Melissa Harris-Perry | August 18, 2012
>>> after the romney /ryan republican rollout or rr as i like to call it, one man made sure he was not left behind in the shadows. vice president joe biden reinserted himself right back into the national conversation this week. like only joe can. take a look.
>> romney wants to -- he said in the first 100 days he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain wall street ! going to put y'all back in chains.
>> did he just say that? say it ain't so, joe ! while some including the romney campaign jumped on joe for his comments, the president had his back. noting that his comments had to be taken in context versus focusing on just the phraseology. so even after decades of public service , vice president joe biden may not be slick or poised, polished or perfect, but what vice president biden is includes passionate, effective, smart and real. he's all of those things regardless of the times when he has us shaking our heads with a collective, did he just say that? like the time he tried to invoke president ted kennedy , exlose me, ted roosevelt when talking about president obama . oh, boy.
>> now is the time to heed the timeless advice from teddy roosevelt . speak softly and carry a big stick , end of quote. i promise you, the president has a big stick . i promise you.
>> i don't even know how to react to that one without possibly getting fined by the fcc. so as jay-z says, on to the next one. when president obama signed health care into law, it was an exciting time, no more so than for vice president biden .
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>> okay. you have to agree with the vice president, that moment was a big you know what deal. and when joe biden tried to come to hillary clinton 's defense in 2008 , even before becoming vice president, he may have me a made a better case for her than for himself.
>> make no mistake about this. hillary clinton is as qualified or more qualified than i am to be vice president of the united states of america . let's get that straight.
>> so we know what you meant, joe , even if it took us a minute. and one can make a good argument for vice president biden having a really, really bad case of foot and mouth disease , but gaffes alone do not make the man and there are many reasons why joe rocks . one of the big zest the violence against women act of 1994 which then came about under senator biden 's leadership. then there's how joe can go anywhere and be a rock star , even at the naacp's annual convention. and finally, joe realizes the immense weight and responsibility that being part of the administration, the first african- american president . and he told just that in 2008 when asked what would happen if he had to take over for president obama if tragedy struck.
>> how would a biden administration be different from an obama administration if that were to happen?
>> god forbid that would ever happen. it would be a national tragedy of historic proportions if it were to happen.
>> so that's joe biden . relatable, no nonsense, having his presence back. now, while paul ryan may give a great speech, joe biden makes great policy. with a passion and enthusiasm that only amtrak joe can deliver. and while he may not always be smooth, he is our guy. so you go, joe ! gaffes and all. coming up, a record number of women are running for office this year. and i'm going to tell you why that number is still too low. that's up next. early