TheBlaze’s Jonathon M. Seidl contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden may have made the gaffe of the campaign so far. While speaking Tuesday morning in Danville, Virginia, the vice president said to an audience with a clear population of minorities that Romney and the Republicans want to put people “back in chains.”
“They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing,” an animated Biden said. “Romney wants to let the—he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules – unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains. He’s said he’s going to do nothing about stopping the practice of outsourcing.”
Whether the comment was meant to have racial undertones or not, it’s an unfortunate statement.
But that comment isn’t the only one that has Biden in some hot water. As Business Insider notes, he also mistakenly referred to his location as “North Carolina”:
Additionally, at one point he mimicked the sign language translator’s hands while saying he was getting so “fired up” that the translator would have a hard time:
Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter says Obama stands by Biden’s comments after the Romney camp called for a repudiation:
This story has been updated.