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Danville, VA - Biden To Southern Audience: Romney Financial Plan Would 'Put Y'all Back In Chains'

Published on: August 14, 2012 04:16 PM
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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd at the Durham Armory on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/The Herald-Sun, Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez)Vice President Joe Biden speaks to a crowd at the Durham Armory on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/The Herald-Sun, Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez)

Danville, VA - Vice President Joe Biden told voters in southern Virginia on Tuesday that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them “back in chains,” sparking outrage from the GOP campaign.

Addressing a crowd that included hundreds of black people, Biden said Romney wants to get rid of new Wall Street regulations Obama signed into law after the 2008 financial collapse.

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“Unchain Wall Street,” Biden said. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

Romney’s campaign said the comments marked a “new low” for the Obama campaign.

“The comments made by the vice president of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election,” said Andrea Saul, Romney’s spokeswoman. “President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”

Obama’s campaign stood by Biden, saying the comments were a variation on remarks he makes often about the need to “unshackle” the middle class. The campaign said the metaphor was meant to counter Republican calls to unshackle the private sector from Obama-backed regulations.

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter called the Romney campaign’s outrage “hypocritical.”

“Let’s return to that `substantive’ debate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promised 72 hours ago, but quickly abandoned,” she said in a statement.

The flurry over Biden’s remarks underscored what the Obama team knows is a constant risk with the vice president - that his penchant for speaking off the cuff can sometimes result in inartful or off-color comments.

In a less noticed gaffe Tuesday, he told the crowd he was confident their support would help the Obama-Biden ticket carry North Carolina. Biden was speaking in Virginia at the time.

Still, Obama’s campaign sees Biden as one of its most valuable assets. The Scranton, Pa., native has a more natural appeal to working-class voters in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also has willingly embraced the traditional vice presidential attack dog role, often launching the campaign’s most vigorous criticisms of Romney, and now Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan.


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 Aug 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM Tziony Says:

Fear not VP Biden. The left-wing media will give you a complete pass, as usual.
Can you imagine the hellstorm that would be brought to bear if some republican or g-d forbid a tea party rep made a similar comment???!!! It's sickening how low the democrats can stoop (ad basically claiming that Romney is responsible for that woman's death, this outrageous comment by Biden, etc) and not be taken to task for it by anyone left of center.

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM Facts1 Says:

GOP rhetoric, big deal, so he said!

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM 770607 Says:

Reply to #2  
Facts1 Says:

GOP rhetoric, big deal, so he said!

Yes, it is a big deal!

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 06:39 PM Anonymous Says:

how stupid people can buy the liberal crap but they are being sold 23 hours and 56 minutes a day. News network are like pravda today

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 06:40 PM Anonymous Says:

I better say what Pravada is or the stupid people will not know it is russian's equivocalness of MSNBC

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 07:09 PM MidwesternGuy Says:

Interestingly, one will be hard-pressed to find a single black (or Jewish, for that matter) voter who won't vote for Obama as a result of Biden's words.

I can't even call it a gaffe because this is Biden's standard manner of speech. By now, everyone knows that Biden will be eaten alive by Ryan in the Vice-Presidential debate. But it seems like most people already have their minds made up, so, like this gaffe, I don't think it will make much difference.

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 08:11 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

What ridiculous fake outrage! Over nothing!

Biden was referencing the GOP's often-used remark that they want to "un-chain the Free Market"...so Biden said "They're gonna end up putting YOU [the people] back in chains!", and it was an OBVIOUS reference to the GOP's position on Free Market! It had nothing to do w\slavery!

I don't care for racial insults, dog-whistle terminology or obvious nasty remarks myself...but that's just simply NOT what was being said here!

And it reminds me of when Biden was complimenting the President (then candidate, Barack Obama), and made the statement that Obama was a "clean-cut, well-spoken & articulae" and boy...people made a field day out of THAT as well!

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 08:47 PM call a spade... a spade Says:

Reply to #7  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

What ridiculous fake outrage! Over nothing!

Biden was referencing the GOP's often-used remark that they want to "un-chain the Free Market"...so Biden said "They're gonna end up putting YOU [the people] back in chains!", and it was an OBVIOUS reference to the GOP's position on Free Market! It had nothing to do w\slavery!

I don't care for racial insults, dog-whistle terminology or obvious nasty remarks myself...but that's just simply NOT what was being said here!

