CONCORD, NH – State GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen issued the following statement today on Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate: "That Barack Obama selected Joe Biden as his running mate is wholly consistent with his lack of experience and judgment. Joe Biden is hardly an agent of change – he has been a lifelong politician in
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Script For "Biden" (TV :30)
ANNCR: What does Barack Obama's running mate say about Barack Obama?
ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You were asked, "Is he ready?" You said, "I think he can be ready but right now, I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."
JOE BIDEN: I think that I stand by the statement.
ANNCR: And what does he say about John McCain?
BIDEN: I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.
AD FACTS: Script For "Biden" (TV :30)
ANNCR: What does Barack Obama's running mate say about Barack Obama? ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You were asked, "Is he ready?" You said, "I think he can be ready but right now, I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." JOE BIDEN: I think that I stand by the statement.
· Joe Biden Said Obama Is Not Ready To Serve As President. ABC's George Stephanopoulos: "You were asked is he ready. You said 'I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.'" Sen. Biden: "I think that I stand by the statement." (ABC's, "This Week," 8/19/07)
ANNCR: And what does he say about John McCain? BIDEN: I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off. JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.
· Joe Biden Said He'd Be Honored To Run With McCain. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart: "You may end up going against a Senate colleague, perhaps McCain, perhaps Frist?" Sen. Biden: "John McCain is a personal friend, a great friend, and I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off -- be well off no matter who..." Stewart: "Did I hear, Did I hear with?" Sen. Biden: "You know, John McCain and I think" Stewart: "Don't become cottage cheese my friend. Say it." Sen. Biden: "The answer is yes." (Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" 8/2/05)
The Case Against Joe Biden*
By Chris Cillizza
August 14, 2008; 12:47 PM ET
Over the course of his presidential bid, Biden cemented his reputation as -- how to put this nicely? -- less than disciplined on the campaign trail.
In the summer of 2006, as he was publicly mulling the race, Biden set off a controversy over comments he made about Indian Americans.
"I've had a great relationship [with Indian Americans]," Biden said. "In
On the day he formally announced his candidacy, a New York Observer story that quoted Biden as calling Obama "articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy" came out, and the resultant uproar effectively undercut any momentum Biden was hoping to build.
For a campaign that prides itself on its message discipline, choosing Biden would be introducing a wildcard into the mix. The Obama campaign exudes quiet confidence that if they do the basic political work between now and Nov. 4 the
Plagiarizer In Chief
Way back in 1987, Biden was riding high in the presidential race -- widely regarded as a serious contenders for the Democratic party's nod.
Then Neil Kinnock happened. Biden borrowed passages of a speech given by Kinnock, a leader in
The central tenet of Obama's campaign message is that if Americans want to change their government, then they have to change the people they send to
Picking Biden, who has served in the Senate for the better part of the last four decades, seems to run counter to that core message. Biden was elected to the Senate at age 29 and spent only four years after graduating from
Biden has long been a regular on the Sunday talk show circuit and is one of the pillars of the Democratic party establishment. His accomplishments -- of which there are many -- all were achieved as a senator operating inside the deepest heart of political
Biden allies note that despite his long service in
Joe Loves Joe
One of the most overlooked episodes during the 1987 collapse of Biden's campaign was a snippet of footage captured by C-Span in which the
While any human being -- especially a candidate for president who is constantly being poked and prodded -- can be forgiven a momentary flash of temper, Biden's detractors point to that incident as evidence that the senator thinks he is the bee's knees and doesn't care who knows it.
Biden, by his own admission, has the capacity to fall in love with his own voice and wander off on tangents about his life that have nothing to do with the topic at hand.
During the 2006 confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the Post's Dana Milbank wrote this of Biden's performance:
"Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., in his first 12 minutes of questioning the nominee, managed to get off only one question. Instead, during his 30-minute round of questioning, Biden spoke about his own Irish American roots, his "Grandfather Finnegan," his son's application to Princeton (he attended the University of Pennsylvania instead, Biden said), a speech the senator gave on the Princeton campus, the fact that Biden is "not a Princeton fan," and his views on the eyeglasses of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)."
Biden called Nevada more important than New Hampshire
August 22, 2008
U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden quit the 2008 Democratic presidential nominating contest 16 days before the
Biden -- now the apparent vice presidential running mate of Barack Obama -- ended his presidential bid Jan. 3 after placing poorly in the
Biden, D-Del., spent little time personally campaigning in
But in a telephone interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal in late November 2007, Biden said he ranked
"In truth, most of our time is going to be spent in
"The caucus is such an unusual process that in relative terms, a relatively few number of people will determine the winner out there ... So,
Damon told readers on Dec. 2 not to expect Biden to be spending much time in
"If I come in first, second, if I'm one of the top three, I think I'm in good shape," he said at the time.
"Now, if I come in a distant fourth, I'm out of this. As, I would argue, anybody else is. There's only three people basically coming out of
An August 2007 statewide poll by the RGJ found Biden with 2 percent support. It was 3 percent in November 2007.
Biden position himself as the candidate with the most foreign policy experience to steer
"It's so frustrating to keep hearing: 'Oh yeah, Biden would be the best candidate, and the best president but I don't think he can win the primary,'" Biden told a group of
Biden failed to register any higher than single digit support in
Damon reported that Biden was running a skeleton presidential campaign in
Two of Biden's three
Biden's performance in the
"He's considered to have one of the strongest plans on ending the Iraq War, which he has stressed on the stump in
"Rather than simply focusing on troop withdrawal, Biden's plan outlines a proposed political settlement that would divide
Biden said: "The longer we go in the position we're in, without a political settlement, the harder it will be to get the troops out.
"The truth of the matter is, from the time I'm elected president—if the President (Bush) doesn't attempt to implement this plan at all— from the time I became president, it will take a minimum of a year to get all the American troops out."