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. TheLord

    Merica, land of the clown, bigit and banjo, cannot understand how these fools in the Republican party think they will win the white house with their 25%

    March 24, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  2. scottf

    I love some of these GOP statements that talk about facts. The four clowns running for President don't even know how to spell the word FACT. They just make it up as they go and then run to Fox News where they get such difficult questions as what is your name? Why do you love Sarah Palin? Why is Obama the cause of( in no particular order): lung cancer, syphillis, all wars since the beginning of time, world poverty, all diseases, all corporate scandals, regulations that have crushed business since the beginning of time, bank fee raping, war on all religions since the beginning of time, hurricanes, obesity, socialism, muslim outbreaks world wide since the beginning of time, slavery, racism, immigrant hating, elimination of the elderly, molestation, war on women and anything else that someone with an IQ of 12 or less would embrace.

    March 24, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  3. This black democrat hates Obama

    Let's see if STUPID RETARDED Joe can draw. At least Mitt can.

    March 24, 2012 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  4. This black democrat hates Obama

    Sirned – Better to believe Romney than Rachell. In other words, Better to believe one man than the other.

    March 24, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  5. This black democrat hates Obama

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

    You mean the 99% of Americans? Duh! YEAH!

    March 24, 2012 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    This etch a sketch idea simply confirms Romney's and his advisors belief that one moulds policy of a campaign to fit each state and that will convert into a national or federally coherent and acceptable presidential policy stance. Wrong.. to be President is a federal matter and needs policies federally needed,
    This etch asketch Gaffe simply confirms his flip flopper image..

    March 24, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  7. bullock w

    I am belived that santorum are trying keep blame on Roomey. So I'm mocking out of santorum that he can't beat obama that is true

    March 24, 2012 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  8. bullock w

    Biden and obama are problems for 3 year so I heard that marine are mocking out of presdient obama

    March 24, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  9. Jerry

    "Solyndra was not OUR program per se." After 3-1/2 years, is this clueless/divisive president still blaming Mr. Bush? How can a president of the United States have "The Audacity" to so blatantly lie to the American people.

    I guess with this president and his administration, political contributions are more important than safeguarding taxpayer funds. He and his moronic secretary of energy need to urgently be "booted" out of office. The sooner, the better!

    March 24, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  10. diridi

    vice-pres. Biden, these GOP learn tough lesson with Nov. They are all idiots. I mean bunch of idiots in this nation for GREED.

    March 24, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  11. Marie MD

    @Corwin7, I think that you hit the nail on the head. Can't top your comment because it's so true. Teapublikans are trying to rewrite not just history but change laws to suit their crazy beliefs. It's scary.

    March 24, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. Kay2012

    Ah, Joe is at it again, his brilliance is blinding! NOT.

    March 24, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. Jerry

    "He is going to be Front-Runner, but will never be the winner with Pres. Obama. Period. Money can not buy votes. Bain-Capital. o.k, Watch him on youtube, type, when mitt romney came to town."

    Diridi, why don't ask YOUR comrade Obama?! (Money can't buy votes, are el NUTS?!) That's how the president got into office; that's how he plans to stay in office.

    FYI. He still buying votes!!!

    March 24, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Pete

    This is to the republican sheep out there.Bidens got nothing on your ELITE candidates and their ETCH A SKETCH ideas,here today, forgot it tommorrow.Pres.Obama is similar to Carter,he is for the middle class,poor populus out there.Carters Habitats for Humanity is a model used world wide,and he is regulary called in for his skills at mediations ,recently helping with prisoner releases in foriegn countries.Carter and Obama ARE RESPECTED WORLD WIDE,that is fact,you hypocrital republicans fail to see.Almost all your republican idols simply go into hiding because of their deminished public appeal.I like you rightwingers so up on your republican horses ,please,please,tell me one republican that's involved with anything involving the humanities,except Bush,who had to be DRAGGED by Pres.Clinton to Haiti after the quake.By the way,Bush can't leave the U.S. anymore,he's got a warrent for his arrest on human rights violations sent out from Switzerland,home of the Geneva Convention.So you republican clowns ,let's hear some facts or stand back and let the only ADULT,Pres.Obama,to be reelected for 4 more years.

    March 24, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. PeterD

    Look who is talking? Biden is a fool likes Obama's tool.

