Joe Biden Says Mitt Romney Has 'Enormous Integrity' — After Claiming He was Going to Put People 'Back in Chains'

President-elect Joe Biden praised U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on Friday, despite viciously attacking his character in the past.

While speaking to reporters, Biden complimented Romney and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

Biden said he spoke to Romney Friday morning and added, “Enormous respect for” Romney “and I ran against him.”

He praised Romney, claiming he “lives his faith.”

But in 2012, Biden brutally assailed Romney.

While running for reelection as vice president, Biden told a predominately black audience that Romney was “going to put y’all back in chains.”

Biden claimed Romney was “fundamentally wrong” and “totally out of touch.”

Invoking the campaign’s oft-used “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive” line, Biden said, “If Governor Romney had been president, could he have used the same slogan in reverse?”

While attacking Romney and several other Republicans, Biden said, “If you give any one of these guys the keys to the White House, they will bankrupt the middle class again.”

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