Joe Biden appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday and endorsed gay marriage. Biden made sure to point out that “The President sets the policy," but that he is, "absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women... are entitled the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties, and quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that." Biden wouldn't say whether the President would support same-sex marriage in the next election, but listed some of the things President Obama has done for gay rights so far. Biden pointed to a change in the "social culture" for the public's evolving views on gay marriage. “I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far,” Biden said. This was the furthest either the President or the VP has ever gone to support gay rights, and per Talking Points Memo, Obama advisor David Axelrod tweeted that the President has the same stance on gay marriage after the interview aired.
When asked about the disappointing jobs report released Friday, Biden said the economy was on a "steady path" to recovery, before clarifying that, "Look, this goes up and down. But there's been a steady path -- 26 months straight employment gain, private employment... But there's a lot more to do." He also said that, if elected, President Obama would let the Bush-era tax cuts expire. "There's no way to do anything other than hurt the middle class if we don't do that.," Biden said. "And this election, in our view, the big idea in this election is the middle class. Will they begin to grow again? And it's not-- look, we had this whole thesis, it seems to me, from the other side, that if you concentrate more and more and more wealth and success in the very top, somehow something positive's gonna happen. We've always moved forward as a nation when the middle class grows. When they grow, the poor have access and the wealthy get wealthier."