Biden makes his 2012 pitch
October 23rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Biden makes his 2012 pitch

(CNN) - The bumper sticker for the president's re-election effort will be "let's get the economy moving," according to Vice President Joe Biden.

Although Biden was quick to highlight specific growth in the economy, he also stressed the importance of the jobs bill proposed by the Obama administration.

"The jobs bill … it's not just the individual jobs, it's getting the economy moving," Biden said on CNN's "State of the Union," in an interview that aired Sunday. "That's why it's so important that this jobs bill be passed, so there's something positive occurring."

When asked how economic negatives like the record high misery index level – which combines unemployment and inflation - will influence the election, Biden said the argument to voters will be that the economy is improving, and that Democrats are a better choice than Republicans.

"Everything is a choice. There's a clear choice emerging here," Biden said. "Listening to the Republican debates, what is their answer?"

The second most powerful Democrat in the party said the GOP is advocating for the same policies that led to the financial downturn like deregulating Wall Street, cutting environmental regulations and increasing tax cuts for the very wealthy.

While saying the next election will be "tough," he also espoused optimism.

"The country has inherited very difficult political and economic times," Biden told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, adding that "when people begin to focus, I think the choice is going to become awfully clear."

What if the GOP nominee is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the current frontrunner and target of the president's advisers?

"I think whoever is our opponent will be tough," Biden said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • President Obama • Republicans • TV-State of the Union
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    No way that I would ever vote for this man, the way he conducts himself. I wouldn't vote for him, for dogcatcher!

    October 23, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Russ in Md

    I'd sooner vote for Bozo the clown.

    October 23, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Pa Mom

    God help us. This man needs a full time employee just for damage control.

    October 23, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Sorry I am running for office I can’t have illegal working in my yard.
    Or the governor gives free tuition to illegal immigrants then blame the federal governments
    or start tax code with 9-9-9 then 9-0-9 next 0-0-0
    I can’t vote none of the above so I left one choice Obama / Biden

    October 23, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Gee,
    Now Joe you do make a very mediocre VP but I don't think you would make a very good Milkman. Because all we get from you is a lotta bull.

    October 23, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. FIELD1stSGT

    Only morons would listen to this man and his defense of do nothing Obama. You first have to know what to do before you can inact it. You can't just writeup a book of 7,000 pages and expect it to go through Congress. If Obama's job bill is anything like Obamacare. OH PLEASE, start a fire with it before he executive orders it into law. Such an idiot. He cares nothing, but for one race and it ain't Americans.

    October 23, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. FIELD1stSGT

    vic , nashville ,tn
    What did you say. Your typical of Obama. Please write so that someone can make sense of what you wrote.

    October 23, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Steve-Illinois

    I almost wish they would pass the "jobs bill" in it's entirety. By this time next year it would be obvious to any reasonable thinking person that it was another total failure, and nothing but a pay off to the unions!
    Problem is, we just cannot afford to flush another 1/2 trillion dollars down the crapper just to prove a point!

    October 23, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |