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. Chuck

    The speech was like sitting through a 20 minute "Why you should hate McCain" ad. Nothing new here, same old party rhetoric on a new stage.


    August 28, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  2. Riley

    He is a great guy and anyone who says otherwise is lying. A REAL American hero. You don't have to spend 5 yrs as a POW to be a hero. He is a inspiration and a model American. No adultery there.

    August 28, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  3. sandra-california


    August 28, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  4. Shanee Garner

    It was amazing. Deeply personal and touching.


    August 28, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  5. SusieQ

    I was a little worried before today about the Democratic convention, but not now.
    I was a little worried when the press hammered on about how there wasn't party unity, but not now.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    August 28, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  6. tsolow

    Biden's strength doesn't appear to be speaking. He wasn't bad but he took his time gaining momentum and he finished strongly.

    I think he'll be exceptional in debates (he was at the dem debates), He also seems to be able to inject humor into any issue to great effect.

    August 28, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  7. braggingrights

    This is another retard "Republican Strategist Ed Rollins" who cant keep his thoughts to himself!. The Reps are pathetic goons!

    August 28, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  8. Tired

    To: Dean

    That explains it. Ever since Obama announced his VP. The blogs have been increasingly, and overwhelmingly negative towards Obama. More than the normal negativity. So the Repubs are working overtime to divide us.

    August 28, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  9. Obama08

    Biden's speech was fantastic...all of you whined about getting down to the nuts and bolts which he did and now you want rhetoric. You guys are just too full of yourself.

    August 28, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  10. Ken

    Biden was Obama's wrong choice and will cause Obama to lose against McCain. It will be his own fault.

    Biden last night acted so smug along side Michelle Obama which like Biden, acted smug as well.

    Biden's speech was really not exciting, nor did it move me to change the way I think. Hillary Clinton should have been the nominee, and the "Super Delegates will realize their mistake when Obama loses to McCain, and the Democrat Party will NOT win back the White House!

    August 28, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  11. ktloss, Laguna Beach CA

    I watched Joe Biden deliver his speech on television tonight. I can report to you, Mr. Rollins, that his energy, sincerity, humor, & intensity came across in full force. I've watched and listened to Joe Biden for years. This was Joe Biden at his best. It played well in TV doubt about it! We've got a winning ticket this year...and it's about time!

    August 28, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  12. Joyce

    Biden's speech was absolutely DULL. Brevity doesn't seem to be in his vocabulary. BLACK female liberal voting and campaigning for McCain. Hope he puts a female on the ticket if not Liberman.

    August 28, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  13. TonyInKentucky

    Solid to good but not spectacular.

    That's okay, Biden is like a Swiss Army knife with an Alienware laptop included. Biden is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world and works for the American people.

    Biden is to help govern and almost no matter who you are you trust Biden in that capacity.

    August 28, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  14. Carolyn

    I thought he was wonderful and genuine. He called it like he saw it. Good fo you Joe and a very big welcome to you and your lovely family.

    August 28, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  15. McCain=Bush & the return of the draft

    I thought the speech was excellent, and I look forward to hearing more from him.

    August 28, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  16. Margaret

    I thought his speech was great. There was a lot of substance to what he said. I didn't know much about Biden before tonight, now I truly respect the man who always put his family first and knows what all of America is facing thanks to the current administration.

    August 28, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  17. Dave Morgan

    Joe Biden is somebody that does his homework. Someone who has first hand knowledge about overcoming family tragedies, launching competent, strategic battles in the Congress, fully understands world dynamics, both diplomatic and military, and is a jet blast of fresh air in an era replete with blowhards, ideologues and just plain stupid people, none of whom do their homework.

    August 28, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  18. brian

    Great speech, great future VP.

    August 28, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  19. Tracy, Buffalo NY

    No one can speak like Barack and few like Hillary, but Joe did a good job. At least 10X better than McCain ever could. I can see Biden gaining momentum quickly.

    I love the quote "Like a swiss army knife with an Alienware laptop." from TonyInKentucky.

    Biden has expertise, experience and can be on the cutting edge at the same time. I expect better and better speeches from him. He will tear Mccain to shreds, especially whoever McCain picks for his VP- that person should run and hide.

    August 28, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  20. Bill

    No one cares about the DNC! Boring!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  21. sandra

    For me it won't be McCain.

    Hope over hopelessness any day!!!!

    August 28, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  22. commy

    i think his sppeech was great,mc cain is a frustrated old man who has decided 2 use negative ad's to campaign,we will bring the american people nothing but boring speeches he reads from pieces of papers.

    August 28, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  23. Mike, Vancouver

    Ed, I watched the speech on TV here in Canada. This speech was very good considering it is like putting on a new pair of socks, they are not necessarily comfortable yet.

    Yes people will pick at every little thing they can find to bring Joe down. These people are the ones who cannot make the change and are comfortable in their own underwear.

    Change does not come without an emotional response. I saw many , many individuals in the Pepsi center with tears in their eyes today and they were not limited to any one race, age group, gender, etc.... this party's engine has ignited and going in the same direction.

    Any who are not going that way, go home and get out of the way, we are not going to appease you any more. If that means voting for McCain, so be it. they are now your problem.

    The speeches will get better, the focus will increase and the intensity of the attack on the Republicans will be relentless.

    If what you are saying is the worst that Joe Biden can do, watch out, he now has time to aim the cross hairs to the target.

    August 28, 2008 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  24. bernard mahoney

    well thats all you get from the republicans , negitive , negitive , negitive , becouse they have nothing left . they cant talk about their achevements there are none . their record is terrible . the economy is terrible the war is costing trillians way more than any tax hike to the wealthy taxdodgers. binladen is free , alkieda is stronger than ever . they the gop are weak on national security , they ignored the intellengence that led to the us being attacked . the gop isent strong on defence just becouse they say so or national security just becouse they say so . i wish the media would be fair to the dems stop parroting the gop on national they arnt strong on national security just becouse they say so . infact their record on national security is terrible we were attacked under the republicans end of story . please media be fair on this issue . obarma/biden 08 beciuse we not stupit .

    August 28, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  25. Elinn

    America, it's time to make history, people will come together and the country will be much stronger this time Dem

    August 28, 2008 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
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