In an appearance on Fox News, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used Vice President Joe Biden’s own words to call on President Barack Obama to join Biden in retirement.
Romney cited a video of Biden from April at a campaign rally, in which the vice president appeared to suggest that Obama should step aside and allow someone else to take office after his second term ends in 2016.
“It was kind of a funny comment. But the truth is, Joe Biden himself said if he was president, he would not seek a third term,” Romney said. “So that should be a hint to the President that maybe it’s time to transition, and allow another to take over.”
Biden’s remarks came in response to a question from a student in South Carolina about whether Democrats were worried about Hillary Clinton’s chances in 2016. Biden had responded by saying that he hoped Republicans would “put up somebody who’s really qualified” and that “it’s time for a new generation of leadership.”
Romney’s remarks come as the presidential election gets closer, with the first debate between Romney and Obama scheduled for October 3. Despite Biden’s comments, President Obama has stated that he intends to seek re-election in 2016. Romney’s latest attack on the Obama-Biden ticket is likely aimed at putting pressure on the president to leave office and allowing another candidate to take over.