Senator Joseph Biden, D-Delaware
(CNN) – Delaware Senator Joseph Biden took issue Sunday with his senate colleague, Joseph Lieberman, over how best to deal with Iran. Lieberman, of Connecticut, says there is evidence Iran is training and arming insurgents who are killing Americans in Iraq. Last week he suggested the U.S. should be prepared to take military action against Iran to stop such attacks. Biden clearly disagrees.
"Now if Joe could come up with me and tell me how he's going to, not even being able to quell things in Iraq, how he's going to go into a country of 72 million people, attack and not have our problems metastasize well beyond what they are now, I'd like to know what that is." Biden, a Democratic candidate for president made the comments Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
"We should be using a lot more imaginative diplomacy. We should be engaged in isolating Iran. We should be engaged in attracting the support of the Iranian people," Biden went on to say.
On the race for the Democratic nomination, Biden did not hesitate when asked if he, or Senator Hillary Clinton, were better qualified to be commander in chief. "Me, by a long shot. I think she's a very qualified person, but I've been doing this for 34 years of my life." Also a candidate for president in 1988, Biden said the next president will have virtually no room for error. "And I'm the only one that's even put together a plan on Iraq."
Biden has proposed partitioning Iraq into three separate regions – Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite – with a central government in Baghdad.
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford