Biden shakes it up with 'Etch-A-Sketch' reference
October 18th, 2012
05:49 PM ET
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Biden shakes it up with 'Etch-A-Sketch' reference

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Long before binders and Big Bird, the outsized catchphrase of this election was "Etch-A-Sketch."

Nearly seven months after the children's toy had its fifteen minutes of fame on the campaign trail, Vice President Joe Biden remixed it with a recent campaign trail moment and unveiled the new hybrid line about Mitt Romney's tax plan at a rally in Nevada.

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"As the president said the day after the debate Romney's plans were sketchy," Biden said, referencing a comment Obama made at Tuesday's debate and again since. "Well, folks I don't think they were just sketchy - I think they were Etch-A-Sketchy."

Biden was rallying supporters in Las Vegas, a city where both he and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have held six events each this general election.

The vice president also lit into Romney and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, referencing a book

He allowed that the Republican candidates are "decent men… good fathers… good husbands," but said their policies have Americans in their sights.

"Ryan has written a book called 'The Young Guns' with two other fellows, members of the House, these are the Republican leaders of the House," Biden said, referencing a book Ryan wrote with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.

"Unfortunately," Biden continued, "the bullets are aimed at you."

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan, said the comments were "over-the-top rhetoric" that is "disappointing, but not all that surprising."

"In the absence of a vision or plan to move the country forward, the Vice President is left only with ugly political attacks beneath the dignity of the office he occupies," Buck said.

Biden criticized his opponents for their stances on abortion, an issue which returned to the spotlight after Romney said in a recent newspaper interview there is "no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."

He and his campaign later sought to clarify that he would support efforts to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood and would support judicial nominees who favor overturning Roe v. Wade.

Obama's campaign has hit Romney on the issue in television ads and on the campaign trail, as Biden did in Nevada.

"And after these debates, you have any doubt who they will likely appoint to the Supreme Court of the United States," he said. "How much chance do you think Roe v. Wade will survive after four years of a Romney Supreme Court?"

After the rally, the vice president visited a local elementary school where he mingled with kids on the playground.

"Everybody here gonna go to college?" Biden asked, as the fifth graders said they would.

Mingling with the students, he charmed them and their teachers.

"Thanks for letting me come to the playground," he said. "I wish we were coming to play basketball."

One child lodged a special request of the vice president-to send President Barack Obama to visit with them too. Biden assured them he'd put in the request and made sure to put in the good word for his boss.

"I'm Vice President Biden and I work with Barack Obama. He's a good guy."

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Nevada
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. don ricard

    whats the word for it in austrian obama? lol
    what graduate of harvard thinks austrian is a language? lol
    good lord

    October 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    @ancienttexan, I haven't seen a shift in polls like that (considering that the President is winning swing states) since the last of thousand of flip flops by your two slimeball lying candidates.

    October 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. don ricard

    barry sotero the only harvard graduate in history who thinks austrian is a language and that american soldiers liberated auschwitz.
    and where did he learn to mispronounce 'corpsemen"? columbia or the university of chicago?
    so intelligent

    October 19, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Lisa P


    The major point of the 5 point plan is to put people back to work, the more people working, the more taxes get paid instead of tax dollars going to fund people who cant find a job and have to claim wellfare which is at historic levels under this President. Taxing the rich wont get it done as every economist has said.
    October 19, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm
    Sure, but tax the rich and put it into education and people might be prepared for jobs that earn enough that they pay taxes, unlike the working poor part of the 47%. Or, heck, they might even start a business themselves. Give people a chance and you never know how far they'll go. The 1% really hate that - they want to keep opportunity and profits for themselves, and Romney is backing their game.

    October 19, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. mgrgurich

    Every person voting for Roney is voting for a different person. You have people voting for severely conservative Mitt who will kick those lazy people of Social security standing side by side with seniors who believe his promise to save their social security. You have people who actually heard him promise to sign a bill banning all abortions and cheer for that next to people who have Romnesia and believe in moderate Mitt who believes in exceptions

    October 19, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Bob

    "The major point of the 5 point plan is to put people back to work"

    Anyone believing that tripe?

    October 19, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Core republican Values

    Maybe "Etch-a-sketch" will declare that he's running as a Democrat in Ohio, just for a few days!

    October 19, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. cali girl

    Bob, I am with you on this stupidity.
    Robmey SAID Government does not create jobs.
    Then Robmey SAID HE will create 12 million.
    Now the 47% fly on the wall video... Robmey SAID he will do NOTHING to help the economy. Robmey TRULY BELIEVES he will be President and all the economic things will just get going by themselves.
    So which is it? or is it none of the above which you have to factor in because no one is sure, not even Robmey, what his message is about.

