As some political and legal pundits spend the morning debating whether it was proper for President Barack Obama to call out the Supreme Court during his State of the Union address last night, others are pondering whether it was fitting for Justice Samuel Alito to make his disapproval of Obama’s comments visibly apparent.
But Vice President Joe Biden took to the airways this morning to defend the president’s remarks about the ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, calling the ruling, which removed limits on corporate spending in federal election campaigns, “the last thing we need.”
“The president didn’t question the integrity of the court. He questioned the judgment of it,” Biden said on “Good Morning America” this morning, according to the AP. “A lot of these multinational corporations are owned as much by foreign interests as they are by domestic interests.”
“I think it’s an outrageous decision,” Biden said later. “Not outrageous in the fact that these guys are bad guys, but outrageous in the way you read the Constitution [to allow] excessive amounts of money be able to influence the outcome of elections.”
He echoed Obama’s call for a congressional remedy. “I think it was dead wrong and we have to correct it,” said Biden.