It just wouldn’t be a presidential campaign without a few derp-y Joe Biden moments — and today we got two.
At a campaign stop this morning, the vice president said the following: “with you — and I mean this — with your help, we can win North Carolina again.”
Nope — Biden was in Virginia, and unless some North Carolinians were in the crowd, the people to whom he was speaking can do precisely zilch to help Democrats win back the Tar Heel State.
But he wasn’t done — he doubled down on his derp-y campaign speak with a (im)perfectly placed reference to slavery.
Biden went on to tell Virginians the following about the Romney/Ryan presidential ticket: “He 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.”
Virginia, as you may know, doesn’t exactly have the most rosy history when it comes to chaining up human beings. Ho-hum.
The slavery gaffe isn’t the end of the world, but — to quote Biden himself — Republicans are almost certain to turn the comment into a “big fucking deal.”
See video of each of the gaffes below.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 14, 2012