    October 19, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. David

    I have a Question for the Democrats. If Mitt Romney had the same radical background and current resume as Obama, Would you vote for Mitt?
    I'm going to step out on a limb here and say probably not. The problem with Republicans and Democrats is that we are so caught up supporting our favored party that we ignore basic facts of what is going on around us. Taxing the Rich is not the solution to our problems. If you tell someone what they have to do with the money they work for it will only result in that party withholding their funds. Think about this scenario, you have $10 and you want to give that money to a charity of your choice, but someone tells you that you have to give that money to a cause that you don't support. You will most likely withhold those funds and that money with not see either charity. This is the same as forcing a small business owner to pay high taxes. What I'm saying here is that if you decrease the amount of money to that business, there are going to be wage cuts and the loss of jobs within that business. Business owners are risk takers which is a hard concept to grasp if you are comfortable with the 9-5 basic job and collect a pay check every two weeks. If they have more money in there accounts they will take greater risks, such as hiring more qualified workers to increase revenue and sales which then creates more money for that company to expand. Let's not get caught up in the idea that we can't exceed if we don't have money. Anyone can start with nothing and make something out of themselves. Network with the people who have succeeded and can get you forward in life. Trust me, these people will want to help you if you show them you want it!
    God Bless all of you and let's help one another move forward.

    October 19, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. johnmenacherjr

    he's hoping he has people complacent and snoozing politically then look out he will really come down and that will be it. Romney stands for something but can't dare tell us what it is. hes for everything and agianst too I have no idea where he is at but I am sure he does as does lyin Ryan. I will not vote for their ticket on a number of grounds the main one beingdeliberatly misleading!

    October 19, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Big D

    I'm still waiting to hear Oweblamo's agenda for the next 4 years. Demtards spend more time demeaning the other candidate than they do presenting their own ideas. Wonder why? Because anyone paying taxes & trying to survive, is not going to buy into a Leftards agenda.

    October 19, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Tim

    Mitt's claim to fix the economy rest upon what a fantastic businessman he is has been refuted by David Stockman.

    David Stockman on Mitt Romney (Newsweek this week):

    "...Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprises the old-fashioned way—out of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production. Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn “roll-ups,” and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale—the faster the better."

    Mitt's claim to the Presidency as a master businessman is a fraud according to Stockman, no Obama sympathizer. A very fiscally conservative, main street REPUBLICAN

    October 19, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Mike kerns

    Come nov 6, Nevada will be blue again. And Romney will still be unemployed.

    October 19, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. reese

    I love how the article stops quoting Biden right before the Gaffe in which he wanted to know if anyone in the audience had loved ones that served in Iran.

    October 19, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Howard

    Biden is a thug, who has very little credibility ... so, whatever he says has very little meaning.

    October 19, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. batjones

    The Romney-Ryan Coupon Care health plan is another Etch-A-Sketchy deal.

    October 19, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. corpsman

    don: Austrians themselves refer to their language as "Austrian German" (Österreichisches Deutsch), and linguists call it "Austro-Bavarian", so Obama is still more correct than you are.

    October 19, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. reese

    Obama and Biden make a great comedy duo, that is if your into dark satrical humor that makes the USA the butt of the joke.

    October 19, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. LOL in Colorado

    All Obama needed to say on the first debate was something like "Are we experiencing another one of those Romney 'etch-a-scetch' moments?" Biden is right on target with this statement. Obama would have one that debate hands down with just this one statement.

    October 19, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. don ricard

    that is akin to saying " i speak british" lol.
    obama did not say " austrian-german" which is not a language,but rather a dialect. obama thought austrian was a language and made a fool of himself.

    October 19, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Keeping it Real

    @cali girl

    Bob, I am with you on this stupidity.
    Robmey SAID Government does not create jobs.
    Then Robmey SAID HE will create 12 million.


    I can't believe this needs explaining. The govt doesn't create private sector jobs. This is commonly accepted; However, the govt does have significant influence over how the economy flows, and controls regulation of businesses, etc. This covers anything from HR regulations, taxes, fees, etc to operate a business. It's easy enough to forgive your ignorance and your over simplification, but what isn't forgivable is your inability to hold Obama accountable for his promises on jobs. The workforce participation is at it's lowest level in over 20 years. It just isn't good. Obama's policies haven't been friendly to small business by any stretch.

    October 19, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Anna

    Proverbs 29:9
    "If a wise man has an argument with a fool,the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet."

    Boy did the writer of Proverbs have Joe Biden pegged – he plays the fool way to well

    October 19, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. RudyG

    Tax the rich 100% if you like. And, create more regulations if you like. Know what you get? Not a dent in the deficit, and no job creation! THAT, in a nutshell, is Obama's plan for the country; raise taxes on the rich, and regulate everything more. What vision! What a plan! Who's advising this guy????

    October 19, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Still is nice to see a candidate at a public school with kids around him.

    Romney and Ryan only speak at private schools , they don't want to get to close to the 47% , they might get germs .

    October 19, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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