Vice President Joe Biden and the Obama campaign are still beating back criticism today after questionable remarks made by Biden at an event in Danville on Tuesday.
Biden was speaking to a crowd with a good number of African-Americans. He was attacking GOP candidate Mitt Romney's plan to de-regulate the banking industry. That is when he made this accusation.
“He’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street! They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.”
Biden also told the Virginia crowd that with their help the ticket was going to win "North Carolina."
The chains comment led to a firestorm of criticism by republicans, who accused the Vice President of carrying out an Obama campaign strategy of "hate and division."
In an event in Wytheville later that day Biden clarified his remarks and said he meant to say "unshackled" instead of "unchained". He also fired back at republicans who called his comments outrageous by accusing them of promoting policies that hurt the middle class. "That's what's outrageous," Biden said.
On Wednesday, Governor Bob McDonnell was unveiling the final budget numbers to the General Assembly Money Committees and fielded a question on the Biden comments. Not surprisingly, McDonnell was not buying Biden's explanation.
"It's not the first time the Vice President has had his foot in his mouth and probably not the last," McDonnell said.
The Virginia governor, who despite not being tapped as Romney's running mate has promised to remain a loyal soldier in the GOP's attempt to take back the White House. He was not afraid to make Biden's comments an example of his issue with the Obama campaign in general.
"I think it is another example of this administration and particularly this Vice President being way out of touch, by delivering offensive and incendiary comments," McDonnell said. He went on to draw Obama himself into the controversy. "The President was here two months ago and told a crowd in Roanoke that if you have a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen."
McDonnell went on to warn that the list of what he described as "offensive" comments are growing and that could resonate at the ballot box.
"I think people are remembering what these candidates are saying when they come to the Commonwealth of Virginia," he said.
Yesterday, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt was quick to defend Biden. "We find the Romney campaign’s outrage over the Vice President’s comments today hypocritical, particularly in light of their own candidate’s stump speech questioning the President’s patriotism," LaBolt said. "Let’s return to that ‘substantive’ debate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promised 72 hours ago, but quickly abandoned.”
This exchange is an example of how every word will be picked apart as we ramp up into election day.
The full remarks on this issue from Governor McDonnell can be found below:
Governor McDonnell was not the only Virginia governor to pile on Biden, former Governor Doug Wilder went into a blistering attack of the Vice President tonight on Fox News Channel. Wilder accused Biden of dividing the country and said the comments were inappropriate.
"Slavery is nothing to joke about," Wilder said. "And this Nation's history with slavery is nothing to pass off in a joke." Wilder said he would take Biden at his word that he wasn't talking about slavery when he referenced "chains", but pointed out that this is indicative of a bigger problem.
"You can't continue to keep making gaffe after gaffe after gaffe and be supportive of what you and the president is trying to do."
Wilder admitted in the interview that while admires the president, he has never been that "strong a supporter" of the Vice President.
The full interview from "Your World with Neal Cavuto" can be found on the Fox News Channel web site.