Vice President Joe Biden hammers Romney, Ryan during Florida campaign appearances

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden made his ninth visit to Florida on Friday with campaign appearances in Sun City and Fort Pierce, making the case for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Eighteen days ahead of the election, he hammered Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan, telling a crowd of more than 1,200 people at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce that Romney and Ryan suffered from a case of "Romnesia," a reference, Biden said, to shifts in their positions.

Recent polls showed an increasingly competitive race — especially in some swing states.

Biden set out to draw clear distinctions between the campaigns on the economy, job creation, taxes, Medicare and Social Security.

He told supporters that Romney had written off 47 percent of the electorate, a reference to the surreptitiously recorded remarks Romney made during a private fundraiser in Boca Raton earlier this year.

Biden said he and Obama would offer middle class Americans better choices for their future.

"We win Florida, we win the election," he told the crowd in Fort Pierce.

Biden will continue his swing through Florida on Saturday.

Romney and his wife, Ann, were expected to campaign in Florida this weekend.

Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were expected to attend campaign events in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday.

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