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Biden to NAACP: Romney might support racial profiling, take away voting rights

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was trying to re-fight the battles of the civil rights era, as he indicated that a Justice Department run by Romney might support racial profiling and support voter suppression.

“We, the president and I and Eric [Holder] and all of us, we see a future where those rights are expanded, not diminished; where racial profiling is a thing of the past; where access to the ballot is expanded, and unencumbered;where there are no distinctons made on the basis of race or gender in access to housing and lending; and so much more,” Biden told the NAACP today. “Did you think we’d be fighting these battles again?”

Moments later, he suggested that Romney opposed all those civil rights. “Just close your eyes and imagine — imagine what the Romney Justice Department will look like.” Biden told the crowd.  “Imagine when his senior adviser on constitutional issues is Robert Bork? Imagine the recommendations for who is likely to be picked as Attorney General or head of the Civil Rights division?”

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