And it reminds me of when Biden was complimenting the President (then candidate, Barack Obama), and made the statement that Obama was a "clean-cut, well-spoken & articulae" and boy...people made a field day out of THAT as well!

Ms Noahide,

Why don't you get off your high horse and admit for once that had a member of the Republican Party said this to the predominantly black crowd that BiteMe was talking to, that they would be tarred & feathered till there was no tomorrow about it.

My guess is you won't admit it because like most leftists you have no guts!

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM Reb Yid Says:

Well, if that's the way he wants to play it, then Obama wants to put us in Auschwitz. So there.

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM a nelson Says:

the amazing thing is that the only candidate whose family was slavemasters was Obama's.

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 Aug 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM I'll call a fraud a fraud Says:

Reply to #8  
call a spade... a spade Says:

Ms Noahide,

Why don't you get off your high horse and admit for once that had a member of the Republican Party said this to the predominantly black crowd that BiteMe was talking to, that they would be tarred & feathered till there was no tomorrow about it.

My guess is you won't admit it because like most leftists you have no guts!

Biden's name is BIDEN. So that is what Torah says at least.

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 Aug 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #8  
call a spade... a spade Says:

Ms Noahide,

Why don't you get off your high horse and admit for once that had a member of the Republican Party said this to the predominantly black crowd that BiteMe was talking to, that they would be tarred & feathered till there was no tomorrow about it.

My guess is you won't admit it because like most leftists you have no guts!

What is there for me to "admit" to?! LOL. There's nothing here but a bunch of fake outrage!

How many times have you heard the GOP make the reference "unshackle the Market"?! About a million times! So Biden says, "They're going to put You in shackles[chains]" and it's turned into a slavery reference!

Sort of like when Mitt Romney said he wasn't "concerned about the very poor"... did you buy into the media hype about all THAT... or did you trust your own judgement?! Personally, I happen to think Romney's policies reflect that feeling, but do I believe he'd come out & say it like that & MEAN it?! No!

How about when Biden said Obama was "articulate"?! *gasp* Was he being racist then too?! Come on!

I have zero problems calling out a Democrat when he says something dumb. When David Axelrod compared Paul Ryan to Sarah Palin for example... I thought he was way off the mark & even said so! You don't even know me... so how could you assume I'm an idealogue??

I'm just RATIONAL. Biden was clearly not being racist! Give me a break! I don't think even a gaffe-prone person such as himself would be so dumb as to make a reference to slavery, in front of a mostly African American audience, in the South.

So give it up. There's bigger fish to fry than these made-up controversies! Please!

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 Aug 15, 2012 at 05:32 AM Abramowitz Says:

For the record, it should be noted that not only Biden, but also Obama will change their diction and style of speaking, pertaining to the particular ethnicity, of the audience whom they are addressing. This phenomenon has occurred time and time again, over the last four years. Unfortunately, this Presidential campaign has become the lowest and dirtiest one on record; it is now clear, what the term "gutter politics" means.

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 Aug 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM JosephKaplan Says:

So he made a joke. Big deal. Talk-radio fodder, that's all. If anybody is not going to vote for President Obama because they don't like a joke his VP made - with all the real reasons to vote for or against someone - that person needs to re-evaluate.

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 Aug 15, 2012 at 08:33 AM yosefben Says:

Reply to #12  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

What is there for me to "admit" to?! LOL. There's nothing here but a bunch of fake outrage!

How many times have you heard the GOP make the reference "unshackle the Market"?! About a million times! So Biden says, "They're going to put You in shackles[chains]" and it's turned into a slavery reference!

Sort of like when Mitt Romney said he wasn't "concerned about the very poor"... did you buy into the media hype about all THAT... or did you trust your own judgement?! Personally, I happen to think Romney's policies reflect that feeling, but do I believe he'd come out & say it like that & MEAN it?! No!

How about when Biden said Obama was "articulate"?! *gasp* Was he being racist then too?! Come on!

I have zero problems calling out a Democrat when he says something dumb. When David Axelrod compared Paul Ryan to Sarah Palin for example... I thought he was way off the mark & even said so! You don't even know me... so how could you assume I'm an idealogue??

I'm just RATIONAL. Biden was clearly not being racist! Give me a break! I don't think even a gaffe-prone person such as himself would be so dumb as to make a reference to slavery, in front of a mostly African American audience, in the South.

So give it up. There's bigger fish to fry than these made-up controversies! Please!

