August 27th, 2008
11:54 PM ET
10 years ago

Rollins: Biden's speech a hit at DNC, but what about on TV?

Biden waves from the stage with his family Wednesday night.

Biden waves from the stage with his family Wednesday night.

(CNN) - One of the reasons a strategist never sits in a stadium and get caught up in the crowds - and never sits watching a debate in person - is because the vast majority of American voters watch these political events on television

And while Joe Biden's speech was received well in the convention hall, I am not sure how it will play with most voters at home. It was largely a pedestrian speech, and I don't think was a great first impression for a lot of people.

The Democrats will come out with a unified convention and go into battle. But the idea that the vice presidential candidate is someone who can lend credibility to his nominee to be a commander in chief is wrong. At the end of the day, the country has to make a decision. Who is the leader, who has the experience to be a leader and who can take us to the next decade?

That's what voters get to decide in about ten weeks.

soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. James

    Biden is GREAT!!!

    OBAMA 08!

    August 28, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. Obama/Biden

    It is ridiculous what the republican had done to this country in eight years. Coming from economics surplus from Bill Clinton to deep debt to China. This republican government is handing their white plate over to China and begging to barrow money from them. This has never been the US. Most of the time it always been the other way around. We are the one that used to lend money to the world.
    These republican think that they have not done enough to the country and try to scare you away from a chance to take our country back. No way, No how, No McCain.

    August 28, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. No McCain No How

    @Dean...i challenge you to site your source. the Republican have set up what they like to refer to, the war room in Denver, Mitt was there the other day. as seen on a real news station C-SPAN. in this little dark room were any number of 20 somethings busy on their lap tops typing away, when the reporter spoke to one young lad, who was taken aback, the reporter asked who he was and what he was doing...well the reluctant response of Mark Goldfarb was "i am a blogger for the RNC" so your statement is true to an extent...there are paid minions working this site and others like it, but they are Republicans...thanks for playing

    August 28, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  4. interesting

    It was not a hit. It was horrible. Obama lacked judgment again in saying this guy did a good job. NOT.

    PUMA 2008

    August 28, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  5. sirmans

    I thought Biden's speech was lame. I liked Pres. Clinton's though!

    August 28, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  6. chris nguyen

    i am a true dem but i dont think biden can help obama in anyways .obama polls has been slipping.. so i can tell all of hillary supporters like me.. vote for mc caine so hillary can run in 2012.. haha

    August 28, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. Judi

    For those who listen with mind, heart, and soul – Joe Biden's speech was genuine, sincere, and filled with love and hope for our country. "For those who have ears to hear . . . let them hear."

    August 28, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  8. Shelley in California

    Just another P.S. re: does a VP really make a difference? I think Cheny has shown that it does. Think about it. Also, if McCain, at his age, experienced a health challenge that kept him from fully performing the rigors of the job of President, the person serving as VP would indeed an important consideration.

    August 28, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. KenB, MI

    Outstanding...that hit terra firma...totally on the ground...totally with the American people...

    Let us prepare for the propaganda machine of the Republican party...lets close out the week with the final finale...stars and strips forever

    August 28, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  10. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    It wasn't perfect but it felt sincere and I think the message was REALLY strong.

    August 28, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. sharon

    could Rollins and CNN be any more negative?Yes, the American voters will decide ,and they will make the right decision elect Barack Obama as POTUS.CNN and their talking heads can choke on that! If this is the tone of their coverage for a one party convention,how will they cover a bi-partisan event like the election.CSpan is looking better and better every day.

    August 28, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. Robert Bateman

    The Democrats built a huge head of steam, and they have the Bush / McCain failures in their sights. This time, it's America's turn.
    No way, No how, No McSame.

    August 28, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. Jeffrey

    Like the guy, but he's no Obama...or Hillary for that matter....

    August 28, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  14. Van

    So.... did the Republicans finally buy CNN?

    Because these guys are getting almost as Biased as other news networks.

    Why don't you just make article after article titled "Don't vote Barack"

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 28, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Obama's full of crap, McCain needs to be president. At least McCain has a plan vs. Obama who has no clue

    August 28, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  16. D in Indiana

    I think all of the events tonight at the DNC were history in the making and I think it's wonderful. That being said, I have been reading the other blogs on here tonight, well for about the last 2 weeks actually, but anyway, I have read many many comments on every ticker possible that do nothing but blame blame blame. Just a few minutes ago as a matter of fact, on the article about McCain announcing VP on Friday, about 80% of the comments were Democrats making pretty rude statements. I can't figure why, especially tonight. It seems almost ironic to me that all this blame blame blame, negative negative negative is exactly what Obama is standing against! I don't understand why the old rule of "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" isn't applied just a bit more. It doesn't solve anything, just causes more stress to everyone, and is the opposite of what your own candidate is trying to "change".

    August 28, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  17. Harmony Miami, FL

    Biden gave a good speach. He covered what he needed to. He will be a great VP.

    August 28, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  18. RyanB

    Remind me again why people should care what a republican strategist thinks of the Democratic National Convention? If he were to give a glowing report card to this event, he would be betraying the republicans' strategy. This is a republican strategist. Think about it folks.

    August 28, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  19. cph9680

    That was a fantastic speech! The part with his 91-year-old mother was touching. That definitely pulled the heart-strings and showed that Biden can absoulutely devour any of the thugs that George W Bush the third picks

    August 28, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  20. Franky

    I swear, I feel like crying when I see Senator McCain, LOL!!!

    August 28, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |

    I T-W AS-L I K E-O–D I N G--O N-S L E E P I N G-- P I L L S

    August 28, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  22. Fired Up

    Biden spoke with exceptance and support in his first speech this week.

    He only needed to received the nomination tonight. A big speech wasn't necessary. Being there to stand beside Obama was enough.

    We need to stop hating. Grow up and move on with the times.

    August 28, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  23. think people

    Loved it. ENough said.

    August 28, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  24. Tatjana

    Have Americans become so naive and gullible to believe that Obama is truly qualified to be President .
    He has no achievements to speak of and his resume is razor thin.
    Fancy speeches are supposed to convince us that he is the ONE to put everything right that is wrong in America.
    Surely we are smarter than that.
    This has been an Obama love fest and it is sickening , to watch grown up people drooling all over him .
    I know what needs change , I wanted to hear HOW ..!!??

    August 28, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  25. McCain, yes, actually, Bush supporter

    Once duly muzzled, maybe Biden will be a good companion to Obama on their long journey through the wilderness while McCain continues to keep America safe for the next 8 years.

    There have been no further attacks on American soil since 9/11. This is not the time to elect a dreamer who speaks in buzz words but has no relevant experience for the times we live in. Russia would eat Obama alive (look how they are respecting their "agreement" to withdraw from Georgia brokered by the eloquent Sarkozy) and we don't need another 9/11 to realize the mistake of electing a smooth-talking amateur.

    August 28, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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