Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s social polices would take the U.S. back to the 1950s.
Speaking to supporters in Keene, New Hampshire, Biden noted that his speech would focus on the economy but he also wanted to make a point about Romney’s social and foreign policies.
“We will not go back to the ’50s on social policy, to the Cold War on our foreign policy and to the policies of the last administration on our economic policies!” the vice president exclaimed. “We will not do it their way again! We intend to move forward!”
“I haven’t even touched on Romney’s social policy, either,” he explained. “One that says a woman should no longer get to make her own decisions about her body and her health. One that says that it’s OK for insurance companies to charge women more for health insurance than men, to count pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. I know this sounds like fiction.”
Biden continued: “Ladies and gentlemen, the new Republican Party’s attempt to unravel the bipartisan consensus on something that I wrote and I’m proudest of in my whole career, the Violence Against Women Act. The Violence Against Women Act has become part of our popular culture. Businesses, everybody has embraced the notion that a woman has a right to be free of violence an intimidation on the street and in her own home, wherever it is. And these guys in the House just voted down our version, the continuation of the existing Violence Against Women Act. And they cut out big chunks.”
“Folks, this is not your father’s Republican Party.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast May 22, 2012.