Biden Keeps It Real With Black Journalists

This election is about "who the hell we are," the vice president told the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Vice President Joe Biden didn't mince any words (surprise!) when speaking to the National Association of Black Journalists at its annual conference about President Obama's re-election, the Huffington Post reports. "This is about more than the economy -- it's about who the hell we are," he said. And on the topic of the president's opposition, he warned, "This ain't your father's Republican Party."

Biden returned repeatedly to the idea of shared national sacrifice, and said an additional tax cut for the highest earners would make poor and middle-class Americans feel like they were being used. "There's only one group of people who hasn't had to give up anything," he said, referring to the wealthy ...

Biden tailored his speech to his audience, mentioning Obama administration policies that particularly benefited blacks, including the expansion of Pell Grants, which help low-income students pay for college, and the president's signature health care law, which Biden said extended health coverage to 8 million African Americans. He suggested that African Americans and women would fare more poorly if Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins. "Imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after three years of a Romney presidency," Biden said. "Imagine what it will mean for traditional civil rights, women's rights and so much more."

The second big non-surprise of the event: NABJ President Gregory H. Lee said that NABJ extended an invitation to the Romney campaign, but there was no response.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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