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."

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Vice President Biden
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Now if we can get a couple of REP to help with the country we ccan do something...

    January 11, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  2. Henry Miller

    On the other hand, Biden's boss is more concerned with buying votes from welfare bums with money taxed away from the middle class.

    January 11, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  3. Mike2012

    Mr. Biden i want you to stay on course, we gonna win it all!!!

    January 11, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  4. met

    This election should be a no-brainer. President Obama had stood for the commom man since he took the oath of office. I hope Americans see the real pain that would be inflicted from a Romney administration

    January 11, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. mk1

    There is no question that Romney is out of touch with middle America. How in the world can someone born with a golden spoon in his mouth and currently worth around 250 million have a clue what it is to be an average American. Not even remotely possible. His comments about firing someone, which he did in spades with Bain, and pink slips, and his 10,000 dollar bet show how out of touch he really is.

    January 11, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. Dan5404

    Republicans try to villify and dismiss Biden, but veteran legislators know he is a strong speaker and a more than adequqte point man for the president, Go, Joe!

    January 11, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  7. Jake

    We all know Biden is so in touch with the middle class too! Remember he charges the Secret Service to rent a cottage on his property, all so they can protect him. Where does the Secret Service get its money? Taxpayers. Thanks Biden you're so in touch with us.

    January 11, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. Tyler Durden

    Mitt is probably not an evil person, but the only reason he will condescend to leave his gated community and step out of his gold plated limo to robotically shake your hand is because he wants something from you (your vote). The selfish little rich boy grew up with a golden spoon in his mouth JUST LIKE W. BUSH. DO YOU WANT ANOTHER W. BUSH? "Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?" – George W. Bush

    January 11, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  9. Dee

    Exactly! Nice Work Mr. VP! OBAMA 2012! NO OTHER OPTIONS!

    January 11, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  10. George

    Thank God for the Obama/Biden duo better days are ahead for the US. Obama/Biden 2012!!

    January 11, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  11. DDanny1

    It's amusing that Republicans are even considering Mitt Romney, but then you look at the other candidates and it brings a little understanding. Mitt Romney is the ultimate elitist. Do you think he has EVER even ONCE in his life stopped to gas up, thought about getting a drink or snack but decided he really couldn't afford it. I seriously would bet when he hears the words "cutting back", he thinks of laying people off and outsourcing to maximize the bottom line for "Investors". Remember, just like his belief that "Corporations are people" when he claims he's just working to improve the bottom line for investors, HE IS ONE OF THOSE INVESTORS that's getting a better return by outsourcing jobs OUT of the country that provided the company the growth that made it successful enough to be a takeover target for Bain capital after a few bad years. Do you think he doesn't know that there will be people who have worked there for 30 years and will not be able to get a job that pays even CLOSE to what 30 years of loyalty and hard work earns you? Do ANY Republican voters realize that "increasing efficiency" just doesn't mean getting rid of that guy who plays around on the Internet all day and sneaks out early. It's looking at a department that has 20 employees and telling the manager they have to cut 5 of them, and the other 15 are just going to have to work 25% harder or they'll be the ones hitting the bricks.
    Before you guys give a Corporate Raider the keys to the kingdom, talk to someone who has been laid-off (nice way to say "fired") and ask them two questions.
    1. Were you laid-off because you were lazy, or was it because the department you worked in was told to reduce employees by a given amount?
    2. One year before they were "laid-off" did they suspect what was coming, which gave them a chance to downsize their house, start looking for a job and saving every dime they could in case they didn't get a job soon?

    January 11, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  12. Darrell

    GM is about the become the #1 car maker in the world. Obama/Biden bet on the US auto industry and its employees and won. Mitt, said let them go under. America, I am glad that Obama/Biden believed in the US auto industry and its workers and not them go under. Obama/Biden 2012!

    January 11, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  13. Laughing

    Being called out of touch by Biden means nothing. He's the guy who said he got the pulse of America from his favorite restaurant in it turned out had been closed 15 years. And of course his claim the Taliban shot down his helicopter while on a Senate visit to Afghanistan, a claim even John Kerry said was a lie

    January 11, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  14. Rob

    Obama wins by default. Don't fall for the GOP rhetoric. They screwed up the eoonomy and will totally destroy any reasonable chance of recovery if elected.

    January 11, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  15. bill

    obama (and biden) are disasters.

    January 11, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  16. Homer

    Clearing the brush out of the way includes getting rid of the most embarrassing Vice President since Dan Quayle! Good bye Joe, you gotta go.......

    January 11, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  17. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Congratulations to Mitt Romney. After 6 years and 10's of Millions of dollars, only 60% of Republicans don't want you as President.

    January 11, 2012 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  18. devonshire

    Since 2009 Biden has been head of the middle class economic task force. It is rather disingenuous of him to rail that the Republicans or Romney will not facilitate job creation for the middle class. Romney will because he understands the inequities in our trade agreements. The government policies that have prohibited business investment in jobs. My question for Biden is what are the RESULTS of your MIDDLE CLASS economic task force. The answer...nothing.

    January 11, 2012 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  19. Iamnotfooled

    " Corporations are people", and you can bet he will take care of that "people".

    Come on middleclass and poor you better get out there and Vote!

    January 11, 2012 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  20. Iamnotfooled

    Everything President Obama has done is for the middleclass and poor. Healthcare, student loans, auto industry, payroll tax cuts, tax cuts during stimulus, extend unemployment benefits, food stamps, saved teachers, police , firemens jobs, for unions and collective bargaining. Bringing our soldiers home and providing jobs for them with new law. Equal pay for women, DADT and gay rights. Women's rights. Seniors benefitting from donut hole in their prescription drugs. ETC. The economy is getting better. It needs more time. We don't need to upset it now.

    January 11, 2012 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  21. gg

    Joe Biden has done an excellent job as Vice President .He and President Obama well-deserve re-election.

    January 11, 2012 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  22. pray

    If anyone is out of touch Mr Quayle, (errr. Biden, oh what's the difference, your an equal moron) it is you. You are so out of step with the main stream. You and your partner have foisted onto the American people crime after crime and pushed down our throats disliked and damaging legislation without a consideration of us. So grow up and apply early for your unemployment check to beat the rush.

    January 11, 2012 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  23. Jonzi

    Whew! For a second I thought Biden had said that Romney was clean and articulate for a republican. That was close.

    January 11, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  24. CDaeda

    Biden is putting his foot in his mouth again?

    January 11, 2012 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  25. tommytd

    Since when is there all this concern about the middle class? The whole of DC is "out of touch" with the middle class but I guess it makes for a good campaign theme for the Dems.

    January 11, 2012 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
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