Obama 2012 Campaign: Kick-off Day

By GLENN THRUSH and JENNIFER EPSTEIN, Politico

TOLEDO, Ohio —It’s (almost) on.

Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the 2012 Obama-Biden presidential campaign with a fiery union-hall speech in this northwestern Ohio auto town — and 600 miles away President Barack Obama turned the latest in a line of energy speeches into an amped-up event with the distinct feel of a general-election stump speech.

In one of the nuances that matter greatly to campaigns — and not at all to the general public — Biden ditched the pre-campaign “our opponents” line and lit into them by name, with particular attention to Mitt Romney.

Obama, though, still steered clear.