GOP Says Biden’s Comments On Jobs Bill are a “Sign of Desperation”

Oct 20, 2011 2:55pm

Sen. John Barrasso, R-WY., today called Vice President Joseph Biden’s comments in Philadelphia made on Tuesday “over the top” and a “sign of desperation.”

On Tuesday at the University of Pennsylvania, the vice president said that one argument he’s “heard from my friends who oppose” the jobs bill is that “this is just temporary.”

“It’s not temporary when that 911 call comes in and a woman’s being raped, if a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape,” Biden said. “It’s not temporary to the guy whose store is being held up and a gun is being pointed to his head,” he continued, “if a cop shows up and he’s not killed, that’s not temporary to that store owner…. I wish these guys that thought it’s temporary, I wish they had some notion what it’s like to be on the other side of a gun. Or a 200-pound man standing over you telling you to submit.”

Today, Senator Barrasso, R-WY., laid into President Biden saying that he is just trying to scare people into supporting the jobs bill, showing that he has “doubts” that this piece of the jobs bill is going to work.

“Vice President Biden made a number of comments that I believe were over the top,” Senator Barrasso said at a press conference today. “The vice president is attempting to use fear tactics on the American people and really, to me, shows a sign of desperation of the vice president and of this administration because they realize that their policies have failed the American people.”

Senate Democrats and the Obama administration have been pushing for passage of a piece of the jobs bill:  $30 billion in aid to state and local governments to help retain about 400,000 teachers at risk of being fired because of budget cuts, and an additional $5 billion to help local governments keep about 18,000 police officers and 7,000 firefighters on the job.

 

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