November 11th, 2007
07:39 AM ET
11 years ago

Biden: If I were president on 9/11...

Biden spoke to Iowa Democrats about how he would have handled 9/11.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Saturday that, had he been the president during the attacks of 9/11, he would have reacted differently than President Bush and would have "called a meeting of the world's major powers."

"Just imagine what would have happened if on September 15, four days after September 11, I had addressed you and the world," the senator from Delaware told a crowd of about 9,000 at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson dinner.

Biden said that the first thing he would have done was call "a meeting of the world's major powers to meet in Geneva, Switzerland on October the 1st, so we can begin to jointly plan the demise of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism."

"What nation in the world would not have shown up?" Biden asked. "What nation in the world would have said 'no, no, no, I don't want to be a part of that'?"

Biden implied that the United States would have been better off had the nation moved into the post-9/11 era by consulting more with the rest of the world .

He added that President Bush "is going to be judged very harshly by history for the opportunities he squandered."

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Eric, from THE Republic of Texas,

    "Begged for by the loser" ...

    Yep! That fits.

    Did your reflection type that?

    November 13, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. Cooper, Seattle, Washington

    What?! and give the Taliban 4 days to go into hiding and devise a plan. Let's consult everyone first though right? WRONG. Send out our clandestine warriors and go hunting for those Taliban bastards. The NCS and SOCOM was slingshot over there as soon as we knew who did it. I thank President Bush for his quick response to these acts of terror. May god bless america and may god doom those who want us dead.

    November 13, 2007 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  3. Mike, Orlando, FL

    "Had we not gone to war in Iraq, our country would be so much farther than where we are now in so many areas…education…economy….trust…pride….infrastructure…etc."


    Many would disagree with you just based on what little was done in the 90's, even with the "peace dividend". Besides a healthy stock market, what was accomplished?

    Health care reform? NO.
    Trust? Absolutely NOT!!!
    Pride? Are you Kidding?
    Infrastruction Improvemments? NO.
    Immigration reform (despite the recommmendations of the Jordona Commission)? NO.
    Education reform? NO.
    Intelligence reform? NO.
    Address a growing Al Qaeda? NO!!!!!!

    November 13, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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