Biden's 2012 message: 'Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive'
February 6th, 2012
08:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Biden's 2012 message: 'Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive'

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden ramped up his criticism of GOP presidential candidates on Monday, telling a crowd at a fundraiser in Florida that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were woefully out of touch with economic reality.

"Mitt Romney says the best way to deal with foreclosures is to let everything hit the bottom," Biden said at a fundraiser in Tallahassee. "No, no, no, no – by the way, from purely a dollars and cents standpoint, he could get ready to argue that, that's right out of the business school manual. But guess what? We're not reorganizing and purchasing companies, we're trying to rebuild a country."

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Biden made the remarks at the Challenger Center, where guests paid $100 per person to watch the vice president speak. Earlier he attended a fundraiser at the home of Donald Hinkle, a Florida attorney who donated to the Obama campaign in 2008 and has poured cash into other Democratic campaigns and organizations around the country. Tickets for that event cost $5,000 per person.

Biden told the crowd at the Challenger Center that Gingrich's oft-repeated label of President Barack Obama as the "food stamp president" was out of line.

"These are the same guys who are calling the president a 'food stamp president' – a thinly veiled, I don't know what it is, but it's inappropriate. It's inappropriate," Biden said.

He said the candidates weren't hiding anything on the campaign trail, making the case that Romney and Gingrich's positions were more revealing than what Republicans had campaigned on previously.

"For the first time, the Republicans are not – as we say, to use a football metaphor – they're not hiding the ball," Biden said. "They're saying exactly what they believe. For real – no, it's good – it's good because for the first time we can have an honest debate. These guys aren't out there saying, 'We're compassionate conservatives, we want to fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid.' They're just being straight up, saying what they believe."

Biden, advocating for a second Obama term, said the achievements of the past four years spoke for themselves.

"Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Biden said. "It's a metaphor, it's a metaphor for our foreign policy and our domestic economic policy."

In summing up the political climate, Biden said Americans were approaching the limit to the economic sacrifices they were willing to make.

"They've been asked to give and give and give," Biden said. "They've been asked to keep their wages stagnant, they've been asked to cut back on a whole bunch of things and they've done it."

He added, "I think the American people are tired of being tired."

Biden said the policies put in place by Obama would alleviate the economic strain felt by the middle class.

"Millions and millions of jobs will be coming back home from abroad," Biden predicted.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Vice President Biden
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Wendilynn

    The economy has to balance out. You can't keep numbers manipulated and expect business to grow. If we don't control the crash now, its just going to be worse later. And increasing our national debt is not controlling things.

    February 6, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Jake

    Obama/Biden 2012! Four more years!!

    February 6, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Americal

    Way to go. Osama is dead and General Motors in Alive. Thats the reality.
    Obama-Biden 2012

    February 6, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Romney is not My Hero

    Biden looks like the love child of Ron Paul and Santorum. Anyway, he's right. Robot Romney, Nuclear Gangrene, Ron "Depends" Paul and what's his name, Oh, Sanitary – um – Santorum are all crazy, rich nutcases manufactured by the repukes. The GOP is out of touch with the rest of us.

    February 6, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    Hey Joe – I don't know if you actually read any of these comments on here, or not, but – obama really likes you, okay ? He's been getting pretty much most of his "tips" & "pointers" from you, ever since we elected you guys, okay ? I mean, you're smart and all, but how about taking a "break" for the next 4 yrs, ? So – what do you think, Joe ? Why don't you & Hillary do a "trade jobs" sort of thing, okay ? nothin against ya, Joe . But – we really would like to keep a democrat IN for the next 4 yrs, okay ?

    February 6, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. stars

    I agree with Joe jobs are already coming back just watch when all hell break out in China they will be falling over each other getting out of there. China is going fall.

    February 6, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Nwvotes

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    February 6, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. MikeH

    Gadaffi is dead too, as are most of Bin Laden's playmates.

    Just think how much further along in economic recovery we'd be if the traitorous Republicans weren't trying so hard to prevent that recovery in order to hurt Obama.

    The Republican Party is a malignant cancer upon this country, this Republican cancer needs to be excised from the nation.

