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CHARLOTTE -- USA TODAY live blogged Vice President Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic Convention Thursday night. Here are highlights.

10:08 p.m -- Big finish, with more praise for the Big Guy: "That choice is to move forward, boldly forward -- and finish the job, and re-elect President Barack Obama."

Photos: Vice President Joe Biden speaks at DNC

10:06 p.m. -- Biden begins the wrap up by talking about the future as seen by him and President Obama, on items ranging from education to health care to civil rights to foreign policy; he also pays tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for the nation.

"My fellow Americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history," Biden says.

10:00 p.m. -- Biden rounds back to his main theme: America was down economically, but is coming back under President Obama's leadership.

"You never quit on America," Biden tells delegates. "And you deserve a President who will never quit on you."

He also whacks Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for suggesting America is in decline.

9:57 p.m. -- Biden zeroes in on Romney himself, saying his jobs tour will have to be a "foreign trip" because of outsourcing.

Also says Romney's tax cut for the wealthy will be financed by tax hikes on the middle class.

9:55 p.m. -- Biden starts to critique last week's Republican convention -- says they didn't talk much about what their policies would do, starting with efforts to replace Medicare with "voucher-care."

The GOP talked about the nation's debt -- but didn't talk about how they have rejected Obama administration plans because they don't want to raise taxes on the rich by even one cent.

9:52 p.m. -- Biden cites the campaign slogan he coined: "Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."

The crowd roars.

9:50 p.m. -- Biden begins to draw a second contrast between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney -- the approach to hunting Osama bin Laden.

Obama promised to take out bin Laden if he was in U.S. sights, Biden says; Romney said it wasn't worth "moving heaven and earth."

As it has throughout this convention, the mention of bin Laden's death drew standing ovations and chants of "U-S-A!"

Biden on Obama: "He said do it -- and justice was done."

9:43 p.m. -- Biden turns the speech toward Republican candidate Mitt Romney, saying he would bring a "vastly different" value system.

Contrasting the two candidates, Biden says Obama saved the auto industry, while Romney -- "the son of an automobile man" -- would have let it go bankrupt.

"I don't think he's a bad guy," Biden says of Romney, but he doesn't understand what saving the auto industry would help the whole country; he saw it "the Bain way," in terms of profits.

9:40 p.m. -- The praise of Obama continues -- "he never backs down."

Because of his decisions, "America has turned the corner," Biden says.

9:37 p.m. -- "Barack and I have been through a lot together. And we've learned a lot about each other."

Includes family stories, including how has father had to move to another state for a job.

9:36 p.m. -- Biden says his goal in this speech is to take people "inside the White House," in order "to see the President, as I see him every day."

His emphasis is on how bad the economy was when Obama became president -- "I sat beside him, as he made one gutsy decision after another."

9:34 p.m. -- Biden is emphasizing the leadership of "my friend" President Obama who has led the nation from "the brink" of another Great Depression -- "a mission we will complete."

9: 32 p.m. -- After thanking wife Jill and his family, Biden accepts re-nomination gets right to the point: President Obama, his boss, deserves re-election: Four years ago, a battered nation turned away from the failed policies of the past -- and turned to a leader who they knew would lift our nation out of the crisis."

Biden also jokes that he enjoyed hearing Jill say she's always loved him -- so why did he have to ask her to marry him five times before she said yes?

9:28 p.m. -- After a biographical video, Biden takes the stage to loud applause.

By David Jackson, USA TODAY

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