In a speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for President Barack Obama to join Vice President Joe Biden in retirement.
In a rebuke of the Obama administration’s handling of the economy, Romney highlighted Biden’s previous statements that America “was in a deep hole and we’re not out of it.”
“I think it’s time for both the president and the vice president to transition to something else — to retirement,” Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor, who frequently uses vice president’s own words against him, began his speech with a joke about Biden’s propensity for saying off-message comments.
“He’s a happy warrior,” Romney said. “He’s a little long-winded, but he seem’s to reflect what’s on his mind, and you can never in any way question his commitment to this country.”
Romney’s speech also featured a call for new energy policies and for Obama to work with the Republican-led Congress to start making “the tough decisions that are necessary to move this economy forward.”
He repeated his oft-stated call for a “bold new plan to get America creating jobs and providing prosperity” and promised simpler and fairer tax policies for businesses.
“It’s time for something different,” Romney said. “Let’s give our country the future it deserves.”