'Back in chains' starts a tiff

  • Updated: August 14, 2012 - 9:14 PM

 

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 ... 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 blacks. Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney, called the comment "a new low" in the campaign.

Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said the president agreed with Biden's sentiment. She added that Republicans often speak of "unshackling" industries from regulations.

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