POLITICAL FAB: Vice President Joe Biden TACKLES Congressman Ryan On Abortion, The Economy And The Middle Class
Vice President Joe Biden and his perfect teeth took on Congressman Paul Ryan last night in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate where they debated the economy, social issues and more. Get the fiery highlights inside....
ABC's Martha Raddatz moderated (and did a fabulous job by the way) the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate last night in Danville, KY where the candidates, Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan, debated a range of issues from foreign and social policies to the economy.
During the debate, Vice President Biden asked, "Who Do You Trust?" and spent a great deal of his time driving home why he and President Barack Obama are the best choice for America. Here are the highlights:
BIDEN: The court -- the next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. That's how close Roe v. Wade is. Just ask
yourself, with Robert Bork being the chief adviser on the court for -- for Mr. Romney, who do you think he's likely to appoint? Do you think he's likely to appoint someone like Scalia or someone else on the court far right that would outlaw (inaudible) -- outlaw abortion? I suspect that would happen.
BIDEN TO RYAN: HOW WILL YOU PREVENT WAR?
RYAN: We want to prevent war.
BIDEN: And the interesting thing is, how are they going to
prevent war? How are they going to prevent war if they say there's
nothing more that we -- that they say we should do than what we've
already done, number one.
On the economy:
BIDEN: All this talk, we saved a million jobs. 200,000 people are working today, and I've never met two guys who are more down on America across the board. We're told everything's going bad. There are 5.2 million new jobs, private sector jobs. We need more but 5.2 million, but if they would get out of the way, if they'd get out of the way and let us pass the tax cut for the middle class, make it permanent. If they'd get out of the way and pass the jobs bill. If they'd 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, 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.
On the 47% of Americans who Romney says don't pay taxes
BIDEN: I've had it up to here with this notion that 47 percent -- it's about time they take some responsibility here. And
instead of signing pledges to Grover Norquist not to ask the wealthiest among us to contribute to bring back the middle class, they should be signing a pledge saying to the middle class we're going to level the playing field; we're going to give you a fair shot again; we are going to not repeat the mistakes we made in the past by having a different set of rules for Wall Street and Main Street, making sure that we continue to hemorrhage these tax cuts for the super wealthy.
They're pushing the continuation of a tax cut that will give an additional $500 billion in tax cuts to 120,000 families. And they're holding hostage the middle class tax cut because they say we won't pass -- we won't continue the middle class tax cut unless you give the tax cut for the super wealthy. It's about time they take some responsibility.
Check out the full transcript from the debate, and more on their staces on abortion, HERE.
President Obama seemed pleased with his running mates performance as he tweeted,
Watch video from the debate here:
That last video was classic Joe. Democrats say Joe won this debate hands down. Conservatives say it was a tie. Your thoughts?