Today, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks to The National Council of La Raza.
Below are excerpts of his remarks as prepared for delivery —
“You’re the fastest-growing population. You now make up more than 16 percent of the population.
“But there are voices among us who fear your inclusion. This is not new.
“There have always been fights between the voices of inclusion and the voices of exclusion.
“Between those pushing us forward and those who keep pulling us back.
“Between those appealing to our hopes, and those appealing to our fears.”
“Imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after four years of Governor Romney.
“Imagine what it will act like.
“Imagine what it will mean for civil rights, voting rights, and so much we have fought so hard for.
“Imagine a Justice Department that supports, rather than challenges, continued efforts to suppress the right to vote.
“Because that’s what will happen if they win.”
“This is a man whose idea of tax reform is to maintain the Bush tax cut for the very wealthy, which costs $1 trillion, 55% of which goes to just 120,000 households in America, households of an average income of $8.4 million.
“And on top of that, an additional $1.6 trillion tax cut to people with incomes in excess of a million dollars, which is a $250,000 per year tax cut for the average millionaire.
“A budget that strikes 200,000 students from Head Start, 19 million poor off of Medicaid, as many as eight million cut from supplemental nutrition assistance. Child nutrition, school lunch program, child care, early education…
“The impact on the Hispanic community would be devastating—and the effects would last a generation.
“And he says the President is out of touch?”
“When his father, George Romney, was a candidate was for President in 1968, he released 12 years of tax returns because, as he said, ‘One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.’
“His son has released one year of his tax returns.
“Making a lie of the old adage: Like father, like son.
“Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won’t show us his.
“So many questions…”