Friday, October 12, 2012

Joe Biden Knows

A poll has some news about the race for U.S. Senate in Ohio---
 Wall Street Journal:

...A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll shows Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) with a 52%-41% lead over Republican candidate Josh Mandel. Mr. Brown has held a consistent lead, and the new poll suggests it is not narrowing.....

After interviewing the Senator, E.J. Dionne provides his take on what Sen. Sherrod Brown is up against in his campaign for re-election. Dionne notes that over $20 million is coming from conservatives to defeat  Sen. Sherrod Brown.

...Ryan, Brown said, has “dressed up trickle-down economics and wrapped it in an Ayn Rand novel.” The vice president, Brown added, should highlight the Republicans’ desire to privatize both Medicare and Social Security, reflected in Ryan’s own record and Republicans’ attempts to do so whenever they thought they had the votes. “It’s clear they want to go there,” Brown said....

...There may be an answer in the furious efforts of the conservative billionaires to unseat Sherrod Brown. He asks the obvious questions: “Why this money? Who are these people? Why are they spending it in Ohio?”

As it happens, the same folks are also trying to beat Obama. It would behoove the president (and Biden, too) to join Brown in reminding voters that this election will determine whose interests will be represented after the ballots are counted — and whose will be ignored....

Vice President Joe Biden stated last night that the Republicans have never liked Medicare and Social Security and the Romney Ryan ticket is working to dismantle both programs. Here are the questions all Americans must ask themselves:
- Can you live without Medicare and Social Security?
- Can your elderly parents, relatives, neighbors live without Medicare and Social Security?
- Can your elderly parents remain in a nursing home if Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are no longer available?
- Can your disabled relative live without Medicaid?

The clincher for last night's debate goes to Vice President Biden and his remarks about women's rights and access to abortion.


...Ryan doesn’t think that rape victims should have access to abortion. Biden pointed that out, with some fits and starts:
Now with regard to the way in which the—we differ, my friend says that he—well I guess he accepts Governor Romney’s position now, because in the past he has argued that there was—there’s rape and forcible rape. He’s argued that in the case of rape or incest, it was still—it would be a crime to engage in having an abortion. I just fundamentally disagree with my friend.
Biden is no radical on abortion. He began by talking about his acceptance, on a personal level, of the Catholic Church's teaching that human life begins at conception:
But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here, the—the congressman. I—I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that—women they can’t control their body. It’s a decision between them and their doctor. In my view and the Supreme Court, I’m not going to interfere with that.

Joe Biden and Barack Obama get it.  Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney just don't get it and women should not support them. I want to move forward with Obama-Biden, not back with the Republicans.