For Republicans, Vice President Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving. In an interview he gave on Thursday in Ohio, he told a reporter that he doesn’t blame people for voting for a felon in the Democratic primary in West Virginia with the economy being the way it is.
Biden:”Look, I come from a household where whenever there’s a recession, somebody around my grandpop or my dad’s table lost their job—a brother, a sister, a friend, a neighbor,” he said. “When you’re out of work, man, it’s a depression. And a lot of people are still hurt because of this God-awful recession we inherited that cost 8.4 million jobs before we could really get going. And so I don’t blame people. They’re frustrated. They’re angry.”
Angry enough to give a convicted felon, who is currently serving a 210 month sentence in a federal prison in Texas, enough votes to beat Obama in 10 West Virginia counties. The felon received 40 percent of the total vote, making him eligible for at least one delegate at the Democratic national convention in Charlotte this September.
Obama faces an uphill battle in West Virginia, which he lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary and to John McCain in the general election. Plus, he isn’t getting any help from the state’s leading Democrats, with both Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin declining to endorse him.
And Biden’s remarks aren’t likely to help either.