Colorado.

Biden said Republican John McCain has no plan to help the middle class and noted that Obama was meeting with advisers in Florida on Tuesday to discuss immediate steps to shore up the economy.

Like Obama, McCain has a raft of economic proposals. Lately McCain’s speeches have combined attacks on Obama with discussion of his economic plans.

Biden also chided McCain for trying to distance himself from President Bush even as Democrats try to link them.

“He doth protest too much,” Biden said of McCain. “I know we aren’t running against President Bush, but we are running against the very same Bush economic policies that have dug us into this hole.”

In the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Biden called on Republicans to stop challenging the patriotism of Obama supporters. He singled out GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who commented earlier this week that she loved visiting “pro-American” parts of the country.

“Every American is patriotic. Every part of the country is patriotic. Let’s stop this stuff. Unite this country,” Biden said.

Biden made only a passing reference to McCain’s remarks that McCain has been tested by the kind of crisis Biden warned Obama will almost certainly face if elected president.

“We need more than a good soldier. We need a wise leader right now,” Biden said.

Biden told two fundraising audiences in Seattle over the weekend that he expected world figures to test Obama early if he wins the election. Biden predicted Obama would fare well because he’s “got steel in his spine.”

On Tuesday, McCain recalled being ready to launch a bombing run during the Cuban Missile Crisis. “America will not have a president who needs to be tested. I’ve been tested, my friends,” McCain said.

In Greeley, City Councilman Charles Archibeque told the crowd he’s a Republican but will vote for Obama because the GOP has abandoned responsibility in its fiscal and foreign policies.

“I feel it has left me behind,” Archibeque said.

Biden is scheduled to speak in Pueblo and Colorado Springs on Wednesday.

This is Biden’s first swing through Colorado since the Democratic convention in Denver in August. It comes on the heels of a one-day visit by GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who campaigned in Colorado Springs, Loveland and Grand Junction on Monday.

Both campaigns are courting Colorado, whose nine electoral votes are up for grabs and could sway a close election.

A Quinnipiac University telephone poll released Oct. 14 gave Obama a 9-point lead in the state. The poll was done for The Wall Street Journal and the Web site of The Washington Post.

Nearly 8.5 percent of Colorado’s 3.2 million registered voters have already cast ballots by mail or at early-voting polling places.

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