May 18th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden: Convict won 'frustrated, angry' votes

(CNN) - Frustration with the economy led to an incarcerated man winning 40% of votes in the West Virginia Democratic primary earlier this month, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

In an interview with WTOV, Biden said he doesn't "blame people, they're frustrated, they're angry."

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"When you're out of work, man, it's a depression," Biden told the CNN Ohio affiliate. "And a lot of people are still hurt because of this Godawful recession we inherited that cost 8.4 million jobs before we could really get going."

The vice president was speaking in Martins Ferry, Ohio, on Thursday, touting the improving auto industry and relating his own middle-class background to experience of many in this battleground state.

But while voters may be frustrated now, Biden said he believes voters will decide he and President Barack Obama are better suited for the White House than GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

"They're going to decide, is the way back to their employment, is the way back to them being able to have a job and raise a family - is it under the values set and the ideas of Romney, or is it under ours?" he said. "And we feel confident we'll do just fine."

Keith Judd, inmate #11593-051, is serving a 210-month sentence in a Texas jail for extortion. He met all the parameters for getting on the West Virginia ballot and received 73, 138 votes to Obama's 106,770 in the primary held on May 8.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Ohio • West Virginia
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Big Al

    @ ThinkAgain: You did not include, in your "facts," anything concerning the continuing, catastrophic, shameful, disgraceful dilemma of African American unemployment, which is the worst since the early 80s. Even more disastrous is the unemployment of African American youths.

    May 19, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Loop

    I'm pretty sure Obama said if he can't turn it around he would be a one term President. So here we are 3 and a half years later and Biden says it still Bush's fault. Cut me a break. You've had your chance Obama and you have failed.

    May 19, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. cesar

    Who care what republicans say or think. Like my dad always said ( they fail every time they get elected) and that's a fact. America needs to wise up and quit electing these republican clowns. by the way what are they running on? Let me guess. TAX CUTS.

    May 20, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
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