In a new man-on-the-street video, Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips asks a few pro-Joe Biden college students to guess which presidential candidate — Donald Trump or Biden — was the source of some racially charged quotes, all of which were infamously stated by Biden. Phillips finds that even though some of the lines have been widely reported, the students all guess Trump for each quote. When they are informed that in fact Biden said all of the “pretty racist” comments, the students express genuine surprise and say the revelation will likely impact their support for the former vice president.
Campus Reform conducted the interviews on the campus of Marymount University in Virginia last week amid a series of polls showing Biden leading Trump nationally as well as in several key battlegound states. One particularly important demographic has also somewhat surprisingly begun to gravitate toward Biden: young voters.
“Leading in every national poll, Biden has billed himself as relatable, likable, and perhaps above all else, without scandal,” Campus Reform reports. As the students’ response to the revelation that Biden was the source of some of the disparaging quotes suggests, Biden’s relatable, likeable, scandal-free persona has largely worked.
After each of the students informed him that they backed Biden, Phillips presented three quotes and asked who was the source of each.
The first was Biden’s much-maligned 7-11 quote: “You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
The second was Biden’s shameless “put y’all back in chains” quote, said to a majority African-American audience. “They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” he said in reference to Republicans and, particularly, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The third was Biden’s loaded comment about his then-opponent, presidential candidate Barack Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said of Obama.
After each of the students answers Trump for all three, Phillips reveals the true source — and the students’ responses are notable. Not only do they say that they’ve never heard those infamous quotes before, they all say the comments will likely impact their willingness to support Biden in the future. WATCH:
Biden made the 7-11 comment two years ahead of the 2008 election. “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India,” Biden told an Indian-American supporter on June 17, 2006. “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
The “back in chains” comment came during an August 2012 campaign event in Virginia with a largely black audience. “They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing,” Biden told black supporters about the Republicans’ proposed budget. “[Romney] said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”
Biden’s disparaging description of Obama was made in 2007. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” After backlash, Biden issued an apology, stating, “I deeply regret any offense my remark in the New York Observer might have caused anyone. That was not my intent and I expressed that to Sen. Obama.”