Vice President Biden said in a radio interview Thursday that the Obama administration, not the Bush administration, has ownership of the weak economy.
“Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant,” Mr. Biden said on WLRN in Miami. “What’s relevant is we’re in charge.”
Asked by the radio host why Mr. Obama is losing so much support in Florida, a state that was crucial to his victory in 2008, Mr. Biden replied that the economy hasn’t improved quickly enough.
“Right now, we are the ones in charge, and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough,” the vice president said. “I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge. So they’re angry.”
Mr. Biden also said it is “totally legitimate” for the 2012 election to be “a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature and state of the economy.”
Asked if Mr. Obama agrees, presidential press secretary Jay Carney said the president “fully expects” voters to make their decisions “based on their assessment of his record, what he’s done, what’s he accomplished, and obviously comparing that and what his vision is for the future.”