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. Willard

    Well, he is right! Thanks Joe!

    October 24, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Tell that to Tagg's voting machines.

    October 24, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    What he meant to say is that if Romoney got enough votes to elect him he would turn out to be a different Romney than they voted for.

    October 24, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Llj

    snickerdoodle strikes again

    October 24, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    If Mittens get elected entire USA is bunch of stupids, idiots. True.

    October 24, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Critical Thinking

    Joe, I think the hair plugs and botox injections are effecting your judgement. You might want to start packing

    October 24, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    Joe's just stating the obvious. WE, THE PEOPLE, are not electing a tax evading, job outsourcing, LIAR!!!

    4 more years for President Barack Hussein Obama

    October 24, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    Biden is correct!

    October 24, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Meanwhile because of Joe and the Obama Administration that baby's future gets dimmer every day. Did Joe at least thank the baby for paying for so many of Obama's liberal programs that just didn't pan out like he thought?

    October 24, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. ja

    this mess about undecided voter is a crock, romney pushed 47% of the population of the map, could'nt give direct answer about equal pay for equal work, what the hell do the undecideds need a revelation from God, pull your heads from the sand, Obama/ Biden 2012

    October 24, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    Hussein Obama, why are you denying charities $5 million?? Why are you so heartless?

    October 24, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. incredulous

    I don't blame that baby. I cry myself sick at the idea of a Romney presidency. The thought of another expensive war killing and maiming thousands of our troups and another great recession wiping out all the gains we've made in the last four years is terrifying.

    October 24, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Critical Thinking

    That baby knows what his future will be like with an Obama/Biden re-election. He will be burdened with paying the interest on the $20,000,000,000,000 dollar deficit that this team will leave in it's wake. I would be crying too but I already voted for Romney in Ohio, so I did my part to stop this nonsense.

    October 24, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Who is Joe trying to convince, the baby or himself? I can understand his frustration thinking Barack Obama was his ticket to 4 more years of the good life as the country's highest paid cheerleader. But then the dreaded debates. Romney/ Ryan have the momentum. What happened to your lead, Joe? And the swing states? poof. Gone.

    October 24, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Dan

    The moment that reminded Americans that Romney already forgot about us...

    During the third debate Romney said...
    "I've met them in Appleton, Wisconsin. I met a young woman in — in Philadelphia who's coming out of — out of college, can't find work. I've been — Ann was with someone just the other day…"

    October 24, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Is tagg really responsible for voting machines? If so, of course nobody but his useless yellow bellied father is gong to win.
    If the twit is elected it will be like taking the country back to the 1800s. Women will go back to pregnant and in the kitchen, Blacks will go back to drinking out of different water fountains (if they are even allowed to drink water) all minorities and gays will be branded like the nazi did in Germany/Poland.
    The SCOTUS will be so extra conservative that all our rights and Obamacare will destroy what's left over of the vanishing middle class (because regardless of what the bully bishop thinks $250,000 is NOT middle class).
    @criticalthinking – your brain is fried!

    October 24, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. joe

    i pray to God you are right, joe!

    October 24, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Zandigra

    Biden said, ""I wasn't sure. I'm serious."

    Uncle Joe, the one thing we can be sure about is that you are not sure.......about anything. And we know you are serious when you tell us this.

    The sooner we get rid of this buffoon, the better. Enjoy what little time you have left Uncle Joe. Hope you have somethign to do next year, because you won't be VP. And unlike you, I'm sure of it.

    October 24, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Tabeth

    Kindly I plead to use the right judgment. We should not forget so quickly. When Obam took the Office, the country was in aterrible condition. The senate and House of representative tried to block him. But he did his level best to bring the country where it is today. It is not fair not to be able to see that..and give him our support for a second mandate..does Mit Rommey have
    a formula to change things in 4 years???????????

    October 24, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Valentina

    Okay Joe. Who is going to believe you if you can't even remember if you are in Ohio or Iowa? Joe, you are losing, and it's becoming very obvious.

    October 24, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. rla

    The country is now in worse condition than when Obama took over- How this escapes the progressives is beyond me.... I guess they are not so elite after all!!!

    October 24, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Say it again Joe, Romney will not be elected and Ohio already knows along with the rest of the States, Obama/Biden 2012.

    October 24, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    Critical Thinking
    ... I would be crying too but I already voted for Romney in Ohio, so I did my part to stop this nonsense.
    You did, Critical Thinking! Thank you from California. You did your part for the good of all of us.

    October 24, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. enderwi

    That's what you call a "quip"? You have a really low threshold for quips (witty funny observations). Well, Wolf Blitzer wouldn't know a quip if it hit him in the face, so I am not surprised. Did he laugh really hard about this quip?

    October 24, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. enderwi

    You call that a quip? That is a witty and funny observation? I bet Wolf Blitzer wouldn't know a quip if it hit him in the face. He probably laughed pretty hard about this wittiness from Biden.

    October 24, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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