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Biden says Rev. Wright ad planners 'act like it's 1942'

May 17, 2012|By Michael A. Memoli
  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday at M-7 Technologies in Youngstown, Ohio.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday at M-7 Technologies in Youngstown,… (Tony Dejak / Associated…)

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Republican strategists planning to use the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a summer ad campaign against President Obama “misunderstand the state of the nation,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

“They act like it’s 1942 or something,” Biden told reporters as he stopped for lunch at a western Pennsylvania barbecue spot. “I think the public is so, so far beyond that.”

Mitt Romney had quickly attempted to distance himself from the unrealized plan by a “super PAC” backed by Joe Ricketts to link Obama to his controversial former pastor, as was reported in this morning’s New York Times.

“I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they've described,” Romney told Townhall, a conservative website.

Biden said he had just learned that the group would no longer go forward with the ad.

“There are certain things that are sort of so, so morally clear and straight … that it almost doesn’t warrant comment on it,” Biden said.

Biden had stopped to pick up lunch and greet locals at Hog Father’s after a two-day campaign swing in Ohio, where he urged voters to question whether Romney’s business experience as head of a venture capital firm was the kind of experience they wanted in a president.

michael.memoli@latimes.com

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