Vice President Joe Biden is officially back on the campaign, kicking off his first event for the president's re-election at a stop in Ohio.
In his first major campaign address of the year, Biden described President Barack Obama as a friend to the working class.
"If you give any one of these guys the keys to the White House, they will bankrupt the middle class," Biden said of the GOP candidates at a United Auto Workers hall in Toledo.
"Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich, these guys have a fundamentally different economic philosophy than we do," he said.
Biden also told the crowd of about 500 that the bailout saved over a million jobs and prevented a new economic depression.
He said the president "didn't flinch" over the auto bailout decision, despite criticism.
Ohio is a swing state, and a critical win for this election. President Obama won the state in 2008 with more than 50 percent of the vote.