August 23rd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Analysis: Biden gives Obama old-school cred

Sen. Joe Biden's political experience spans 36 years.

Sen. Joe Biden's political experience spans 36 years.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama's choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate raises the question of whether Obama can carry off his message of change with a seasoned Washington politician by his side.

Biden brings to the table his ability to speak knowledgeably about issues ranging from foreign policy to to the country's domestic agenda.

The Delaware senator has held two of the most important jobs in Washington - chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That could be reassuring to voters who worry about Obama's inexperience in national and world affairs.

Biden also has been an early and vociferous critic of President Bush's foreign policies - most notably regarding the war in Iraq.

He voted for the authorization to invade Iraq, but conceded afterward it was a mistake. Obama voted against authorization - and that gap might give Republicans something to highlight.Watch a former White House official weigh in on the Biden decision.

But Biden has personal ties to the war. His son Joseph "Beau" Biden - Delaware's attorney general - is a captain in the National Reserves and will soon return to Iraq.

Nonetheless, his political experience spans 36 years, and some say that will create a problem for Obama's key talking point of change.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
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  1. wcf

    I think we miss the point when we say that this "highlights Obama's weaknesses" as was stated on another website I saw. The point is that no ONE person should be running this country. That is why I am voting for Obama. He doesn't believe that HE has all the answers. He believes that a team of individuals can accomplish a lot more together than one person can do alone. We need a leader who chooses the best people to fill in the gaps. We need a leader who can recognize where those gaps are, and not believe that he has no weaknesses. Presidents are fallible humans just like the rest of us. At least he recognizes that and is working toward filling in the gaps. The reason we have all the problems we have right now, is because Bush wants to have the ULTIMATE power as President and Veto everything he doesn't like, whether it is for the good of the country or not.

    August 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |