To the Romney campaign, Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving
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To the Romney campaign, Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving

Las Vegas : NV : USA | Oct 19, 2012 at 7:33 AM PDT
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Vice President Joe Biden is well-known for his ability to connect with common people. Biden, a native of Scranton, Pa., boasts his common roots and generally has a high likeabity factor. Biden is also well-known for his gaffes. His gaffes have been the gift that keeps on giving to the Romney campaign.

Some of his most recent gaffes have been:

During an address to a largely African American audience in Danville, Va., on Aug. 14, Biden said:

“Look at what they value, and look at their budget. And look what they're proposing. Romney said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They're going to put y'all back in chains."

During another campaign stump speech, the VP said that the middle class has been buried for the past four years.

His most recent gaffe was during a campaign stump speech in North Carolina, Biden said:

“This is deadly earnest,” charged Biden. “How they can justify — how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried the last four years. How in Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts?”

Speaking to supporters during a campaign event in Las Vegas yesterday, Biden asked the audience: "How many of you know someone who served in Iraq or Iran?" He followed up the question with, "How many of you know someone who has been injured or lost in Iraq or Iran?" More gaffes at about.com

While most of the gaffes are innocent mistakes, they have given the Romney campaign fodder for their attack ads and the buried middle class quote has also been used during the presidential and vice presidential campaign. During last night`s annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, Mitt Romney to a jab at Joe Biden's gaffe, which he categorized as a gift, stating all he had to do is add, "I'm Mitt Romney and approve this message."

During the president`s lackluster first debate performance, he failed to mention the "47 percent" comment made by Romney in a backroom private meeting, as revealed by a secret video. This drew criticism by Democrats, and Biden ensured that it was mentioned during the vice presidential debate. Rep. Paul Ryan deflected the criticism, by stating "As the vice president knows, sometimes the words come out the wrong way," pointing to the vice presidents numerous gaffes.

While gaffes, one way or the other, will not have a major impact, they do provide some comical relief in an emotional campaign. The latest gaffe on who knows someone that served in Iraq or Iran is certain to appear in conservative headlines everywhere, especially since Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, was behind the vice president and raised his hand.

Yes, the vice president is certainly the gift that keeps on giving to the Romney campaign.

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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