Well, there you are, Joe Biden! After what seemed like ages out of the spotlight, the Democratic vice presidential nominee came out swinging at a campaign stop Monday in Michigan, casting Republican presidential hopeful John McCain as a Bush wannabe and part of “a culture in Washington where the very few wealthy and powerful have a seat at the table and the rest of us are on the menu.”

AP via MyWay News:

“If you’re ready for four more years of George Bush, John McCain is your man,” said Biden, who pointed out that George H.W. Bush was the 41st president and his son is the 43rd. McCain “could easily become known as Bush 44.”

“John McCain stands with George Bush firmly in the corner of the wealthy and well-connected,” Biden said. “He stands with the oil company CEOs who swore to me, under penalty of perjury, that they didn’t need tax breaks to explore for oil.”

Republican spokesman Chris Taylor said Obama and Biden would damage the economy with higher taxes.

“Michiganders have seen what Democrat-led taxes can do to a local economy,” he said.

Biden also criticized the negative tone of McCain’s campaign.

“The campaign a person runs says everything about the way they’ll govern,” Biden said at South Lake High School. “John McCain has decided to bet the house on the politics perfected by Karl Rove.”

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