Biden: Who Says U.S. Can't 'Lead The World in the 20th Century'?

By Matt Cover | August 15, 2012 | 1:34 PM EDT

( – At a campaign rally in Blacksburg, Va., on Wednesday Vice President Joe Biden made another verbal gaffe, stating there was no barrier to America leading the world in automobile manufacturing "in the 20th century" when, in fact, we are in the 21st century.

Touting President Barack Obama’s unpopular bailout of General Motors, Biden said, “Once again General Motors [is] the largest automaker in the world. Folks, where is it written that we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles? I’ve not seen it written anywhere."

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It is, of course, the 21st century.

On Tuesday, during a speech in Danville, Virginia, Biden said that Republicans wanted to put people “back in chains,” imitated the sign language interpreter, and said that voters in Virginia would help win the election in North Carolina.