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Video: Joe Biden vs. Conservative Editor Jason Mattera

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Vice President Biden got into an angry exchange of words with the editor of a conservative newspaper over Biden's use of rape to promote President Obama's jobs bill.

While speaking in Flint, Michigan last week, Biden said $35 billion of the bill would go towards beefing up local police departments, something Flint desperately needs.

"Let's look at the facts," Biden said. "In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes, just to pick two categories, climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don't rectify it."

In Washington on Tuesday, Jason Mattera, the editor of Human Events, confronted Biden, asking him if he regretted using a "rape reference to describe Republican opposition" to the jobs bill.

"Let's get it straight, guy, don't screw around with me," Biden said, pointing his finger at Mattera. "Listen to me. I said rape was up three times in Flint, they're the numbers. Go look at the numbers. Murder's up, rape is up, burglaries are up. That's exactly what I said."

When Mattera, who Yahoo! News said is known for his confrontational style, asked if it was appropriate for someone in Biden's position to make such warnings, Biden simply walked away.