Biden hits Romney-Ryan ticket as a 'stark choice'
August 13th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden hits Romney-Ryan ticket as a 'stark choice'

(CNN) - Fresh off a beachside vacation, Vice President Joe Biden resumed his campaign trail attacks Monday, this time with a new target in the mix.

Biden, at an event in Durham, North Carolina, argued the decision to pick Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate offers a "stark choice" for voters this fall.

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"The differences couldn't be more clearly laid out through the selection than you're going to hear," Biden said.

Biden called Ryan on Sunday to congratulate the Wisconsin congressman, who was announced as Romney's No. 2 at a campaign even in Norfolk, Virginia the day prior. But the vice president said the move to put Ryan on the ticket further clarifies the differences between the two campaigns this fall.

"These are stark, stark choices," Biden said.

Democrats have since pounced on the running mate pick, using the House budget committee chairman's controversial budget plan as a way to paint a Romney presidency as a threat to popular entitlement programs, like Medicare and Social Security.

Ryan's $3.5 trillion budget proposal, first introduced in 2011, includes the provision that Medicare-approved private insurers would one day compete with traditional Medicare on an exchange. The proposal would not affect Americans currently over age 55. The plan's opponents, however, say that would increase the financial burden on senior citizens.

In his remarks Monday, Biden refrained from digging too far into the so-called Ryan plan, instead using the opportunity to tie Romney with House Republicans, at large.

"Congressman Ryan has given definition to the vague commitments that Romney's been making. There's definition to it now," Biden said. "It's clear. Congressman Ryan and the Congressional Republicans…have already passed in the House what Governor Romney is promising to give the whole nation."

The vice president countered the idea that the policies promoted by a Romney-Ryan White House would offer bold solutions.

"What's gutsy about giving millionaires another tax break, what's gutsy about gutting Medicare, Medicaid, education? What's gutsy?" Biden said.

Defending his proposals, Ryan said Sunday his plan would retool Medicare so that it remains financially soluble for future generations.

"My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida," he said in an interview with CBS News. "Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around."

Romney has in turn embraced Ryan's budget plan in the past, comparing them to some of his own economic policies. The presumptive GOP nominee, however, has not made Ryan's plan a part of his platform in the 2012 campaign, and in a set of campaign talking points obtained by CNN on Saturday, surrogates are reminded, "Of course they aren't going to have the same view on every issue."

Responding to the speech, Romney's campaign said Biden "doubled down" on what it called the "failed policies" of the Obama administration.

"Vice President Biden today doubled down on the same failed policies that have resulted in skyrocketing debt, higher taxes and record job losses," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement. "The Romney-Ryan ticket will lay out a bold vision for our country and promote commonsense policies that will create jobs, help the middle class and turn around our struggling economy."

But the vice president on Monday argued Romney's choice of Ryan will turn off voters in the end, arguing the selection represents a move further to the right within the Republican Party.

"Folks, this ain't your father's Republican Party. It's not even Governor Romney's father's Republican Party," Biden said, referring to the late George Romney, former Michigan governor and one-time presidential candidate.

Biden's speech came shortly after President Barack Obama delivered jabs against Ryan, warning an Iowa crowd about the congressman's position on the controversial farm bill.

"I am told that Governor Romney's new running mate Paul Ryan might be around Iowa the next few days. He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So, if you happen to see congressman Ryan tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities," the president said.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • North Carolina • Paul Ryan
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Jackson


    HOPE AND CHANGE = Replacing Obama with Romney & Ryan ... followed by replacing the far left, biased, partisan main stream media with fair, balanced and objective journalists !!!


    I am guessing you don't mean it should be replaced by that propaganda machine passing itself off as FOX News then.

    August 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. greasemonkey

    Strange that Romneyhood demanded more tax returns from the VP finalists during his vetting process than he is willing to show the American people...........I guess he wants to make sure that someone who wants such an important job isn't hiding something........

    ....Oh wait......

    August 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Brian in DC

    A choice between tweedle dee and tweedle super dumb and Romney/Ryan, I never had a question that was so easily answered.

    August 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Biden has more class and compassion for our most vulunerable Americans in his little finger than Romney/Ryan could ever have and that's a large part of being a leader in a free World. Romney/Ryan are like a "Hitler Regime" and their so-called "Ryan Budget Plan" resembles that of the Holocaust on our most vulunerable Americans.

    August 13, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    Folks, this ain't your Dad's Democrat Party or even JFK's Democrat Party. It is George Soros and Joseph Stalin's Democrat Party. You didn't make that they did, your money is not yours but theirs and they can force you to do anything they want using the "progressive" tax code. And if they don't like what you say they will ban you from "their" city. Yes, the new leftist dictatorship is just around the corner.

    August 13, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. wade

    Yes a choice to recover form the destruction of Obama or reduce America to rubble under Obama . That yes the choice. Obama the total failure or Romney the total success! What a choice. Only a fool would pick a loser like Obama after all he has done.

