Biden on Romney's 'Firing' Comments: 'Probably Taken Out of Context'
11:23 PM, Jan 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a video conference with Democratic supporters, Joe Biden weighed in tonight on the controversy around some remarks Mitt Romney made yesterday in New Hampshire. The vice president came out on Romney's side, saying that the Republican presidential candidate's comments were "probably taken out of context."
“I want individuals to have their own insurance,” Romney said yesterday. “That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn’t give me a good service that I need, I want to say I’m going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.”
Romney's opponents--Republicans and Democrats alike--took this line, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me," and ran with it. Romney contended that the line, in context, was about an individual being able to choose his own health insurer, not that he as a businessman liked to fire folks.
But his Republican opponents in New Hampshire said it showed he was cold. And even the Democratic National Committee made videos exploiting that out of context line.
Fortunately, Vice President Biden cleared things up this evening.
It's also fortunate that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was in attendance for Biden's video conference this evening in New Hampshire. Hopefully she'll listen to the vice president and pull the videos her committee put together exploiting a line that was "probably taken out of context."
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