Vice President Biden salutes "a President with the courage of his convictions"

Joe Biden is back on the campaign trail.

Over the next few weeks, the Vice President will be traveling across the country and speaking directly to Americans about what's at stake for the middle class in this election.

He'll be contrasting what he and President Obama have accomplished over the past three years with the records and proposals of Republicans like Mitt Romney. It's a stark difference. As the Vice President put it: "We're about promoting the private sector, they're about protecting the privileged sector. We are for a fair shot and a fair shake. They're about no rules, no risks, and no accountability."

The tour began today in Toledo, Ohio, where he met with auto workers. Ohio is a state where one out of every eight jobs is supported by the American auto industry—that's 848,000 livelihoods that were on the line just a few years ago.

Here, in the Vice President's words, is the story of a Republican Party that tried to capitalize politically on the demise of American car makers—and President Obama's tough decision to rescue an industry in crisis and the million-plus jobs it supports:

"Folks, a million jobs at stake—a million good jobs were at stake on the assembly line, at the parts factories, at the automobile dealerships, right down to the diners outside each of those facilities. Our friends on the other side, our Republican friends, had started a mantra. They started the mantra that said, we would make auto companies 'wards of the state.' Gov. Romney was more direct—'let Detroit go bankrupt.'

"He said that. He said that what we proposed, and I quote, 'is even worse than bankruptcy.' He said it would make GM 'the living dead.' Newt Gingrich said, 'a mistake.'

"But the guy I work with every day, the President—he didn’t flinch. This is a man with steel in his spine. He knew that resurrecting the industry wasn’t going to be popular. It was absolutely clear in every bit of polling data. And he knew he was taking a chance, but he believed. He wasn’t going to give up on a million jobs and on the iconic industry America invented. At least, he wasn’t going to give it up without a real fight.

"That’s the kind of President, in my view, we all want, a President with the courage of his convictions—a President willing to take risks on behalf of American workers and the American people. And, folks, that’s exactly what we have, a President with the courage of his convictions. He made the tough call, and the verdict is in. President Obama was right, and they were dead wrong."

Read the Vice President's full remarks here.