November 14th, 2007
11:46 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden builds Iowa support

Biden gained support in Iowa Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Although Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, is far behind his rivals in most Iowa polls, the presidential hopeful announced Wednesday that he won over his 13th Hawkeye State legislator.

Biden is third behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in Iowa legislative endorsements. Clinton has earned 16 so far and Obama has 15, according to their campaigns.

Iowa State Rep. Mary A. Gaskill announced her support for Biden's presidential bid Wednesday.

“I believe that Sen. Joe Biden has the breadth of experience on foreign policy and record of bipartisan leadership on domestic issues our country so desperately needs,” Gaskill said. “He is sincere, authentic and I believe he is the best candidate the democrats have - and that is why I am supporting him.”

– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Howard Hewlett Des Moines IA

    Biden actually strikes me as the most qualified candidate. I hate myself for not being able to get over the fact that I just don't SEE him as a president. Definatly a cabinet position, but not the main guy. I chastice those who pick the sizzle over the steak and low and behold that is exactly what I am doing by not backing Biden. WIth that being said GO OBAMA!

    November 14, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. jayne,boston,ma

    Gaskill said. “He is sincere, authentic and I believe he is the best candidate the democrats have.......

    Can I tell you something you don't know Mary?...This guy coppied some British Member of Parliament speech that spark alot of heat in the white house. He has also a history of coppying other students work when he was a student. So tell me something else but not this guy. And by the way did you hear how fast he was to call Indians names in Delaware and when he was asked about his comments about Mr. Obama...Or you don't recall the "Only clean Black male in the mainstream?" if you don't I do and I want someone with ethics!

    November 14, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    There is no doubt that Joe is a patriot and has served his nation honorably. But, Hillary has a more inclusive agenda...and well likely display better deportment dealing with world leaders. We can't fix all of this on our own–and we've got to gain cooperation from other nations with similar interests. There, she is the clear superior.

    November 14, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Elmer in Tennessee

    Biden, go home and relax. You are a waste of hard working peoples money.
    Learn to write your own speeches!

    November 14, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Joe,baltimore,md

    Biden, go home and relax. You are a waste of hard working peoples money.
    Learn to write your own speeches!

    Cannot say it better. This guy went all the way to England to get an MP speech? Also he could not do his own homework at school. He was coppying other students work.....This guy is just a waste of time...

    November 14, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Patrick, Cape May NJ

    Biden will suprise a lot of people in Iowa. Iowans respect his experience, his knowledge, and his straight-talking on all the issues. He is he best candidate to deal with the terrible foreign quagmire we are in now. I believe he will be the big headline on caucus night.

    November 14, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Mike,Newton, MA

    There is no doubt that Joe is a patriot and has served his nation honorably. But, Hillary has a more inclusive agenda…and well likely display better deportment dealing with world leaders. We can't fix all of this on our own–and we've got to gain cooperation from other nations with similar interests. There, she is the clear superior.

    Posted By Hank, Fort Myers, Fl : November 14, 2007 1:54 pm

    What are you talking about? This woman can not even answer a fifth grader question but all what she is doing is double talk. She really want to get to that white house I tell ya, she is even ignoring other democrats who she is running against and now she is challeging republicans before the primaries are done? You must be kidding me on this one....
    Some other honest woman for president in the future but not this one!

    November 14, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Rob, San Diego CA

    There is no doubt that Joe is a patriot and has served his nation honorably. But, Hillary has a more inclusive agenda…and well likely display better deportment dealing with world leaders. We can't fix all of this on our own–and we've got to gain cooperation from other nations with similar interests. There, she is the clear superior.

    Posted By Hank, Fort Myers, Fl : November 14, 2007 1:54 pm

    ************************************************************************

    Hank,

    Biden has been on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 3 decades...want to re-think that statement?

    How does Hillary’s experience with foreign leaders trump Biden’s? Please explain this to me as I’ve been struggling to understand!

    November 14, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. T, Newark

    I cant help but think that Biden has a lot of support but people just see him as far behind the front runners so people pick between them. If all those people who "liked" Biden and thought he was more "qualified" translated that into votes he would be sitting in the front runners. GO BIDEN!

    November 14, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Emily, Des Moines

    Biden will surprise people in Iowa. Iowans are not the type of people who let the media dictate their choices. He also will have a strong showing in South Carolina. The people there know him well.

    November 14, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Dave Diamond, Mont Vernon, NH

    Boy am I tired of people bringing up this whole Neil Kinnock speech issue without knowing all of the facts.

    People will say or do anything to get Hillary nominated. Gee, I wonder why that is.

    November 14, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Phillip, Rochester, NY

    Don't let Clinton and Obama divide the Democratic Party. Give Biden a chance. He is out to unite our party and more importantly, our country. Clinton and Obama will never be able to do that with the type of divisive campaigns they are running. Perhaps Edwards will, but I'm sticking with Biden.

    November 14, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Lloyd C., Davenport, IA

    This wise man writes:
    "Biden, go home and relax. You are a waste of hard working peoples money.
    Learn to write your own speeches!

