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VP Joe Biden focuses on economy and middle class


"We believe American workers are the best workers in the world."

It was the economy and strengthening the middle class that was on the docket Tuesday for Vice President Joe Biden.

For Steve Dotzler that's exactly what he came to hear.

"I am a 34 year retiree of John Deere. My son works at John Deere and is there now," said Dotzler.

Dotzler credits John Deere for helping boost the economy.

"If it wasn't for Deere in the area and them putting money back into the economy and our local economy he wouldn't be working there," said Dotzler. 

But Dotzler is not the only one who has recognized Deere's success.

"You don't have to look any further than Waterloo. Look at the John Deere local. Over the last two years, Deere has added 850 jobs - almost all of them good, union, manufacturing jobs -- and you're looking at the highest total employment in 15 years. "You're not only making them, you're exporting them," said Biden.

During the 30 minute speech Biden boasted that manufacturing is coming back with 495,000 new jobs since 2010. 20,000 of those jobs are right here in Iowa.

Supporters of Mitt Romney disagree. They argue that the economy is not improving and the middle class is not doing well.

"Governor Romney knows this. Governor Romney knows that the middle class does not grow stronger because of stimulating the government. We are stronger because we grow the private economy," said Shawn McCoy, Romney's Iowa Campaign Communications Director.

Biden criticized Romney saying he was a leader in outsourcing jobs. Romney supporters disagree.

"Governor Romney led the state of Massachusetts to drop to 4.7 percent unemployment. He worked in the private sector for over 25 years and he understands how jobs are created," said McCoy.

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