DANVILLE, Va.— The Obama campaign said Tuesday it is confident Vice President Biden will be an effective foil against GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan despite his latest gaffe.
Biden on Tuesday made headlines when he told a crowd here that the GOP ticket’s policies would put “y’all back in chains.” The remark was about Wall Street regulations, but the Romney campaign seized on the imagery of slavery to say Biden and Obama had hit a new low.
The unscripted comments highlighted Biden’s propensity for off-the-cuff statements —which at times have caused the White House embarrassment. But Biden aides say the occasional slip-ups are far outweighed by the positives that the vice president brings to the table.
“Vice President Biden has been the president’s partner and top surrogate on the campaign trail and no one is fighting harder to ensure the president is reelected in November,” a campaign official said. “He continues to travel across the country making the case for what’s truly at stake in this election and why President Obama is the right choice for middle class workers and their families.”
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign and GOP strategists pounced on Biden’s “chains” comment, saying the attacks are proof Democrats are worried about losing the election and instantly drawing comparisons to Ryan (R-Wis.), the charismatic congressman whose selection as Romney’s running mate has energized GOP faithful.
“A comment like that would never come out of Paul Ryan’s mouth,” said Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist. “He’s too savvy and too astute to say something so over the top.