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Will Vice President Joe Biden be a heavy-hitter for the Obama campaign Thursday night or should Democrats start preparing to backpedal on the VP’s comments right now? Let’s face it, that’s what people want to know ahead of the Biden’s debate against P90X-loving and women’s rights–hating challenger Paul Ryan.
Some of Biden’s most aggressive campaign moments have been called huge gaffes by news outlets. Most notably, Biden jumped the gun in April by publicly supporting gay marriage ahead of the president.
Biden raised more eyebrows when he told an audience in Virginia that GOP candidate Mitt Romney aims to put the American people “back in chains,” comparing Republicans to slave owners of America’s past. Cenk and “Epic Politics Man” Michael Shure argued that Biden was really recalling policies that prove the Republican Party does want to disenfranchise voters and prop up big banks.
Some speculated that Biden’s comment might hurt Democrats by especially offending black voters, but the numbers have been on President Obama’s side. In July, before Biden’s comment, polls had Obama leading among black voters at 92 percent.
By the end of August, after Biden’s supposed gaffe, reports showed Mitt Romney capturing 0 percent of the black vote in the U.S.
Zero. As in, no black people like that guy. Well, except for Stacey Dash.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) October 7, 2012
Biden has also been one of the few influential Democrats willing to call out just how far right the Republican Party has shifted.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” Biden said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” in April. “And my guess is the Republican electorate is different than it’s been the last 10, 12 years. (The change) I’m most fascinated with watching is, how much has it changed? How far right has it gone?”
“I love this for two reasons,” Cenk said. “No. 1, it’s overwhelmingly true. No. 2 – I’m glad that someone’s finally saying it.”
So does Biden need to be reigned in or has the VP been spending the campaign dropping effective truth bombs? If Biden uses bold honesty during the vice presidential debate, Ryan might need to make sure his suit’s padded.
Tune in to Current TV, Thursday evening at 8E/5P, to see who wins: Joe Biden or Paul Ryan.