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GOP 'Outraged' Over Biden's Remarks to Virginia Audience That Romney Will 'Put Y’all Back in Chains': VIDEO


Here are clips of yesterday's remarks by Vice President Joe Biden on Romney and Republicans' economic plans.

Said the VP in Virginia:

“Look at what they [Republicans] value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

The remarks are what inspired Romney to later call the Obama campaign "desperate" : "Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago."

(see earlier clip)

Romney spokesman Andrea Saul added:

“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. President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”

BidenBiden later clarified his remarks:

“I am told when I made that comment earlier today in Danville, Va., the Romney campaign put out a Tweet …went on the air, went on the airwaves saying, ‘Biden was outrageous in saying’ — I think I said, instead of unshackled, unchained — ‘outrageous to say that!...The last time these guys unshackled the economy, to use their term, they put the middle class in shackles. That’s how we got where we are.”


Later, a clarification:

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  1. I wish they were outraged by something substantial - like the gridlock caused by their own party or by their being held captive by a small group of tea party religious extremists.

    Posted by: Mitch | Aug 15, 2012 9:25:03 AM

  2. Oh weird, the big baby party is offended when their own race baiting is used against them.

    Posted by: MCJH | Aug 15, 2012 9:33:49 AM

  3. It's funny how Romney's campaign is telling others they should be offended; no one was ACTUALLY offended by the remarks.

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 15, 2012 9:36:45 AM

  4. OMG my UNIVERSE for a time machine. Just to go forward a few months and be DONE with this effing election. I swear, I wouldn't use it to go back a few days and win the lottery. I just want it OVER. We are getting it twice as bad here in MN with our stupid marriage amendment and crazy people cutting cats throats with Obama signs and lighting them on fire. ENOUGH!!

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 15, 2012 9:37:47 AM

  5. Oh Lord, is that the best they can find to get offended about? Talk about a tempest in a teapot.

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Aug 15, 2012 9:44:21 AM

  6. So charges of Obama being the Kenyan, Muslim, Socialist, Communist, Antichrist, Dictator, Anti Religion, un-American Food stamp President is greeted by applause by the GOP but Biden says "Back in chains" and its "OUTRAGEOUS" and "not acceptable in our political discourse"

    Clearly the GOP is running on empty

    Posted by: Mickey | Aug 15, 2012 9:49:20 AM

  7. The Republicans are manufacturing outrage. Don't fall for it. They ought to go and manufacture good policies if they can find the ingredients.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 15, 2012 9:51:23 AM

  8. Looking forward to Romney's high-minded discussion of his record as governor, as well as Ryan's plan for turning Medicare into a voucher system.

    But I suppose that's as likely as him releasing his tax returns.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 15, 2012 10:02:29 AM

  9. This is a sure sign of Republican panic -- they know the election is slipping out of their grasp at this point and they are seizing on anything they possibly can to try and change the narrative.

    Posted by: eplin | Aug 15, 2012 10:05:22 AM

  10. Sad really - here we have two very different views of the direction our government should take and we are getting hung up on if the Vice President said we would be in chains or the President said you didn't build your buisness (please, let that one rest, what he said was you didn't build the roads and the infrastructure to allow your business to thrive).

    Idiocracy here we come!!

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 15, 2012 10:10:40 AM

  11. Guess they don't understand the concept of a metaphor. Not surprising, since they probably all did badly in English class.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 15, 2012 10:11:05 AM

  12. There's no outrage quite as outrageous as faux outrage. Watching the FOX bimbos vent their "outrage" over this last night was one of the most hilarious things I've seen in a while.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 15, 2012 10:16:15 AM

  13. I don't get it. What did he say that wasn't completely true? A bit incendiary perhaps, but true none the less.

    It was a total lack of government over-site, presided over by Wall Street Republicans, that allowed the economy to collapse the way it did. The housing collapse and the resulting chaos in the financial markets would not have happened if the Fed and other government regulatory agencies had done their jobs properly.

    This election is about class warfare, and the rich are winning, big time. The loss of the American middle class is the biggest single threat facing this country. Mittens and his fellow Republicans are out to destroy it, and they are doing a pretty good job.

    Posted by: zekeaz | Aug 15, 2012 10:19:02 AM

  14. Love Love Love this incontinent with the mouth diarrhea and brain atrophy.
    I'll miss him when he's canned. Soon.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Aug 15, 2012 10:20:54 AM

  15. I'm sure if the Democrats cut apart enough Republican videos apart, they could splice together some nifty video of the following: "We-love-gays-we-hate-poors-we-love-money-we-hate-women" I mean, it would ALL be true, wink wink, just like this ridiculous effort to turn Biden's lemonade back into lemons.

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 15, 2012 11:25:02 AM

  16. Romney is the rare Republican nominee not directly tied to the oil or defense industry, or a long term DC pol. That should be a big plus for him, yet he doesn't seem to know anything about staging a good rhetorical campaign. Obama has changed tactics completely since 2008 and running a more biting and personal campaign, but it doesn't seem based on anything. What fun.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 15, 2012 1:17:53 PM

  17. Markus the troll is here to froth up angry responses. How quaint.

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 15, 2012 1:32:52 PM

  18. Markus the troll is here to froth up angry responses. How quaint.

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 15, 2012 1:32:53 PM

  19. All of a sudden so sensitive about 'language?' Who knew?

    Posted by: DeeVee | Aug 15, 2012 2:17:45 PM

  20. @MateoM - That's all he has -- The mighty keyboard is a Keyboard Cowboy's best and perhaps only friend.

    Posted by: DeeVee | Aug 15, 2012 2:19:44 PM

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