I think you are incorrect on this one noahide: The VP's specific grammer proves it was a clever part of the script with definitely multiple inuendos, this is proven by his choice of grammer when he used the word "ya'll" and pointed his finger...he did not say "us".

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 Aug 15, 2012 at 08:43 AM commonsense18 Says:

Now looka here y'all- I ain't gonna end up in chains again.
Biden-the best asset the Republicans have.

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 Aug 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM YonahLevi Says:

Reply to #7  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

What ridiculous fake outrage! Over nothing!

Biden was referencing the GOP's often-used remark that they want to "un-chain the Free Market"...so Biden said "They're gonna end up putting YOU [the people] back in chains!", and it was an OBVIOUS reference to the GOP's position on Free Market! It had nothing to do w\slavery!

I don't care for racial insults, dog-whistle terminology or obvious nasty remarks myself...but that's just simply NOT what was being said here!

And it reminds me of when Biden was complimenting the President (then candidate, Barack Obama), and made the statement that Obama was a "clean-cut, well-spoken & articulae" and boy...people made a field day out of THAT as well!

Sherry,

If his comment had nothing to do with racism, why did Biden say "back in chains"...implying that they had been chained previously?

The real point isn't what he actually meant, the best we can do is speculate on that. What actually matters is how the media/public reacts to his remarks, and how they would react to something equally controversial if it were said by the Republican candidates (let's say a comment about how Israel's culture contributes to its economic success in contrast to that of the Palestinians'...not that it was anywhere as controversial of a comment).

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 06:52 AM bewhiskered Says:

Reply to #12  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

What is there for me to "admit" to?! LOL. There's nothing here but a bunch of fake outrage!

How many times have you heard the GOP make the reference "unshackle the Market"?! About a million times! So Biden says, "They're going to put You in shackles[chains]" and it's turned into a slavery reference!

Sort of like when Mitt Romney said he wasn't "concerned about the very poor"... did you buy into the media hype about all THAT... or did you trust your own judgement?! Personally, I happen to think Romney's policies reflect that feeling, but do I believe he'd come out & say it like that & MEAN it?! No!

How about when Biden said Obama was "articulate"?! *gasp* Was he being racist then too?! Come on!

I have zero problems calling out a Democrat when he says something dumb. When David Axelrod compared Paul Ryan to Sarah Palin for example... I thought he was way off the mark & even said so! You don't even know me... so how could you assume I'm an idealogue??

I'm just RATIONAL. Biden was clearly not being racist! Give me a break! I don't think even a gaffe-prone person such as himself would be so dumb as to make a reference to slavery, in front of a mostly African American audience, in the South.

So give it up. There's bigger fish to fry than these made-up controversies! Please!

"So give it up. There's bigger fish to fry than these made-up controversies! Please!"

Yes, this is all the desperate fake outrage of those who know that their precious GOP/Baggers (KKK), sold out to the extreme fringe, is on the rocks. In addition to Romney's myriad of stupid gaffes, reluctance to show any more of his tax returns, his outsourcing of jobs while with Bain, his off shore accounts of unreported money to the IRS, we now have a follower of the bankrupt Randian philosophy of social Darwinism, as the vice presidential candidate, who wants to persecute the middle class in favor of the wealthy, which all spells DESPERATE!

So, bring on the swift boat attacks, the faux outrage, the voting suppression, and all the other lies that is the usual desperation of the right! We've seen it before!

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 Aug 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #18  
bewhiskered Says:

"So give it up. There's bigger fish to fry than these made-up controversies! Please!"

Yes, this is all the desperate fake outrage of those who know that their precious GOP/Baggers (KKK), sold out to the extreme fringe, is on the rocks. In addition to Romney's myriad of stupid gaffes, reluctance to show any more of his tax returns, his outsourcing of jobs while with Bain, his off shore accounts of unreported money to the IRS, we now have a follower of the bankrupt Randian philosophy of social Darwinism, as the vice presidential candidate, who wants to persecute the middle class in favor of the wealthy, which all spells DESPERATE!

So, bring on the swift boat attacks, the faux outrage, the voting suppression, and all the other lies that is the usual desperation of the right! We've seen it before!

Exactly, my friend! Those tactics aren't gonna work this time! Neither will them insisting our President is from a foreign country, or telling people President Obama wants to turn people into slaves! (a comment made by Rep Allan West not long ago)

All this crazy rhetoric just assures that President Obama will get elected again...so let the fringe-Right say anything they want to! All their crazy-talk just makes Obama look all the more sane! LOL

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