Biden hits Romney in primary night address
January 10th, 2012
11:29 PM ET
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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. TPF

    Don't worry about anything Biden says, he's had his entire career to show that he is ineffective. He needs to get on Amtrack and ride it out of town for the last time.

    January 11, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Jamie5

    @ 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." Ditto.

    January 11, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Fair is Fair


    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
    It is not the job of the federal government to use taxpayer money to "bet" on ANY company or industry.

    January 11, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. clarke

    Mitt is not a bad guy, but he just doesn't get what a regular person who does not have the life he has and still has been afforded to him. It's not his fault, he was born into it, he just doesn't understand what it is like to not have money to feed your family. He will never be a regular guy. Most politicians are very much like this, they have been afforded a good life, They don't understand us and we don't understand them. No one is at fault and no one is to blame, it is just the way it is.

    January 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Gary

    Is Biden serious? By "obama's achievements" he must be talking about the things obama and the democrats in congress did that have hampered our recovery. Obamacare – has caused well-publicized problems for businesses, and even created an atmosphere where businesses are holding on to their profits instead of reinvesting in their own growth because of all the unknowns they perceive could be coming: Saved the Auto Industry – Really? sure they are still around but in a much smaller size and many fewer choices from the American automakers. Except of course for Ford who didn't take any bailout money, but recovered on their own! And finally he mentions Job Creation. Depending upon which statistic you look at one could create their own results. Jobless Claims in December dropped, because surprise, December has Always been a traditional employment bump because of holiday shopping. Where are the statistics that take into account, ALL Jobless claims, plus those who are no longer receiving unemployment!

    January 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Puddin

    Romney will get us the same ole behavior as McConnell, Boehner, Cantor and other Repub. members of the House. Hail to the rich, to hell with the middle class and those scraping the bottom of the barrell. Even though Huntsman is a rich guy, I feel he is the most decent. We just cannot have the same thing as is happening now.....only more of it. I fear Occupy will really get out of hand if these rich corporations don't stop lining their own pockets and thinking of their employees as peons. Remember, these peons are doing the work.

    January 11, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. justin

    As his boss once commented, "That's Joe being Joe." Nuff said.

    January 11, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Smako

    It's good to know that Obama bin Biden is in touch with the working class. Obamacare is a good sign of that. While Biden made a fortune in the stock market from the businesses that Romney consolidated, he didn't enjoy it. Sort of like making a fortune from the stock market when droves of American companies sent their work to China. Sort of like being a Senator and knowing these jobs are leaving and investing money in the stocks while the price is still low. Sort of like insider trading, but by legal definition, it isn't insider trading.

    January 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. JOE

    @ Gary

    And how many jobs your GOP/TeaParty controlled House of Representatives created for the American people? And where are the jobs your leaders promised? Zero jobs is not what we were looking for! And by the way, which Party created the economic crisis in the first place?

    January 11, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Kevin

    Biden who? He looks familar, but I just can't remember who that guy is?

    It's great the Dems are pulling Biden out of the closet right now. He should provide an entertaining distraction as people watch him put his entire foot ino his mouth every other sentence. He will be Mitt's "secret weapon behind enemy lines"!

    January 11, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. sayer

    I've never seen a president in my lifetime that works so hard, succeed in turning things around, and all in the face of a spiteful GOP. Imagine what President Obama could do with a little cooperation? OBAMA 2012!

    January 11, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Gary

    You obama/biden lovers are blinded by the lies and deceit coming out of the dems mouths. That's not to say that Romney or any of the other republicans are trustworthy either. History proves that very few politicians are straight shooters. However, how can you say this country is working as it should again? Internationally, obama has made us the laughingstock of the world powers. China is laughing at obama and his stupid economic policies all the way to the bank. What has obama done to speed up our economic recovery? Reagan had pulled the country out of the Carter recession well before he was up for reelection, which is mostly why he won reelection by a landslide (won 49 of 50 states in 1984). It's sounding like obama's plan was to hinder economic recovery as long as possible in hopes that his blind followers would reelect him with the falsehood that it takes more than four years for his "great" economic policies to fully work. obama may be a nice guy, and adored by millions, but he is a walking disaster as a president. He should quit and og back to doing what he does best, be a community organizer.

    January 11, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Nancy Pelosi

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

    Ole Joe "I can't keep my foot out of my mouth" Biden has a lot of room to talk.

    January 11, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    They're the GOP. They've been out of touch with America since Reagan was in office. Now, they all sound like a bunch of buffoons and wannabe J.R. Ewings. The GOP is useless and worthless. Vote them all out.

    January 11, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. luckjoe

    Biden is a career politician and a total dufus. I like the fact that Romney is a business man and knows how to make money. Maybe he will fire the 29,000 new government workers that Obama hired.

    January 11, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Dennis

    This election will be about the economy. I don't think Biden or his boss can even spell the word. This is a no-brainer. Romney has a succesful record on economic issues. Biden and Obama do not.

    January 11, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. NH Grandma

    The Obama haters on here are getting desperate and quite pathetic. Blaming Obama for sending jobs to China? Seriously? That started in the early 90's if not sooner. In fact, I believe Obama & Biden are working on an initiative to bring those jobs back to the USA. And, not acknowledging that he stemmed the loss of 700,000 jobs per month in late '08? Let's not be stupid and put the drunk drivers back at the wheel to further screw up the economy..Get a grip, people, Obama compared to the rest of the GOP whack jobs is our only logical choice. Can't call him "inexperienced" anymore either, he has 3+ years as Pres., more than those other fools, and it's been the most challenging mess any Pres. could have stepped in to.

    January 11, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. JOE


    Don't you mind that! President Obama has the greatest endorsement which is God and he's going to be re-elected by a landslide. Don't you worry a bit. Even if the unemployment rate was reduced to zero these people would still criticize our President. But don't worry, just keep the faith!

    January 11, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Scott O' Canada

    Romney is best suited to end the endless suffering of the middle class in America. Much like he would end the suffering of a wounded animal by putting it out of its misery. Read your history people. Even our conservative government here is shaking its head at your Conservative movement. The current Republican Party will have to reinvent itself after the next general election. Mark my words.

    January 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. John

    the 2012 election is actually quite simple: either big business calls all the shots (Romney), or the rights of the common man prevails (Obama).

    January 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Barry G.

    I agree with Biden, regarding this point, but the Democrats aren't much better.

    Leaders in both the Republican and Democratic parties have become extremely wealthy while in office (acquiring far more than their $170 K annual income).

    The lobbyists pay members of both parties handsomely for favors and preferential treatment, and every American should be outraged by this corrupt but legal practice.

    January 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Laurie in Spokane

    Romney as President would be a disaster. Talk about divisiveness, he'd be the cause of a lot more of it in Congress. His history shows he's big-business oriented, and has no concept of how the "99%" live and cope with day-to-day realities.

    January 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Kathy

    Joe tells it like it is, he's well known in these parts, so its not that im reading this article and knodding along.

    January 11, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Willow

    A vote for Willard is a vote for what we had with George Bush. More wars and the rich get richer. Wake up people!

    January 11, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. HUNGRY american

    The argument of republican versus democrats or Romney versus Obama is the last thing a middle to poor class citizen should be worried about. The argument could be compared to gang banging. Both groups have the same agenda with a different way of communicating to their followers. None of them are middle class citizens so how can they relate to life today. When it's all said and done we the people has turned into you the people and us the government and our friends. You can't even get a job today unless you know someone so how does the idea of the hard working capitalist is better than the down trodden welfare receiver make and sense when in a few years their will be rich and there will be poor regardless of who they chose to make the "figure head" of the atrocities.

    January 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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