Biden in 'chains' campaign storm

2012-08-14 22:44
Joe Biden. (AP)

Joe Biden. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • Promises to Keep
    Democratic Senator Biden, presents an insiders look at life in the senate, Washington politics, and... Now R298.00
    buy now

Washington - US Vice President Joe Biden set off a campaign fire-storm on Tuesday by saying in the once slave-owning state of Virginia that Mitt Romney's banking policies would "put y'all back in chains".

The Romney campaign accused President Barack Obama's camp of stooping to new lows and of using the tactics of "demonisation" as the president's camp snapped back, accusing Republicans of "hypocritical" outrage.

"Look at their budget and what they're proposing," Biden told the crowd in Danville, Virginia.

"In the first hundred days [Romney's] going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street," Biden said.

"They're going to put y'all back in chains."

Romney's camp issued a swift condemnation of Biden, and accused the president of mandating personal attacks to disguise a failed record.

"In case anyone was wondering just how low President Obama could go in his campaign for re-election, we now know he's willing to say that Governor Romney wants to put people back in chains," said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul.

"Whether it's accusing Mitt Romney of being a felon, having been responsible for a woman's tragic death or now wanting to put people in chains, there's no question that because of the president's failed record he's been reduced to a desperate campaign based on division and demonisation."

Saul's comments referred to an Obama advisor's claim that Romney may have committed a felony or lied to voters about his tax returns.

Unshackle

An attack ad by a pro-Obama group featured a steel worker who claimed that Romney's investment firm Bain Capital was responsible for him losing his job and health insurance, which contributed to the death of his wife from cancer.

The Obama campaign dismissed the Romney camp's complaints about the choice of words from the legendarily gaffe-prone Biden.

"For months, Speaker Boehner, Congressman Ryan, and other Republicans have called for the 'unshackling' of the private sector from regulations that protect Americans from risky financial deals and other reckless behavior that crashed our economy," said Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter.

"Since then, the vice president has often used a similar metaphor to describe the need to 'unshackle' the middle class.

"Today's [Tuesday's] comments were a derivative of those remarks, describing the devastating impact letting Wall Street write its own rules again would have on middle class families.

"We find the Romney campaign's outrage over the vice president's comments today hypocritical, particularly in light of their own candidate's stump speech questioning the president's patriotism.

"Now, let's return to that 'substantive' debate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promised 72 hours ago, but quickly abandoned."

- SAPA
Read more on:    joe biden  |  barack obama  |  mitt romney  |  us  |  us elections 2012
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Cape Town 18:17 PM
Road name: Wet Weather

RAIN across the Cape Town area - turn on headlights, reduce speeds and drive with care

Hout Bay 09:25 AM
Road name: Chapmans Peak Drive

WEDNESDAYS - STOP / GO controls between 10am and 3pm for Alien Vegetation Clearing - every Wednesday - weather permitting

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today you may want to bond with your children and need to connect to your imaginative and playful side. It may be that you are...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.