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Energetic Biden takes aim at Romney's debate claims


GREELEY, Colo. -- Nearly a week after a feisty debate performance, Vice President Joe Biden is still displaying a high level of energy on the campaign trail.

Campaigning in swing state Colorado for the first time this year, an energetic Biden -- punctuating his remarks with "whoa"s and "c'mon"s -- came equipped with zingers about GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's statements about equal pay and immigration during last night's presidential debate at Hofstra University.

"You heard the debate last night," the vice president told a crowd of about a thousand at a warehouse-like expo center in red-leaning Weld County. "When Governor Romney was asked a direct question about equal pay, he started talking about binders. Whoa! The idea that he had to go and ask where a qualified woman was, he just should have come to my house!"

Repeating a criticism from this morning's interview circuit, Biden said that Romney was "a little sketchy" on details last night, as was Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan during the two men's mano-a-mano in Kentucky last week.

"The answers are always the same: 'Maybe. It depends. We'll let you know after the election,'" Biden said of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

In Greeley, where the 2010 Census estimated the Hispanic population was 36 percent, Biden also took aim at Romney's January embrace of "self-deportation" as a solution to address illegal immigration.

"I mean, I don't care what your position is on immigration. Self-deportation?" Biden said to laughter. "Whoa! Every 13-year-old, get up and move, man!"

While he issued a broad salvo about Romney's grasp of foreign policy, Biden did not mention the controversy that erupted after the two candidates tussled over Obama's use of the word "terror" to describe the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

Instead, he poked fun at the Romney team's occasional reference to "the Soviet Union" as well as Romney's expressed concern about Russia as the nation's top geopolitical threat. "Whoa!" he exclaimed. "These guys are kind of in a time warp!"

The vice president travels this afternoon to Reno, NV for another campaign event.