Giuliani Calls Biden a ‘Joke’

Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 01:08 PM

By Amy Woods

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and backed up previous remarks about Joe Biden’s mental capacity, calling the vice president “a joke.”

“After not knowing what state he was in, not knowing what century he was in, in 24 hours, and making what I would consider to be an absolutely disgusting appeal to racial sentiment, I said I wonder if he’s got the mental capacity to be the president of the United States,” Giuliani said. “This guy is like one gaffe after the other, and he’s a joke on late-night television. I think they’ve also locked him in his room for the rest of the campaign.”

Biden’s comment about putting voters “back in chains” occurred during a campaign rally in Virginia.

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On the Mitt Romney tax-return controversy, Giuliani defended the Republican presidential nominee and said “the Romneys have explained this.”

“I think the concern is, you put out 10, 20 years of taxes, that’s all we’re going to be doing for the next two month,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with Gov. Romney’s taxes.”

He described Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as vice president as “gutsy.”

“By picking Paul Ryan, he decided . . . we’re going to have a debate on the issues.”

The selection of Ryan has shifted the debate to Medicare and whether Americans want the government making their healthcare decisions.

“I think to orthodox Democrats, the idea that people have private options is somehow frightening,” Giuliani said. “I think we do want to have that debate about who trusts people more, who trusts government more. I think their side, particularly under Obama, trusts government to make all the healthcare decisions for us. As Republicans, we would like to see individuals making some of those healthcare decisions.”

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