- The Washington Times - Monday, May 12, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden took a quick potshot at former President Bill Clinton during a closed-door speech in South Carolina, saying the decline of the middle class actually started under his watch and not under former President George W. Bush’s.

This trend began during “the later years of the Clinton administration,” he said, during a speech behind closed doors to Democrats in South Carolina, CNN reported.

Mr. Biden spoke at the VIP Capital City in Columbia, The Hill reported. Many in attendance said that while he didn’t directly address his personal 2016 presidential aspirations, he did strike a populist tone — the same type that resonates well during political campaigns.

In fact, one attendee called it an “Elizabeth Warren-type speech,” CNN reported. “He said we have some of the most productive workers in the world, but corporations are more concerned about their stockholders than they are about their employees. He talked about how the fruits of labor go to stockholders, rather that to the people who are producing it. That the people making the money in this country are the corporations.”

Nne other attendee described Mr. Biden’s rhetoric as soaring.

“[It was] a stem-winding, almost revival-type speech,” the source said, The Hill reported.