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. ZB

    In this corner we have Mitt Romney, a lying flip-flopping draft dodger who made millionrs off of the misery of others, wants to cut even more taxes for the wealthy and corporations, and cut benefits to everyone else while going to, and on the other side we have Obama who has fixed the economy the Republican/Tparty broke and the wars they created while having to fight them every step of the way. The choice is absolutely clear to me: Another Bush in the White House with Romney or continuing to make America work for the American people instead of just the wealthy and corporations.

    January 11, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. king

    well i guest these voters are set to put this country in a meat grinder again. its crazy to lesson to the rich and the powerful constantly pushing their agenda down the american peoples throught. yet we hardly hear about what the regular joe point of view is. the rich shout free enterprise free enterprise to the people, when majority of the people doesn't know how the rich free enterprise system works. this system is base on cut throught dont take any prisoner, taking risk, risk, risk kind of world and hope somthing turns out good. This what flung the economy into a near great depression 3 years ago, its as unstable as the global stock market. imagine when the repubs take power, that the whole american economy will be based upon the global stock markets.

    January 11, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Derrick, Atlanta

    Wasn't Romney one of the only republicans who suggested extending middle class tax cuts? Or is that just a bait & switch waiting to happen?

    January 11, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |

    People who grow up with slver spoons in their mouths can not possibly know what struggles the middle class is facing. Which is why Willard is so out of touch. I mean there are millions of people out of work, but it's OK to place a $10,000 wager on national tv. For some, 10,000 may be what they make in a year. Not to mention Willard's comment regarding the illegal immigrants working on his property. "I'm running for office for Pete's sake." So I guess if he weren;t running for office, it will be perfectly fine.

    January 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. ruetienne

    VP Biden feels we need to clear the brush out of the way. More like a brick wall thanks to the GOP. The party of No doesn't want a solution which might help the country....and Obama. Ever wonder why we've been so efficient with eliminating the top terrorists, including Bin Laden? Because Obama didn't need the Republican House when he acted in the country's best interest.

    January 11, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. Joe M.

    I have yet to hear what "bargain" Biden thinks exists. There is no bargain. Some win, some lose. In the end, because of capitalism, the poor person in this country lives like a king compared to the "poor" in other countries. I'd say that's a success, and the "bargain".

    January 11, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |

    Someone who think corporations are people is clearly not suited to be the President.

    January 11, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  8. Indy

    Obama has got to be happy that he will end up going against Romney and it is down to a vote for the people (Obama) or a vote for Corporations (Romney) This election really will be about saving the middle class or allowing trickle down economics to run our lives.

    January 11, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. GI Joe

    @Derrick - It's a small cut for middle income, a BIG cut for wealthy. 10% of 40,000 is 400. But 10% of 1,000,000 is 40,000. He will cut their taxes by more than what most people make.

    January 11, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. diridi

    "Corporations are also people, My Friend".. God bless you, Biden, we love you.....Obama2012.
    PS: Democrats, stay together on single rope. United we win in USA, GOP idiots further mess, we are just on track to right side. GOP for Rich, Corporate, Oil, Not for Middle-Class. Middle-Class is crushed to death in fangs of wretched Greed of GOP. God bless.

    January 11, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Pete/Ark

    Mr. Romney...IF you happen to get elected will you PLEASE keep "Crazy Uncle Joe" as VP?...there's nobody in YOUR party who has mastered the art of talking straight

    January 11, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. JOE

    Say what you rightwing conservatives want to say about the domestic and foreign policies of this administration because by now we all know you people call success failure and failure success. And its laughable that you people continue to support the Republicans who are still upholding the policies that led to our failures abroad and at home.

    So you don't like healthcare and financial reform and you despise the economic recovery legislation. And for three years you people have kept saying that Obama is destroying this country. Should I laught or should I cry? And when it comes to the foreign affairs, you people say that Obama has failed abroad too. Again, should I laught or should I cry? So you deslike everything that Obama has done in three years and you say Obama is destroying America right? Well, tell me this... how many Americans have died at home and abroad in the last three years as a result of the domestic and foreign policies of the Obama administration? Say zero? You still think Obama is destroying America?

    January 11, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. petemg

    Obama needs to step back and allow people to form their own opinions. Why is he and Biden so scared that they have to bash everybody. Sounds as if they have much to hide. Grow up.

