Joe Biden on 2nd Debate: Romney Trying to 'Politicize a Tragedy'

The vice president discusses the town hall-style debate at Hofstra University.
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Transcript for Joe Biden on 2nd Debate: Romney Trying to 'Politicize a Tragedy'
Let's turn to the running mates in their corner for the candidate. I spoke with vice president joe biden last night. And begin to explain why president obama brought such a different game to this second debate. I'll tell you what, the obama I've worked with, the president I've worked with, a guy passionately committed to doing something about the plight of the middle-class, he was there last night. I thought he did an incredible job of pointing out what he did, what we're going to do. And I thought it was incredible that governor romney had nothing but a sketchy response to everything. Whether it was the young college kid saying I want to get a job. This is the third debate we've had on their tax policy. They have yet to come up with a single, solitary specific. What did you say to him that got such a different performance last night? We talked aft the first debate. We talked after my debate. I didn't have any doubt how the president would perform in this debate. That's the guy I see. That the guy I know. We saw mitt romney tighten in the polls after the first debate. Did the president help the slide last night? I don't know what the polls are going to say. But I feel very, very good about going into the next 2 days or so. I think it's 20 days. I think people are getting a clear outline on assertions on romney and ryan. I think they give very little detail because they don't want to say what their policies will do. Reporter: One of the big moments in the debate last night, the moment when the president and governor romney were talking about benghazi. And governor romney calling out the president, saying he wasn't referring to the act of terror at the benghazi act. His campaign saying that candy crowley was wrong on that. And I wonder what your response to that is. The response is, it became so clear to the american people how governor romney and the campaign continue to try to politicize a tragedy. And their strategy appears to be to make it appear that the president didn't care, didn't know, or was lying. The fact of the matter is, the president was clear. We are going to get to the bottom of this. The whole world will know it. And I think when the president turned and looked at governor romney and made that assertion, saying, basically, don't question me on this, in terms of my caring. I thought it was a powerful moment. Before you go. I have to ask you about your own debate. Almost a week out. How did you feel about it? You took some ribbing for all of those smiles and laughs. I'll tell you what, i recommend everybody go back and find the "saturday night live" deal they did. I laughed my head off watching the guy playing me. He is so good, it scares me. But look, I feel very good about bate because, again, i wasn't going to sit there and, yoknow, let all these assertions go by that just simply were not accurate. Stakes are high for monday night. Yeah, they are. But I think -- I feel confident about my boss. I feel confident about my guy. And I think the american people are becoming more confident that romney doesn't offer much of an alternative. Mr. Vice president, thanks so much for time. And with that, let's turn to

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