Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the National Association of Black Journalists at their annual convention in New Orleans in June (Gerald Herbert/AP
Vice President Joe Biden told the Latino rights group National Council of La Raza on Tuesday that "Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his." Biden's brutal broadside blended two regular Obama campaign attacks on the Republican standard-bearer, touching on his hard-line immigration policy and his refusal to release past tax returns.
Biden, speaking to the organization's annual conference in Las Vegas, combined vitriolic assaults on Republicans with his customary warm personal stories -- at one point joking about the lack of privacy in his crowded boyhood home.
"Those walls were awful thin. I don't know how the hell my parents did it. But that's a different story," he said, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd.
But the main order of business seemed to be tearing down Romney.
"When his father [George Romney] was a candidate for president in 1968, his father released 12 years of tax returns because, as he said, and I quote, 'One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show,'" Biden said.
"His son has released only one year of his tax returns, making a lie of the old adage: Like father, like son," the vice president said. "He wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his. It's kind of fascinating."Read More »from Biden to Latino group: Romney ‘wants you to show your papers, but he won’t show us his’