January 2nd, 2008
02:35 PM ET
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Biden highlights Clinton Pakistan gaffe

Biden got tough on Clinton over her recent comments on Pakistan.

Biden got tough on Clinton over her recent comments on Pakistan.

(CNN) - Democrat Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that presidential rival Hillary Clinton doesn't adequately understand recent events in Pakistan.

The Delaware senator was responding to news that Clinton suggested in two recent interviews that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is up for reelection this month.

Musharraf was actually reelected in October, and the upcoming Pakistani elections are parliamentary, not presidential.

"We have a number of candidates who are well-intentioned but don't understand Pakistan," Biden said at a campaign event Tuesday. "One of the leading candidates - God love her."

"There are good people running," continued the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has made his foreign policy credentials a centerpiece of his long shot presidential bid. "But to say Musharraf is up for election! Musharraf was elected - fairly or unfairly - president six months ago. It's about a parliamentary election!"

Clinton's comments came in an interview with ABC Sunday, in which she said, "[Musharraf] could be the only person on the ballot. I don't think that's a real election."

The New York senator also made similar comments during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last week, saying then, ""If President Musharraf wishes to stand for election, then he should abide by the same rules that every other candidate will have to follow."

Both gaffes were first noted by conservative Thomas Houlahan, writing for the Middle East Times.

The Clinton campaign has not yet returned a request for comment on Biden's comments, but said yesterday the New York Democrat was referring to Musharraf's party, not himself in particular.

Republican Mike Huckabee took heat last week for also getting key facts about Pakistan wrong in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto's death. He first suggested the country remained under martial law (it was lifted a few weeks ago) and later said that Pakistan shares its eastern border with Afghanistan (it shares its western border.)

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden
soundoff (493 Responses)
  1. Come On Now

    Keep people from Arkansas out of politics!

    January 2, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Jed in Texas

    bignicholas***pull your head out of the wood chipper and tell us whom you voted for last election??LMAO

    January 2, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. tr88

    Tedash, you should perhaps do your homework. Hiller aske Bush about Chechnea (sp?) Bsuh said he didnt know. Hiller then aske about Taiwan and Bush knew,. Hiller then asked about pakistan (a month after Mushareff took over) and Bush refused correctly in my view to answer.

    Should we ask every Presdiential candidate to name every world leader and make that a prerequisite for becoming Presidnet? Good luck. You can even get the story right and you had the luxury of looking it up.I guess that would disqualify you.

    January 2, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. victor

    And aside from her lack of experience, she is a sneaky snake, a corporate hoe-bag, and will screw the country into believing her Magic Healthcare pill.
    I broke my collar bone in in London, UK (national Health) – absolutely the worst medical experience of my life...

    Just look at her! Does she look like a pleasant person? Or does she look like a used car salesman? (Swampland Real Estate Sales maybe?)

    Her husband had charisma and verve, she does not.

    January 2, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. cafone

    Hillary. don't listen to these naysayers...probably members of the vast right wing conspiracy. the secret to winning in Iowa is honesty and fair dealing. keep faking it and you've got it made.

    January 2, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Tincansailor

    One thing you can say for certain about Hillary. She IS absolutely divisive!

    January 2, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Dave

    Hillary's gaffe wouldn't be that bad, except that she's being sold to us as the smartest woman in the world. I'm conservative, so I admit that I'm biased against her at the start, but even so I find her very easy to dislike (as opposed to Bill, who I find hard to dislike (not for any good reason; he's just skilled in the art of being affable)). Even by the low standards of politicians, Hillary's posturing is ridiculous and transparent. For example, the way she suddenly picked up a Southern accent when speaking to black folk (when confronted, she claimed to be "multilingual" (!)), and she suddenly became overtly religious ("This is the day the Lord has made!"). She's just another sleazy lying politician; just one more woman riding her husband to glory.

    January 2, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Richard Young, Flint, MI 48506

    Hillary embodies all of the worst about the modern American woman. Vain, self-obsessed, entitled, haughty, ruthless, and above all: incompetent. This individual is a creation of the adoring main stream press. The mischief she could make as president is unimaginable. I prefer the office be left vacant for 4 years rather than have such an anti-American, one-world socialist putting us at the mercy of a UN gang of losers.

    January 2, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Tom Jones

    maybe when bill gets into office, he can explain the difference countries around the world to her. all she has to do is look smart, not be smart.

    January 2, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Matt in Austin

    I love how the biggest digs on Biden are "too much experience" and the speech he supposedly plagarized in 1988 but it was later proven he cited the source on all but one occasion.

