November 5th, 2007
10:08 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden calls for elections in Pakistan

Watch Sen. Biden's take on the Pakistan crisis.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told CNN Sunday he is not surprised by the current instability in Pakistan, and said that if he were president he would be working to ensure elections took place there in the coming weeks.

The “way out for [Pervez] Musharraf and in turn for us and Pakistan is this guarantee, making it known now that the election will go off within sixty days and there will be a fair arbiter of whether or not it was conducted fairly,” Biden told CNN's Candy Crowley in a wide-ranging interview aboard the CNN Election Express as it ambled through Iowa.

Biden spoke to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto while campaigning in Iowa Sunday and told voters he was trying to connect with President Musharraf to talk about the political crisis in Pakistan.

The Delaware senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee agreed with the Bush administration’s decision to review U.S. aid to Pakistan and told Crowley he thinks the war in Iraq has contributed to Musharraf’s present situation.

“If you’re Musharraf and you see the last two years, our entire attention being diverted to Iraq, us not being in a position where we look like we’re in it to stay in Afghanistan, then you start cutting your own deals. I think that’s what he’s done,” Biden said.

On Iran, he expressed frustration with his fellow presidential candidates for not “connecting the dots” between the Kyl-Lieberman resolution, which calls for labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, and a jump in oil prices.

“The idea that we don’t understand, that we don’t think of these things in terms of how connected they are. My job as president is to increase the security of the United States of America, it is not to discreetly decide who each of the bad guys are and take them out if I know in doing that the consequence is we are less safe, less secure,” he said.

– CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson


Filed under: CNN Election Express • Joe Biden
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Karen,ny

    Oh my God, they are starting WW111 and he wants them to have an election. That is just as stupid as Bush wanting Iraq to be a democracy. Is everybody losing their mind.

    November 5, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Brian, Iowa

    Biden is a nice guy, but I plan on caucusing for Hillary because she is experienced and has what it takes to win!

    November 5, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. J

    Biden is smart and i can only hope he picks up some momentum before January. I would love to see him win!

    November 5, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Abby Laine, Ft. Worth, TX

    It's bad enough that Joe thinks he can dictate how to run this country. What makes him think he can run Pakistan?

    November 5, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Smiley, Arlington, VA

    Yeah, you're right, they shouldn't have an election, it's better to keep their country held hostage by the same guy twice. Worked for us.

    November 5, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Yousuf, Chicago IL

    It is really funny how 'democratic' leaders of the USA like to S-elect leaders for Pakistan. Would Biden be OK, if someone as corrupt as Benazir was running for office in the USA.

    November 5, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. PollM, Dallas Tx

    Supporting a rogue regime --- Foreign policy failure as always

    Will Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf be over thrown, or will his fist strong dictatorship survive?
    ---> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=884

    November 5, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Christian, Tampa FL

    It's time for us to put more pressure on Musharraf. Tightening his grip on Pakistan will only make the instability problem worse. A constitutional democracy will keep Pakistan stable (an their nukes secure) by enabling the people to feel that their rights are being protected.

    November 5, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    What experience are you citing Brian of Iowa?

    This woman has never held any position of leadership at ANY level of government. For that matter, she never has even run a business.

    November 5, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Moe, NY

    Americans do not belong in Pakistan elections or the country itself. American politicans need to mind their own business and focus on the problems in America (there are many). I am sick and tired of politicans trying to force other countries into a democracy that apparently is not wanted. If politicans should be focusing on any country it is Afghanistan..get in there, get Osoma...and GET OUT! Should have been done in the first place instead of waging an illegal oil war in Iraq.

    November 5, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Phil Chicago, Ill

    I'm surprised Joe hasn't come up with a plan to create seperate Pakistani States based on the internal conflicts of their country with a federal government for oversight.

    Isn't that what ALL middle-eastern countries want – American politicians telling them what to do?

    November 5, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Rob, San Diego CA

    Brian in Iowa,

    Joe Biden has been in the Senate since 1972 and has been on the Senate Foreign Relations committee for 30 years! Can you PLEASE explain to me how Hillary Clinton is "more experienced" than this man???

    "What it takes to win"??? What Hillary does have is the largest negative ratings of any candidate, republican or democrat. If she wins the nomination don't be surprised if we have 4 more years of republican dictatorship in the White House.

    Educate yourself before you start spouting off Clinton sound-bytes...it makes you sound about as smart as a Bushie!

    November 5, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Kim,nyc,NY

    No wonder I am voting for Obama. I am tired of all these chaos in the world!

    November 5, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. John P NYC

    Biden calling for the rule of elections in Pakistan isn't interferring. He isn't sending troops there. Musharraf has suspended the courts and arrested the lawyers, not exactly a democratic move. Biden is right.

