Biden speech attacking McCain as “Bush 44” (Update)

Sometime today, in the state of Michigan, Sen. Joe Biden will be delivering a speech titled “Bush 44,” of course in reference to the Obama campaign’s attempts to paint McCain as “Bush’s third term.”

Report from Politico:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Biden will deliver a high-profile first attack in a sustained anti-McCain offensive in a speech called “Bush 44” Monday in the key battleground state of Michigan.

While the lines of attack have long been drawn, Biden will assert — as the title indicates — that a McCain presidency would amount to a third Bush term and will focus, in a detailed, comprehensive and aggressive way, on John McCain’s domestic policies and harsh campaign tactics, a campaign aide told Politico.

Biden will deliver the speech in St. Clair Shores, Mich., in Macomb County, the area whose voters inspired Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg to coin the term “Reagan Democrats.” The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Barack Obama with a 2-point lead in Michigan, which Democrats won by slim margins in the last two elections.

The speech is touted as matching the aggressive new strategy the Obama campaign has promised to unleash in the remaining days of the campaign to counter the recent poll gains of McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Biden until now has received considerably less media attention than Palin, in part because his speeches have seemed more intended to appeal to crowds than to make news, and Monday’s speech seems to be intended to integrate him more into the broader campaign strategy and to use him as a super-surrogate to take high-profile hits at McCain.

I think this is the best strategy they could take with Biden right now considering he seems to have dropped from the media’s radar. Give him some tough attacks on McCain which will bring him back into the limelight.

We’ll have video of the speech once it’s given later today…


A few minutes from Biden’s speech:

Still looking for full video.. stay tuned.


The entire 30+ minutes of Biden’s speech:

Good speech on Biden’s part, however, the Lehman Brothers economic news seems to have completely drowned him out of the media. I haven’t seen a single clip from his speech on the evening news, little to no coverage of it. Biden just can’t get a break!