Biden Stirs Controversy by Linking Obama Jobs Bill to Crime Rate


Vice President Biden is stepping up his argument that rapes and murders could increase if Congress does not pass President Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill, evoking sexual and violent imagery in his sales pitch for the second time in a week, reports Speaking to Philadelphia police officers at the University of Pennsylvania, Biden slammed Republican critics who say the jobs bill is just “temporary,” underscoring measures aimed at maintaining police force levels.

“Let me tell you, it's not temporary when that 9-1-1 call comes in and a woman's being raped. If a cop shows up in time to prevent the rape, it's not temporary to that woman,” Biden said. “It's not temporary to the guy whose store is being held up and has a gun being pointed to his head if a cop shows up and he's not killed. That's not temporary to that store owner. Give me a break — temporary. Last week, Biden suggested during a speech in Flint, Mi., that rapes and murders could rise if the jobs bill failed to pass Congress. The Republican National Committee called Biden’s comments “irresponsible and mean-spirited” and calling on the media and women's groups to condemn the remarks. Said the RNC: “No victim of violent crime would ever wish that others were forced to experience the same trauma they went through – especially to make a brazen political point. So why would the sitting vice president of the United States?” The bill would provide $5 billion to help cities retain about 18,000 police officers and 7,000 firefighters.

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