Vice President Joe Biden today officially kicked off the Obama re-election campaign in Ohio, rallying with Cleveland-area firefighters who last week helped to lead a successful repeal of the state’s controversial new collective bargaining rights law.
“Folks, you fired the first shot. It’s not about Barack Obama. It’s not about Joe Biden. It’s about whether middle-class people are going to be put back in the saddle again – because you are the people who make this country move,” Biden told the crowd of 500 in a Euclid firehouse, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Biden appearance, billed as a campaign event, was clearly aimed at harnessing the energy ignited by the pro-union victory and building momentum for Obama in Ohio heading into 2012.
Biden mentioned only one GOP presidential candidate by name, the Plain Dealer noted, subtly referencing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s endorsement of an effort by Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich to curtail bargaining rights in the state. Sixty-one percent of Ohioans ultimately rejected the Kasich-sponsored law in a ballot measure last week.
Kasich “was the only state executive to go after police and firefighters,” said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who joined Biden at the event. “How dare he.”
Of course, Solis was quoted as calling the Tea Party "teabaggers" (an anti-gay sexual slur), while she's shown support for the anti-capitalist, anti-American, and anti-Semitic squatters known as Occupy Wall Street.