Biden Gives Fiery Defense of Obama at NAACP Meeting
ice President Joe Biden drew cheers from the nation’s biggest civil rights group on Thursday with a fiery defense of President Barack Obama’s record, and he warned that the election of Republican Mitt Romney could reverse years of economic and civil rights gains for blacks.
The day after Romney was booed during an appearance before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People convention, Biden said Republicans had blocked Obama’s efforts at every turn and their policies would halt progress for blacks in housing, education and a variety of economic issues.
“Their discipline has been amazing. They have never let up. But neither has my guy, Barack Obama,” Biden said. “This election, in my view, is a fight for the heart and soul of America. These guys aren’t bad guys, but they have a fundamentally different view.”
It was a rousing speech to a friendly crowd by Biden, who has proved to be a passionate campaigner for Obama, drawing on his folksy charm and connection with working-class America.
Biden asked the audience to imagine what a Romney presidency would mean for the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and voting rights.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” said Biden, the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “They see a future where voting is made harder, not easier.”
He condemned Republican support for voter ID laws that critics say will disenfranchise many black voters.
“Did you think we’d be fighting these battles again?” he asked the crowd, which roared “No!” in reply.