Biden’s debate rant rips Ryan: GOP needs to ‘get out of the way’

By David Edwards
Thursday, October 11, 2012 22:29 EDT
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President Barack Obama may have pulled his punches during his first debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney but the GOP running mate didn’t have the same luck when he met up with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

During a segment about the economy, Biden repeatedly took shots at Rep. Paul Ryan over a secretly-recorded video where Romney was seen telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of Americans were “dependent” on government.

“Gov. Romney says 47 percent of the American people are unwilling to take responsibility for their lives,” Biden pointed out, adding that Ryan had also said that “30 percent are takers.”

“These people are my mom and dad, my neighbors. They pay more effective tax than Gov. Romney pays,” the vice president continued. “They are elderly people who in fact are living off of Social Security, they are veterans who are — quote — not paying taxes.”

“I’ve never met two guys more down on America across the board. We’re told everything is going badly. 5.2 million new jobs, private sector jobs. We need more. But 5.2 million. If they would get out of the way and let us pass the tax cut for the middle class and make it permanent. If they would get out of the way and pass the jobs bill. If they would get out of the way and let us allow 14 million people who are struggling to stay in their homes because their mortgages are upside down but they never missed a mortgage payment.”

Biden added: “Just get out of the way. Stop talking about how you care about people. Show me something. Show me a policy. Show me a policy where you take responsibility.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Oct. 11, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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