March 23rd, 2012
02:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden targets 'Romney's Etch A Sketch'

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden invoked the Etch A Sketch controversy to attack Mitt Romney's economic proposals during a speech in the battleground state of Florida Friday.

Biden specifically targeted Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney's support of the "cut, cap and balance" while mocking the Etch A Sketch comment from senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

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"Governor Romney supports cut, cap and balance and which is yet another demonstration that there is no daylight between Gov. Romney and Republican leaders on the most important issues facing this country," Biden said. "And not even Romney's Etch A Sketch can change that. He is not going to be able to do that. He may buy a new one, but he can't do it.

Fehrnstrom set off a fire storm after he compared the differences between a general and primary election to an Etch A Sketch, during an appearance on CNN Wednesday.

"Cut, cap and balance" is a Republican-backed proposal that passed the House of Representatives in July 2011. Those who signed the pledge vowed to oppose any debt limit increases unless they included cuts and caps on spending, as well as the passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Romney has said he supports the pledge as a first step toward reforming government.

Biden's speech Friday in Coconut Creek, Florida was the second in a series of speeches the former Delaware senator is expected to make about the economy. Last week he addressed a United Auto Workers union hall in Ohio, a state likely to be competitive in 2012 election. The Obama-Biden ticket captured Florida and Ohio in the 2008 election with 50.9% and 51.2% of the vote respectively.

The Romney campaign countered with criticism of President Barack Obama.

"President Obama entered office promising to reform our entitlement programs and cut the deficit in half. He failed miserably on both counts," Andrea Saul, a campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement. "After three years of trillion-dollar deficits and a historic increase in the national debt, we need a new president – not four more years of broken promises and empty rhetoric."

Biden, who is also expected to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia and Pennsylvania, criticized Republican-backed measures that he said will negatively impact Social Security and Medicare.

"Make no mistake about it. If the Republicans in Congress and their amen corner of Romney, Santorum and Gingrich – if any of them get their hands on the White House, the keys to the White House I promise you, you will see Medicare ended as we know it," Biden said.


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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "The main thing that amazes me is cut, cap, and balance. How can that not be supported by anyone?"

    Why? Because it's just a GOBP propaganda phrase with no meaning whatsoever except to label a phony economic "plan" that makes the deficit worse, cuts benefits and programs that should not be cut, and leave the military, their parasitic contractors and the corporate welfare queens untouched.

    March 24, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Leprakawn

    @scottf:

    Don't you mean Faux News?

    March 24, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Leprakawn

    @straitsight:

    So, does that mean Military Intelligence has moved to higher grounds?

    March 24, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Leprakawn

    @PROUD FEMALE DEM IN NC:

    Sure, Romney does know about the poor and middle class. Remember all of the people he has fired?

    March 24, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Leprakawn

    @sensible:

    I bet if you take the batteries out of his etch-a-sketch, that will clear it!

    *Yes, I know they are not supposed to have batteries...but his is probably "special."

    March 24, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. bgto

    lets see if this makes it

    March 24, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Steve

    As if Obama didn't "shake up the etch a sketch" as soon he was elected. That's rich.

    March 24, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Carl Peteron

    Now that it is established that Joe Biden like toys and talking about them, I can see he what he does as as the Vice-President of the United States....nothing. Why are we even paying this man anyway. The only I hear iin the news is that Biden is in full swing campaigning. Who pays the expenses for the planes he flys around...or is it the fake business excuse Obama uses. I think etch-a-wretch defines both of them.

    March 24, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. GI Joe.

    Biden knows more about foreign policy than Romney can learn in 20 years. That's what he does.

    March 24, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Kathy

    Oh the fantasy: “Over my dead body would I vote for Barack Obama,” he said when campaigning in Pineville, La.

    March 24, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. dee

    people do you see what is going on around you or do you just see what every one else wants you to see use your mind think for your self use the logic that was given to you in a good way please

    March 24, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. TxRealRepublican

    Romney is ahead! Romney is the winner! Tell a lie enough times and the GOB Establishment think we will believe it, again. We are no longer your Daddy's servant class Mr Romney. This is the new Republican Party, and times are a-changing. The winner with 38 percent of the vote, geez? In Texas we still call you a LOOSER!

    March 25, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
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