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Obama campaign dismisses calls for Biden apology

The Obama campaign offered no apology Sunday for Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” remark, refusing even to call it a poor choice of words as Republicans accused the president’s reelection campaign of race baiting.

At a rally in Virginia last week, Biden told an audience that included hundreds of African-Americans that Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are “going to put y’all back in chains.” Biden made the comment while talking about bank regulations and later said he was referencing to Ryan’s promise to “unshackle” the economy, but critics have accused him of inappropriately using a slavery metaphor.

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