Biden attacks Romney over 2011 tax return
September 25th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden attacks Romney over 2011 tax return

Chesterfield, Virginia (CNN) - Four days after Mitt Romney released his 2011 tax return, Vice President Joe Biden used his first in-person campaign opportunity on Tuesday to pounce: comparing Romney's effective tax rate against that of a middle class person.

"Ladies and gentlemen, somebody today in America making $23,000 a year pays over 20-percent of their income in taxes, in some form of taxes," Biden said. "A couple making a hundred thousand dollars a year, they pay 29-percent in total tax."
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Virginia
Biden invokes combat troops, others to personalize Romney's '47%'
September 22nd, 2012
08:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden invokes combat troops, others to personalize Romney's '47%'

Merrimack, New Hampshire (CNN) – Fanning the flames over Mitt Romney's criticism of 47% of Americans in a controversial video, Vice President Joe Biden sought Saturday to personalize the numbers by conjuring up stark images: U.S. servicemembers hunkered down in a fort under fire, an elderly woman with a hardscrabble existence and a young couple with children barely getting by.

"Ladies and gentlemen, it's worth taking a look at who those 47% of the American people are," Biden said at a campaign event in Merrimack.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • New Hampshire
September 21st, 2012
08:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden: Romney tape, demeanor shows he ‘does not understand’ middle class

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – On Tuesday, as a secretly recorded video flared up problems for Mitt Romney, Vice President Joe Biden largely held his fire. But by Friday, the vice president refused to hold his tongue any longer - and pounced.

Over two campaign events in New Hampshire, Biden mounted a full-throated response: he questioned how Romney could “be so profoundly wrong about America” and claimed the former Massachusetts governor “does not understand” the middle class.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • New Hampshire
Biden on secret Romney tape: 'plenty of time' to react
September 19th, 2012
01:04 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden on secret Romney tape: 'plenty of time' to react

Washington (CNN) - For the second time on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden briefly commented on the controversial secret tape of a Mitt Romney fundraiser in May.

But in his second remarks on the matter, Biden went further than he had gone earlier: he raised the issue unprompted by reporters, indicated that he was aware of the interest in his reaction and essentially said that more will come, soon, from the Obama campaign.
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Biden on Romney tape: 'words speak for themselves'
September 18th, 2012
01:51 PM ET
2 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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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
Biden: 'I'm a good vice president'
September 17th, 2012
06:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden: 'I'm a good vice president'

Muscatine, Iowa (CNN) - At a brief stop in Iowa on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden jokingly graded his own political success this way: he failed as a presidential candidate but has succeeded as vice president.

Biden's comments came during a stop at a farmer's market and restaurant in Muscatine, Iowa, ahead of an afternoon campaign rally.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Joe Biden
Biden goes further on diplomat killings ahead of political speech
September 13th, 2012
07:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden goes further on diplomat killings ahead of political speech

Eau Claire, Wisconsin (CNN) - In the second time in as many days, Vice President Joe Biden began a political event on a somber note: commenting on the violence that killed four American diplomatic workers in Libya.

Yet on Thursday, the vice president went further than he'd gone a day before, stating that the perpetrators of violence "have no real values."
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama • Wisconsin
Biden mourns consulate deaths at Ohio campaign stop
September 12th, 2012
03:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden mourns consulate deaths at Ohio campaign stop

Fairborn, Ohio (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden forcefully responded at a campaign event on Wednesday to the violence that killed four American diplomats in Libya. In his remarks, Biden offered both prayers and praise for those who lost their lives, then transitioned to his standard political critique against his Republican rivals.

"I feel like it's necessary to begin on somewhat of a somber note with a word about the news out of Libya and out of Egypt," Biden said early on.
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Biden mocks GOP convention, ponders Martian reaction
September 8th, 2012
07:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden mocks GOP convention, ponders Martian reaction

Zanesville, Ohio (CNN) - Fresh off the Democratic National Convention, Vice President Joe Biden used two appearances in Ohio on Saturday to mock the Republican National Convention in Tampa and accused his opponents of not having the courage to explain their policies. Those and other comments were quickly labeled as "false and discredited attacks" by the Romney campaign.

Biden even went galactic: claiming that a Martian visiting the RNC would have, essentially, been lost in translation.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Republican National Convention
Ellison reacts to Jerusalem reference in party platform
September 6th, 2012
05:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Ellison reacts to Jerusalem reference in party platform

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, one of only two Muslim-Americans in Congress, reacted Thursday to the controversy over his party's newly-updated platform that references Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel.

"I do not want to see this issue used as a cudgel to beat on the president with," Ellison said. "They're trying to use the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a way to divide people."
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Filed under: 2012 • Democratic National Convention • Israel • Keith Ellison
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