Biden: 'We are seeing the remaking of Mitt Romney'
October 22nd, 2012
02:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden: 'We are seeing the remaking of Mitt Romney'

Canton, Ohio (CNN) - Apparently "Etch-a-Sketch" is the campaign gift that keeps on giving.

Nearly seven months after the children's toy entered the 2012 political lexicon, Vice President Joe Biden has continued to use the line on the stump - often with a fresh shake.

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Case in point: as Biden campaigned in Ohio Monday, he referenced a claim first leveled by President Obama - that Romney's $5 trillion tax plan amounts to a "sketchy deal."

"As vice president, it's not my job, nor am I inclined to correct the president," Biden joked. "But in this case I am. [Romney's] plans aren't sketchy - they're Etch-a-Sketchy."

And then, Biden added a biting twist.

"They're like shaking that little tablet out there. It's underway guys. We are seeing the remaking of Mitt Romney right before our eyes."

The vice president leveled the charge in front of a crowd of nearly 900 people in Canton. The event was his first of five events over three days in the Buckeye State – a critical battleground. During one of the appearances, on Tuesday, Biden will make a rare, joint campaign appearance with the president in Dayton.

Although the Obama campaign has recently claimed Romney's economic plan is not mathematically possible, the Romney campaign has argued that it is.

"It is mathematically possible," Romney running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, said in his debate with Biden, echoing similar sentiments from Romney.

The Romney campaign has also repeatedly denied that Romney is recasting himself and has said the candidate has been consistent in his positions.

–CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Ohio
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. jake

    romney... the ever changing face of a lying snake oil salesman

    October 22, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Phil

    Biden you are such a hyprocrite! You voted for both wars with Bush & Obama yet you flip flop on what ever is convenient for putting your master that holds your leash back in office. The only reason you are with Obama is cause its the only way left for you to make another run for the Presidency. Your just a career opportunist just like your boss using your VP platform to get the Job in 2016.

    October 22, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    In Obama/ Biden's world the economy never grows, so the only math that makes sense is to raise taxes. Forever, I guess.

    October 22, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. California Gary

    Oh yeah.......Romney has been consistent in his positions. And the sky is green. And water is not actually wet. And the Pope isn't Catholic, he's actually a Baptist. And Custer won that batlle at the Little Big Horn. All of these things are equally true........

    October 22, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. 'Tonight Show'

    Perhaps Biden & Obama can appear as a twosome on "Tonight Show'....Obama tells the jokes and Biden does the laughing.....!The Country is in serious Trouble and todays Washington team Obama/Biden think its funny.....!

    October 22, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. g

    The latest news released today is "Romney's family investment ties to voting machine company that could decide the election is causing concern". Tony Tamer is director of Hart Intercivic Inc. that supplies voting machines in Ohio and several other key states is a major bundler for Mitt Romney.

    October 22, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Josylad

    The story of the 2012 US presidential elections is akin to the story of a great mother with 2 kids. This mother took great care of her kids and made huge sacrifices for them. Every 4 years, the 2 kids 'campaign' for the privilege to host and care for mother for the next 4years – with the extended family voting

    The first son R had the mother for 8 years and during that period she aged, became sic
    k due to lack of proper care and R's disposition to be cater to his elite friends rather than spend time with mother. D – the other son campaigned that if he gets the chance to host and care for mother, he will take better care of her – build her a grandma chalet, buy her a chauffeur driven car, get her the best doctor to care for her, make sure she sees the world and have a great life. D campaigned and made these promises over a 2 year period because he loved his mother and aspired to give her the best.

    A few days before the election, mother went into a cardiac arrest induced coma. D won the election and got her in this terrible state. Of course, D spent his all his time, energy, resources and emotions to save mother's life; while R – still smarting from an election loss refused to help D care for mother despite the fact that mama was in a coma. After 2 years mama came out of a coma and with the help of rehab got stronger gradually over the next 2 years

    As the next election approached, R began to slam D. R argued that mother doesn't have a new house and car yet, has not seen the world and was not better than what she was 10 years ago. R said D broke his promises. R conveniently forgot he handed over a comatose mother and never helped to care for her. R loves to quote stats on mother's blood pressure, bank balance and other indicators of health and well being without referencing the state in which mother was handed over to D – almost dead

    R is Republican Romney, D is the Democratic Obama and Mother is the United States. The question is : Does D deserve credit for getting mother back on her feet, even if she is not in her best condition yet? Does R have a right to attack D when he was responsible for mother's coma and never helped to care for her when she was in a coma? Does R deserve to have mother back when he didn't help and when he intends to feed her the same food and introduce her to the lifestyle that got her sick in the first instance? R complained that D squandered the family savings and incurred debt to save her life, when he was using the savings to entertain his elite friend and live the good life.

