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Biden tries to channel voter pain for Murray

Former President Bill Clinton may still feel your pain, but Vice President Joe Biden is getting quite comfortable feeling your anger.
/ Source: NBC News

President Barack Obama may be the inspiring orator and former President Bill Clinton may still feel your pain, but Vice President Joe Biden is getting quite comfortable feeling your anger.

Biden stumped Tuesday in southwestern Washington state for Sen. Patty Murray, who is looking for a fourth term in the Senate and running neck and neck against her challenger, businessman Dino Rossi. Biden's appearance comes just two days before Obama holds a rally for Murray in Seattle. Clinton was in Everett, Wash., on Monday to stump for Murray.  

"I know, Patty knows, you know. You feel it in your bones. People are angry and their anger is justified. It's justified. I'm angry too. I go all over this country," said the vice president. "Literally, it makes me angry when I see the anguish the policies the previous 8 years brought upon so many Americans."

His speech set up a dichotomy between what he seemed to define as the Democrats' fight for the middle class or "our folks" versus the GOP's desire to continue policies that aid the rich or "their folks."

Biden quoted the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, to support his point.

"When asked, a guy named Pete Sessions … He was asked on 'Meet the Press' last month, what will you guys do if you take back the House. He said, 'We'll return to the exact same agenda.'

Because, guys, they believe it. They believe it. Our folks got murdered. Our folks got decimated. All their folks didn't do that bad."

(Sessions exact quote from his July appearance was, "We need to go back to the exact same agenda that is empowering the free enterprise system rather than diminish it.")

Biden rejected Republican claims that Democrats' policies are anti-business.

"They're anti-business," Biden said. "The Republican Party used to be different. This ain't your father's Republican Party."

He went on to cite Lincoln and Eisenhower as visionary Republican presidents whose government investments aided in national infrastructure projects.

"Patty and I know that government is not the answer. The government … can't guarantee growth by itself. But government can lay down the foundation for businesses to expand," Biden said. "Most importantly government can set national goals to inspire a nation to do the kinds of things we've done in the past. Ladies and gentleman, these guys have no vision."

The audience of about 600 people seemed energized after the speech and rushed up to try to get a picture and handshake with the Vice President. Biden's next stop is a fundraiser in San Francisco with Sen. Barbara Boxer, followed by an event tomorrow in Reno, Nev., for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who faces a tough battle against Republican Sharron Angle.