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Biden on West Virginians’ vote for felon Keith Judd: ‘I don’t blame people’ for frustration over economy

Why did four-in-ten Democratic primary voters in West Virginia earlier this month cast their ballots for felon Keith Judd over President Obama?

To hear Vice President Biden tell it, it’s because those voters are taking out their frustration and anger about the economy on Obama.

“Look, I come from a household where whenever there’s a recession, somebody around my grandpop or my dad’s table lost their job – a brother, a sister, a friend, a neighbor,” Biden told Steubenville, Ohio-based WTOV-TV on Thursday when asked how he would explain the West Virginia vote.

“When you’re out of work, man, it’s a depression,” he continued. “And a lot of people are still hurt because of this God-awful recession we inherited, that cost 8.4 million jobs before we could really get going. And so, I don’t blame people. They’re frustrated. They’re angry.”

Obama was long unpopular in West Virginia even before he took office. He lost the state’s Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton by 41 percentage points four years ago, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) bested Obama in the state by 13 percentage points in November 2008.

Even the state’s Democratic governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, punted earlier this month when asked whether he planned to vote for Obama in the general election.


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