Biden on Romney tape: 'words speak for themselves'
September 18th, 2012
01:51 PM ET
6 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
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  1. The REAL Truth...

    @truth hurts – did you miss the fair progressive part of the tax code ?
    Let me put this as clearly as I can ... the DOLLAR amounts paid by the top earners is IRRELEVANT!!!
    Top 1% $343,927 36.73
    Top 5% $154,643 58.66

    It's simple numbers... and using simple number for illustrative purposes...
    If I make $40 MILLION, my top tax rate is 35%, that leaves me with $26 Million.
    If I make $40,000 my top rate is around 22%, leaving me with around $31,200.
    Hmm... $26 Million to live on versus $31,000
    It's so rough being "rich".

    September 18, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Yesterday's "White Man's Burden" is today's "Rich Man's Burden." Now THAT is truth nobody feels comfortable admitting. In fact, the two concepts are actually so intermixed and confused together at this point by the people who feel these sentiments and believe the things underlying Mittens' disgusting statements that it's probably inaccurate of me to separate them as I did in the first sentence, but you get the point (or if you don't, go Google Kipling's poem).

    September 18, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Max

    Sickening & Weird!

    Romney is becoming more and more sickening and weird to watch & listen to...he's getting on the very 'nerves' of the middle class and the American populace in general. Simply put, 'Romney is not ready for the president's office'

    September 18, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP Solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    September 18, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. 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."
    First, it was demonstrably false, ridiculous hypoerbole and generalizations, intentionally misleading and a gross misrepresentation of the complexities of the situation.

    False??? take THAT up with the IRS because the numbers and the IRS back Romney up. The only "ridulous hyperbole" is from the Democrats that don't like a spade being called a spade. Romney said NOTHING that was not factual NOR anything that wasn't already widely known.

    Second, it wasn't told to the American people. It was told to a private room of 30 billionaires at a secret fundraiser
    Who cares? It is common knowledge and stated on this board thousands of times.

    who Mittens wanted to frighten with talk of an imaginary army of state-dependent minorities led by Obama coming to steal their riches.
    are you serious? who do you think Obama and the Democrats expect to pay for their vast welfare state?!! They have made it very clear that problem is that all of the current tax payers just aren't paying their fair share while nearly half are TAX FREE RIDERS. Nothing but class warfare out the ying yang for 4 years.

    September 18, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. myviewis

    Didn't realize the tape was dating back to May. Romney was talking about not worrying about those people that say that Republicans are for tax cuts for the rich.

    Listen to the tape, Romney is not talking about not worrying about some people, he was talking about taxes and the idea they have on taxes. PLAY THE VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

    "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."

    September 18, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Expat American

    The truth hurts. Romney told it like it is: The people who support Obama want government support (aka Socialism).
    Not a single Romney supporter is white, poor, uneducated and depends on government assistance?

    I support the President, even if my tax bill was smaller under Bush and would probably be even smaller under Romney.

    September 18, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. rs

    Mr. Biden is correct. There is no way to, nor reason to spin Mr. Romney's words. He (inaccurately) defines 47% of the American population as worthless- because he claims they pay no taxes while he conveniently hides his own tax returns, AND his vast income in off-shore accounts.
    He has declared that he will not govern for the 47%- even though those people (he can't call them that) are Americans: our seniors living on Social Security; the sick on Medicare and Medicaid; the poor; the students in college not yet working. "Worthless" in his eyes.
    He and the GOP are more revolting than I ever could imagine if that is their view of Americans.

    September 18, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. myviewis

    cali girl
    You do know that most of the freeloaders that are a drain to society reside in the deep south that is all Republican?

    So one minute Republicans are rich, elite, corporate world, small business owners, haters of the poor, women haters and in another minute Republicans are "freeloaders that are a drain to society". Republicans are poor, less educated, hicks, hillbillies, rednecks, dumb, ignorant.

    So what you are saying is that Republicans are POOR PEOPLE?????? RIGHT????

    September 18, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. truth hurts

    The REAL Truth...
    @truth hurts – did you miss the fair progressive part of the tax code ?
    Let me put this as clearly as I can ... the DOLLAR amounts paid by the top earners is IRRELEVANT!!!
    ah yes... there's that "progressive" word again! Where "fairness" is redefined based on your income level. Somebody paying hundreds of millions in taxes to his country is accused of not paying enough while almost half (and climbing) pay NONE and that is "fair".

    And not only could they be paying hundreds of millions in taxes, but using their wealth to invest in businesses which create tens of thousands of jobs and additional taxpayers for the government! SORRY!! Not good enough, PAY MORE!!

