Vice President Joe Biden’s one-liner at a campaign event in Virginia this week set off a round of tongue-wagging from conservatives for its racially tinged tone, but the president’s re-election campaign is defending him.
“Romney said in his first 100 days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Un-chain Wall Street!,” Biden bellowed. “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.”
The Mitt Romney campaign’s reaction was instantaneous: “The Obama campaign has reached a new low,” it said in a statement, calling for President Obama to react to the comment.
The inference here, of course, is that Biden was fanning racial tensions when making such a comment to an audience with a heavy African-American presence, because it could conjure up images of slavery and bondage.
The Obama campaign has sought to downplay the remark and turn the conversation back to critiques on the Romney campaign’s rhetoric. Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter Tuesday defended Biden on Andrea Mitchell Reports, saying he was “using a metaphor” to describe what would happen if Wall St. reform is repealed.