Vice President Joe Biden told a Florida radio station Thursday that the Obama administration, not the Bush administration, is responsible for the state of the economy.
"There’s a lot of people in Florida that have good reason to be upset because they’ve lost jobs," Biden told WLRN's Phil Latzman in an interview. "Even though 50 some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that's not relevant."
"What’s relevant is, we’re in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge, and it’s gotten better but it hasn't gotten good enough. And in states like Florida it's even been more stagnant because of the real estate market," Biden continued.
"And so I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge, so they’re angry."
Listen to the full interview here.
In a Gallup poll earlier this month, a majority of Americans for the first time held Obama to blame for the economy.
Biden stressed, though, that while Americans might blame the Obama administration for the economy now, the 2012 election would not simply be a referendum on the current administration, but a choice between Democrats and Republicans.
"Right now -- understandably, totally legitimate -- this is a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature and state of the economy," Biden said. "It's soon going to be a choice."
Asked about Biden's comments, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that Obama was OK with election being a referendum on his record on the economy.
"The president fully expects that when people cast their ballots in November of 2012, that they will be making their decisions based on their assessment of his record, what he’s done, what he’s accomplished," Carney said. "And obviously comparing that and what his vision is for the future -- which is critical as well -- for where he wants to take the country going forward, and comparing that to whoever is the candidate for the Republican party. So the answer is, yes. It's more than that, but, yes."