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VP Biden rips into Romney, lauds Obama's 'spine of steel'

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to Barack Obama as a commander-in-chief with a “spine of steel” Thursday, calling on U.S. voters to give them both four more years in office.

“Ladies and gentlemen I'm here to tell you what I think you already know, that I watch it up close, bravery resides in the heart of Barack Obama and time and time again I've witnessed him summon it,” Biden told the Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“This man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart and a spine of steel.”

Taking pains to drape Obama in the stature of the Oval Office, Biden portrayed a first term defined by tough choices that the 44th president did not shy away from.

But with the Nov. 6 election still on a knife-edge, Biden also framed the choice that Americans face when they enter the voting booth as starkly as possible.

“Last week we heard at the Republican convention, we heard our opponents, we heard them pledge that they had the courage to make the tough calls.”

“But folks in case you did not notice, they did not have the courage to tell you which calls they would make!”

Taking up the traditional attack-dog role of the ticket's number two, Biden also ripped Romney's business acumen, accusing him of outsourcing jobs and caring only about profit.

“The most fascinating thing I found last week was when Governor Romney said that as president he would take a jobs tour, well, with this support for outsourcing its going to have to be a foreign trip.”

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