"The middle class was buried by the policies that Romney and Ryan have
supported," Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd in Asheville, N.C., aiming to elaborate on the remarks on the middle class that he made at an earlier campaign event in the state Tuesday.

At the previous event, Biden said that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would raise taxes on a middle class that has already been "buried" for the past four years -- not exactly a positive assessment of the economy under President Obama. Romney's campaign pounced on the remark, highlighting it on Twitter, on the trail and in a conference call to reporters. 

Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith also clarified Biden's initial remarks in a statement Tuesday. “As the Vice President has been saying all year and again in his remarks today, the middle class was punished by the failed Bush policies that crashed our economy -- and a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is a return to those failed policies," she said.