August 23rd, 2008
10:35 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama-Biden: Reid reacts

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid praised the addition of Joe Biden to the Democratic presidential ticket in an issued statement Saturday:

“Joe Biden has been fighting his entire career for the change that Senator Obama champions," Reid said. "He is a dedicated family man who has been an effective Chairman of both the Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees, has been a sage voice on many of the toughest foreign policy issues of our time, and has long been a strong advocate for protecting American families and making our communities safer."

Earlier: Reid: 'I can't stand McCain'

(Full statement after the jump)

“Senator Obama has once again demonstrated sound judgment in selecting Senator Biden as his running mate. After eight years of an administration that refuses to level with the American people, President Obama and Vice President Biden will finally give America the real straight talk we need and needed change that we can believe in.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Harry Reid • Joe Biden
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Mike in Houston

    Harry Reid is the worst majority leader in Senate history. His opinions are irrelevant.

    The only point he has right is that he at least alludes to the fact that Obama is SO UNQUALIFIED that he had to get someone to put some kind of substance on this far left ticket. That Biden accepted must mean that Biden doesn't see much of a future in his Senate career. No one else seemed to want to join this loser ticket.

    August 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    This is really, really great news. Obama chose well.


    August 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Truely a Democrat

    Spoken like a true democrat.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Cali Girl

    Joe Biden has been fighting for change? Hillary Clinton has been fighting for change! And, she EARNED the nomination. I hope the delegates come to their senses before the Convention and change their votes to Hillary before it's too late. We are heading for a loss of the White House once again because, as usual, the leadership of the DNC and Barack Obama, for that matter, seem to think the will of the voters mean nothing. Shame on them all!

    August 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. BK

    Harry Reid you have done nothing and neither will Obama. What a joke.

    August 23, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Mr C

    Great choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Barbara - NC

    I'm glad he's bringing this process into the 21st century – maybe training for other political big shots on high tech stuff will be next?

    No more horse and buggy – No more "NAM"

    We have to look forward, not backward. Would CNN succeed on RADIO?

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Yak

    im gonna puke.

    August 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Zac Umdenstock

    Obama-Biden –
    They have this Republican vote

    August 23, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Michelle

    OK–so Obama chooses an older guy with wisdom and experience to be the "real" potential president–

    Then who needs Obama?

    August 23, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Steve Childers

    Can we now call the Democratic ticket, "JoBama?"

    August 23, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. S. Boatman

    This Was An Excellent Choice Obama! Your Judgement Is As Sound As Ever! You Will Get My Vote For Sure!

    August 23, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Upon Further Review

    Joe Biden is a great choice.

    August 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Hillary's Ideas

    Thanks for overlooking Hillary. You are making it much much easier for myself and millions of other intelligent women of this country to vote for McCain. If you had chosen Hillary as Vice President, I would have had to vote for Obama, but wouldn't have wanted to as he is not Presidential material–but at least Hillary could have taught him the ropes. I am so looking forward to McCain '08/Clinton '12.

    August 23, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. annie

    This is harry reid of pelosick fame who SELECTED obama in the first place. Will never vote dem. again – the party is all but destroyed by these sickos.

    August 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. James

    Obama is once again showing that he has good judgement and knows what the american people want. By choosing Joe Biden as his V.P. running mate, he has put the final nail in John McCain's presidential coffin.

    August 23, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Vincent from Texas

    He has never made a sound decision. He could have made his first with a selection of Hilary. I was recently surprised that I was not the only one at work who feels that they would only vote for him if and only if he selects Hilary. The news media have no ideal how wide spread these emotions are felt by key voters to his chance to win the White House. No for Obama and yes for McCain.

    August 23, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. James From Chicago

    I hope Biden sees to it that Reid and Pelosi hit the road, they are useless.

    August 23, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Franky

    Senator Biden??? Ohhh yeah, of course!! LOL!!!! But wait a minute, but, but...but he's old...way old! LOL!!!!

    But you know what? To come and think about it, he is different than my boy. He's a very talented politician, he got WAY many years ahead of my boy, also he's on the Senate Foreign Relations Commi.(something like that), is very well popular among Dems, also got some different roots than my boy, etc. I gotta say, to come and think about it, it seemed like my boy wanted someone the opposite of him. I gotta say, is not that bad...

    Senator Biden...Congrats!

    August 23, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |

    This is and has been the most interesting election that I have ever been involved in. I think that Senator Obama knocked a home run when he picked Senator Biden to be his running mate. However, like the Reverend Wright flap, I feel that the voters are tired of hearing about the upset and bitter supporters of Senator Clinton. She lost fair and square and it is time for them to dry their eyes and get on board if they are true democrats. Wolf Blitzer is a big trouble maker. He is the main reporter that is trying to keep this bitter Clinton supporter story alive. It is so frustrating to turn on CNN and hear about her disgruntled supporters. She Lost! Get over it!

    August 23, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Joe

    Harry Schmarry – This is BO's way of showing that his actions do not back his empty words...he's going to accomplish change by having biden – more of the same ol democratic facism – on as his running mate...this is too'll be fun to watch the democratic party crash and burn in november...the media is the democratic's worst enemy – they think its their greatest ally – but as was the case with Kerry in 2004 – all they do is empower the republican party to come out voting in droves...and the dems will once again be squarely defeated and sent running home with their tails between their legs...that sure was fun to watch the kerry-edwards concession speech – cant wait to see the obama-biden one....can't wait for November when McCain crushes you pansies!

    August 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. sandy

    Harry Reid's comments are good,even coming from him. This is one man whose job should be changed along with Pelosi, then maybe the Dems can get something done.

    August 23, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. fritzie

    So, Biden has been fighting for change for 35 years??? Apparently he hasn't had much success – so what makes anyone think he can do something in only 4?

    August 23, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Montana is Obama/Biden Country


    Lunchbucket JOE...!!

    Yes ...WE...Can...

    August 23, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Joan

    Today, I heard a CNN that there was a question of why Hillary is being distanced by OBAMA. Here is a clue. Hillarey not only allowed her nasty stripe to show, she paraded it out like a streamlined kitty, and the smell lingers still. Whenever her name comes up, our olfactory centers jerk up and we experience her distinctive odor left in our memories. Do us all a favor, and let her fade into her place in history. Biden is a man of character, knowledge and long overlooked. He is in a league way above where Hillary resides.

    August 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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