Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday was quoted as describing the fight for equality for transgender people as the “civil rights issue of our time.”

According to a White House pool report, Biden made the comment leaving an Obama campaign office in Sarasota, Florida.

The pool reporter noted that Biden approached a woman.

“She said something … at first inaudible to pool, to which VP responded was the 'civil rights issue of our time.'”

“Pool later asked the woman, Linda Carragher Bourne of Sarasota, about the exchange. She said her daughter was Miss Trans New England and asked if he would help them.”

“'A lot of my friends are being killed, and they don't have the civil rights yet. These guys are gonna make it happen,' she told the pool.”

Conservative site suggested the vice president had made a mistake.

“To paraphrase the immortal words of Britney Spears, oops – he did it again,” the site's Noel Sheppard wrote, a possible reference to Biden's endorsement of marriage equality, which many believe nudged President Obama into announcing his support on the issue.