Vice President Joe Biden is not convinced the economic recovery has flatlined, doesn’t think Mitt Romney has a jobs plan and is “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage.
During a wide-ranging interview with David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Biden weighed in on a wide array of topics–the economy, foreign policy, gay marriage, blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, Mitt Romney and Osama bin Laden–six months ahead of the general election.
While Biden wouldn’t say if the Obama administration would support gay-marriage legislation in a second term, he expressed his personal views on the topic:
DAVID GREGORY: And you’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: I– I– look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction–beyond that.
DAVID GREGORY: In a second term, will this administration come out behind same-sex marriage, the institution of marriage?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, I– I– I can’t speak to that. I– I– I– I don’t know the answer to that.
A spokesman for Biden said in a statement to Yahoo News that the comments were in line with the administration’s stance on gay marriage:
“The Vice President was saying what the President has said previously–that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights. That’s why we stopped defending the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges and support legislation to repeal it. Beyond that, the Vice President was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue, after meeting so many committed couples and families in this country.”