Biden: House Republicans "Neanderthals"
September 13th, 2013
09:34 AM ET
1 year ago

Biden: House Republicans "Neanderthals"

Washington (CNN) - Touting the success of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden described those in Congress who slowed the renewal of the measure as a "Neanderthal crowd."

"I'm going to say something outrageous," Biden said at an event at the vice president's residence in Washington Thursday night to celebrate the 19th anniversary of act, which is designed to protect women from domestic violence.

Biden, who took a leading role in the mid-1990's in drafting the legislation when he was a senator from Delaware, said "surprisingly last year we ran into this sort of Neanderthal crowd," to laughter, adding that "I'm serious, I mean, when you think about it, did you ever think we'd be fighting over 17 years, 18 years later? To reauthorize this."

The act (VAWA) had been swiftly reauthorized in previous years, but House Republicans in the last Congress opposed portions of the Senate reauthorization bill and held up the measure for a year. One of the things they opposed was a part of the bill that would have expanded access to certain visas for non-citizens who were victims of domestic violence.

After last year's election defeats, where the GOP's hopes of recapturing the White House and the Senate were damaged in part by a weak showing with female voters, House Republicans in this year's new Congress supported the reauthorization, after the portion of the measure calling for expanded visa access was dropped.

Biden said having more women in the Senate helped overcome GOP opposition, saying "it makes a difference whether there is women in the Senate," to applause from those in the audience. "No, no, it does. It does man. The bigger the number the better our chances. Because they go and look all the rest of those guys in the eye and say, 'Look. This is important to me'."

The vice president's comments come just days before he heads to Iowa Sunday to headline Sen. Tom Harkin's steak fry, a major annual Democratic party gathering which has a rich history of attracting presidential hopefuls. Biden is considering whether he'll make a third run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He launched unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008.

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In his comments Thursday evening, the vice president discussed his getting ahead of President Barack Obama in May of last year in supporting same-sex marriage.

As Biden announced federal grants to the first ever LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) victim services institute, he said "I promise I will end this in a second but to make sure victims get services regardless of their sexual orientation. And that was even before I went off script. Certain things I promised I wasn't going to keep my mouth closed on, OK? So I make no apologies for jumping ahead on the issue of uh, um, marriage. But think about it, for the first time we said, hey wait a minute now, you know, this is a violation of the law. You know these were major strides."


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soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. ????

    Biden will say anything to take attention away from Putin making Obama look like a fool.

    September 13, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Catherine

    Coming from this clown that's a compliment to Republicans................can't even act as President of the Senate on his own by hosting a dinner for Senators without his owner busting in – what a tool

    September 13, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Loathstheright

    They are even lower than neanderthals, they are treasonous neanderthals.

    September 13, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Mel

    He must have forgotten about the three generals in the Democrat's War On Women:

    Spitzer
    Filner
    Weiner

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All of whom have been shown the door by the Dems, but thanks for reminding us!

    September 13, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Yabochuk

    Not so snazzy comeback Yabo, but what can one expect from a child? Slow day at Lane Bryant? See what I did there?!
    ---–
    Yup sure did Gram, I'm still underwhelmed.

    September 13, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. pgif255

    Thank God that nothing has happened to BHO, lest we be left Ol' "Double Barrel" Joe. Would have never thought it possible to make Dan Quayle look smart by comparison.

    September 13, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @Me: He must have forgotten about the three generals in the Democrat's War On Women:

    Spitzer
    Filner
    Weiner

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    All of whom have been shown the door by the Dems, but thanks for reminding us!

    ----–

    Unlike Repubs who say a couple "Praise Jesus" and all is forgiven – while they stay on the public payroll.

    September 13, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. blf83

    I don't know that he is correct; Neanderthals evolved.

    September 13, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @Jeff: "It is sooooo sad that dems and repub are one in the same and the people commenting on here cannot see they are being played"

    Yeah, whatever, Rant Paul will never be president ...

    September 13, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Gunderson

    Old Gunderson see Neanderthal's want go back to 50's Progressives want go to 1930's. Hope Train Wreck make it. but be surprised if train not wreck before getting there. So what you say. 50's or 30's ?

    September 13, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. XanJester

    Gotta love Biden. Never afraid to tell the truth no matter who he offends.

    September 13, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Alex

    The liberal talks a good game about tolerance and acceptance yet when they here an opinion or come across someone that they don't agree with? They become the most intolerant, hypocritical people on Earth. Just scroll though the comments and tell me I am wrong.

    September 13, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Bwana Salama

    Biden is a complete m0r0n, through and through.

    September 13, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. cebundy

    Thank you Uncle Joe!!! I'm surprised that the GOP hasn't come up with legislation to make it legal to beat women. Ah, but you gotta leave them something to look forward to.

    September 13, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Richard Yanco

    Joe Biden has always had a great knack for annoying the heck out of me. This big "blow hard" has made a career out of giving away everyone else's money while he throws nickels around like they were manhole covers when it comes to his own charitable giving. Joe Biden has made a great career out of glad-handing and showing his pearly whites every chance he can. This guy is a total hypocrite and a BS artist non-compare.

    September 13, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Truth

    What I'd like to say would have the FBI at my house.

    September 13, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    " I'm surprised that the GOP hasn't come up with legislation to make it legal to beat women"

    What...you thought Stand Your Ground was just so they could shoot minorities?

    September 13, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @Sniffit: "I'm surprised that the GOP hasn't come up with legislation to make it legal to beat women"

    What...you thought Stand Your Ground was just so they could shoot minorities?"

    Unless, of course, you're Marissa Alexander. She's the Florida woman convicted of aggravated assault earlier this year when she fired a warning shot at her husband who was trying to strangle her. If she had actually shot him, then she could have claimed she was "standing her ground."

    Since she just tried to warn him away, she gets thrown in jail for 20 years.

    Gotta love Florida – NOT!

    September 13, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Dean

    One of the things they opposed was a part of the bill that would have expanded access to certain visas for non-citizens who were victims of domestic violence.-----------Biden when will the Democrats quit attaching benefits for illegal aliens to bills that do have a worthy cause for citizens????????????

    September 13, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Dean

    cebundy

    Thank you Uncle Joe!!! I'm surprised that the GOP hasn't come up with legislation to make it legal to beat women. Ah, but you gotta leave them something to look forward to
    --------------------If the bill had passed and females who were illegal aliens received a vise if the were victims of abuse, you can be guaranteed that many illegal aliens wives would be beaten just for that visa.

    September 13, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. ED1

    Time for you to retire you are nothing but a joke to the United States and everything we stand for.

    Your mouth continues to overload your brain just go away with the rest of the clowns in your party from top to bottom.

    I know Snakes with better manors than you please just go away and find a rock to crawl under we would all be better off.

    September 13, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. vinster76

    I know this comment will not be popular, but the entire presidency of the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue has been akin to watching old reruns of Larry, Moe, and Curly......nuff said about that

    September 13, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. ED1

    Again you need to get your facts straight about stand your ground law in Florida more minorities have been found not guilty by the law and that includes Zimmerman or could you not tell he is along with the everyone who is not white a minority too.

    Just remember if he is not a mino

    September 13, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. ED1

    Remember Obama is a minority just like Zimmerman or did you forget Obama is half white too.

    Always trying to play the race card I see you can't fix stupid.

    September 13, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. vinster76

    I have read through nearly every comment issued today on this article.....It is so clear to me that you who support this administration lack the sense God gave a goat......sorry, don't bother responding.....if this is the best you can come up with in light of the vast problems this nation faces, anything you say will represent more of the same....I pity you for not having any more intelligence than what has been exhibited today

    September 13, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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