    August 13, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. California

    A vote for Biden the Buffoon is a vote for idiocy.

    August 13, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. bob

    People keep making reference to the party that advocates for the 1%. I assume they are referring to Obama's Hollywood friends, or Soros, or the banks, or the lobbyists. All of them are pulling Obama's strings. Ya, best bet is to vote Obama-Biden out of office and elect Romney-Ryan.

    August 13, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. CitizenAJ

    I don't get how people can say the President did everything wrong the last 3 1/2 years. He took on a financial collapse. His predecessor was handed a budget surplus, he handed the President a budget deficit. His predecessor increased the national debt, handed the President that. His predecessor made a strategic blunder that cost lives and U.S. tax dollars, invading Iraq, UNDER THE LIE that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. His predecessor resided over the housing market crash. His predecessor supported deregulation that intensified the housing market debacle and almost crashed the economy. His predecessor and his cabinet ignored warnings that the September 11, 2001, attacks were coming. Under the current President, the economy has started to come back, U.S. enemy #1 was finally remove – Bin Laden, and passed a law that will help people from experiencing medical bankruptcy. He did everything wrong, no, he righted this ship called the U.S.A.

    August 13, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. tez07

    plugs or weave

    August 13, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. CitizenAJ

    One more thing. Representative Ryan has been in the congress and supported the previous administration, the blunderous one. That is what you want as a V.P., a heartbeat away from the Presidency? Someone who supported a flawed agenda, policy and plans?

    August 13, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |

    This is The 99% versus 1% FOR REAL!
    I am voting for the man more closely aligned with the 99%
    I am voting to re-elect President Barack Obama for
    OBAMA 2012

    August 13, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. Your's too, Mr. Vice-President. Why don't you wish to talk about Your Economy?

    August 13, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. truth hurts

    Claudia, Houston, Tx
    Romney/Ryan are like a "Hitler Regime" and their so-called "Ryan Budget Plan" resembles that of the Holocaust on our most vulunerable Americans.
    you need your head examined. you're a very sick person.

    August 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. tez07

    Not a political comment board without the Hilter reference. Compassion for the poor??.....must be why he gave less than 2% of his income away to charity. He likely spends more maintaining those hair plugs each year than he gives to charity

    August 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. DAN 'N EDDIE D.

    All you Obama haters are anti-black bigots. When he is re-elected I will be the one laughing! Bwahahahahaha!

    August 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Capt D

    Yeah,... Obamoron and his trained monkey,... or Romney, the used car salesman,... I'd vote for dirty underwear before I'd vote for Obama,... it would smell better and have more brains.

    August 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "TRENDING: Biden hits Romney-Ryan ticket as a 'stark choice'"

    The GOP/Teatrolls know this, which is why there's been an increased incidence rate of those posts that go something like this:

    "I used to be a Dem but now that Mittens has chosen Ryan, I'm voting for them. The fact that their ideology and beliefs are diametricallky opposed to whatever it is I believed in 4 years ago, or even in 2010, makes no difference. I'm going to vote against my beliefs this time around because something clicked in my brain when my tinfoil hat overheated and told me that becoming a concern troll was my life's calling. Blah blah so disappointed. Yadda yadda [insert string of talking points straight off the Red State website and Faux Noise]."

    August 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Capt D

    Anyone who actually support Obama and would vote for him again needs to have their voting priviledges surgically removed with a nuke.

    August 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    has biden released his medical records yet? i need to know if he's going senile or not before voting. he says dumb things like my grandfather. we took his keys away. this guy might have keys to the launch codes. can you say scary?

    August 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. 9hydra

    Ryan wants to privatize Medicare.

    Better hope you don't get old.

    August 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. AgeofInsanity

    Keep your stinking hands off my MEDICARE. I paid into it my entire working life!

    Show us your tax returns and do it now!

    August 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. truth hurts

    >DAN 'N EDDIE D. - All you Obama haters are anti-black bigots

    not true. i am an anti-incompetent bigot. obama is incompetent and has proven it for over 4 years. i don't care if he was white as a ghost, he'd still be incompetent and would need to go for the good of the country.

    August 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Pat

    I think Romney chose Ryan because the other candidates he considered looked way better than Romney. True they were more presidential. If something happend to Obama, Biden is very experienced and repsected by the rest of the world. I cannot imagine Paul Ryan as President of the US any more than I can Romney. Our country needs to pull together and Romney and Ryan are not the ones to do it. As evidenced by Ryan's political history – at least he has one though. Romney is always for what he was against and against what he was for. Oh how confusing is this man. Smart move would have been to pick one of the other contenders. We need to see the tax returns and find out what type of loop holes this man is using. Were is this flat tax and 0 deductions reform the GOP was tauting in the primaries. Just another smokescreen.

    August 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    >AgeofInsanity - Keep your stinking hands off my MEDICARE. I paid into it my entire working life!

    you are addressing this to barack hussein obama correct? he and the democrats are the only ones to cut medicare. i can count on your vote for romney then?

    August 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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