Joe Biden campaigns in South Florida

VP talks with retirees about Medicare

By Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The race to the White House made a stop in Century Village on Friday.

Vice President Joe Biden talked to 850 retirees in the first of two campaign stops in South Florida ahead of next week's first presidential debate.

"Everyone in this room knows that President Obama has increased the benefits of Medicare for everyone in this room," Biden told the crowd.

The line received a round of applause.

Most polls out show President Obama is leading seniors in Florida in part because of the debate over the future of the entitlement program.

Biden criticized Governor Mitt Romney for wanting to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

"You get this detail amount to spend in the private market... it will be worth less money than the coverage costs," added Biden.

The Romney campaign says the reform is needed to keep the program from going bankrupt. 

Biden also held another event at Kings Point in Tamarac on Friday afternoon. Nearly 1,000 retirees came out for the event.

Biden touched on Israel, Medicare, and social security.

"No one, no one in the eight presidents with whom I've served has done as much for security for the state of Israel as Barack Obama has," said Biden. "We've expanded and we have reinforced and we've made more solvent the Medicare trust fund."

Biden also criticized Romney and Paul Ryan, saying they knew little about the middle class.

"Let's look how deeply they feel about the plight of the middle class. Their budget would slash 19 million people off of Medicaid, a significant number of them middle class people," said Biden.

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