March 23rd, 2012
02:13 PM ET
6 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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  1. Hello CNN

    So another day can say idiot because he is talking about the GOBP but no one else can??? YOU are getting ridiculous!!

    March 23, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |

    The Ryan budget DOES end medicare as we know it. IT just simply does.

    March 23, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Romney and Etch A Sketch have one thing in common: BAIN CAPITAL!!!

    With this Etch A Sketch boom, its time for Romney to ship more of those Etch A Sketch jobs to China, fire more people, and stash his profits in CAYMEN ISLAND and Swiss Bank accounts!!!

    So much for loving America!!!!

    March 23, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    CaliLiberal has testified. Not a word to add to that. Game, set, match........

    March 23, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Dave

    So the "Song of the Day" will change completely when Romney is a Presidential candidate. Makes one wonder how many of the Primary stay-at-home Republicans will be wooed by that. After being lied to consistently by Croesus Romney, I cannot imagine anyTea bagger or well dyed conservdrone even bothering to get out of their chairs next November.

    March 23, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Sirned

    Want to see a good piece on Mitt Romneys lies? Complete with his own words? Google Racheal Maddow Mitt Lies.. It's a brilliant piece and then come back and tell us you still believe in Romney..

    March 23, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |

    Poor Romney – he can't answer Biden without consulting his own campaign writers.

    March 23, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. nolimits3333

    Release the Biden!!!

    March 23, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    How can a man who lies casually every day in order to be President ever be trusted to be our President-Romney was NEVER a severe conservative and lies every time he says that.

    March 23, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. DENNA

    My fellow liberal commenters: Trying to reason with the right is like trying to put out a forest fire by spitting on it. The GOP hatred of President Obama has completely clouded their reason. President Obama has done several things ( troop draw downs, getting us out of Iraq, getting bin Laden for example) and is still taking grief from the right. Even with the stock market and the job picture brightening, the right still won't give him credit. They claim President Obama is at fault for gas prices, but absolved Bush four years ago. See what we're dealing here?

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 23, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. hUNTER

    Bravo to the correct and sensible people out there disputing the Obamacare lies! Obamacare is popular, it is saving lives and the cost is NOT doubling. The righties keep trying to spread lies about it, but for once, Americans can see through those lies. They thought calling it "Obamacare" was some sort of slam, but it's a compliment to President Obama giving him credit for some great healthcare reform legislation. Obama 2012!

    March 23, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    RealityBites, please stop playing the victim card. I'm a dem and made innocuous comments that disappeared before they even had a chance to be moderated, so it isn't just "conservatives" who are being "censored".

    March 23, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Tom

    I'm trading in my laptop for an Etch-a-Sketch.

    March 23, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. king

    Aahhh old lying mitt is lying again. Every time he opens his mouth I remember trump and his birth certificate fiasca

    March 23, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. John

    I'll put it bluntly. I don't like Romney. I don't like Santorum. I like Obama. And this Etch-a-Sketch nonsense needs to stop getting airplay. Honestly, let's stop focusing on quotes taken out of context, reading between the lines, and attacking opponents......and try having intelligent and respectful debates between candidates that actually focus on important issues

    March 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Supa

    Biden is a BOOB

    March 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Simone

    This guy is just laughable! He says the most outrageous things and his delivery is beyond "hope"! Can you imagine this Bozo as president?

    March 23, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Ed1

    Wow I am impressed only because it really describes himself.

    This is news worthy how?

    What makes my day is this is the best our VP can do.

    March 23, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Biden2016

    You go Joe! You rock so hard, oh wait ... the insanity medication is wearing off! Did you plagiarize this speech like the paper you got in trouble for while at Syracuse law? Or maybe like that campaign speech in 1987?! Joe Biden is a proven cheater and liar ... no wonder his credentials were perfect for the Obama ticket. Biden for President in 2016, I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

    March 23, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "The Ryan budget DOES end medicare as we know it. IT just simply does."

    People need to cut the crap with the "as we know it" verbiage. Ryan's CouponCare Crapshoot repeals and replaces, i.e., ENDS MEDICARE, PERIOD. You don't get to slap the same name on something that is entirely different in efficiency, efficacy, substance and scope and claim that just because you're calling it the same name, it's till the same thing and you've magically saved whatever it originally was. It's not the same thing and it is complete and utter BS for people to be caging and qualifying the FACT that the GOP's budget and plan is to END MEDICARE with this "as we know it" vomit.

    March 23, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. amphiox

    That will depend Dave, on how much they hate Obama. Do they hate him so much that they will cut off their own noses to spite their faces, so to speak, to vote for Romney just to see Obama get beaten?

    March 23, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. amphiox

    Half the people who say on polls they are unhappy with Obamacare are unhappy because they don't think it goes far enough. If given a choice between Obamacare and whatever the Republicans are going to be offering, they are going to flock to Obama in droves.

    March 23, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. YtownSports

    This is one example of why this country is going to hell in a hand-basket. To focus so much time and energy on something so trivial is a heinous disservice to the citizens (voters) of this country. Get on to something more substantial than a quickie soundbite.

    March 23, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Sirned

    Lordie, lordie if Fox or Rush would tell Republicans the founding fathers really meant to call the USA Ronald Reagan Land I bet 75% of Republicans would believe it. They believe Obama is a Muslem so it's easy to dupe these guys....And yes the Ryan plan does end Medicare even if you don't want to believe it....

    March 23, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Debby

    How childish this whole thing has become and from our Vice President. No wonder they call us stupid Americans.

    March 23, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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