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. Bob

    I can't believe you nerds actually watch this love fest on t.v.! BORING!!! A bunch of people pay to go and cheer what ever drivel that pours out the various speakers mouths. A bunch of puppets. Both candidates are a bad choice.

    August 28, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. dan

    Well dean sorry to burst your bubble but Im just a stay at home dad. The best thing to happen to Hillary was Joe Biden. She maybe doing what the party needs but thank God for Biden. She'll have another chance thanks to him on the undercard. Clinton 2012.

    August 28, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. Joel

    Its time this country got out from under a bush,
    and saw the light! Go Obama!

    August 28, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. Paris

    Not so much!!!

    August 28, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  5. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Joe Biden is no Obama or Clinton, but he is sincere, and can reach you at your heart, and speak in a way that is easy to understand. He complements Barack Obama. He is knowledgeable of John McCain record and can speak w/ authority. He has proved that Obama is right and McCain is wrong on foreign policy. We love you, Joe. You two will make a great team.


    August 28, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. Desmond Sequeira

    Biden was authentic and his speech was great. He is exceptionally knowledeable, experienced and a person of action who gets the job done.

    And yes, OBAMA will be the kind of Commander-in-Chief that the USA and the world needs, not the war-mongering one that MCSame wants to be. He and Biden will make an amazing team.

    August 28, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  7. Anita

    I believe in team work, as good as Koby Bryant is he can’t win the game alone he need to surround himself with other good players. Obama, has a great team and adding Biden only strengthen it. We as Dems need to join the team to win our nation back.

    The Clinton proved to be Exceptional team player.

    I believe Wisdom is greater then any experience and Obama has the wisdom and judgment to lead.

    August 28, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. Gina

    WOW what a terrible first impression. Both he and his son stumbled all over and never once got me excited. This is probably why Obama had to make the appearance. Once again the Clinton's have rocked the house as Obama said. So sad he didn't get the pick right.

    Let's see what's in the kool aid during Obama's speech. Hope the prompter works because with out it Obama stumbles alot.

    August 28, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Ed, you are flat wrong.

    Biden served notice: We are not playing nice and we are not going to back off the GOP machine.


    Get ready 'cause here we come.

    August 28, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  10. Last Honest Man

    Biden is an angry man. It comes across every time he speaks.

    August 28, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  11. vote obama

    IT will be Obama/Biden all the way to the White House .
    The only thing they have been correct on is
    Obama is "The One ".He is "The One" in a lifetime .
    Have had enough of the crooks McBush /McSame,Cheney,Rove and 8 years of them is enough to last forever .
    McSame against everything thats positive and for more of the same old Mc Bush policys from a to z .

    August 28, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  12. NEAL

    I think the "Freudian slip" was simply over the head for the dumb americans. No wonder most of them including the "Toob" did not think the speech was good.

    We need a leader (who leads), not a soldier (who follows). Yes, McCain is a good follower! He has been a moron the whole time by screwing Arizona by not getting any earmarked money. That is downright dumb. It is absurd that in a state where you have 360 days of sunlight, there are no solar panels installed.

    August 28, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  13. devon

    I think McCain is about to find himself in one deep hole. Yesterday the Democratic party was splintered almost equally in half. Today, it is united.
    McCaiin has enjoyed a few months worth of a head start while the opposition was in full battle mode. Then he had a month or so more of seeing a very splintered Democratic Party. If McCain could not even get a lead in those circumstances, what possible chance could he have now that they are united? Game over my friends.

    August 28, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. Upon Further Review,Texas

    DEAN, Your right,THE SCUMBAGS AND SELF CENTERED PAID LOBBYISTS ARE EVEN WORKING THE BLOGS.Its worse than liars in the chat rooms.Lying has become the national past time in this country.

    August 28, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |

    Perhaps CNN should be looking at the IP addresses of the posts a little more closely. Many of them might be originating from downtown Denver. I think Dean might have a point. I think that a lot of these "PUMA" posts are actually republican staffers trying to hijack the spotlight any way they can. Too bad McCain can't win by running on the issues. Just more propaganda from the republicans.

    August 28, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  16. Craig

    Hillary makes Biden look like a bozo.

    August 28, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  17. Jesse

    Thought he gave a great speech. It was very moving and spoke from the heart. I have to give the guy much credit. He knows how to attack and i am sure many missed the intentional "fruedean slip". It was too personal to be a accident.

    August 28, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  18. John

    I have been a long time democrat but i did not think his speach was all that good. Talked alot about nothing!! Obama really did the wrong move!! That's why were voting for McCain!!!

    August 28, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  19. lizfor hillary clinton

    Bill and Hillary's were better....You could tell they were ORIGINAL...THAT is what I love about the Clinton's they do their THING and are NOT puppets of the system...true intellectuals...not idiots...

    August 28, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. eric

    What is wrong with you people at the top here? It's impossible to not get inspired when you listen to Obama, unless you're so old that getting any kind of excitement would induce a stroke. Short on substance? You obviously weren't watching it. Biden listed issue after issue where McCain was wrong and Obama was right, yet somehow you still say it was short on substance. You don't give a crap what the facts are, you'll say the exact opposite of reality just so long as it complies with your warped view of the world. You people seriously just make stuff up because for some reason, you loved living under the worst president in American history. Biden is a great pick, and great man and he gave a great speech regardless of where you happened to see it.

    August 28, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  21. P V CA

    After 51 years being in the other party I joined the correct party. I was able to vote in the primary for the next President. BARACK OBAMA.

    August 28, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  22. David

    It seems to me "... the idea that the vice presidential candidate is someone who can lend credibility to his nominee to be a commander in chief " is an idea propounded and perpetuated by pundits and talking heads. Your ilk has gobbled it and spewed it forth as Obama's own reasoning. Sad.

    August 28, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  23. Debby

    Saw Biden alot on Bill Maher. His speech is no better than his rhetoric on the show. We call him Gaffee Duck.

    August 28, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  24. Joseph in PA

    Gee, Ed, nervous for your Party? You should be! Biden did a great job.. and I am saying that from my home!

    August 28, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  25. Pru McDonald

    Sorry, Mr. Rollins, but Biden's speech came across very well in TV land!

    As a 76 year-old widow, and lifelong graphic artist, I was extremely moved by the succession of great speeches tonight... Kerry, Bill Clinton, Beau Biden, and Joe Biden... each of them built on one another to paint a complete and meaningful picture of two candidates, who with their families, portray a group of genuine individuals, NOT politicians, who seem sincerely eager to bring this country to a place long lost... a place of values, integrity and character... AT LONG LAST!!!!

    Pru in Tigard, Oregon

    August 28, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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