New Romney Ad Features Laughing Biden

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Oct. 14 2012 3:19 PM

Romney Features Laughing Biden in New TV Ad

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Vice President Joe Biden laughs during the vice presidential debate at the Norton Center at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky

Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages

The Romney campaign unveiled a new television ad that features footage of the vice-presidential debate, contrasting the Republican running mate Paul Ryan’s serious tone while talking about the country’s economic woes and Vice President Joe Biden’s laughs and smiles. The not-so-subtle message, of course, is that President Obama’s administration is not serious about solving the country’s economic challenges. "We can't keep spending and borrowing like this. We can't just keep spending money we don't have," Congressman Paul Ryan says in the ad, while Biden can be seen and heard laughing, notes CNN. Watch the ad after the jump.

Meanwhile Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden dismissed suggestions that his father’s laughter was a problem during the debate. “Look, I'm happy to defend my dad,” Beau Biden said on ABC. “I don't think he needs any defensiveness. Any time the other side—Karl Rove or folks on the far right—are going after my father for smiling too much, you know that's a victory. My father spoke clearly to the American people about the facts, and you saw him do that for 90 minutes straight.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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