Biden accuses Romney camp of 'outrageous lie'
October 31st, 2012
04:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Biden accuses Romney camp of 'outrageous lie'

Sarasota, Florida (CNN) – On a day that saw the return to presidential campaigning – with positive, more subdued messages amid Superstorm Sandy's aftermath – Vice President Joe Biden stood out for intensity: charging harder than usual against his Republican opponents after a widely criticized and disputed claim from the Romney campaign.

During a campaign event in Sarasota, Florida, Biden raged against a fresh Romney ad, accusing the GOP nominee of "desperation in the last hours of this campaign," "trying to scare the living devil" out of voters, and of pushing "an outrageous lie."

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At issue: an assertion from Team Romney that's sparked so much controversy in the closing days of the election that a chorus of newspapers and generally politically-shy car executives have weighed in.

The claim from first a TV ad and then one on radio: that President Obama's actions in the auto bailout caused carmaker Jeep to move the manufacture of Jeeps to China costing domestic jobs. And that GM is also building new vehicles in China as well, also at the expense of American jobs. Over the past few days, Chrysler executives have rolled out multiple statements essentially labeling it false as have GM executives.

Biden, along with former president Bill Clinton, hit back against the claim during a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday.

But not with the gusto he did at Wednesday's event, thundering at length.

"They are running the most scurrilous ad in Ohio.… one of the most flagrantly dishonest ads I can ever remember in my political career," Biden said.

"It's an outrageous lie. A lie, a lie that is so deceptive and so patently untrue that the Chrysler corporation, including the chairman of the board of Chrysler, they actually spoke up."

"They don't want to get involved in presidential politics but they spoke up they said quote-I'm going to quote, 'a leap that will be difficult even for professional circus acrobats,'" Biden added.

"Why would they do this?" Biden said of the Romney campaign. "Why would they do this in the face of the overwhelming facts contradicting them?"

He then attempted to answer his own question.

"I'll tell you why I think they're doing it. They're trying to scare the living devil out of a group of people who have been hurt so badly over the last, because of the previous four years we came to office."

And in a twist, Biden essentially said the scare tactics are working with Ohio autoworkers.

"These are auto workers waking up, waking up in their communities, just a couple of days ago to see this ad and guess what: they were calling, thousands of them were calling their UAW [United Auto Worker] reps, 'Is it true? Is it true? Is Jeep really going to leave? Is the announcement they made true? Are they going to shut down our plant?'" Biden said.

"What a cynical, cynical thing to do."

"To go out and try to scare these people for electoral reasons at the end, to say something that's so untrue," Biden added. "Look, Jeep is doing fine. Jeep is going to do even better. They're going to grow and like I said Jeep isn't cutting jobs they're adding jobs."

The Romney campaign was asked to respond to the vice president's statement that the ad is an "outrageous lie."

"We've got an ad out that we believe makes the case for why Gov. Romney would be stronger for the auto industry and why the auto industry's an important part of a strong economy," Romney spokesman Kevin Madden told reporters traveling with the campaign.

"They've got an ad that they're using to make their case to the public, and we'll leave that with voters."

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan commented in a separate statement distributed to reporters.

"American taxpayers are on track to lose $25 billion as a result of President Obama's handling of the auto bailout, and GM and Chrysler are expanding their production overseas," Ryan said. "These are facts that voters deserve to know as they listen to the claims President Obama and his campaign are making. President Obama has chosen not to run on the facts of his record, but he can't run from them."

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan challenged Biden's assertions about the bailout by referring to it as an "unqualified success story."

"President Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, taxpayers still stand to lose $25 billion dollars in the president's politically managed bankruptcy. These companies, Chrysler in particular we know this story, are now choosing to expand manufacturing overseas. These are the facts. Those facts are inconvenient for the president but no one disputes them," the Wisconsin lawmaker said at a rally in his congressional district.

Ryan said 610,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost since Obama came into office, and in the last two months, 10,000 lost jobs came from the auto sector. He pointed to employees of shuttered auto plants in his home state and Ohio who faced significant cuts to their pensions when government intervened in 2009.

The auto bailout looms large in Ohio. Many voters there either work for the industry or otherwise have ties to it. Many have cited Romney's opposition to the bailout – and his now famous 2008 op-ed titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" – as a possible reason he's frequently trailed President Obama in Ohio polls, although recently by small margins.

- CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Vice President Biden
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    Just one more lie among countless other LIES....for the past 18 mos coming from the Romney campaign.

    October 31, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Strategic Bob

    I would say that Romney and Ryan are lying sacks of excrement, but the comparison is so unfair to excrement.

    October 31, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    Joe, me think the botox injections into your forehead is affecting your ability to think correctly. I think you meant the Obama adminstration is lying. You know with that whole Libyan terrorist attack caused by a you tube video.

    October 31, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Brad

    We hear ya Biden, but it will fall on deaf ears to the NeoCons and if (heaven forbid) Willard gets elected they will only have themselves to blame for electing a habitual liar that will do or say anything to buy the presidency.

