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Karl Rove mock-endorses Biden for VP

By Alicia M. Cohn - 08/17/12 10:22 AM ET

Conservative outside spending group American Crossroads asked Vice President Biden to “keep running” in a new video released Friday.

“Some people say Joe Biden should be dropped from Obama’s ticket, but we say: Joe should stay,” a voiceover declares over dramatic music.

“I give my strongest possible endorsement to keeping VP Biden on the Democratic ticket,” Crossroads adviser Karl Rove wrote on Twitter.

President Obama reconfirmed this week, not for the first time, that Biden will not be dropped from the ticket this November. Obama strongly supported Biden in interviews following the so-called verbal gaffe Biden made earlier this week.

During a campaign speech in Virginia, Biden told a crowd that Republicans have pledged to “unchain” Wall Street and “put y’all back in chains.” Critics have called it a low moment with racial overtones.

It’s not the first time Biden’s habit of speaking off the cuff has drawn criticism, something the American Crossroads video makes clear with clips from several other incidents.

According to an email from American Crossroads, the video highlights “Biden’s recent work to improve race relations in the United States; Biden’s deeply held belief in fiscal ‘sanity’; Biden’s ‘support’ for small businesses; Biden’s general competence and capability.”

The email adds that the super-PAC particularly enjoyed creating the joke video.

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