    January 11, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. BeStill

    Mitt Romney is so rich you can see money in his name.

    ROMNEY – Money

    January 11, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    It would appear as though our conservative friends have come around to the idea that Romney is their man, even though he created the model for healthcare reform, based upon ideas the Heritage Foundation and other conservative think tanks have advocated for decades. The real problem they have is that those ideas were implemented by a Democratic president. So, if they are ruled unconstitutional by the conservative SCOTUS( which has members with clear conflicts of interest from both sides of the aisle), you can blame people like Mitt and Newt for proposing ideas their own people shot down for purley political reasons, NOT because the policy was bad. If the court does not rule in favor of the GOP, who can they blame? Their own appointees who will have interpreted the law according to the Constitution. Should be interesting to see what the candidates propose if the law is struck down: will Willard give us more of the arguements about the wonders of the marketplace, which have caused premiums to increase every year with no commensurate increase in coverage? Why should my hard-earned money keep going to some CEO's retirement, instead of my own?

    January 11, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. Henry Miller

    @met: "This election should be a no-brainer."

    True: Obama has been such an unmitigated disaster that just about any Bozo would be an improvement.

    January 11, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    Steve, I'd rather "languish where we are for the next four years" than to revert to the previous 10 years of policies and practices that were dragging the nation off a cliff prior to January 2009.

    January 11, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. JOE

    If President Obama has been a desaster or has failed America as Mitt Romney likes to say, why not point out where he has failed. O' and by the way, before you respond, you should tell the American people why you people voted for GWB twice and allowed him to destroy America.

    January 11, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Joe M., the bargain is about having an equal shot in life: what you do with is up to you, but Romney has no understanding about how important that opportunity is. Son of a governor, with an Ivy-League education, and tons of connections: do you really think he understands what most people go through? Its about opportunity, not entitlement, and opportunity is getting squeezed out in the name of anarchic capitalism. Every great society has succeeded because of policies that benefir the nation, and, as Adam Smith said in the " Wealth of Nation", business people confuse their interests with those of the nation, and cannot be relied upon as leaders. I agree with the Godfather of Capitalism, not Mitt Romney, who engaged in legalized looting with Bain. Romeny simply does not get it, and every time he tries to be a regualr person, he's about as convincing as Mike Dukakis riding in a tank.

    January 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Independent Voters

    Biden is telling the true, Romney said he is for the TeaParty not the middle class.

    January 11, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    @Henry Miller

    @met: "This election should be a no-brainer."

    True: Obama has been such an unmitigated disaster that just about any Bozo would be an improvement.

    So, you do agree with the clown-car analogy, then?

    January 11, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    OK... I'll admit it – I LOVE ticker articles that reference Biden. It brings back fond memories of the classic foot-in-the-mouth gaffes this wind bag buffoon has entertained us with for so long.

    January 11, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Jamie5

    "these are not immoral bad guys". Yes, they are. unnecessary war, torture = "enhanced interrogation techniques", "we don't do body counts", "we've made progress, we,ve killed thousands", "Iraq attacked us on 9/11, Gitmo, Bagram, rendition and torture. All while carrying the cross and waving the flag. They have not changed-not in word or deed.

    January 11, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. Georgia Girl

    Mitt Romney is a liar and will say and do anything to get elected. He doesn't have a clue what it is like to be poor or struggling in America. Pres. and Mrs. Obama had just paid off their student loans right before taking office. That was because they both went to college (through the hard work of their parents) and made something out of themselves. They weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Same with VP and Mrs. Biden. For those of you who are tauting Jon Huntsman. Well his daddy is financing his campaign. Most canditates are getting out and working for contributions from people and in Romney's case "corporations". But Mr. Huntsman's daddy is his superpac. So that says to me that if he wants something bad enough, his daddy will get it for him. P-L-E-A-S-E, I think i want someone that pulled themselves up from their boot straps( as the republicans always say) to run this country. Elect Mittens if you want to...he will probably fire everyone in government jobs and that includes our teachers, firemen, police officer and servicemen and women. Wake up America. You see what these radical governors around the country are doing and you put them in office in 2010 with the awakening of the tea party. God Please Bless America with the next 4 years letting President Obama finish what he started and the is digging us out of this Bush/Cheney recession and continuing to protect our country.

    January 11, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. Jamie5

    @Henry Miller. Bozo = Bush.

    January 11, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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