Biden to NAACP: GOP Attacks Civil Rights
Veep: 'This ain't your father's Republican party'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2012 2:16 PM CDT
Vice President Joe Biden addresses the NAACP annual convention, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden's reception at Houston's NAACP convention was a far cry from Mitt Romney's. Amid much audience enthusiasm, Biden warned the crowd that today's GOP is threatening the very thing the NAACP was created to protect: civil rights. "Remember what this (group), at its core, was all about," he said, according to ABC News. "It was about the right to vote." Pointing to state GOP attempts to enact voter ID laws, he asked, "Did you think we’d be fighting these battles again?"

"I didn’t think we’d be back. I remember working with Republicans" on various voting rights efforts. "But this is not the Republican Party here today, nor Romney’s," he said. "They see a different future, where voting is made harder, not easier." Biden also spoke of the health care law, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the auto bailout, while slamming Republican efforts to obstruct the Obama agenda. "They have never let up. But neither has my guy," he said. His guy also gave a brief video address, in which the president told listeners, "I stand on your shoulders."