Biden: House Republicans "Neanderthals"
September 13th, 2013
09:34 AM ET
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Biden: House Republicans "Neanderthals"

Washington (CNN) - Touting the success of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden described those in Congress who slowed the renewal of the measure as a "Neanderthal crowd."

"I'm going to say something outrageous," Biden said at an event at the vice president's residence in Washington Thursday night to celebrate the 19th anniversary of act, which is designed to protect women from domestic violence.

Biden, who took a leading role in the mid-1990's in drafting the legislation when he was a senator from Delaware, said "surprisingly last year we ran into this sort of Neanderthal crowd," to laughter, adding that "I'm serious, I mean, when you think about it, did you ever think we'd be fighting over 17 years, 18 years later? To reauthorize this."

The act (VAWA) had been swiftly reauthorized in previous years, but House Republicans in the last Congress opposed portions of the Senate reauthorization bill and held up the measure for a year. One of the things they opposed was a part of the bill that would have expanded access to certain visas for non-citizens who were victims of domestic violence.

After last year's election defeats, where the GOP's hopes of recapturing the White House and the Senate were damaged in part by a weak showing with female voters, House Republicans in this year's new Congress supported the reauthorization, after the portion of the measure calling for expanded visa access was dropped.

Biden said having more women in the Senate helped overcome GOP opposition, saying "it makes a difference whether there is women in the Senate," to applause from those in the audience. "No, no, it does. It does man. The bigger the number the better our chances. Because they go and look all the rest of those guys in the eye and say, 'Look. This is important to me'."

The vice president's comments come just days before he heads to Iowa Sunday to headline Sen. Tom Harkin's steak fry, a major annual Democratic party gathering which has a rich history of attracting presidential hopefuls. Biden is considering whether he'll make a third run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He launched unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008.

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In his comments Thursday evening, the vice president discussed his getting ahead of President Barack Obama in May of last year in supporting same-sex marriage.

As Biden announced federal grants to the first ever LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) victim services institute, he said "I promise I will end this in a second but to make sure victims get services regardless of their sexual orientation. And that was even before I went off script. Certain things I promised I wasn't going to keep my mouth closed on, OK? So I make no apologies for jumping ahead on the issue of uh, um, marriage. But think about it, for the first time we said, hey wait a minute now, you know, this is a violation of the law. You know these were major strides."

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soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Clay

    Republicans are racist. The Klan party. When I see a republican bumper sticker, I look into the car to see the klansman or klan lady. What a hate filled nasty party.

    September 13, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. just saying

    "why the free ride for tax free riders?"
    Because there are ZERO...count them...ZERO...people in the US who pay ZERO taxes.

    we are talking about federal income taxes and you know that. the irs posts the numbers on how many millions of americans pay no federal income taxes. enough of your lies.

    September 13, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Juan lejos

    What is a joe Biden?

    September 13, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    So let me get this straight, Joe Biden makes a solid point about the House republicants in his own house (because honestly, calling them neanderthals is insulting only to neanderthals) so the crybaby house apologists on here start whining about divisiveness and crazy old Joe....
    But a House republicant shouts out 'LIAR' at our duly elected President during a nationally televised State of the Union address and these same apologists then become rabid defenders of that morons first amendment rights.
    Hypocrites of the highest degree.... as always.

    September 13, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. What's in that tea anyway?


    Nothing like damaging the economy right before Xmas! – all I want for xmas is this administration to stand up to these T-baggers.. .no negotiations... we don't negotiate with toddlers,, terrorists or T Baggers.... Surprisingly they all have about the same IQ.
    Republicans have no interest either in jobs or economic improvement in general.
    They instead are doing everything they can to assure the economy stagnates so they can impeach President Obama.
    I really don't get how people can look at the sides the parties take and not immediately realize that the Republicans are just bad people. They are constantly fighting to harm the most vulnerable people in our society. That's all they do. Day in and day out. How can that not bother somebody? Are there really people out there whose conception of morality is so radically different than mine that in their world trying to harm the weak is "good" and trying to help those who need help is "bad"?!
    This level of political fanaticism is close to treason

    Well said, and though you speak the truth, there is absolutely no way a Tea Troll will accept your points as being valid and therefore change their views of our political situation. They are old, hateful, greedy and angry. Holding up the mirror to their manical attempts to "take back amurika from the commie libruls" will not change things one bit. We can only wait for them to enter nursing homes and leave this life before things will change.

    September 13, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Malory Archer

    So when is your big day? Are your coworkers giving you a party, or will they throw one after you're already gone?
    Not so snazzy comeback Mal. Slow day at Lane Bryant?

    September 13, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Informed

    I see that the Neanderthal contingent is active on these boards. Before all of you whining crybabies pretend that Biden is in the wrong, why don't you review some of the ignorant, traitorous, racist, misogynistic, and just plain asinine comments the Party of Stupid has made over the past 7 years? Never mind – you can't be a Republican without being dumb, a hypocrite, and/or willfully ignorant.

