Biden's 2012 message: 'Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive'
February 6th, 2012
08:13 PM ET
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Biden's 2012 message: 'Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive'

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden ramped up his criticism of GOP presidential candidates on Monday, telling a crowd at a fundraiser in Florida that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were woefully out of touch with economic reality.

"Mitt Romney says the best way to deal with foreclosures is to let everything hit the bottom," Biden said at a fundraiser in Tallahassee. "No, no, no, no – by the way, from purely a dollars and cents standpoint, he could get ready to argue that, that's right out of the business school manual. But guess what? We're not reorganizing and purchasing companies, we're trying to rebuild a country."

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Biden made the remarks at the Challenger Center, where guests paid $100 per person to watch the vice president speak. Earlier he attended a fundraiser at the home of Donald Hinkle, a Florida attorney who donated to the Obama campaign in 2008 and has poured cash into other Democratic campaigns and organizations around the country. Tickets for that event cost $5,000 per person.

Biden told the crowd at the Challenger Center that Gingrich's oft-repeated label of President Barack Obama as the "food stamp president" was out of line.

"These are the same guys who are calling the president a 'food stamp president' – a thinly veiled, I don't know what it is, but it's inappropriate. It's inappropriate," Biden said.

He said the candidates weren't hiding anything on the campaign trail, making the case that Romney and Gingrich's positions were more revealing than what Republicans had campaigned on previously.

"For the first time, the Republicans are not – as we say, to use a football metaphor – they're not hiding the ball," Biden said. "They're saying exactly what they believe. For real – no, it's good – it's good because for the first time we can have an honest debate. These guys aren't out there saying, 'We're compassionate conservatives, we want to fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid.' They're just being straight up, saying what they believe."

Biden, advocating for a second Obama term, said the achievements of the past four years spoke for themselves.

"Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Biden said. "It's a metaphor, it's a metaphor for our foreign policy and our domestic economic policy."

In summing up the political climate, Biden said Americans were approaching the limit to the economic sacrifices they were willing to make.

"They've been asked to give and give and give," Biden said. "They've been asked to keep their wages stagnant, they've been asked to cut back on a whole bunch of things and they've done it."

He added, "I think the American people are tired of being tired."

Biden said the policies put in place by Obama would alleviate the economic strain felt by the middle class.

"Millions and millions of jobs will be coming back home from abroad," Biden predicted.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Vice President Biden
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  1. Rudy NYC

    "...that's right out of the business school manual. .... But guess what? We're not reorganizing and purchasing companies, we're trying to rebuild a country." Good call. That explains how you could put your family dog in the roof of your car. The car owner's manual does say that pets are safer on long trips inside of a carrier.

    February 7, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Biden said the policies put in place by Obama would alleviate the economic strain felt by the middle class.
    "Millions and millions of jobs will be coming back home from abroad," Biden predicted.
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    Interesting approach for a political campaign. Say the exact opposite of what has happened during your administration and since it sounds so much better than what people see you can try to take credit for being your anti-self.

    February 7, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "These are the same guys who are calling the president a 'food stamp president' – a thinly veiled, I don't know what it is, but it's inappropriate. It's inappropriate," Biden said
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    Oh you KNOW what it ia Joe. You know what it is. You've just been instructed not to SAY WHAT IT IS so that no one can claim that the President is pulling the race card.
    That's okay though, they can't GAG US. We'll say it for you and him: it is a thinly veiled racist remark. There.
    Bring it Massachussetts Conservative.

    February 7, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But guess what? We're not reorganizing and purchasing companies, we're trying to rebuild a country."
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    Tell 'em Joe!

    February 7, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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