    March 24, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Pete

    Truth,your trash talkin again.ACA,will not effect people with current active plans,like UNIONS you always refer to .Republicans and their scare tactics hired a citizen in Panama City,Fla to contest the indivigual mandate in the Supreme Court hearings.Problem is she filed bankruptcy because not having health insurance,her medical bills over extended her financially.Exactly the reason the ACA was intended for,to help people with affordable health care,something the republicans lobbyists for the insurance companies don't want,guidelines,regulations.That would bring down costs, hurting the explosive profits the insurance companies are making.Social Security mean while has a 2.7 trillion dollar surplus,something you republicans don't want seniors to know.Bush ,while president raped the S.S. trust fund ,which it was originally called.It was originally intended to be seperate,but republicans placed it with other plans,taxes,Medicare ,Defense funding,etc,so it could be pillaged to support other failing programs.Programs like Iraq war,Medicare Part D,govrnment deficet reduction,tax reduction plans,the plans Bush implemented without any financial backing.Having no viable tax revenue support coming in,natually the SocialSecurity fund dwindled to its present state.So thank your republican hypocrite idols,ya know Paul Ryan and the bunch,quit lying to the people,they like you Truth ,are continually stepping on your tongues.Back some of your political crap with FACTS.....

    March 24, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. straitsight

    The whole etch-a-sketch thing is laughable but so stupid to be true of ALL politicians. The main thing that amazes me is cut, cap, and balance. How can that not be supported by anyone? Oh thats right, the dems want spend, control and spend. The stupidity we have in D.C. (both parties) is off the charts. I"ve seen more intelligence on the ground in a 20,000 head feedlot.

    March 24, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. WireweirdinSF

    In the meantime, stumbling, hair plugged Joe's boss is off again on one of his taxpayer paid junkets to degrade and demean the country in front of North Korea and apologize that it does not yet toture and kill its citizens. But don't worry if the most incompetent, corrupt, inept, union toady president thinks he might lose, he now has the authority to declare martial law like his buddies Castro and Chavez. Of course you will not read about this in CNN or any of the other liberally biased media that are all pulling for the Kenyan village idiot.

    March 24, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. sensible

    Much like an Etch A Sketch, the Mitts A Sketch still shows signs of the previous message no matter how much you shake it!

    March 24, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Where's equal time for Winky-Dink? We can just draw a line across our TV screens to prosperity.

    March 24, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. sensible

    Why are people surprised Rmoney is dishonest? Isn't he a businessman? Isn't he one of the many 'things' government is supposed to protect us from?

    March 24, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @gregor1971: "I just can't believe how unwilling Obama/Biden are to cut spending and reduce the size of government. They are imperiling future generations, and it is so irresponsible."

    A couple things: Were you this concerned when GW Bush cut taxes during wartime (never done before in our history) and passed unfunded Medicare Part D, the cost of which (along with the two wars) were kept off the books, evaporated the Clinton surplus and plunged our nation into debt?

    Second, read the CBO report for yourself (instead of just parroting Fox soundbites). The CBO update does not provide new estimates of the entire cost of the Affordable Care Act. That’s because the new report looks at how much the government will spend on discrete elements of the new law, but not how much the government will save due to other parts of the law such as efforts to slow Medicare cost growth and reduce fraud.

    The last time the Congressional Budget Office looked at the whole law was when the House of Representatives tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And that report found that the Affordable Care Act reduces the deficit by over $100 billion in the next ten years and even more in the subsequent decade

    From Thomson Reuters Consulting: “Few employers seem willing to wash their hand of [offering health benefits…Of our clients, none of them have alluded to dropping coverage…We’re not seeing 30 percent. We’re not even seeing five percent. We have not heard that from one client.”

    March 24, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    WireweirdinSF: Yes, I agree that your brain is indeed "wired weird" (although you do seem competent enough to transcribe the latest Fox talking points on a regular basis). You're also one of the most paranoid, delusional, lying sacks o' that posts on this blog.

    Do yourself a favor and read something other than the right wing paranoid website (for example, the actual legislation you criticize). You may find your worldview improves when you deal with REALITY.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 24, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. sensible

    President Obama DID reduce the size of government! There are fewer federal jobs today than 3 years ago! Look it up. This is just another Foxlie!

    March 24, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @gregor1971: "Obama has imperiled the future of the country by refusing to cut expenses and downsize government."

    I'm assuming you were born in 1971; you really are old enough to be able to think for yourself. President Obama's budget contains tight spending caps that reduce discretionary spending by $1 trillion over 10 years (specifically, discretionary spending is reduced from 8.7 percent of GDP in 2011 to 5.0 percent in 2022).

    But here's the part you and your GOP cronies don't like: The President thinks that everyone should pay their fair share, so the President wants to close tax loopholes, end subsidies for industries that don't need them (like the oil industry) and raise the highest tax rate on wealthy individuals (68% of whom – millionaires and billionaires – WANT to pay more).

    For every $1 in new revenue from those making more than $250,000 per year and from closing corporate loopholes, the Budget has $2.50 in spending cuts including the deficit reduction enacted over the last year.

    So, Gregor, you really need to unplug yourself from Fox and start DEALING WITH REALITY.

    March 24, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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