    The guy is well liked in his state, speaks well (but that seems to intimidate most voters....hence we elect Bush), has concrete ideas rather than vague opinions, and he tells it like it is. I don't know why he doesn't get more air time?

    January 2, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. william walsh

    i dont really see what all the fuss is about,i mean we have a total idiot in the whitehouse now who was elected by the dumbasses that are as stupid as he is, i really think they should lower the age limit on the presidential criteria, i mean a 15 yr old who is passing with an a-or b would probly have more sensible thoughts than most of the canadates in this election,well if you belive that people really get elected here, i mean if your bush you just threaten your competition out of the race,or buy votes or scheme by whatever means, what a joke,its who has the most money and is backed by the oil companys in this country who will win the so called election,, and as far as biden? another texas idiot, theres never been anyone worth having from that state,there all criminals and should be hung, just more southern mentality, and that says it all,from johnson and the now bush? nothing more than thugs in suits,,and as far as rommy,my god man if you dont think you can critisize this goverments so called leader then maby you should go get your m-16 and go to iraq for 15 mo, what an idiot,what a misguided canadate, maby the best thing that can happen is just keep on the path there on,and after the counrty is bankrupt we can start over with a 20th century goverment, it would be a good thing to start over, its qute obvious this goverment format does not work for the people,

    January 2, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Linda

    So what if Hillary doesn't have the foreign policy experience that she claims to have? And that she is beholden to her biggest financial supporters–the corporations and special interests? And does anyone really care if she hides her white house records until After the election? My biggest concern is the cozy closet relationship the Clinton's have with the Bushs. If Bill is like a son to George Sr.,what does that make Hillary. Enough already of the Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton dynasty .

    January 2, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. K DAVID, NJ

    Justin, Houston, TX January 2, 2008 3:25 pm ET

    Let's remind ourselves of Hillary's international experience (here are just a few:) Sen. Clinton is the only First Lady to have addressed The United Nations, the World Bank, the Council on Foreign Affairs and the World Economic Forum, building on and expanding the work begun by her great heroine, Eleanor Rooseveld. She is widely credited with providing the vital push to women getting the vote. In the fledgling state of Slovakia, she fought for civil rights. In South Africa, she was there for that country's first free and fair elections. In Northern Ireland, she is credited with using her personal offices and great persuasion and charm to hasten the Good Friday Agreement. Her speech at the U.N. 4th World Conference in Beijing, China, were cited as a milestone for democracy. All this has peviously been dismissed as a series of "tea parties" by her detractors.

    THANK YOU JUSTIN. well said.
    vote for HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON – lets make history!

    January 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. jamal

    And you thought George Bush was dumb? The reality of people won't care about hillary's comments because they don't have the time or the ability to understand anything other than what the idiot box tells them to think! Clinton's and the liberal control the idiot box, hence there message must be true regardless of reality? It's just more of the "Politics of Fear" Pakistan, like Iraq and the middle east , aren't the problem here anyway so why should we concern ourselves. Once we vote in Obama or Hillary to replace the Evil George Bush, the world will love us again and we can all go back to voting on important things like who'll win American Idol!

    Lastly, any women who can't catch her husband cheating or surmises that his cheating doesn't matter as long as she get's the whitehouse is definitely not a good decisionmaker. Assuming she's not lacking common sense or just dumb. In hillary's case it may be all of the above. Step aside now and spare this country the sitcom, Hill and Bill return!

    January 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Jon, Pittsburgh PA

    The idea that anyone can tout this woman as a genius is completely ridiculous. Her husband has pulled the wool over her eyes for decades, so how can we trust her judgement when dealing with world leaders with whom she has not spent the last 30 years. She can barely keep the staffers on her nacent campaign in check, so how can we even begin to believe that she can manage a Cabinet and all of their staff. I'm sure that she is an above average legal mind, the fact that she failed the DC bar exam not withstanding. I'm sure there is a place where she can serve our country if that is her desire, but it certainly should not be in the White House.

    January 2, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Abrams

    JOE FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    January 2, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. matt

    some poor sap actually wrote "[w]e need Hilary." Need her? For what? Is there suddenly too much extra furniture in the White House that needs disposing of? Does Sandy Berger need another job shredding documents? Does Bill need Hilary to be occupied so he can run around Washington again, trying to shag everything with a hearbeat? Need Hilary, maybe this clown hasn't been thorougly disgraced by the office of the Presidency for a while, and misses that feeling.

