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. Chedar

    Unfortunately, the man that truly can unite this country is at the 3rd place in the Republican race and that is Jon Huntsman. Choosing Romney which is truly out of touch with the majority if the American is a big mistake in the Republican primary.

    January 11, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Mr. VP you have it all wrong. How can a multi millionaire who buys businesses and fires American workers and thinks that corporations are people and fres his long time lawn service because he's running for president for pete's sake is out of touch with the vanishing middle class.

    January 11, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  3. LegendRx

    Amen Mr. Vice President!

    January 11, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  4. EdSantaFe

    Romney is a vulture.

    January 11, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. one voice

    You tell'em Joe, Our Country is doomed if Romney becomes President. A Corporate Capitalist is what he is and if you think things were bad under Bush, Romney will put the middle class out of Our misery. Obama/Biden 2012

    January 11, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  6. Jerry

    This president's lapdog is accusing Mr. Romney of doing exactly the same thing they have been doing for over three years. This administration has no shame. They probably don't even know what shame is.

    I hope we the voters across the country are smarter than this administration estimates us to be.

    Yes, I am a life-long Democrat!

    January 11, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  7. ST

    In never thought I would say this, sorry I do not see that Romney has made history by winning two states consecutively. The man has benefited from the weak field of competitors. Ask yourself why he didn't make it the same way in his last bid 2008, as he is still the same person now! Never in the past, existed a weak field like this time.

    January 11, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  8. marty

    It isn't that Joe Biden talks too much, it's that he irritates the monied class. He speaks with common sense and has a personal history of peaks and valleys that many families experience. He understands the plight of middle class Americans and puts forth an effort to enhance a working environment conducive to economic growth and 'ole time opportunity. Joe is a far cry from the Kenny Leys, Bernie Madoffs, Koch brothers., et al.

    January 11, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  9. Larry

    Who's "Biden"????? Oh wait, he's that guy you never hear from.... the VP or something.....who's going to be out of a job soon.... Ohhhhhhh, I remember! And his opinion matters because...........

    January 11, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  10. Steve-Illinois

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

    First time I've heard Biden say something that makes sense! Too bad the "brush" Biden refers to is the Obama administration! Until we get this administration out, the country will languish right where we are for four more years.

    January 11, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  11. Jeff from Columbus

    Biden calling anyone "out of touch" is laughable. This from a guy who seems out of touch with a coherent sentence.

    Obama DESPERATELY needs to nominate someone other than Biden for VP next year. Biden's lost it and its time for him to step aside for his own good.

    January 11, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  12. JOE

    What I find outrageous is while for three years the GOP and their Tea Party have played games with the American people by stalling progress in Washington and governing for the wealthy, Vice President Joe Biden has remained totally silent all this time. And what is even more discouraging is Vice President Biden is usually a talker and has never ever known as a shy guy, yet like the rest of the Democrats in congress, he has remained totally silent and withdrawn from the political scene for three years while the opposition and the mainstream media have deliberately distorted and twisted the facts to score political points. Now all of a sudden we are hearing from the Vice President again. But nevertheless, I'm confident that President Obama is going to be re-electedand. However if he doesn't get re-elected, I won't be too disappointed because if this country is destroyed by another Republican in office, all I can say is America got exactly what it deserved for its complacency, prejudice and ignorance.

    January 11, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  13. quinLee

    I'm not a Romney supporter but I must admit I don't understand why the media and talking heads are making such a fuss over his "firing" comment. Heck, I'd like to fire Time Warner Cable today but the alternative stinks even worse.

    January 11, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. oneofthe53

    This nonsense is coming from the "foodstamp" administration. Make no doubt that the policies of this current corrupt administration have done more to destroy the middle class than few of us could possibly expect after 3 years. They have worked hard to create a two system class: the political and elitist class and then everyone else. How about Solyndra? and the other billions wasted during the stimulus. Save the country and vote these guys out in 2012.

    January 11, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney has been wealthy for far too long to understand the what the middle class needs. I would hope that Romney actually speaks to a wide specturm of people to understand what the country needs because there are many different needs.

    January 11, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  16. Scott

    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.
    These are achivements??? First Health Care Reform is most likely going to be found illegal. After all you cannot force people to buy a goverment product, goes against the constitution. Seocnd unemployment is over 9% has not change at all excpet for seasonal jobs, which went away. So expect the next report to reflect an increase in unemployment. Yes the auto industry is doing well, but how much can we thank the Goverment for that, after all the Democrats and Obama want to tax corparations more money which would decrease the profits.

    January 11, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  17. russinmaine

    What Mr. Biden fails to mention however, is that unless you are middle class "UNION" the Obama administration has no idea who you are!

    January 11, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  18. Get Real

    What did Obama ever see in this guy. Man, I wished Hillary would have won the nomination in 2008.

    January 11, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  19. Fairplay99

    Little bit nervous Joe? President Mitt Romney sounds much better to me!

    January 11, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  20. nonsense

    Biden is the one out of touch. What has he done as VP for the past 3 yrs? And why do people always focus on Romney's wealth? He's not even in Forbe's top 400 wealthiest in America?? These hypocrites act like they are so poor that they have to slam the one who have worked hard for their money. That's capitalism for you! Hey, which would you prefer- capitalism where you are rewarded for hard work. Or socialism- where it doesn't matter how hard you work but lazy people get a free ride!!!

    January 11, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  21. Maryellen

    Bidens right, Romneys just a typical Republician. Not a bad guy but very out of touch with the American people.

    January 11, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  22. Sandy

    All the Democrats have to do is hit Romney over the head the the truth. All Romney does is tell lies.

    January 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  23. Nick

    Shareholders and private investors create jobs, Joe. Employees don't create jobs. If shareholders and private investors are not rewarded for their risk-taking, no investment is made and no jobs created. 78% of the companies Bain helped SURVIVED and many propsered. #1 problem with this administration: they don't understand how and WHY jobs are created. Ideology has blinded them.

    January 11, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  24. cigarman

    Hey Biden, didn`t you get the memo that Bisinesses are people to? The more human people a Business can get rid of, the more money the Business can put in it`s pocket. Mr Biden, dont you know that it is better to send jobs overseas where people work for almost nothing than it is to stay in the United States. Why would a Business want to put up with those pesky Unions, U.S. Regulations, Environmental rules, State rules, County Rules, City rules and also provide health care for employees. Biden, we will not put up with the Silly Laws and rules to have safe drinking water any longer, we are a Business and we are out to make Money for ourselves any way that we can. This Message Brought to you from any Republican. Vote Republican

    January 11, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Actually, Joe was too kind. Flipper the Robot has Karl Rove as his puppetmaster/programmer and Karl is definitely evil and immoral. Flipper probably fits the description as well given he has apparently volunteered to put his political fate in the hands of Karl and his bloodthirsty neocon elitists.

    January 11, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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