Response To Vice President Biden’s Trip To Iowa For Bruce Braley

With Vice President Joe Biden set to campaign with Congressman Bruce Braley next week in Davenport, we wanted to pass along the following statement and research from the Republican Party of Iowa:

“After mocking Senator Grassley for being a farmer who never went to law school, Congressman Braley is teaming up with the gaffe prone Vice President to see who else they can offend. Between their offensive statements and jokes, it’s clear Iowans can’t trust Congressman Braley or Vice President Biden to tackle the tough problems facing our country.” Jahan Wilcox, Republican Party of Iowa spokesman

BACKGROUND …

In Iowa, While Recalling A Meeting With The First Prime Minister Of Singapore, Vice President Biden Referred To Him As “The Wisest Man In The Orient.” “‘On the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient,’ explained Biden in his remarks at a kick-off rally for the Nuns on the Bus ‘We the People, We the Voters’ bus tour.” (Sean Sullivan, “Joe Biden Pulls Off A Gaffe Hat Trick,” The Washington Post’s Post Politics Blog, 9/17/14)

  • The Word “Orient” Is Not Just Outdated But Is Seen As Offensive When Used In Reference To People. “The word ‘Orient’ is considered widely outdated and could be perceived as offensive, or insensitive, especially when used in reference to people.” (Shushannah Walshe, “Joe Biden Refers To Asia As ‘The Orient,’” ABC’s The Note Blog, 9/17/14)

In Iowa, Vice President Biden Introduced Himself As “Joe Finnegan” To A Woman With An Irish Last Name. “Karen Foley, 35, approached and introduced herself, saying, ‘Hi, nice to meet you.’  VPOTUS chatted for a minute or two with her.  Later Ms. Foley told pooler that VPOTUS jokingly introduced himself, saying ‘I’m Joe Finnegan’ because her own last name is Irish.  ‘I said, ‘No you’re not.  I know who you are.’  He said, ‘You’re very pretty.’  After Ms. Foley said she was a state employee in the Department of Human Services, she said, ‘He said he didn’t want to keep us from our lunch and soak up taxpayer money.’’”  (Alexander Burns, “From Bidenopoulos To Finnegan,” Politico’s 44, 10/4/12)

Vice President Biden Called The Signing Of ObamaCare A Big F______ Deal. “And on Tuesday, immediately following his introduction of President Obama during the health care bill’s signing ceremony, he turned to the Commander in Chief and uttered the following barely-off microphone comment: ‘This is a big f______ deal.’ With his use of the F word, Biden offered the ultimate blue-collar acknowledgment of a job well done.” (“Biden’s BFD Moment” Time, 3/27/12)

Congressman Braley Mocked Sen. Chuck Grassley As “A Farmer From Iowa Who Never Went To Law School.” BRALEY: “To put this in stark contrast, if you help me win this race you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for thirty years, in a visible or public way, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Or, you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Because, if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, Remarks At A Trial Lawyer Fundraiser, South Texas, Uploaded 3/25/14)

Congressman Braley Complained That There Was “No Towel Service” In The House Gym During The Government Shutdown. BRALEY: “They must not have been down to the gym lately. There’s hardly anybody working down there. There’s no towel service, we’re doing our own laundry down there. And we pay a fee to belong to the House gym. So this is no different than if you’re working for an employer that offers a wellness program. You pay a fee to belong, that’s what we do there.” (The Bill Press Show,Interview With Bruce Braley, 10/9/13)

Congressman Braley Berated A Female Witness Over Her Education Credentials. “Braley’s record of elitism goes back much farther. At a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing in 2009, he questioned the credentials of Sally Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute. Despite authoring several books and articles as a noted health care expert, Braley repeatedly peppered Pipes with questions about whether she was a ‘health policy expert,”’ whether she had an “advanced degree in economics,” and whether she was a ‘scholar.’ At one point, Braley questioned whether Pipes even had a resume.” (Daniel Wiser, Braley Badgers Witness Over Advanced Degrees,The Washington Free Beacon, 08/12/14)