ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- A comment by Vice President Joe Biden that Mitt Romney’s banking policies would “put y’all back in chains” raised eyebrows Tuesday on the campaign trail.
“Romney wants to, 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,” Biden told supporters in Danville, Va., a community that is roughly half black and half white.
The Romney campaign seized upon the remark to argue that President Obama’s campaign was trying to divide Americans and demonize his opponent, though they did not touch upon the implication of slavery in making such a remark in front of an audience that included many African Americans.
Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney, called the comment “a new low” in the campaign.
“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,” Saul said. “President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”