Vice President Biden acknowledged the administration "screwed up" the first iteration of the contraception mandate, which eventually was changed in an atempt to please angry Catholic leaders.

Speaking at Iowa State University on Thursday, Biden, who is Catholic, said the second version of the rule is "where it should have been in the first place."

"The conscience clause is being honored in its literal sense," Biden said. "What is happening now is that we have been able to provide what was hard to set up — it got screwed up in the first iteration — in that any hospital, no matter where it is, no matter who runs it, profit or non-profit, religious-based or otherwise, has to provide insurance to their employees like everybody else does," Biden said.