Discuss as:

Biden says middle class has been 'buried over the last four years'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Returning to the home city of the Democratic National Convention, Vice President Joe Biden said  that the two men on the GOP ticket have their wires crossed on whether or not the Obama administration has raised taxes.

"Even Romney had what we Catholics call an epiphany," Biden said of the GOP nominee's recent message slip on taxes. "Romney came out and ... said, 'they have not raised taxes on the middle class.' But apparently Paul Ryan has not gotten the memo!"

As the presidential candidates prepare for Wednesday's debate, Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the "buried" middle class, prompting the Romney campaign to suggest the President's policies are to blame. NBC's Peter Alexander reports.

Romney said last week at a campaign stop in Ohio that Obama intends to raise taxes, something the president "did not do in his first four years."

While Obama has not raised tax rates, he has signed legislation -- particularly his health care law -- that Republicans argue would yield major penalties for many middle class families. 

Biden argued that the GOP, in contrast, would raise taxes on a middle class that has "been buried over the last four years."

That comment earned a scathing response from Republicans, who called it  "a stunning admission" about the White House's economic policies.

"Vice President Biden made a stunning admission today and we couldn’t agree more: the middle class has been ‘buried’ under the last four years of this President’s policies," the Romney campaign wrote in a press release.

Biden, who acknowledged that riders on Air Force Two had "queasy stomachs" after a bumpy ride to North Carolina, kept the crowd of about 1000 waiting for an hour due to the inclement weather upon arrival.

His plane aborted one landing attempt In Charlotte because of storms in the area and was forced to circle the airport for about a half hour before landing without further incident.