    November 5, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. NS, New York

    Moe- the fact that Pakistan has at least 30 to 40 nukes and lots and lots of radicals means that US politicians better pay some attention to the country.

    November 5, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. jw, canadian,ok

    Hello Joe, we need to have an election in the US.

    November 5, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I dislike what Musharraf has done as much as the next guy, but elections in Pakistan could be very disastrous. Who would win these elections? Bhutto likes to think she would, but I have a feeling the Islamic fundamentalists are more popular at the moment. We certainly don't want them winning an election in a country that has nukes.

    And what if Bhutto does win? When she was last in office she supported the Taliban and aided their takeover of Afghanistan, and several European nations have provided evidence on her corruption in office.

    November 5, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    When one candidate speaks in a negative way about another candidate, it sure does say a lot about the one with the negative remarks–and it's not good either.

    November 5, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Stephen,concord,NH

    Biden: Not interested in No. 2

    hahaha… I thought I heard that with Obama….Hillary stealing healthcare plan from Obama, Stealing slogan turn the page…Now bidden stealing what Obama said in S.C in a black packed church…….What is remaining?
    Well this is not new to bidden who doesn't even come up with his own speech but goes to steal a British Member of parliament speech till he got caught. How ashaming for a U.S lawmaker and Official. Now you have started domestic theft. Wow bidden,
    I thought Obama to you is nothing but, Wait a minute Obama support is now surging after the last Philadelphia debate.
    Well, I hope no one elects fake people like this and Hillary. They are all Bush cronies and bad example for our kids. I want a real deal and I think from last week I just feel Obama got it right!

    November 5, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Alex Madison, WI

    At least he has ideas and plans!

    I hope he gets the nomination. His experience would be hard to beat on the Republican and Democrat sides. He could bring those Republican & Independent voters over, too.

    He is a straight shooter-he tells us things we don't want to hear. Americans need to grow up and face facts. The next decade will be/is already fraught with tremendous problems that need solving.

    Both Biden and Obama are uniters. A ticket with both of them on it would be unbeatable.

    November 5, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. AJ, Chicago IL

    Biden's TV personality is likeable. Biden's last debate in which he pointed that he is more worried about Pakistan than Iran points to what being head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee affords you. Obama is on the Senate foreign relations committee as well but he didn't blurt out the danger of Pakistan over Iran. When you have a senator who has been in Washington for over 30yrs, I wonder whether that senator has the fortitude and desire to make changes in Washington that the average American voter wants?

    GO OBAMA in '08!

    November 5, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Jamal

    Phil (Chicago, Ill) said this:

    "I'm surprised Joe hasn't come up with a plan to create seperate Pakistani States based on the internal conflicts of their country with a federal government for oversight.

    Isn't that what ALL middle-eastern countries want – American politicians telling them what to do?"

    Phil, go read a history book and learn a little. Then come back and have a discussion on the divisions in the Middle East.

    You're the reason we should only let educated people vote.

    And speaking of educating voters, Obama, and anyone who votes for him, is a fool.

    November 5, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. T. Tim, Lodi, WI-

    Once again the US supports a military dictator (in
    Pakistan) to 'bring democracy' to a region.Hypocrisy anyone?

    November 5, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Phil, go read a history book and learn a little. Then come back and have a discussion on the divisions in the Middle East.

    You're the reason we should only let educated people vote.

    And speaking of educating voters, Obama, and anyone who votes for him, is a fool.

    Posted By Jamal : November 5, 2007 4:23 pm

    ---------–

    Wow, Jamal, aside from making an ad-hominem attack, what was the purpose of your post? Apparently nothing.

    PLEASE – educate us Jamal. And don't start down the tired old path of 1950's Operation Ajax which help install the Shah of Iran. Or go back further to Pakistan being apart of the pre-partitioned British India. Maybe you'll share with us how the US has backed Israel and alienated muslim countries? Or you'll rant about how decades ago we supplied Bin Laden and Saddam when they were fighting Russia and Iran?

    Let's hear it, Jamal. Please, enlighten us. Because from where I am sitting – it seems RATHER apparent our presence and political rhetoric telling their governments who to govern seems unwelcomed. But hey – what do I know? I don't have a muslim name, right?

    November 5, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Kool Aid

    Yeah, you're right, they shouldn't have an election, it's better to keep their country held hostage by the same guy twice. Worked for us.

    Posted By Smiley, Arlington, VA : November 5, 2007 12:34 pm

    ————–

    WAAAAAAHH! I cry alot because my party has continued to nominate unelectable dolts and we're about to do the same thing with Hillary. But we'll keep blaming the Republicans because "individual responsibility" is an idea incompatible with socialism.

    November 5, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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