WASHINGTON — Republicans seized on an apparent gaffe by Joe Biden on Tuesday, after the US vice president remarked that America’s middle class had “been buried in the last four years.”
Biden, who is still President Barack Obama’s running mate on the Democratic ticket, made the comments when speaking about the Republican camp’s tax plans at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“How they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried in the last four years,” he said, referencing the timeframe in which he and Obama have been leading the United States.
Biden’s remarks triggered a quick response from Obama’s Republican opponent in the November election Mitt Romney.
“Agree with @JoeBiden, the middle class has been buried the last 4 years, which is why we need a change in November #CantAfford4More,” said a tweet from @MittRomney, the candidate’s official Twitter account.
Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan also issued a scathing response.
“Unemployment has been above 8 percent for 43 months. Our economy is limping along right now. Vice President Biden, just today, said that the middle class, over the last four years, has been ‘buried.’ We agree.
“That means we need to stop digging by electing Mitt Romney the next president of the United States,” Ryan said.
A spokeswoman for the Obama-Biden campaign said the vice president had sought to explain that Americans had suffered in the past four years because of the decisions taken by previous Republican president George W. Bush.
“As the Vice President has been saying all year and again in his remarks today, the middle class was punished by the failed Bush policies that crashed our economy — and a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is a return to those failed policies,” the spokeswoman said.
“With more than five million private-sector jobs created since 2010, the vice president and President Obama will continue to help the middle class recover and move the nation forward,” she added.
However, the Republican barbs continued with former New Hampshire governor John Sununu, who served as White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush, chipping in.
“Today is a very important day in American history. Vice President Biden finally got something right,” Sununu said in a campaign conference call with reporters.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019