    You decide. Who should have mother for the next four years?

    October 22, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. ghost

    Phil, i don't recall biden going before congress and asking to go to war. However, i don't see any republicans that voted for it campaigning on it.

    And if we are talking votes, ryan voted for the debt deal that he wanted, boehner got 98% of what he wanted and resulted in our credit downgrade. Oh, and for cuts to the military that he is trying to hang on the president.

    But nice try.....

    October 22, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. B.

    Like Jon Huntsman stated, "Romney ia a well lubricated Weathervane."

    October 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Okee VanOpdorp

    waaaaait, The US is a mother? and BO and Mitt are brothers? Did Mom get her obamaphone yet?

    October 22, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "You decide. Who should have mother for the next four years?"

    You don't understand. In R's world, mother needs to die so the inheritting can begin. Mother needs to pass on, so her "rightful heirs" (i.e., the 1%) can take everything she owned for themselves.

    This is why Mittens' plans will kill Medicaid. All those mothers in nursing homes? Much cheaper to put them in caskets instead.

    October 22, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Do better

    Come on, Gregory Wallace, how about a little analysis? IS the plan mathematically possible? HAS Romney been consistent in his positions? Doesn't the truth matter? Isn't it important to report whether one side's economic plan is actually pragmatically possible, theoretically possible but unlikely, or just a bunch of malarkey?

    How is the electorate supposed to be informed when the most trusted name in news is only reporting he said/she said? Is this why you became a reporter?

    You have a moral obligation to do better than this.

    October 22, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Speakinq The Truth

    Okay i have read all the responeses and all i have to say WHY SHOULD TAXES BE RAISED?? your only saying raise taxes cause you may have the money for it but what about families who can barely afford food for the next week to feed their children. Medacaid foodstamps and all sorts of help from the government is all these people have to depend on. Middle class families have some things they need help with from the government and with romney in the presidental seat , i know for a fact he is going to take these things away and raise taxes because he cant relate to the poor or the families who need help from the government he was born into a rich family and ever since he came out the womb he had it made so of course he is going to be accustomed to the high life and never having to worry about how much money to spend on things he is going to take america in his own hands do what the rich does obama can relate to both poor and middle class familied and thats who we need in the presidental seat #TeamObama

    October 22, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. tee1227

    The real Mitt Romney Inside Bain's Chinese Sensata Factories, Where Workers Put in 12-Hour Days for $.99-$1.35 an Hour

    October 22, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "the candidate has been consistent in his positions."

    Indeed he has. He has consistently refused to detail them and consistently altered them to pander to the immediate audience.

    October 22, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    Well it was a member of his own team that told us ahead of time, that Mitt would be like shaking an etch a sketch. And the fact that he has flip flopped over and over again on everything makes this statement quite true. It's really hard to believe that people are going for it. People think President and see white male, to some they don't care who he is or what he's for as long as his skin is white. Yet they say blacks are only voting for President Obama because he is black. Some might, but that's not my reason. I would never vote for Alan West, Herman Cain, Condi, nor Jesse Jackson, but I vote for President Obama, because HE is Presidential material!

    October 22, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Borderless

    Yet we still have the same old Racist Joe and President Hollywood wrecking the country. Time for a change. Even if it is to Romney.

    October 22, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. incredulous

    Examples of Romney's consistancy (reposted from another commenter)

    "I was not responsible for what happened at Bain Capital after I left" – Mitt Romney
    "I was the sole shareholder, sole Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bain until I resigned retroactively [huh?] in 2001" – Mitt Romney

    "The Arizona immigration policy is a good model" – Mitt Romney
    "I didn't really support the Arizona immigration policy" – Mitt Romney

    “The Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the nation” – Mitt Romney
    “Healthcare reform should be left to the states” – Mitt Romney

    "Let Detroit go bankrupt" -Mitt Romney
    "I'll take a lot of credit for saving the auto industry" -Mitt Romney

    “I believe Roe v Wade has gone too far.” – Mitt Romney
    “Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years ... we should sustain and support it.” – Mitt Romney

    “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” – Mitt Romney
    “I never really called myself pro-choice.” – Mitt Romney

    “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” – Mitt Romney
    “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and represent our country there.” – Mitt Romney

    “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” – Mitt Romney
    “Ronald Reagan is … my hero.” – Mitt Romney

    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” – Mitt Romney
    "There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” – Mitt Romney

    “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” – Mitt Romney
    “I did not see it with my own eyes.” – Mitt Romney

    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” – Mitt Romney
    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates without burdensome limitations.” – Mitt Romney

    “I supported the assault weapon ban.” – Mitt Romney
    "I don’t support any gun control legislation.” – Mitt Romney

    October 22, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Dave Jaipersaud

    I find it troubling that the only specific thing that Romney's has identified in his plan to cut the deficit is to cut funding for Big Bird with just 28 days out from Election Day. Right now, you've got a federal deficit, federal debt that's over 16 trillion dollars and Romney’s and Kevin’s plan to fix it in a responsible and balanced way is to cut funding for Big Bird. These idio&s have no idea how to bring the deficit in line in a responsible manner or create jobs.

