Biden: No 'character' comparison between Obama, Romney
October 13th, 2012
09:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden: No 'character' comparison between Obama, Romney

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that this presidential election comes down to the two top candidates’ disposition, and on that, there is no comparison.

"Every presidential race always comes down to who the American people think possesses the character and conviction," he said at a fundraiser in Connecticut. "It will not surprise you on that score, I don't even think it's close between President (Barack) Obama and Gov. (Mitt) Romney."

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Biden's forthright assessment of the race came two days after he went head-to-head with Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at a debate. Both candidates cited their personal resolve as an example of what they bring to the office.

"I never say anything I don't mean. Everybody knows, whatever I say, I do," Biden said. "And my whole life has been devoted to leveling the playing field for middle-class people, giving them an even break, treating Main Street and Wall Street the same, hold them to the same responsibility."

Ryan answered that the current administration does not live up to expectations of their word and actions. "What you need are people who, when they say they're going to do something, they go do it. What you need are, when people see problems, they offer solutions to fix those problems."

At the fundraiser, Biden charged the position his opponents take "depends on the hour, it depends on the day.”

"Literally, it depends on the subject and it depends on the audience," he said. But "with the guy I serve with ... it depends only on one thing: his word," Biden continued, referencing Obama.

Both campaigns have described this election in terms of a choice between two very different viewpoints. Biden stood by this, saying the November vote is "important not only for the next four years but for the next 20 years."

"This election - this is not hyperbole - presents the starkest choice in my memory for who is going to lead this country," Biden said. "In every area we have such a fundamentally different vision ... than Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan."

While the blows exchanged between the sides are metaphorical, Biden's introducer - Rep. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat - is facing someone who knows something about people who come out swinging. Murphy is facing former wrestling executive Linda McMahon in a race for a U.S. Senate seat out of Connecticut.

"All of our thanks to the vice president for what he did Thursday night," said Murphy, referencing the debate. "I've been hanging around Linda McMahon a little bit ... and I think what Linda McMahon would say (about) what Joe Biden did to Paul Ryan Thursday night is a 'smackdown.' "

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Filed under: 2012 • Connecticut • Debate • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Kareem Tillman

    The man found the worst terrorist we knew of. The man immediately sent 4 war ships after the Embassy was attacked. He also cared to get every one a doctor. Give him some respect.

    October 14, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  2. Texas Observer

    Romney is such a liar. I cannot believe how one debate where he was busted in 27 lies has given him such momentum. Biden exposed many of their misinformation against Ryan, but Obama really needs to hammer away on Tuesday if not all the hard work put forth by the Democrats this political season will be all for naught.

    I think the polls bounce Romney got within the last week will begin to level off soon and Obama/Biden will regain momentum.

    October 14, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  3. Anonymous

    If the election were to be voted in Australia,Romney would have 9% of the votes,if in Canada,Romney would not even be eligible to contest because of hidding his money in offshore accounts.You may call it flip-flop,but that's a moderate word.Romney is an outright liar.What do you call someone who says what he doesn't mean,changes his statements by the hour?If you doubt your senses,ask a kid.

    October 14, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  4. Search4Truth

    "I never say anything I don't mean. Everybody knows, whatever I say, I do," the liar said.

    October 14, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  5. William

    Biden the moron. Obama has no character, he is a for himself person. All you need do is look at what has happened in the last month. Americans killed while he and his administration neglected their duties. He has spent more time fund raising, campaigning, playing golf, on vacation or bowing to other leaders then he has leading this country. More military have died in Iraq and Afghanistan during his 3 1/2 years then in Bushes last 6. He spent more money then Bush did. He has put us farther in debt in 3 yrs then Bush did in 8.

    October 14, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  6. Louden Swain

    How about Clinton's character when he was "not having relations" what a great role model.

    October 14, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  7. Martha Bozeman

    But when Ryan says that we need people who will stick with what they say they'll do, it is really hard to believe that Romney would be that person because he doesn't even stick with his opinion on an issue. That changes from day to day. Why would he actually stick with what he says he'll do if he doesn't even stick with what he says?

    October 14, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Joe, tell Obama to talk of 47% too with "England is not ready". Mitt the twit crowned by EUROPE., "let Detroit go bankrupt". "I hate poor". "CORPORATIONS ARE ALSO PEOPLE, MY FRIEND". Etc, before debate release Bin laden video, and 47% Video etc., let this ENTIRE NATION KNOW THIS. God bless you, joe and pres. Obama. Yes, still strong on OBAMA12. Period.

    October 14, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  9. Bob

    I agree with Biden that there is no comparison between the character of Obama and Romney. Romney is a man of tremendous character while Obama is totally without integrity.

    October 14, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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