Vice President Joe Biden sided with the Occupy Wall Street protesters saying the core of the movement is that the American people think “the bargain has been breached,” and they, “do not think the system is fair or on the level.”
Biden called Bank of America “tone deaf” for their new policy charging customers a fee to use their debit cards. “At a minimum they are incredibly tone deaf,” he said. “And at a maximum they are not, they are not paying their fair share of the bargain here and middle class people are getting killed!”
In an interview with David Gregory as part of The Atlantic/Aspen Institute’s Washington Ideas Forum, the vice president said the Republican party needs to be “strong” and “united” for any kind of deals to be made. He complimented House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, calling them a “partner” in negotiations. However, because of disagreements among the House Republican caucus, Biden noted they are “seriously hamstrung” in their ability to get anything passed.
When pressed by David about whether or not the Republican party was strong enough to beat the Obama-Biden ticket in 2012 , the vice president said, “Absolutely.”
Watch the entire interview above to see more of the Vice President’s take on the economy, and the 2012 reelection campaign.