Biden makes gaffe on eve of US presidential debate
DENVER, Colorado (AFP) - United States Vice-President Joe Biden inadvertently tossed raw meat to Republican rivals Tuesday barely 24 hours ahead of the first presidential debate, saying the middle class has been "buried" during the last four years.
With US President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney laying low ahead of Wednesday's Denver showdown, their running mates battled for the spotlight, and Republicans suggested Mr Biden's gaffe marked a stunning admission five weeks away from the Nov 6 election.
"How they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried in the last four years," Mr Biden, addressing supporters in North Carolina, said in reference to the period he and Obama have been leading the nation.
The White House quickly sought to douse the flames, saying Mr Biden was talking about how former president George W. Bush's policies continued to hurt the middle class deep into Mr Obama's term.