Biden Says Middle Class ‘In Real Trouble’
DES MOINES, Iowa--Vice President Joe Biden delivered a populist-themed speech in front of Iowa's State Capitol building, stoking speculation he may be considering another presidential run. Biden's staff called his trip an "official" visit, as part of his duties. But the stop had the feel of a campaign event, as Biden saluted Democratic lawmakers in the audience, as well as union members. And he criticized Republicans for promoting policies that further widen the country's growing wealth gap between the richest Americans and everyone else. "Why on earth," Biden asked the crowd of about 250 people, "Does someone who makes tens of millions of dollars managing a hedge fund pay 15% in taxes when a guy or woman working at General Motors making $55,000 a year pays 25% a year in taxes."