    Cannot say it better. This guy went all the way to England to get an MP speech? Also he could not do his own homework at school. He was coppying other students work…..This guy is just a waste of time…

    Posted By Joe,baltimore,md : November 14, 2007 2:22 pm "

    He is 1000 times better than our present president who got admitted into the Harvard because of his father's connection and look what a mess a MBA president has created. Its better to run this country by a drop-out, but a smart guy like Bill Gates or Steven Jobs than a person who is pushed all the way due to big connections

    November 14, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Jared, Baton Rouge, LA

    Do people really care about this plagiarism issue? I can tell you this: Biden's not stealing ideas from other candidates. How many times has he said "I agree with Barack or Hillary or Edwards" at the debates? Ok, now how many times have those "top-tier" candidates said they agree with Biden?

    November 14, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. M. Lou Madison, WI

    America needs a President who has the courage to tell us that WE are part of the problems.

    I am shocked at the large number of people who can't handle the hard truths.

    November 14, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Jonathan Brennan, New York, NY

    Alright this whole plagiarism business is the most overplayed act of subterfuge I've ever heard of. The people that keep balking at it must be plagiarizing from Republican talk-show hosts.

    November 14, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Fred Crow Jr. Parma Hts. Ohio

    Joe Biden is the most electable of the Democrats. It seems that people love or hate Hillary, and her refusal to give straight answers to questions are in stark contrast to Joe's straight talk approach. Barrack, honestly who do you want handling the war on terror and foreign policy in general, Joe or Barrack? I don't want a president with a foreign policy learners permit, so I'll take Joe. John Edwards, same thing, NO EXPERIENCE...

    November 14, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. John, Piqua, Ohio

    Elmer, Biden is the 98th wealthiest senator!!! He is wasting your money. We works for YOU.

    November 14, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Jerry Polon

    Imagine if state legislators weren't concerned by the caucus's link to their own future gain. Biden's total would easily surpass both Clinton and Obama, who have much to offer those who endorse them. A "second tier" candidate has only his own integrity and standing to appeal to them. Yet there it is- 13 endorsements and growing. Biden's the real deal.

    November 15, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  20. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    The media are choosing the president ... everyone wants to go with a winner ... so those perceived to be the "front runners" are given the most time and attention ... if the Press was just reporting the debates and the issues and stopped taking polls, telling us who the winners are, would the elections turn out differently?

    November 15, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  21. Mrs. J. Kentucky

    Hmmm...starting to see some attacks on Biden's one small skeleton that's been out of the closet for years and years. Whether the plagiarism was intentional or not, Biden did the right thing then. He dropped his bid for the White House right then and there. This man has more integrity in his little finger than 12 George Bush's. He's knowledgeable, and he's able to work across party lines. These attacks tell me that yes, Joe is indeed making headway. I'm starting to think that the $25.00 I donated is doing some good. Can't wait until I can afford to give some more!

    I'm listening to my Army Sgt. husband and getting on the Joe Biden train!

    November 16, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  22. Mike Medford,Oregon

    What is the democratic choices? Clinton nice lady but she is too polorizing, sorry but it's true even among the democrats she has haters. Obama nice man but he doesn't have the experience needed, mostly foreign affairs also I don't like the idea he supports giving people who came here illegally a drivers licenses he says it's for safety reasons WHAT???? he knew his answer didn't make since that's why he stumbled on it so bad. Edwards is trying to come off as aggressive but it's turning off alot of voters and he like Obama comnes off inexperienced mostly with foreign policy issues. Richardson sorry scary fellow believes in Human Rights over National Security sorry but you need National Security for our country to provide Human Rights and he like Obama believes we should give illegals drivers licenses yikes!!! Why bother having border patrols and immigration laws guys. Kunich he says he was the only one to read the Patriot Act but Biden had to remind him that profiling isn't in the Patriot Act. Kunich also was pandering when he couldn't answer the illegal licenses question he was to busy being mad at Wolf saying there illegal Aliens instead of undocumented workers, come on Kunich you suppose to be a stand up guy you know there's a difference between a immigrant and a illegal and I think many legal immigrants would be mad that you don't. That leaves Dodd and Biden and I have to give the edge to Biden he is the the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee. Biden also can bring in the Moderate Republican and the Independent voter and that's what the next Democratic candidate needs to do to win. The last 2 elections prove that America is pretty equally divided and the cross over voter and the Independent voters will decide our next President.

    November 18, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  23. Jeff, Toledo, OH

    Biden, go home and relax. You are a waste of hard working peoples money.
    Learn to write your own speeches!

    Cannot say it better. This guy went all the way to England to get an MP speech? Also he could not do his own homework at school. He was coppying other students work…..This guy is just a waste of time…

    Posted By Joe,baltimore,md : November 14, 2007 2:22 pm

    "After Biden withdrew from the race, it was learned that he had correctly credited Kinnock on other occasions but failed to do so in an Iowa speech that was recorded and distributed to reporters by aides to Michael Dukakis, the eventual nominee."
    Get your facts right, Biden is the man!

    November 25, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  24. Paul G., NY NY

    how many of us out there have not done something regrettable in their youth. Mr. Obama has admitted to it and probably so has Mrs. Clinton, though she would never admit it.

    Joe Biden has far and away the most and best experience to be president, especially in what this country faces in the present and future. This is a man a strength, character, and intelligence and one of the few candidates on either side really qualified to be president.

    November 30, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |

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