Biden offers specter of Romney-chosen Supreme Court
June 27th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
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Biden offers specter of Romney-chosen Supreme Court

Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) – Less than 24 hours before the U.S. Supreme Court hands down its most closely watched decision in years, Vice President Joe Biden offered a grim projection of Mitt Romney's choices to fill vacancies on the bench.

"Close your eyes and picture what the Supreme Court would look like four years from now under Romney," Biden said to groans from a crowd of supporters at a rally in Dubuque. "Tell me what you think would happen to women's rights in this country, civil rights."

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Four members of the Supreme Court are in their seventies – Stephen Breyer is 73, Anthony Kennedy is 75, Antonin Scalia is 76 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79. Plans for Supreme Court resignations, however, are closely guarded and rarely revealed ahead of presidential elections.

On Thursday, the high court will issue a decision on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law, one of the incumbent Democrat's key legislative achievements during his first three years in office. Republicans, including the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, argue the law's individual mandate for Americans to purchase health insurance is an overstep of the federal government.

In Iowa Wednesday, Biden once again slammed Romney's record as a private equity executive, as he did Tuesday in Waterloo, saying his rival was presenting a failed business record as his qualification for the White House.

"He said being a businessman is what gives him a great understanding, and I'm paraphrasing, of what it takes to bring back jobs to the United States," Biden said. "But like so many other things the governor says, what he talks about, there's a huge disconnect between what he says, and what he means, and what he's done."

Biden went on to reference a story first reported last week in the Washington Post portraying Romney's former firm, Bain Capital, as a outsourcer of American jobs.

Team Romney called the article a "fundamentally flawed story," arguing it fails to point out the difference between "domestic outsourcing versus offshoring."

Outsourcing, the campaign argues, is a common practice and can occur domestically without sending jobs overseas. Offshoring, on the other hand, involves shifting work out of house and overseas.

Biden mocked that response Wednesday, saying the distinction between offshoring and outsourcing would provide little comfort to out of work Americans.

"If you're looking for work, that's a pretty cruel joke," Biden said. "I can picture one guy says to another in the unemployment line: 'Did you get outsourced or did you get offshored? Which happened to you?' You think it matters to the American worker, to the community? Either way, Mitt Romney helped, and by his response acknowledged he helped take companies take work that was being done – or could have been done – in the United States, and sent it overseas."

Romney's campaign responded to Biden's remarks, saying the vice president was ignoring economic reality to mislead voters.

"Vice President Biden today continued his misleading attacks on free enterprise and doubled down on the failed policies that have Democrats fleeing from this summer's convention," Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams wrote, referring to a recent spate of Democratic politicians announcing they would not attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Williams continued, writing: "The Obama Administration has no new ideas to help the middle-class or the millions of Americans suffering from chronic unemployment, so the President and his allies will keep trying to distract attention from the economy. Americans deserve better."

Biden said in Iowa that Romney's top-down economic plan would hurt growth, saying the focus should instead be on helping the middle class.

"When the middle class does well, the poor has a shot and a hope," Biden said. "And the wealthy do very, very well. Everybody does fine when the middle class is doing well."

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  1. Sending Jobs Overseas Affects The Economy

    "Williams continued, writing: '.......the President and his allies will keep trying to distract attention from the economy.'"

    Dear Mr. Williams: Vice President Biden is explaining to the voters how your candidate Mittler and his cronies at Bain Capital were pioneers in the practice of outsourcing/offshoring (a rose by any other name). Mr. Williams, surely you are aware that sending people's jobs overseas affects the economy of the United States? How is it then that he is not focused on the economy? If Mittler is going to run around this country bragging about Bain and his being a successful businessman, I'm glad someone is out there setting the record straight as to what Mittler's definition of creating a job is.

    June 27, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. wade

    No even half as scary as it has been to think Obama could appoint another Sonia Sotomayor. I mean really how could any one be scarier than her?

