Biden quip: Romney 'not going to be elected'
October 24th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Biden quip: Romney 'not going to be elected'

Marion, Ohio (CNN) - Does Vice President Joe Biden know something no one else knows: the outcome of the election?

On Wednesday, the vice president joked as if he did, stating that Mitt Romney is "not going to be elected."

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It came during a campaign event in Marion, Ohio, as a baby's piercing cries interrupted a stretch of audience silence during the vice president's speech.

"Look, I don't blame that baby for crying," Biden said. "You know what, she just realized what it means if Romney gets elected," he added, prompting laughter from his audience. It's a joke the vice president also made on Saturday in St. Augustine, Florida, as another baby wailed in the crowd.

Except this time, Biden added an apparent guarantee.

"Hi baby. How are you? It's ok. He's not going to get elected," Biden said. "You're going to be okay."

Candidates commonly express confidence at their electoral prospects. Both President Obama and Romney – the Republican presidential nominee - have repeatedly rallied supporters around versions of the line: "We're going to win this election."

What's not as common is for a candidate to expressly state that an opponent will lose.

Biden's comments came at the final campaign rally over a three-day swing through the critically important Buckeye state. Moments before, the vice president slammed Romney's economic plans by invoking an iconic conservative president: Ronald Reagan.

As he's frequently claimed, Biden stated that Romney's proposals would eliminate Medicare, which services the elderly, and hurt Medicaid, a program for the poor.

"All in the service of tax cuts for the very wealthy," Biden thundered. "It is not fair. It is not right. It is not good economics. It is not good for growing the economy."

"They say it's just like what Ronald Reagan did. Ronald Reagan did not do this. I served with Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan had a massive tax cut. When it didn't work, he ended up raising taxes 11 times. Ronald Reagan did not do this."

Biden added: "Ronald Reagan couldn't even be their standard bearer this time based on what he did."

During Biden's only debate with Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, the two sparred over similarities between economic proposals enacted by the 40th president and those that Romney proposes.

The Romney campaign was swift in responding to Wednesday's charges from the president and vice president.

"Vice President Biden and President Obama showed again today that their campaign is getting smaller and smaller as Election Day approaches. With no plan to grow the middle class, Americans know another four years of Obama-Biden policies will mean more of the same: falling incomes, higher taxes, and more debt.," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.

"In two weeks, they will choose Governor Romney's positive agenda over the Obama campaign's increasingly desperate attacks."

Meanwhile, Biden leveled another quip at the GOP presidential nominee.

Early on during his speech, the vice president noted the various times Romney agreed with the president during Monday's third and final presidential debate.

"Half the time, in this last debate, I didn't know whether or not Gov. Romney was there to debate Barack Obama or endorse Barack Obama," Biden said, prompting laughter.

"I wasn't sure. I'm serious."

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Send this fool packing! He has made a mockery of the office of VP, for long enough!

    October 24, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    Sorry joey, you and the uhbama are both incompetent. We will finally get adults in the White House, not the pathetic children we have now.

    October 24, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Critical Thinking

    The President and Vice President are working so hard. Ive never seen them work this hard. If they had worked this hard during their first 3 years , I don't think they would need to work this hard to get re-elected.

    You had your chance, it's time : BO MUST GO !

    October 24, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Reggiedw

    You better start looking for a job Joe. You will need one after November 06/12. Time to get rid of you and Obama. Time for a real leader to be elected. But maybe your brother made enough money from the government contract in Iraq to give you some of his millions. Romney/Ryan in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 24, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Craig S

    Biden will begin dressing like Big Bird on Friday.

    It is so sad all those flowery empty speeches and no plan for the US have Obama and Biden name calling.

    October 24, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Lisa P

    "Vice President Biden and President Obama showed again today that their campaign is getting smaller and smaller as Election Day approaches. With no plan to grow the middle class, Americans know another four years of Obama-Biden policies will mean more of the same: falling incomes, higher taxes, and more debt.," Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.
    Seriously, what is smaller than putting out a full-on press release over an offhand remark by the opposing side's vice presidential candidate? Or for that matter building a national political convention on a sentence taken out of context, or a debate attack on a phrase in an address the debater apparently never even bothered to listen to, or a day's campaigning on one word from a six-year-old video.

    The Romney campaign knows all about small - small is all they've ever had, and they're getting smaller and more irrelevant by the minute.

    October 24, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Phil

    Biden you are a disgrace to the VP ticket. You make Cheney look like JFK compared to you. You abandoned ALL of your policies to get into with Obama. And why? Because twice you failed running for President and the ONLY way you could get the desk in the Oval Office is if you piggy backed your way in with Obama. You were just Praying that he would last till 2016 so you could grab that Democratic Nomination and make one last run. Sorry Biden not gonna happen. Instead of ending your career on a somewhat respectable basis with what you did in the Senate you will end it with being the WORST VP in American History!

    October 24, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Phil

    I wonder how different our country would be right now if Obama & Biden put in as much effort in fixing America's Problems as they did in this campaign to get re elected.

    October 24, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Anthony in California

    Whats wrong with being confident? What'd you want Biden to say??? "Mitt Romney WILL be elected".

    Man.. election season causes normal people to just lose all common sense whatsoever and jump on, over analyze, and over criticize every little thing.

    But hey, since we're playing this game..... Romney doesn't care about 47 percent of you anyways.. but if you want to vote for him, so be it.

    October 24, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. jj

    It's the truth, Obama and Biden will be reelected.

    October 24, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. thanks, but no thanks

    To Phil!
    to compare Biden to Cheney is like night and day. Cheney was a certified pathological liar, while VP Biden tells the truth. You and your bigotry hated for our president might not like it, but we will see who wins this election. Let me guess middle aged angry white... l think l have this right. And CNN you are totally Fox b....

    October 24, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    So it's ok for Willard to say when I'm elected but it's not ok for VP Biden to say he won't??? And people have the mitigated gall to complain about cnn being in the bag for President Obama. Wow. CNN couldn't be more for Willard if they tried. I'm through with this Faux news site on November 7, 2012. I will NEVER watch another cnn show or come here again.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 24, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. ywcan

    I'm a confident dem like you joe, so just forget the repub lying fools. OBAMA 2012.

    October 24, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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