Biden hits Romney in primary night address
January 10th, 2012
11:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden hits Romney in primary night address

(CNN) - As Republican presidential candidates monitored vote returns from Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Vice President Joe Biden slammed the contest's projected winner as out of touch with middle class Americans.

Speaking to New Hampshire voters via teleconference, Biden took specific aim at Mitt Romney, saying the former Massachusetts governor was more concerned with wealthy businesses than middle class workers.

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Biden conceded Romney's widely-commented-on comment that he "likes being able to fire people" was "probably taken a little out of context," but said the remark nonetheless reflected Romney's true sentiments.

"He thinks it's more important for the stockholders and the shareholders and the investors and the venture capital guys to do well than for those employees to be part of the bargain," Biden said.

Biden used Tuesday's address to try and counter the overwhelming Republican pretense in New Hampshire during the state's closely-monitored primary. President Barack Obama made a similar address to voters in Iowa last week during the state's caucuses.

In his address Tuesday, Biden said Romney was blind to the basic problems facing American voters.

"Listen to Mitt Romney. He has no idea the bargain even exists, let alone is broken. How else can you say the best way to fix the financial crisis is by letting it all go down to the bottom?" he asked.

The candidates' personalities weren't the problem, Biden said, but rather their platforms.

"These guys are not immoral bad guys," Biden said. "They have a fundamentally different view of this country and what will make it great."

Listing off achievements from President Barack Obama's first three years in office, Biden hit on the passage of health care reform, jobs creation, and staving of the collapse of the American auto industry.

Biden said the Obama White House had "one overarching commitment: to give the middle class a fighting chance."

"The country is ready to move," he added. "We've just got to clear the brush out of the way."

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. stephen a

    Just what does Romney think capitalism is? Middle class Americans heard the same rubbish from Reagan, let businesses regulate themselves and the wealth from their free market adventuism will trickle down from the wealthy to all of the rest of us. Worked well did it?

    January 11, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. RCart

    I'm no Romney fan but I would guess he created more jobs for the middle class than Obama/Biden ever created.

    January 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Dennis

    What will Obam'a's campaign slogan be for 2012? "It Could Be Worse"" That sounds about right.

    January 11, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. roscoe

    Romney out of touch? He thinks having his sons work on his campaign is serving the country the same as if they were in the military. Why doesn't anyone make a bigger deal out of that?

    January 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Ricardo

    ...I've never seen more incompetent and inept individuals than Biden and Obama. All Obama does is play golf, get celebrity people to come to the WH for concerts, take vacations, campaign every other day, and have fund raisers. When does this guy ever work for us? Do you guys have any idea of how much money we're spending, and we, the taxpayer, is paying so he can go out and campaign, do you? We are broke and he's spending like it's his own money. Shameful. At least Mitt Romney pays from his own pocket, and willing contributors. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Never again will I vote for a clown who does not have the real credentials to lead. Obama has not contribute a single piece of legislation for the benefit of this country. The health care plan, was written by morons in congress, and NOBODY read it before it was passed. Say what? Yep. To this day, nobody in congress has read that piece of legislation and actually understands it. How can that be? I give you inept politicians, from the very top, WH, to the bottom. After last night, if Romney gets the nomination, he will have my vote. We, Latinos should know better than to trust a democrat, they're always sticking it up to us. No mas!

    January 11, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "there is no evidence that Obama has gained financially from the support of Solyndra."
    It wasn't his intent. Obamas modis operandi has been and always will be 100% political, mainly by way of paybacks to his financial supporters – in this case, the environmental lobby.

    January 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. jgn

    You people had better listen very very carefully to what is happening in this country. It just isn't about repulican vs democrat anymore. There are no ridiculous dem arguments, and no evil rep plans. There is only the health of this country to take into consideration. I would bet that even the unemployed who write in to these posts still consider themselves 'middle class' and you've got to get some sense into your heads about what the bush team and thus the romney team if it won has in mind for the middle class. Industry considers ONLY the top echalon, the bankers and the ceos, the very wealthy and those they support so that they can maintain those rolls. And that is what the republican party typically bolsters, NOT the middle class. You may dream of becoming super rich but you never will. If you support jobs for people like us, you just might get one, or keep one.

    January 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. IndeePendant

    Conservatives can't identify the CORPORATIVES among them.

    January 11, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Not a one has your best interests at heart."
    Why is it Obama supporters are so presumptuous to think they know what everyone else's "best interests" are – financial or otherwise?

    January 11, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Gee, Crazy Joe and the Whitehouse socialists are attacking a Republican on a PRIMARY NIGHT, before the guy has even won the nomination. You'd think they might want to focus on DOING THEIR JOB and RUNNING THE COUNTRY and waiting until the nominee has been decided!

    This tells you how absolutely terrified they are of facing Romney in the general election. A man of competence and success versus Obama, an empty suit that has FAILED by his OWN standards.

    It's best you focus on a new residence come January Crazy Joe!

    January 11, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Trace

    Biden criticizing is laughable

    January 11, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. rude

    I am afraid when Romney says he will do everything for the People, he is thinking corporations are people!!

    January 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. glyder

    according to a report i read on drudge,the private equity industry gave 10.8m to dems and 6.5m to gop.another example of how these two parties are one and the same in the long run.amazing how so many still suck to a party,blaming the other party only and ignoring their champions.but,that's america.or the end of it.

    January 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. carrie

    Amen ....Bro Biden!

    January 11, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. this election will be . . .

    Wall Street versus Main Street . . .

    January 11, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. CBR

    The VP makes some good points. Mr. Romney has not done things that would make me feel he understands the problems in the country. He did not finish what he started in MA and his accomplishments there were not always great. He left before the going got tough and left his Lt. Governor holding the bag. He has not done military service nor has anyone in his family. He has not really done community service in the U.S. He has not had a job since he left MA but has been running for the presidency every since John MCCain beat him for the nomination. Unfortunately Romney has not been truthful about that either. He has taken pages right out of his father's run for office. Not too original.

    January 11, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. parkmore

    We do not see Biden. We do not know if he is the vice president? We do not hear from him... Where is he?

    January 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. ALPHA

    Joe you and your boss, Mr. Obama, have neglected to mention many other facts. Let me point one out. You and Mr. Obama received more in campagin contributions from venture/vulture capitalists than any Republican, including Mr. Romney. Check it out, it's all public record.

    January 11, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Hongli

    Anytime anyone says "he doesn't care for himself but he cares for the American people" then beware of the "VULTURE". Mitt Romney said those famous words last night and Americans should be on their guards because self praise is no recomendation. This is the very same guy that Americans shone only four years ago in favor of John McCain and time doesn't change your record.

    January 11, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. JOE

    @Fair is Fair

    And whose interest was it when the Republicans you support murdered our troops in Iraqi and destroyed this country for eight years?

    January 11, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Reload

    The US is the largest "company" in the world with the biggest budget, the most revenues, and the most employees. I would much rather have someone that has run large businesses that a "community organizer". Obama has failed at every turn and he can't blame it on Bush any more. Neither Biden nor Obama has ever had a real job and have skated through life living off the government - talk about out of touch. Obama is charismatic but has no leadership ability what so ever. He has failed and that is all there is to it. I hope that Romney has the opportunity to fire Obama and Biden for incompetence.

    January 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    @ JOE –

    Start by asking those in your own ranks – namely 2004 presidential nominee Sen. Kerry and 2008 presidential contender Sen. Clinton, both who voted in favor of the action (before they were against it, of course)

    January 11, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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