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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Biden: GOP Considers Teachers Selfish

Vice president continues making the rounds of national unions.

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July 29, 2012

DETROIT -- Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering of more than 3,000 teachers on Sunday that Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans think that teachers are selfish.

"They characterize you as only caring about yourself," Biden said at the American Federation of Teachers conference. "But the fact of the matter is, I don't think they know you. I don't think [Romney] knows you."

The AFT speech was Biden's latest address to a national union -- he earlier spoke to the national police union in Florida and the national firefighters union in Pennsylvania as well as the National Education Association, the other large teachers' union.

 

In each of those previous speeches, he used similar language to make the case that Democrats are far more attuned to the needs and concerns of the unions' constituencies.

The vice president suggested that Romney doesn't understand the sacrifices teachers make in their personal lives for the betterment of their students when considering the demands teacher unions make for higher wages and better benefits.

"How many other people have to do a difficult job and have to deal with that child from a broken home whose mother or father just got arrested?" Biden said to resounding applause. "How many of you have to do that every single day, and so much more?"

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