Biden: GOP rules will “put y’all back in chains”
The vice president’s loose tongue caused a stir.
By ROMINA PUGA
Vice President Joe Biden is known for his unfiltered comments, but at a campaign rally in Virginia this Tuesday he might have gone too far telling the audience that Romney wants to “put y’all back in chains.”
The VP’s statement was in regards to Romney’s opposition to the Dodd-Frank banking reform bill, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The bill is designed to “rein in risky practices and prevent another Wall Street meltdown.” Romney and Republicans have criticized the legislation for being too restrictive on banks. Biden would have none of it.
“Look at their budget, and what they are proposing,” Biden said. “[Romney] said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They going to put y’all back in chains.”
Biden made his metaphorical comment in Danville, Virginia where the population is 48 percent African-American, according to Census data. The Romney campaign denounced Biden’s comment as “a new low.”
“The comments made by the Vice President of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama Campaign will say and do anything to win this election,” said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul. “President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”
The Obama campaign isn’t backing down.
“I appreciate the faux outrage of the Romney campaign,” Stephanie Cutter says of the Romney reaction on @mitchellreports.— Mike O’Brien (@mpoindc) August 14, 2012
“The bottom line is we have no problem with those comments,” Cutter adds of Biden’s ‘chains’ remark.— Mike O’Brien (@mpoindc) August 14, 2012
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