    June 27, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Reggiedw

    I hope Biden would just shut up and go into retirement. I do not know how democrats feel that if anything was to happen to Obama, how Biden could step in as president. He comes across as being so dumb but I suppose he fits right into the democrat way of thinking........dumbos!!!!!

    June 27, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Stuffit

    Lets just hope Biden is as wrong as he is about everything else he says. Remember 2010 was the "summer of properity" because his inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady boss had given a trillion dollars to the corrupt union bosses and others who had stolen votes from him. It wasn't, but the hair plugged fool would not admit it.

    June 27, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Myviewis

    I completely agree with Biden "I can picture one guy says to another in the unemployment line: 'Did you get outsourced or did you get offshored? Which happened to you?' Answer: No, no, no I am here illegally from Mexico and am trying to get the job you are trying to get because now I have a US work permit from President Obama. Isn't that great for Americans?

    June 27, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. ohio voter

    to 2020:
    i think that you are right:while Biden has been a politician for a long time he
    has done much more in terms of the middle class and women's rights than
    many of the republicans put together. I think people better think seriously before
    they allow romney to organize a corporate takeover and then an outsourcing period
    for this country that we have probably never seen. From what i've heard he left mass.
    in a mess that is still being cleaned up-kinda reminds me of Bush-and now we have the tea party
    that has come within a breath of ruining this country.

    June 27, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    Oh, I know Bain Capital, that the company that together with Blackstone and NBC Universal owns The Weather Channel. Hey, you mean Blackstone whose president is Hamilton E. James, one of Obama big Donors who hosted in his Park Avenue home a fund-raiser for Obama???? Wow, it didn't bother Obama to be involved with someone that does business with the evil Bain Capital, the oursourcer of American jobs??? Well, that's because Obama outsourced American jobs right here in the USA to illegal immigrants ages 18 to 30 when he gave them a work permit. Seriously,
    what a bunch of nonsense from old man Biden. He really is Old.

    June 27, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Dante666

    Dear Joe – You are a talking puppet. Give me some leeway in intelligence. Its not like your adminiistration appointments are unbiased. You have been smoking those drapes again haven't you?
    ***************************************
    And your response is to be a caricature of a FOX propagandist? How are your oxygen levels?

    June 27, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -Myviewis

    Oh, I know Bain Capital, that the company that together with Blackstone and NBC Universal owns The Weather Channel. Hey, you mean Blackstone whose president is Hamilton E. James, one of Obama big Donors who hosted in his Park Avenue home a fund-raiser for Obama???? Wow, it didn't bother Obama to be involved with someone that does business with the evil Bain Capital, the oursourcer of American jobs??? Well, that's because Obama outsourced American jobs right here in the USA to illegal immigrants ages 18 to 30 when he gave them a work permit. Seriously,
    what a bunch of nonsense from old man Biden. He really is Old.
    **********
    If we gave a literacy test to immigrants, I doubt you would have passed.

    June 27, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. rob

    Distort, lie, distract, divide and scare people, thats what we are in for this summer. The Dems wasted 2 years while in tota controll of Government, they rammed healthcare through after a whole year. The Stimulus was a failure and did not live up to the promises made when they sped that trough. If the SCOTUS striked down Obamacare that will signal the utter waste of time and complete failure of the Dems experiment in European Social Democracy.

    Nov 6, can't come fast enough.

    June 27, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. MikeB

    More Obama/Biden fairy tale politics that Bill Clinton warned us about.

    June 27, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    I can see why Democrats are fleeing this summer's convention, they fear to see the headlines "Bain Capital-Blackstone-NBC Universal= owners of The Weather Channel.....Doing business together....good for America", lots of people employeed in America. Oh no, Obama's Donor is the president of Blackstone, run for the hills when people figure this one out!!!! I can see why they are not showing up.

    June 27, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Believe NOT in America, but believe in EUROPE - French excuse and Swiss bank accounts

    Despite all the millions of dollar being spent by Rmoney and his foreign based super PACs in order to make him acceptable to Americans, Rmoney is still struggling in most polls.

