The Washington Times - October 24, 2011, 12:51PM

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday that Vice President Joseph Biden’s comments tying passage of the White House jobs proposal to lowering the nation’s rape and murder statistics were “strange.”

“Vice President Biden has had a bit of a language-control problem over the years and this just adds to the list of very strange things he has said,” the former Massachusetts governor, vying for front-runner status in the GOP race, said in an interview on The Washington Times-affiliated “America’s Morning News” radio program.

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Mr. Biden has “probably forgotten that the new stimulus plan the president has introduced has been turned down by the Democrats in the Senate. His own party has turned it down,” Mr. Romney said. “Because they looked at the first stimulus and it did not work.

In remarks that infuriated conservatives and Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Mr. Biden said last week that rapes and other crimes would increase if congressional Republicans block President Obama’s latest jobs proposal aimed at helping cities and states preserve police and teacher jobs.

The White House last week said it backed the vice president’s comments.