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Obama Campaign Sets New Standard For Linguistic Gymnastics

Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki defended Vice President Joe Biden's remark that "[Republicans will] put y’all back in chains" on the grounds that "the Republicans in Congress and Mitt Romney himself often use the phrase 'unshackling'."

Posted on August 14, 2012, at 5:23 p.m. ET

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The Obama campaign statement from earlier today on the comments:

“For months, Speaker Boehner, Congressman Ryan, and other Republicans have called for the ‘unshackling’ of the private sector from regulations that protect Americans from risky financial deals and other reckless behavior that crashed our economy. Since then, the Vice President has often used a similar metaphor to describe the need to ‘unshackle’ the middle class. Today’s comments were a derivative of those remarks, describing the devastating impact letting Wall Street write its own rules again would have on middle class families. We find the Romney campaign’s outrage over the Vice President’s comments today hypocritical, particularly in light of their own candidate’s stump speech questioning the President’s patriotism. Now, let’s return to that ‘substantive’ debate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promised 72 hours ago, but quickly abandoned.”

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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