    October 31, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |

    Lying has been their campaign strategy Joe. They know their uneducated base will believe anything Willard says. After all, this is the party that have campaigners at their rallies wearing shirts saying "Put the White Back In the White House."

    October 31, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. cdub2k

    most politicans lie at some point. So this "Outrageous" lie must be something special

    October 31, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. DC Observer

    Mr Biden is a disgrace to his office. He is the poster boy for everything that is wrong in DC - bitter partisanship; demonizing the GOP instead of negotiating with them; no ideas but lots of picky criticism; failure to deliver on anything on the economic front -- and overall, just an ill mannered DC beaurcrat of the sorst kind.

    October 31, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. California Gary

    Someone needs to hold their feet to the fire on this.........good job Mr. Vice President.

    October 31, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Paul

    Romney and Ryan do not let fact checkers or facts get in the way of their claims. They hope to win and if made up stuff helps so much the better. Truth and honesty mean nothing. Just think if they win like this what kind of Government we are if for during the Romney administration.

    October 31, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. The Situation

    Mitts is trying to use the Karl Rove playbook that Dubya used to win in 2004. Just lie and distort the facts. Mitts has no backbone and is a wimp like the Lion in the Wizard of Oz! He has no conviction inside of him, if he did, he won't need to resort to lies!

    October 31, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. d

    How in gods name can anyone vote for the gop? how many lies has romney told? why do people always fall for the fear and hate the gop runs on? i really cant beleive this is working! god people pay attention. and where is the so called liberal media? romney ryan ticket is pathetic and scary as hell!

    October 31, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Padraig

    Hence how he got his nickname Crazy Joe.

    October 31, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Ryan said. "These are facts that voters deserve to know as they listen to the claims President Obama and his campaign are making. President Obama has chosen not to run on the facts of his record, but he can't run from them."
    The fact that GM is ramping up Research, Development and Production in China has been out there for more than a year.
    Our $25 billion treasury investment in GM is one of the best things that has happened for the Chinese middle class workers in years. So now Jeep is following step? No huge surprise. In fact, they have been making Jeeps in Beijing for decades. I myself visited Beijing Jeep factory in 1996. It was a reasonably large operation then. Look it up.

    October 31, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F

    For a failed governor of MA, Lying Mittens is getting a lot of the birther and bigot vote.

    October 31, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Bob

    Joe the Shark!

    Keep calling out the Lying Bishop and his little lapdog Ryan!

    October 31, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Trust is important

    When one looks at how each candidate reacted to Hurricane Sandy. One can be trusted and the other not-so-much. One focussed on citizens safety and the other was an opportunist trying to gain political points. Everyone makes mistakes since we're human, but trusting that our leaders are well-intended is critical. The BOTTOM LINE IS THAT ROMNEY THREW GM UNDER THE BUS WITH A LIE. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAUGHT TO SAVE LIVES BY STOPPING HIS CAMPAIGN TO LEAD U.S. THROUGH ONE OF THE GREATEST STORMS IN HISTORY. Trust is important and it is really hard to trust Romney's campaign these days. And character should count for something.

    October 31, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Joel

    What, Romney saying whatever he has to to get elected without concern for what he really believes? I am shocked, _shocked_ I tell you. Shocked.

    October 31, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. floridares

    What liars Romney and Ryan are. It is disgusting and they deserve to have their a$$Ed handed to them.

    October 31, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. fernace

    Romney will try to win "by hook or crook," as the saying goes! This has already been proven time & again! The secret agenda (since they refuse to give specifics) they are operating under will devastate us all! Next time, 4 yrs from now, if Romney takes office, it will be much worse than after W left, because we'll be much poorer & w/out many of the civil rights we've come to rely on! Every1 who is calling Obama a socialist now, will know what real oppression looks & feels like & then it will be too late! If we're lucky enough to have a system that's still semi-intact we'll have have to vote out this extremist bunch & start over Again! The 2 RR's & their GOT-Party will take us back to the Past, Obama points to the Future! Obama/Biden 12!!

    October 31, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Thomas

    I just got a Robo call from the Romney campain telling me I would come down with herpes if I vote for Obama .

    I wanted to respond to the call by saying , if Mitt Romney is elected and deregulates big Pharma , I might die of menigitis before herpes !

    But I couldn't get the robot to listen .

    October 31, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Alfred E. Neuman

    If Romney's lips are moving he is lying.

    October 31, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Safejourney

    Yes, Romney is a Liar and the majority of Americans know it and dont like him. He and Lyin Ryan will lose

    October 31, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Name Ludmila

    Hope ordinary americans are smart enough to see the real color of republicans

    October 31, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Oh yea, I forgot because romney has so many lies in one day its hard to keep track , the jeep story is a lie ,pants on fire , and the welfare garbage is also a lie ,pants on fire ,but what else would you expect from romney the tax cheat loser !!!!!

    October 31, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. linda jean

    Truth crushed to the ground will rise! Pray for the GOP and that their scare tactics will be forgiven. Mr. Romney is mot a man to be president! Lindajean

    October 31, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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