    It doesn’t matter how Romney and the Republican try to spin their policies, the American people know how disastrous those policies have been for this country, especially for the Middle Class and less fortunate.

    Americans are not stupid. How can anyone even thing Romney’s policies will be better for this country. Romney and the Republicans policies from 2001 to 2008 brought this great nation to its knees, their policies caused the Great Recession, their policies wiped out almost 10,000,000 jobs as a direct result of the Great Recession, their policies wiped out retirement savings for tens of millions of Americans as a direct result to the Great Recession, their policies took a $1 trillion surplus to a $13 trillion deficit, their policies resulted in the decline in the percentage of Americans that are in the middle class, their policies resulted in tens of millions of Americans without healthcare, their policies resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes, their policies will be detrimental to Latinos and all other minorities, their policies will result in another war in the Middle East, and the list goes on.

    No Americans in their right mind will believe that Romney/Ryan policies will be better for the Economy. The only way for anyone to think that is if they are suffering from total amnesia. People will remember what happened in 2007/2008 and the years leading up to the Great Recession. It was the exact same policies that Romney is advocating now that caused the Great Recession. We are not that dumb to think that these same policies that caused the Great Recession will somehow magically make the economy better.

    I guess Romney/Ryan think we are all stupid and don’t know the truth and can’t remember the dark days of the great recession of 2007 and 2008 and the years leading up to it.

    The choice is clear. Do we want to go back to the exact same policies (Romney/Ryan current policies) that brought America (this great Nation) to its knees or do we want to continue to build on the recovery.

    October 22, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    ohhhh I get it..... Obama "evolves" on gay marriage but Romney "remakes" himself!!! Yeah, too funny Joe. BTW, have you found the marbles you lost a while back?!! Didn't think so.

    October 22, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. ghostriter

    Ask Mittens and Ryan how many new jobs they need to create in order to fill in the gaps of their mathematically sound tax ideas. If they have enough time to "explain the math".

    The problem with ROmney is what we knew it would be. He had to go ultra conservative to win the nomination. Now he has to swing to the middle. Whereas Obama had the good fortune (and sense) to stay in the middle.

    To quote the famous bard Marshall Mathers, will the real Mitt Romney please stand up....

    October 22, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. RoMoney's Horse

    I make a RoMoney noise when I walk. Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop. Neeeeeeeeee!

    October 22, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    The economy tanked in 2002 thanks to the Bush team economics. Surplus was gone. economic expansion was gone. Unemployment went through the roof. Deficits soared. Everybody blamed the "Clinton tech bubble" and 911. Then for a few years things seemed to look better but never really took off. A massive housing bubble fueling borrowing raised consumer demand. It was all an illusion built on debt not on prosperity or work. Finally by the end of 2007 it all came crashing down. Record unemployment. Record deficits. Record housing losses and foreclosures. Remember Lehman Bros? Do people really have memories that short? It was a total disaster on every level. Debt. Employment. Housing. Small business suffered because of the credit crunch.
    Now we are having another election and people are seriously considering putting a republican back in the White house? Things have been slowly improving. The forecast in 2008 was for between 15% to 25% unemployment. It peaked a ten percent and is back to 8%. That is alot better than the 700,000 jobs amonth being lost at the end of the Bush years. The Dow was 3600 when Clinton took office and 11,700 when he left. Over a 300% increase. The Dow was 11,700 when Bush took office and 7,500 when he left. A 40% decrease. Thats why all the seniors had to go back to work. Their retirement accounts were wrecked. Even in my job many oldtimers delayed retirement because of what happened to the markets under Bush. No jobs and nobody able to retire.
    Electing another Republican president would probably permanently damage the U.S. beyond repair. We are still digging out of the hole Bush/Cheney dug and will be for many years to come. This is no time to go back to destructive policies.

    October 22, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Obama "evolves" on gay marriage but Romney "remakes" himself!!! "

    Mittens NEVER has stated anything of the sort. He simply takes one position one day and a position that is diametrically opposed to it the next day and the only time anything remotely close to talk about "evolving" comes out of his mouth is when it's time for making excuses AFTER he flip-flopped. Obama was up front about "evolving" all along. If you think that's a distinction without a difference, then you're not paying attention.

    October 22, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. TheVoice2

    Mitt Phony is the Outsourcer in Chief. The guy will say, do, and sell anything for power.

    October 22, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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