    January 2, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Alan, Bonita Springs, FL

    it's interesting to note that I can tell with PRECISION which posts, following anything noted here about the Clintons, are made by Republicans. They're the ones spilling over with hatred and venom. Every time. It would appear that the Republican party has become the party of division, hatred and derision. Rush Limbaugh leads the way for them all and they bark like he barks.

    It's sad, really.

    Let's cut to the chase. If you had ANYTHING to do with George W. Bush getting into office TWICE - then shut the heck up, sit down and realize we'll be paying for your "brilliance" for the next several decades. If anyone in today's political debate has a reason for hatred and animosity, it's anyone who was forced to live under GW for the past eight years.

    Go ahead - read through the posts. When one steams with hatred and venom - there's another person you can personally thank for how well things have gone lately.

    January 2, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. B-Man

    Hillary surprises me. I mean, after all, she is a 'World Class Genius' according to her husband. How is it she didn't know Musharraf was elected in October 2007.

    I guess it proves that Hillary, the 'World's smartest woman', is the 'World's Dumbest Wife'.

    January 2, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. common sense

    It's not so bad that Hillary made a mistake...THE PROBLEM IS THE COVER UP.

    Saying that she meant to describe the political party's reelection, not Musharraf's election is an awful desparate spinning of the truth.

    No more politicians that can't admit when a mistake has been made. Time for honest government.

    Obama '08

    January 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Roger

    My GOD! You all treat this like a college football game. Can't you tell when someone is just mincing words to score a got'ya? To suggest that she didn't know it was parlimentary is rediculous. She meant his party! No wonder we end up with boobs like Bush. The American electorate is totally wacked. She is exactly what we need to repair our image. She brings star power and WILL put it to good use. Obama is the biggest dissappointment to me. He is not living up to the words he uses......................hope, etc. He has demonstrated that he will play the same games he preaches against.

    January 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. KG

    I find Hillary's reaction to the gaffe far more disturbing than the gaffe itself. Are we ready for another four or eight years of the spinning and evading?

    January 2, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Laurinda

    Now I know who that Tom Dedham who always tried to aggravate me way back when was. It was that cow poke from NYC who was out to help me by making me angry. I reckon I'm right this time.

    January 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Jordan Orosz, San Diego, Ca.

    OPINION: NEW LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD
    My choice for President and Vice president will bring the greatest change to our nation in its entire history. First and foremost, Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards do not hide their true beliefs. This is a rare quality for politicians. Secondly, it helps the entertainment industry, formerly known as the news industry. Both men show their insanity up front. It is a relief in this age of subterfuge, corruption, and bad TV sitcoms. In addition, both men hate war. They agree with the great US General and patriot, Douglas MacArthur. He hated war as well. MacArthur publicly stated his feelings on the battleship Missouri at the signing of the 1945 unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire ending WW2. This was a few months after Germany signed their surrender as well. While the world war killed 52 million; 300,000 American dead and 300,000 American wounded, it was nice to know the USA survived.
    One good thing about Dennis Kucinich is that he was born in 1946 and thus had no connection with the Greatest Generation. By golly, John Edwards, born in 1953 missed the Korean War as well. By the time, they were becoming adolescents; much of the dirty work (and sacrifice) was over. You might say that understanding war on Earth is as far from Denny and Johnny as if they were on another planet. This is another plus for these men, in that becoming the leaders of the free world (on Earth) they would have a fresh and uncluttered view of all human travails that burden us and the worldly criminal enterprises that vie for power. Imperial Japanese Destiny, Hitler’s Superman Aryan World Destiny Cult, and Communist World Destiny have been addressed. Only the Islamic World Destiny remains as an irritation to “just get along with.”
    It sure is comforting to know that America has spawned men that will bring us a wonderful and entertaining future. Ether Denny or Johnny could fill the spot of Commander in Chief, with the other at his side giving new meaning for our nation, as did George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush. “Attention on Deck” will soon change to “Did you bring the Brea cheese Ms Peloci?”
    Jordan Alexander Orosz, theoldsailor.townhall.com

    January 2, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Stan Mroczkowski

    Isn't HC's explanation about the gaffe (i.e. she didn't really mean Mushareff) sounds an awful like Romney's cover when he said he didn't mean his father really marched with Martin Luther King but that Romney saw his father marching with King in his imagination.

    Is there something in the genes of politicians that forces them to pile a bigger lie on top of a smaller one? Or is it simply that when they get that high up they are so surrounded by syncophants who swallow all their lies that they forget that the rest of us don't depend on our salaries from them.

    By the way, the same thing holds true for high placed corporate executives, who also get quickly accustomed to the toadies around them accepting (at least on the surface) anything they say as long as the money keeps coming.

    January 2, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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