The Straits Times
Published on Sep 07, 2012

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


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina  (AFP) - Vice-President Joe Biden paid tribute to Barack Obama as a commander-in-chief with a "spine of steel" onThursday, calling on US 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," Mr 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 Mr Obama in the stature of the Oval Office, Mr 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, Mr Biden also framed the choice that Americans face when they enter the voting booth as starkly as possible.