    September 13, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Monomachos

    Instead of addressing the one sticking point in the bill that Republicans object to, Biden resorts to form and calls them all Neanderthals. He's still in campaign mode, attacking instead of trying to find common ground and a solution to the impasse, he is the one who plays the part of Neanderthal.

    September 13, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Namejust me

    Biden Is a dinosaur, along with reed, p)osi and the rest. I live in delaware and haven't voted for him yet, nor willl I, ever. Used to vote democrat until the idiot in chief first ran. But I do the research and that fool had no experience at all. In fact won in chicago by default, anyone beside me remember michael ryan???????? No? Didn't think so. I don't care what color anyone is, and the idiot in chirf is maloto, his kids are more black than he is, and when he chose biden as runniog mate, I flately refused to vote, period. This country is being lost, our freedoms are eroding at an alarming rate, we are told what to eat, what not to drink and what to not do. Biden compairing anyone to what is extinct is actually funny. He needs to look in a mirror, but he won't see the truth. Hope there is intelligence running in the next election, if not, still can't blame it on me. My vote has never counted in the firt place.

    September 13, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. rs

    Michael Benjamin

    How about the Violence Against Everyone Act?
    Great idea, too bad the NRA (and their wholly owned subsidiary, the GOP, are against that.

    September 13, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Yabochuk

    Malory Archer

    So when is your big day? Are your coworkers giving you a party, or will they throw one after you're already gone?
    About four decades away dear. Sure it will be really nice. You should maybe try working? Very rewarding.

    September 13, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. What's in that tea anyway?

    Is it not painfully obvious to any one with reasonable intellect and good sense, the GOP/Tea baggers have nothing to offer? This is now a compliment to these folks

    September 13, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Guest

    Typical name calling-we hate everybody who thinks differently–Obama drivel.

    September 13, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Sad Day


    Really? Which party has the "Birthers"?

    Which party had the anti war protesters out in force, and now no where to be seen?

    Obama = no protest, "we have to do what is right, and do it right now"
    GOP = Protests all over the place

    no matter what. neither side is innocent. Dems go after GOP when they hold office or choose to push something, and the other way arround. So you can pick and choose your battles all you want. But when you point the finger at someone, look at the other fingers pointing back at you.

    September 13, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Mike

    Who better to know a neanderthal, than a neanderthal? Joe Biden has to be the leading buffoon in the Dumbocraptic party today.

    September 13, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Sad Day


    Republicans are racist. The Klan party. When I see a republican bumper sticker, I look into the car to see the klansman or klan lady. What a hate filled nasty party.

    Thats right, if you oppose Obama, no matter what your a racist. So when are we going to start jailing people who do not believe in our most high leader? Because looking at your logic, going against him should be a crime.

    September 13, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    This thread is a textbok example of why I despise name calling in politics. In my book, name calling means that you've run out of facts and have conceded the argument. Name calling is something that you do when you're at war. Maybe, this is what is most wrong with our politics today.

    September 13, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    GOP teaparty idiots, ops , I ment libatarian idiots, oh, their both the same GOP morons!!!!!

    September 13, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. tiffinS

    What's in that tea anyway?
    Is it not painfully obvious to any one with reasonable intellect and good sense, the GOP/Tea baggers have nothing to offer? This is now a compliment to these folks
    Is this all you do all day? Sit on these comment boards and post hate? You come accross as angry, petty and childish... Oh wait, that is how all libs come accross.

    September 13, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. bobo

    I can't wait for Him to run against Hillary! lol Allthe bad stuff that people never hear about will then come out!

    September 13, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. tiffinS

    Malory Archer

    just asking, I don't go to ANY "convenience" stores because I'm more responsible with my money and don't like paying premium prices for the few things they stock that I actually buy.
    I imagine it is tough to get by on government assistance instead of working.

    September 13, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. RM

    Everything about this story and the comments made here are nothing but sad and disgusting...

    September 13, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Honestly and Bluntly

    I do believe that Joe Biden is old enough to have been around at the same time as the Neanderthals. The Dinosaur Democrat should not be disparaging his former cavemates. It is obvious his manners and intellectual ability hasn't evolved much since then.

    September 13, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. barryinlasvegas

    Lets see, no mention of those defenders of women such as Democrat Bill Clinton, Former NYGovernor Democrat Spitzer of New York, former Congressman of NY Democrat Weiner and their new women's hero Former Mayor of San Diego Bob Filner.

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    September 13, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    @Name just me.

    You're referring to the POTUS as idiot in chief, yet you're the one that can't spell or even string a coherent sentence together. Here's some advice, when you're looking for an idiot, look in the mirror.

    September 13, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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