Biden on Romney tape: 'words speak for themselves'
September 18th, 2012
01:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden on Romney tape: 'words speak for themselves'

Ottumwa, Iowa (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday offered the most high profile response yet from the Obama campaign - albeit a short one - in reaction to the controversial secretly recorded tape of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser event in May.

"I let his words speak for themselves," Biden said when asked his reaction to Romney's telling donors that 47% of Americans back President Barack Obama because they are "dependent on government" and believe "that they are victims."

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Biden's reaction came after a rally in Ottumwa, Iowa. During his stump speech, the vice president steered clear of any mention of the controversy itself. Instead, Biden reiterated familiar political attacks against his Republican opponents on issues such as Medicare, job creation and tax policy.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary was asked if the president has watched the video.

"I haven't asked him," Carney said.

"I can boldly say that I am confident he is aware of it."

Carney also added: "When you are President of the United States you are president of all the people - not just the people who voted for you. You have heard the president saying so many times, because he deeply believes it, that we are in this together, all of us."

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Say no more Joe. Willard made his point crystal clear. Words do speak for themselves. At this point, Willard's campaign is on life support. If Willard was attempting to sway independents and democrats, he blew it!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    September 18, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Frankie

    I believe this is Romney's true world view of how he sees America. The irony is part of these 47% of Americans he is talking about some of his supporters and now we know what he really thinks of them, he just wants your vote, otherwise, he has no use for you.

    September 18, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. B.

    Romney is his own worst enemy and continues to verify what most already understood about him.

    He is a Danger to himself and us all with his incompetence and arrogance.

    The man would do unretrievable damage to the Country and Foreign Policy as he already proved!

    September 18, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Show the tax returns.

    Could it be Bishop Romney is one of those 47%?
    It is alleged he paid no taxes.
    That would make him a flippocrite if he paid no taxes making his billion as a US citizen.

    September 18, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    "I let his words speak for themselves,"

    So true VP Biden. Willard is an overrated unAmerican user, whose only claim to fame have been his "words". He makes every attempt possible, to keep the American public in pretzels over his secret agenda and yet, just when he "thought" he had most people fooled, his secret agenda came tumbling down. It's over and he's a loser once again.

    September 18, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. marie99

    Romeny is right. The fact is the majorit of the 47% complaining were not going to voter for Romney. The truth hurts. It is time for Americans to demand a stop to the bias reporting of the media. Romney told the truth and stood by the truth,
    Those who do not wish to accept the truth are voting for Obama. He has not chance of pulling their heads out of the ground. He needs to concentrate on the independents.On the other hand, evidenced by the release and timing of Ronmey' s comments ;Obama needed to unite his base. They can easily be manipulated. But, if you want a job and are able to work then vote for jobs, vote for Mitt. Mitt tells the truth whether you want to accept it or not.

    September 18, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    The biggest entitlements (that actually cost the most money) are loopholes for the wealthiest and the subsidies for major corporations.

    We BUY social security and medicare.

    I will have to live to be 80 to get back everything I paid in 47 years of above average salary. Sadly, I'm not well enough to make it that long. Old bodies just wear out when they work hard labor that many years.

    September 18, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Save America from Romney

    Romney has no core. He will say & do anything to get elected. When he speaks please observe him closely you will notice he is not genuine.

    September 18, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Victims?

    Is that not the tea party world view?
    They are being victimized, and they are rallying to take back America for the true patriots.

    September 18, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. stevege

    The truth hurts. Romney told it like it is: The people who support Obama want government support (aka Socialism). People who stand with Romney and Ryan want to stand on their own, like the Founders intended.

    On November 6, vote for freedom and liberty. Vote Romney and Ryan.

    September 18, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Joan in MS

    Romney is disgraceful. He has a hatred of, and disdain for, the poor, elderly and middle class in this country. He should pull out of the race and have the republicans appoint a replacement. What a shame!

    September 18, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    Hey, Joe, it's good to see someone else sticking their foot in their mouth, HUH??

    I like Biden better when HE tells the truth, and mitts LESS when HE tells the truth.

    September 18, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    Only in America with a left leaning press can the truth being told to the voters become a "controversy". FACT IT AMERICA!! YOU ARE A VICTIMHOOD WELFARE STATE or getting there FAST thanks to the leftist Democrats.

    Is THIS the country you want to leave to your children????!!!!

    September 18, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    I guess his connections to get govt contracts at Bain does not constitute entitlement.

    There is a big difference:
    Entitlement is for the little people, the commoners to fool with.
    Access is for those travelling first class who are doing something important with their lives.

