TILTON, N.H.--Vice President Joe Biden said in an op-ed column published on Friday that Mitt Romney "appears satisfied to settle for an economy in which fewer people succeed," prompting Romney to accuse Biden of living in "fantasy land."
In the column, published in The Des Moines Register, Biden said that the former Massachusetts governor has misleadingly accused the Obama administration of creating an “entitlement society" in which government provides everything for its people without regard to merit, as opposed to what he calls an “opportunity society."
"Romney appears satisfied to settle for an economy in which fewer people succeed, while the majority of Americans are left to tread water or fall behind," Biden wrote. "His proposal would actually double down on the policies that caused the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression and accelerated a decades-long assault on the middle class."
Campaigning in Tilton, Romney called the vice president's comments a surprise.
"Someone had written an op-ed in The Des Moines Register attacking me and blaming me for the economy," he said to laughter. "And I thought now, who would have the chutzpah--the delusion--to imagine that I was responsible for the decline of this economy over the last three years, and it was none other than Vice President Joe Biden! Another gaffe exactly right. And you wonder in some respects what fantasy land he lives in."