Covering bases: Biden moves to same-sex marriage, as Schumer and Axelrod assess enthusiasm
Vice President Joe Biden strayed a little from the official administration position on gay marriage on Sunday morning.
"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," he said on "Meet the Press." "And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that."
Biden prefaced his remarks by specifically saying he wasn't speaking for the president, but with Obama very publicly "evolving" on the issue, the White House was forced to clarify that the vice president wasn't signaling a change in the administration's policy.
Last year, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan came out in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages. The administration's official position is in favor of civil unions but not same-sex marriage.
The president is doing his best to rally support, and donations, from the gay community based on other successes: the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the administration's refusal to defend portions of the Defense of Marriage Act, and expanded rights in the new health care bill.
He's also looking to rally support in general from liberals. At a rally at Ohio State University on Saturday, which served as a campaign kick-off, Obama drew 14,000 people to an 18,000-person stadium, leading to questions about the level of enthusiasm for the president's re-election.
"The fact is that 14,000 is 11,000 more than the largest crowd that Mitt Romney has ever drawn,” said David Axelrod, who appeared on ABC's "This Week," and noted that another Saturday rally in Virginia had an overflow crowd.
“I am certain that we are going to have an enthused volunteer core and enthused electorate out there," he said. "The thing that we’ve seen over time is that Republican enthusiasm has dropped precipitously, partly because what we’ve seen from Governor Romney is all negative.”
On "Face the Nation," Senator Chuck Schumer said the president won't have to worry about minority support.
“I think you'll see as large an African-American turnout, if not larger than, previously in the last election," he said. "The Hispanic turnout will be large, and the vote will be a greater margin for the president.”
Schumer brought along a chart that showed a steady stream of job creation across the past two administrations, which Schumer said showed the "steady hand the president has had on the tiller."
"I think this chart will say it all in the campaign and you'll see a lot of it," he said.