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    Smile Joe Biden in Tampa, Florida today

    TAMPA -- Just before 11:30 a.m. and to an outburst of cheers, Joe Biden took to the podium at the USF Sun Dome.

    Biden thanked event organizers and said it was the fault of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) that he was Obama's V.P. pick. Nelson had thrown support to Sen. Hilary Clinton earlier in the race, and Biden said he had "beaten up" Obama so much, that Obama said, "Okay, okay, I'll pick Joe Biden," a friend of Nelson's.

    At the mention of Biden's recent debate against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the crowd went wild, banging the floors and screaming. Biden also applauded Obama's performance in last night's debate against John McCain.
    He said Obama would have liked to be in Tampa too, but he joked that Obama was still wounded by the Tampa Bay Rays' defeat of the Chicago White Sox.

    Without mentioning her name, Joe Biden said Sarah Palin's recent attacks against Barack Obama's character are unacceptable. Biden said the McCain campaign hopes to distract voters from the economic crisis with low blows and smears, citing a statistic that said 100 percent of McCain's recent ads were negative.

    "They're gonna try to take the low road, take the low road to the highest road in the land," Biden said. "Those attacks don't hurt Barack Obama or me, they hurt you."

    Not surprisingly, the economy and its recent downturn is front-and-center in Joe Biden's speech.

    Biden said the recent financial crisis has wiped out $2-trillion from retirement funds, and Florida is second in the nation for home foreclosures. He said McCain's tax plan to give tax breaks to big companies would harm the economy further, while Obama and Biden's plan to give tax breaks to those who make less than $250,000 a year would help.

    Biden said he and Obama plan to focus their policies toward creating and keeping jobs. He said investing $15-billion over the next 10 years in renewable sources of energy would create new jobs and that Obama's tax plan would give help to those who need it most.

    "Health care, tax cuts, and energy policies all focus on one thing," Biden yelled, as the crowd whooped and clapped. "Jobs, jobs, jobs."

    Joe Biden said under President George W. Bush, too much of Americans' money is going overseas, citing billions spent on the war in Iraq.
    Under Obama, money would be spent on programs at home to help the middle class, he said. He highlighted Obama's plan to fund college tuition in exchange for public service, saying funding the program would be possible even during the financial crisis.

    The plan would provide $4,000 for students who participate in community service in America or in programs like the Peace Corps.

    After a hollered promise that he and Barack Obama could restore America to its full potential, Joe Biden entered the crowd. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, by Stevie Wonder, blared over the speakers as attendees rushed to the front row to shake Biden's hand. And then, just as loud, Only in America, by Brooks and Dunn.

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    The housing situation in Florida is so bad. I was shocked in Miami at how cheap it was to buy ocean front condos. It is a state filled with houses now not what worth people paid for them and loaded with retirees who now see their investments washed away. How anyone there could think of voting for McCain is beyond me.
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    Keep talking about the issues. That's what people want to hear.

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