    September 18, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Jenni

    Joe's response was pretty perfect. Let Romney destroy himself all on his own.

    September 18, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. cali girl

    Truth, do you expect to take Medicare and Social Security? You have paid in and it is in your name waiting for you to collect.
    So does that make everyone on Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to pay for the old folks home a free loader and a Democrat? You do know that most of the freeloaders that are a drain to society reside in the deep south that is all Republican?

    September 18, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. durundal

    hahahaha lets count all the sad pathetic people who keep praying there is a gigantic liberal conspiracy, otherwise they look mighty s t u p i d. Grow up and accept it- you're backing a dud who thinks you are about as important to him as the dirt stuck to his shoes. It would take a delusional buffoon to magically assume half the population is on the government teat, much less even like it.

    September 18, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Only in America with a left leaning press can the truth being told to the voters become a "controversy". FACT IT AMERICA!! YOU ARE A VICTIMHOOD WELFARE STATE or getting there FAST thanks to the leftist Democrats."

    First, it was demonstrably false, ridiculous hypoerbole and generalizations, intentionally misleading and a gross misrepresentation of the complexities of the situation.

    Second, it wasn't told to the American people. It was told to a private room of 30 billionaires at a secret fundraiser who Mittens wanted to frighten with talk of an imaginary army of state-dependent minorities led by Obama coming to steal their riches.

    September 18, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. lolo

    Well @ Truth Hurts, I have worked since I was in my teens, what about you? I am a over 50 female and I like so many other middle class people have never lived off of the government roll. Mitt The Twit thinks that you are middle class if you make $200,000.00 or more. Do you belive the same thing? If you do and are not making the middle class wages that Mitt quoted, then you are going to be screwed by Romneyhood also. Please take off your blinders and think real hard. I promise you that the truth will set you free if you are true to yourself and do more research on your own and quit letting your hatred guide you.

    September 18, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    truth hurts

    Only in America with a left leaning press can the truth being told to the voters become a "controversy".
    ==========================

    Last I saw, it was Mitt Romney who said what he said about 47% of the population - Democrat and Republican - alike. How like you to bring your FOX and Limbaugh talking points to CNN to try and discredit CNN. The only controversy here is that Romney admitted he is running for president for only one half of the population. I would remind you that not all Obama supporters are too poor to pay federal taxes. In his own words, Mitt Romney is on record admitting he doesn't care about one half of America's citizens - be they Republican or Democrat.

    September 18, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. truth hurts

    Who Pays Income Taxes and How Much?
    Tax Year 2009

    Percentiles AGI Threshold Percentage of Federal
    Ranked by AGI on Percentiles Personal Income Tax Paid

    Top 1% $343,927 36.73

    Top 5% $154,643 58.66

    Top 10% $112,124 70.47

    Top 25% $66,193 87.30

    Top 50% $32,396 97.75

    Bottom 50% <$32,396 2.25

    Note: AGI is Adjusted Gross Income
    Source: Internal Revenue Service

    September 18, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Mike

    Here's Mitt: "Gun, foot, fire!".

    September 18, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    The latest gaffe's (in a long line of recent flubs) has shown the American people the "REAL" Romney's and his true nature. The man has got to be pounding his own head at the incredible stupidity. No wonder the Brits nicknamed him Mitt The Twit. His campaign is toast.
    The closest this man deserves to get to the White House is on a Pennsylvania Ave tour bus!

    September 18, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. BLKMANinAmerica

    Well stated.....................................but America does have a better person that is already President of the United States, not just those in robo-Robney's little world.

    September 18, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    cali girl - Truth, do you expect to take Medicare and Social Security? You have paid in and it is in your name waiting for you to collect. ================================================================================================
    I will have to since both me and my employer were forced by the government ot participate in this ponzi scheme. I would gladly take all that money and absolve them of any obligation but they refuse to accept my offer. The government as well as these programs are going bankrupt and my stolen money could be making more for me in other places. I am being held hostage.

    So does that make everyone on Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to pay for the old folks home a free loader and a Democrat?
    =============================================================================================
    Well, Medicaid is an entirely different animal and that IS a welfare program for the poor. But anybody taking more out of SS and Medicare than they paid in, is in fact now receiving government welfare. Call a spade a spade and yes, the truth hurts.

    You do know that most of the freeloaders that are a drain to society reside in the deep south that is all Republican?
    =======================================================================================
    Total lies and you know it. MANY in the south are Democrats. You see states can't tell them to go live someplace else as this is a free country. And MANY in the deep south who are poor refuse to take government assistance as their pride does not allow it. Do you honestly think that is the case in the urban northern states when it comes to government assistance?

    September 18, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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