    February 6, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. hamsta

    i got rid of a sh?tty chevy to get my toyota now has 200,000 on the odometer and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it not even a burned out light bulb.i put 4 engines 3 transmissions(i wasnt rough on it,the factory clutch was still good when i junked it at 185,000 on the odometer)a rear differential 2 complete a/c systems and a front end the time the truck was paid for(it was a brand new truck)i spent twice the sticker price just to keep it running.i never will buy a chevy again.MY CHEVY IS BEYOND DEAD.and dont forget it was bush's strategy and policies that got bin laden.

    February 6, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Get real

    ....and the country is still going down the tubes, so what's your point again?

    February 6, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. tigerakabj

    Perfect soundbite. And the Dems should use that as a way to say that they are strong on the economy and strong on national defense. And even though national security is less of an issue this election cycle, it is part of the president's agenda and he will surely campaign on the successes that have saved America billions (i.e., ending Afghanistan war, ended Iraq War, dismantling Al Qaeda, getting rid of Khaddafy, isolating Iran, regaining our respect worldwide0.

    Obama/Biden/E.Warren 2012

    February 6, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. gt

    and we owe china billions.. and 8 .5 % unemployed ... and home prices stink .. and 401 k are down..

    February 6, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. bassman

    Pres. Obama's decision to go in and get Bin Laden was the easiest of his presidency. I am amused by the hero worship by some in the media. If we had learned that Pres. Obama was told by our intellegence that they knew where Bin Laden was and Mr. Obama had not gone in and gotten him, we would have thrown him out of office. Pres. Obama did not make a heroic decision. He made the only choice he had.

    February 6, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Truthseeker

    Love you, VP Biden! We're behind you guys, 110%!

    February 6, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. James

    Biden is not smart enough to use the English language. "Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Biden said. "It's a metaphor, it's a metaphor for our foreign policy and our domestic economic policy."

    Joe, a metaphor is when you use something intangible to describe something tangible.

    The examples you gave are illustrative of the Obama’s foreign policy and Obama’s economic policy.

    February 6, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Dave

    And it only cost us $280 billion for Bin Laden and $14 billion for GM

    February 6, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    "No, no, no, no – by the way, from purely a dollars and cents standpoint, he could get ready to argue that, that's right out of the business school manual. But guess what? We're not reorganizing and purchasing companies, we're trying to rebuild a country."
    And Biden would have something to talk about if he and Obama weren't so damn awful at what they have been trying to do with the housing market. Their programs have been miserable failures to say the least. They absolutely should have left it to private companies. Our $16 trillion of national debt is due in no small way to these Federal housing program failures.

    February 6, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. tim12

    i cannot for the life of me. take joe biden seriously.

    February 7, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    Its true the Republican presidential candidate nomination process has indicated
    a) Some deep divides in party ideology.
    b) We dont need to know just that Republicans want obama as a one term president thats the name of the game!! Defeat your opponent!! We want to know how you will fix things not just that Obama screwed up on everything but also why he screwed up in simple provable language please.
    c) The much too much loud volume and frequent raising of what the media mislabels or misspeaks as" social issues" that are in fact Religious based ideologies of some sects expected/demanded of Republican candidates.In all these elections and caucus. They are maybe 5% of a voters determining ideas when voting. Jobs the economy, education, infrastructure, energy; are much more important. I want them to debate these issues with ideas and solutions not to just criticise the President. OK fine what would you do!?

    February 7, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. mrdeshon

    Amen to that Joe! The Repubes are finally showing their true faces & Im happy they are. Come November America will be a Demo-cracy again.

    February 7, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  21. Debra From Georgia

    and the Iraq war is no more, don't forget about those 3.9 millions jobs that was created .

    February 7, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  22. Willie Floyd

    Bless you Mr. V.P. I believe Americans are sick of the pessimism coming from the Reps. Our pres. speaks optimism even when he knows it is going to be difficult to bring our country back to the Clinton era. He has accomplished a grat deal and deserves 4 more years to make our country what we all know it can be.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 7, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  23. Willie Floyd

    ooops-sorry, great-it's early!

    February 7, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  24. shapiro

    Thank you Obama & Biden you are going to get my VOTE. Again thank you from briging this country back to LIVE.

    February 7, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  25. Kala

    Go get'em Uncle Joe! 🙂

    February 7, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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