    Or maybe they are loaning out lots of that wealth to local government agencies in the form of tax freebonds to fund local government improvements??? SORRY!! Not good enough, PAY MORE!!

    You know, there IS a limit to people's tolerance to this progressive mob mentaility. Maybe the current Obama economy and lack of jobs is a result of it?

    September 18, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "MANY in the south are Democrats."

    So your excuse is to make the blatantly incorrect assumption that anyone in the south or in red states who is in the 47% and qualifies, in your addled mind, as a "freeloader" is automatically a Dem?

    Unreal. Do you have any idea how shrill and desperate yo have sounded all day in response to people posting undeniable facts that show how inaccurate and what a gross misrepresentation Mittens was making?

    "And MANY in the deep south who are poor refuse to take government assistance as their pride does not allow it. "

    And you double down on your ridiculous assumption by further insulting people by making the generalization that anyone in who is in the 47% who you demean as a "freeloader" has no "pride"? Grow up. You were already qute clearly just a partisan ideologue, but Mittens' disgusting mistakes being revealed has obviously caused you to fall out of your tree.

    September 18, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Jane

    Really, how dare those moochers, e.g., active duty military, Working poor, seniors, children, and disabled, demand 'food, healthcare and shelter' [direct quote from Romney] and all those other perks from their loving, charitable Government.....

    September 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Dan j

    Obama's words also speak for themselves. Looks like this election will be pitting the "freeloading 47%" against the "bitter people that cling to guns and religion."

    September 18, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Obama's America 2016

    This coming from Biden? WAAAAAAHAHAHA

    Try taking some more out of context extreme libs.

    September 18, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. tess

    i WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with biden – let the words speak for themselves – like ALL BIDEN'S REDICULOUS = STUPID AND INCOHERENT RAMBLINGS!!!!! be careful what you ask for, say and accuse others of – look in the mirror and you will see the real fool!!

    September 18, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. bailouts

    what a dope...this is so is: "put 'ya'll back in chains" is worhtless to remeber as is "clutching their bibles, guns etc."

    how can you, Brooke, be such a dipstick. you actually think you are a journalist?!! holy God.. you're not even a crappy cheerleader.

    why not report on the embassy murders and how unprepared, lax, and the overlooked bungling by obama and the fbi, cia, and defense dept, not to mention the state dept. were in their complete stupidity of not see that the 911 anniversary IS THE TARGET DATE for attacks. you guys are just a responsible and guilty of killing the "4" as the infidels who did it.

    it's OK. you can go back to sleep now.
    get paid tax dollars for doing nothing...again..go to vegas, at least do something to stimulate the economy with... oh gosh...OUR taxpayer's money used as a stimulus AGAIN..

    September 18, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Wilson

    Romney is right and it has all the lefties britches in a wad. That being said, there are exceptions, i.e. the elderly on SS that paid in their whole lives and earned it. Otherwise, well there are plenty both white and others, that contribut nothing useful to society or the planet. Except maybe as fertilizer. Hmmm, perhaps they can do the planet a favor and begin helping the grass grow quicker.

    September 18, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Tom

    Wow. Romey really S!@# the bed on that one.

    September 18, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. bailouts

    yes, words do speak for's really too bad we need an interpreter to undersatand Anything you say..

    September 18, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. cali girl

    Truth, you are extremely bitter. I hope that those libraries, roads, highways, police, fire and public education teachers don't ever serve you since you think it is such a socialist thing to have.
    Get over yourself about all the yahoo you spew, go somewhere else if you think the Ponzi Scheme of Medicare and Social Security is not your thing.
    And check the stats again about the south, which are all GOP states, and are big users of the free stuff you refer to.

    September 18, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Bell

    If you are on the government dole and that hurts your feelings – TOO BAD. There are truly people who need to be there but there are plenty of Americans who should not be living off the government and paying some taxes. If not living up to you potential is a dissappointment to you and you are trying his words ought not to offend you but plain truths are hard to swallow for slackers.

    September 18, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. kay

    mitt doing what rich people do ,talk bad about lil people

    September 18, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Jason

    Nobody is claiming it's rough being rich. What's rough is when the wealthy are fiscally punished, the corporations led by them are punished to and the $40,000 wage earner loses his job and makes $0. That's how it works in the real world, like it or not. Here's an idea: stop complaining about the rich, apply yourself like they did, then use your wealth to help other people.

    September 18, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. whay

    Seriously, my fellow Americans, a vote for Mitt Romney will guarantee starvation and depression in America and the world.

    September 18, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. yolanda

    My, my. @Sniffit must have the day off from school. Are you a teacher or a student in Chicago?

    September 18, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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