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Biden lashes out at corporate greed at Colorado stop

Steven K. Paulson
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., addresses supporters during a campaign stop at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ” Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that Barack Obama will attack corporate greed and go after executives who reward themselves at the expense of employees.

Biden took direct aim at those who draw big salaries while reorganizing failed companies, telling a roaring crowd, “Their pensions go first.”

Biden spoke to about 1,000 people at the Sierra High School gymnasium in heavily Republican Colorado Springs. Fire marshals turned away dozens of others after the venue filled up.

He was introduced by Patricia Stiles, who described herself as a lifelong Republican but said she is voting Democratic this year because her husband lost his job and his pension when United Airlines reorganized under bankruptcy protection.

In a city that’s home to Fort Carson, Peterson and Schreiver Air Force bases and the Air Force Academy, Biden also paid homage to military families, telling them they have paid a heavy price for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said it was wrong for GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to question the patriotism of voters in states that support Obama.

“Every single state in the United States of America have sent their sons and daughters to die for America,” Biden said.

He said it’s time to unite the country and restore dignity and respect, but it has to start with political unity.

“This is not a red or blue nation, this is a purple heart nation,” he said.

Biden asked the crowd to keep Obama in their prayers as he visits his ailing grandmother in Hawaii. He said she is not expected to live.

“It’s an emotional journey, but he’s a remarkable man,” Biden said.

The Obama campaign announced Wednesday that Obama would campaign in the Denver area on Sunday, his third trip to Colorado since the Democratic convention in late August.

GOP presidential candidate John McCain is scheduled to campaign in Denver and Durango on Friday. Palin was in Colorado on Monday.

Biden urged supporters to vote early and warned that Republicans may come up with an October surprise to “throw the kitchen sink” at Obama.

“You know something’s going to come our way. We cannot afford to wait. Go vote now,” Biden said.

By Tuesday night, nearly 15 percent of Colorado’s 3.2 million registered voters had already cast ballots by mail or at early-voting polling places, state officials said.

Biden also campaigned Wednesday in Pueblo, a Democratic stronghold south of Colorado Springs.

He reminded the crowd of a famous remark President Kennedy made in 1962: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

Biden gave his own version: “When the middle class is strong, it’s a tide that raises all boats.”

Biden spoke at the historic Pueblo Union Depot, now used as a special events facility. Before he arrived, a nude statue of the Roman goddess Diana outside the depot had been draped in a black robe and red, white and blue bunting.

Biden campaign staffers said they had nothing to do with draping the statue.


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