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With new focus on the Paul Ryan announcement Saturday, and a Sarah Palin punchline always right around the corner from the mainstream stream media campaign coverage, Vice President Joe Biden made statements Tuesday reminding the country that he is far from immune to bringing negative attention to his campaign and party.

While speaking in Danville, Virginia, the vice president told a crowd in the city with a 48.6 percent African-American population, that Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to put them “back in chains.” Later on during the same speech, Biden mimicked the sign language translator’s hands while saying he was getting so “fired up” that the translator would have a hard time.

The Romney campaign immediately fired back at the president's team and Biden for hitting a "new low."

“After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Gov. Romney, the Obama campaign has reached a new low," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "The comments made by the vice president of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election."

Obama's team has embraced Biden's statement. During an interview with Andrea Mitchell Wednesday, top Obama campaign aide Stefanie Cutter said the president's team has "no problem" with Biden's comments. 

During "Real News" Wednesday the panel discussed Biden's latest gaffe, the race element to the comments, and whether the incumbent VP will be a liability this time around for Obama:

 

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