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. Larry L

    Tell it like it is Joe! I appreciate your advocacy for the working folks.

    January 11, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. tstorm

    Romney has done nothing but flip-flopped on issues, raided companies, and laid off employees. He's a billionaire who could not be more out of touch with the middle class! Obama has created more jobs in the first 3 years of his administration than Bush did in his entire 8 years. Obama has my vote in 2012.

    January 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. James PDX

    Venture capitilism is ugly. But it doesn't work being nice. I have no problem with Romney heading such a company. What I do have a problem with is him spinning his position there as being one of job creation. That's not even spinning. It's lying.

    January 11, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Just make it up

    If Romney is elected president (which I doubt) and he helps big corportations aquire more wealth and power, I perdict we will have a civil war. Americans will not put up much longer with the rich getting richer and the middle class disappearing into the ranks of the poor. These elitist will find bloodshed in the streets and be hunkered down in their limosines calling for unionized cops to help them ... only to find out they should have been a little more considerate to those unions.

    January 11, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. JOE

    Perhaps what the Romney supporters and Mitt himself haven't yet realized is that when all is said and the stage is finally set for the Presidential debates, President Obama is goanna be standing right there next to Mitt to defend his policies, difuse the propaganda and DISECT Mitt Romney. Mitt, you'd be shaking in your boots when the times comes. Hahahaha!

    January 11, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Travis

    Biden has no idea how the economy works.

    January 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Danny

    What has Obama and Biden done for the middle class except talk about it? Typical liberals; all talk no meaningfull action.

    January 11, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. detada

    Romney criticized the president greatly, for bailing out GM and Chrysler. Clearly, the decision to loan money to these companies saved hundreds of thousands of jobs (by some estimates, millions), directly and indirectly. If Romney were president, he would have installed his Bain Capital model and allowed them to go belly up, assuring the loss of many of those jobs and probably turning ownership over to a foreign automaker. Today however, Romney claims the president did want HE told him to do.

    Note to Mitt: "Creating jobs" and "Creating profit" are not the same thing. Bain's sole function was to create profit, not to create jobs. If, as a result of the process, jobs are created or jobs are cut, then so be it. That is your brand of "Free Enterprise" in accordance with the top 1%. Why? Because they are going to get fatter and richer either way. The other 99% are collateral damage.

    January 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Lynn

    The economy works with money and who has the money? The high rollers who own businesses, fire people and make those remaining employees work 80 hr weeks. It's all about making more profits with fewer workers. Greed and Republicans are interchangeable words.

    January 11, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. phoenix86

    Interesting, Obama bailed out the private equity shareholder at Solyndra by having the taxpayer pay his investment back before it went under. Obama insulated the biggest banks by making the taxpayer liable for big bank failures through his financial reform bill.

    Obama and Biden are the great champions of crony capitalism.

    January 11, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Ed 1

    Obama doesn't care about anything or anybody but getting re-elected that's a fact.

    He is the worst leader we have ever had as a President including Carter.

    When things doesn't go according to Obama he talks about your SS cuts and all cuts that would be done except the government cuts that need to be made.

    All he cares about is NUMBER 1 Obama period.

    Don't let the snake oil salesman fool you.

    January 11, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. informed voter

    The only sane, logical and smart choice is to give President Obama another term to fix the disasters of the Bush error. President Obama's policies have worked to turn our economy around, he ended DADT, saved the American auto industry, killed Bin Laden, passed ACA, ended our occupation of Iraq, and the list of positive accomplishments go on and on. He achieved all of this without any help from the most hostile Congress any President has had to face. Imagine how much better off the economy would be by now if the hateful Republicans, whose stated goal from day one was to ensure Obama's failure, had actually supported the progress. A vote for Romney is a vote to return to the days of corporate raiding, greed and squashing the little guy. A vote for Obama is a vote to continue moving this great nation forward! Obama, 2012, seriously.

    January 11, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "If Romney were president, he would have installed his Bain Capital model and allowed them to go belly up, assuring the loss of many of those jobs and probably turning ownership over to a foreign automaker"
    Ummmm... who do you think owns Chrysler? If you said foreigh automaker Fiat, you are correct and win a cookie.

    January 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. NVa Native

    Biden is great. It's nice to have a real person as the VP working for real Americans.

    January 11, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Nellie Bly

    I can't wait for the campaign stop where an audience member tells Romney he's losing his home and asks Mittens what he would do as President to help out homeowners. I'm sure the answer will be something along the lines of "go live in one of your other homes."

    January 11, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Bill

    the fight in November is about whether we want to go back to republicanism, or finish our journey back from the depths of the hole the last republican journey put us into.

    Republicanism isn't about the real lives of people and their hopes and desires. They just as easy and as fast tear your company apart and the heck wth the employees; their lives; family and future – just because, as they say, its what made America Great. that kind of citizenship didn't make us great, it makes republicans keep control and keeps us in a cycle of fighting for survival everytime they are in control of government.

    January 11, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. GI Joe

    People - Restore our Future, Paulsen, is the biggest contributor to Romney Super PAC. You remember Paulsen.

    He raked in a fortune as a hedge-fund manager when he bet the housing market would fail. If Romney gets in, he'll make a forturne betting that America Fails, and Romney will make sure of it. Mark my word.

    January 11, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Sarah

    Probably true. While Joe, Barack, Nacy and Harry are just out of touch with reality !
    4 and the Door – Lets get these theives out of DC !

    January 11, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. NVa Native

    As far as Presidents go – Carter was much better than either or any Bush..... and definitely way better than the right-wing Messiah (Reagan) for that matter.

    Obama saved US from the Repub’s Great Depression, and just that will put him up there in the top ten…..with Clinton.

    January 11, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Joma14

    just some ridiculous dem arguments. I want a president who knows business success. That means he's in touch, in ways that we need him/her to be in touch. And are we dimwitted enough to think that empathy belongs to and is ubderstood by, only we poor and middle class folks? Joe, I like you, but don't be the junk yard dog. If the pres wants to take a swipe, let him.

    January 11, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    phoenix86, with regards to your comment on crony capitalis, do you recall the no-bid contracts under the Bush administration to Halliburton for the Iraq reconstruction? I'm sure the trst fund Cheney set up for himself more than compenated him for the 8 years as VP, while he paid off favors to his friends in the oil and gas business. Compared to Halliburton, Solyndra pales in comparison, and there is no evidence that Obama has gained financially from the support of Solyndra.

    January 11, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. ted

    Give 'em hell Joe. The repubs deserve it. All they care about are the corporations and the whiny millionaires. They are more about obstructing than constructing when it comes to moving this country ahead.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 11, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. sonny chapman

    Here it is; straight & simple,fits on a car bumper too, just like American Electorate likes it."Clinton Economy Good, Bush Economy Bad". or, "Trickle Down Hurts Middle Class".

    January 11, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. StuntDonkey

    What most of you conservatives don't understand is that voting for any Republican candidate these days is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. Not a one has your best interests at heart. If any are elected, look forward to the 'good old days' when derivatives were unregulated and Wall Street created bubbles with ease.

    January 11, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Bill

    Well nice to hear from the VP. All right Joe, back to bed now and here are your meds. We will let the president handle this. No Joe, there isnt a number for

    January 11, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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