Biden hits Gingrich's food-stamp comment as 'inappropriate'

Vice President Biden attacked GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday, calling the former House Speaker "inappropriate" for labeling President Obama the "food stamp president."

Appearing at campaign stop in Tallahassee, Fla., Biden took aim at Gingrich and Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, saying the two Republicans are showing their true colors in their remarks in recent months.


"These are the same guys who are calling the president a 'food stamp president,' a thinly veiled — I don't know what it is, but it's inappropriate," Biden said. "It's inappropriate."

The vice president went on to mock the GOP candidates for saying how they really feel.

"For the first time, the Republicans are not — to use a football metaphor, hiding the ball. They're saying exactly what they believe. For real, no, it's good. It's good because for the first time we can have an honest debate. These guys aren't out there saying, 'We're compassionate conservatives, we want to fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid.' They're just being straight up, saying what they believe." 

At the campaign stop, Biden drove home a line the Obama campaign will probably use repeatedly in the months ahead to tout its accomplishments: "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. It's a metaphor for our foreign policy and our domestic policy."