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Veep addresses attorneys

Vice President Joe Biden spoke Monday to 700 trial lawyers from around the country at the American Association of Justice convention at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.

The fundraiser for the Obama campaign, the DNC and some state races capped off a weekend of family gatherings with Biden’s sons. Tickets started at $500. No estimate was yet available from the campaign on how much was raised with photo ops thrown in.

Biden told the crowd that lawyers play an important role in America.

“You’re the ones who say — for all the malarkey you get — you’re well remunerated for what you do … but man, I don’t know what we’d do without you,” he said. “Who is going to step up and take the case of the little guy who’s getting screwed?”

Biden said burdens on the middle class would multiply under Republican candidate Mitt Romney, especially when it comes to sending their kids to college.

“Imagine the Supreme Court after four years of Romney,” he said. “This is not scare tactics, just what he said. If you’re frightened it’s because you should be. You know who his advisor on constitutional issues is? Appointed officially? Robert Bork.”