    Can't wait till November to stick a fork into the Vulture Capitalist!.

    June 27, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Kiltherighties

    How is projecting to give work permit to some is equal to the president outsourcing job, stupid republican?

    June 27, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    I don't want to even think about the disaster of the SCOTUS if Romney were president. Look at the destruction they caused under Bush. We couldn't survive that again.

    June 27, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    We already have the old fart, roberts, who was so incensed about an elect president that he couldn't remember 32 simple little words.
    The conservatives need to get out of government.
    I rather save the trees than these morons.

    June 27, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Myviewis

    @Sending Jobs Overseas Affects The Economy
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    Bain Capital/Blackstone/NBC Universal own together the The Weather Channel. Blackstone president is a big donor to President Obama. Do I need to draw a picture???? Someone get the crayons so we can explain this to Democrats. Jobs at the Weather Channel=Bain Capital. Jobs in America at AMC, Burlington Coat Factory, Warner Music Group, Clear Channel Communications, Staples, etc... = Bain Capital. Do you see the picture yet???

    June 27, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Biden is no puppet – he speaks freely and openly every chance he gets. He sticks his foot in his mouth quite regularly, but at the end of the day look at what Biden has done for this country then look at what Mitts done. Compare the record then look at how NH is polling, huh, struggling to the get the support of his own home state? that says it all – people that know him best aren't even on board.

    June 27, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. chuck weidemann

    @ Tom Paine.......nice to see someone else has issues with the limited views of " my viewis"...got a chip on his/ her shoulder as big as the ocean he crossed to get here!!! Can't get passed people contributing to our society by wanting to improve their lives and families by trying to get jobs. With a permit that makes it legal!!!

    June 27, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. mrpopular

    Biden claimed two years ago that the summer of 2010 was the "Summer of Recovery" ... and this week he said we are in a depression. I'm confused ... because that would make this depression "Obama's depression"

    June 27, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Myviewis

    Kiltherighties

    How is projecting to give work permit to some is equal to the president outsourcing job, stupid republican?
    -----------------------

    You seriously don't see the truck that just hit you? Wow, take off your blinders. Giving out US work permits to illegal immigrants, ages 18 to 30, will take away American jobs from Americans. You do realize that these people will apply for bookkeeping, warehousing, sales, cashiers, receptionist, management, IT, accounting, repairs, mechanic, etc.. You do realize most have been attending school in the USA, these people are not going to pick fruit and mix concrete.

    June 27, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Name willardbullock

    I m serouis warning to people what about fraud check scam for vote support to presdient obama
    I'm serouis truth to my
    God why people make cheat keep support vote for presdient obama from afrcian amercian
    I want tell truth interview with cnn news what happened about frauad check scam

    June 27, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. FlotsamJetsam

    It is congress that has failed to act on anything related to the economy. How is this Obama's depression? He can't create jobs single handedly.

    June 27, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Investment Advisor

    @ Tom Paine...Bogus reference Tom....Markets are forward thinking not based on old news from the past. .In march of'09 things were looking pretty bad with DJIA at 6600. Thats a far cry from the 14,000 area in 2007. If Romney gets in, which the market is hoping , you will see a real move to the upside. Gas prices have dropped in the last month....because of the Pres? .... no! Because of the declining global economy.....supply vs demand! Simple concept..

    June 27, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Larry L

    @Myviewis

    Giving out US work permits to illegal immigrants, ages 18 to 30, will take away American jobs from Americans. You do realize that these people will apply for bookkeeping, warehousing, sales, cashiers, receptionist, management, IT, accounting, repairs, mechanic, etc..
    -----------------------------------------------–
    Last week 11 Congressional Republicans from border states asked for expedited work permits for Mexicans. It seems the crops are rotting in the fields and the pools aren't getting cleaned. I guess you're okay wit them working as long as the job sucks.

    I've seen many immigrants in the uniform of the U.S. Military and too many lie under a stone in the National Cemetery. Grow up and think about becoming a decent human being rather than a Fox News parrot.

    June 27, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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