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Biden: Romney’s ‘47 percent’ includes 'my mom and dad'

President Obama was criticized by Democrats for failing to mention the remarks, which Romney made at a private fundraiser earlier this year, in last week's presidential debates.

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But Biden pounced Thursday night during his vice presidential debate with GOP running mate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), using the comments to paint Romney as a candidate more interested in helping the nation's wealthy than the middle class.

"It shouldn't be surprising for a guy who says 47 percent of the American people are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives," he said. 

"These people are my mom and dad, the people who I grew up with, my neighbors," Biden added. "They are elderly people ... they are veterans and people fighting in Afghanistan."

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