September 3rd, 2008
12:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden: 'Barack has real experience'

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Biden has been on the road defending Obama's record.
Biden has been on the road defending Obama's record.

(CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden on Wednesday defended criticism of running mate Barack Obama’s Senate record while campaigning in the crucial battleground state of Florida.

“Barack has real experience,” the Democratic VP candidate said. “This guy could have written his ticket to go anywhere. Anywhere at all.”

Biden was speaking at a campaign event focused on the economy in Fort Myers, Florida and discuessed Obama’s stance on the war in Iraq, his work on ethics reform in the Senate, and his proposals on solving the energy crisis. Biden also explicitly dismissed Senator John McCain’s experience in the Senate.

“30 years of bad experience ain’t worthwhile experience,” he said. “You’re not going to take your car—you’re not going to take your car back to a mechanic who for 30 years in a row has screwed it up.”

Biden himself has spent 36 years in the Senate. McCain has worked in Congress since 1982, serving in the Senate since 1987.

Biden was specifically responding to comments McCain aide Rick Davis made to The Washington Post earlier this week when he predicted that this election will come down to each candidates' personas.

"This election is not about issues," Davis said to The Post. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

Biden sharply criticized that statement, citing the country's economic woes.

“Not about issues?” Biden said. “Well, let me tell you, that means to them this election is not about you being able to scrape up the tuition money to send your kid off to college this September. It's not about whether or not you're going to fill up your gas tank.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. jimmy

    INDEED , THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT ISSUES . IS IT NOT IMPORTANT
    ,MOST IMPORTANT THAT THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE THEN SHOULD BE ELECTED TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE OF OUR COUNTRY? AND WHO CAN LEAD AND BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF.
    HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR ALL THE PRESIDENTS OF OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN AND SHALL ALWAYS BE NATIONAL SECURITY, PROTECTION OF AMERICA , ITS PEOPLE AND ITS FREEDOMS. WE CANNOT HAVE PROSPERITY AND ECONOMIC
    STABILITY UNLESS WE HAVE NATIONAL SECURITY.
    ONLY SENATOR MCCAIN HAS THE BETTER QUALIFICATIONS TO BE THAT PRESIDENT.

    September 3, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Nice job your doing Sen. Biden. Keep up the good work – can't wait to see you and Sen. Obama in the White House.
    Do the country a favor when you debate Palin though- Please don't use kid gloves. Given McCain's age and physical condition, it they by some miracle get elected Palin has a good change of being POTUS and in all fairness, I want to see if she has the chops for the job like you do...

    September 3, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. RyanD.

    AMEN, BIDEN!

    Not about issues my butt.

    September 3, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. proud army and navy mom

    Issues is exactly what this campaign is about. The repugs have and will try anything to distract the US people from the issues, because they have failed miserably.

    The repugs are corrupt liars who does nothing but try to think up way to make money for themselves. How anyone with a conscious and a brain could vote for the repugs is beyond understanding.

    September 3, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Manuel TX

    The Obama supporters continuously state that Hillary and Obama's stand on the issues is the same...so no HRC supporter or Puma should vote for McCain/Palin.

    If Obama and Hillary were offering up the same platform, then why didn't the Obama people vote for Hillary? And why did the Obama supporters spout so much hate toward Hillary? Hmm.

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    September 3, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Little known truth

    According to sources close to the McCain campaign about McCain’s VP choice is that Karl Rove wanted Romney, and pushed him. McCain really wanted Lieberman, but was told no by Karl Rove. Palin was the compromise. Yes, the Republicans at work. If McCain was such a Maverick, he would have held to his guns and picked Lieberman. Instead he caved and settled for Palin. McCain is not Maverick, he is a puppet!!!

    September 3, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Unshrub

    PS, I also forgot, 2 years as Governor makes her one of the best Governors in history. Obama can't top that. I can understand why republicans think she is one of the best Governors in history. Look at Reagan and Bush, they left they state broke. Compared to them, anyone would look good.

    September 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Truth Hurts

    Did you hear when real man talk, they talk sense

    when we think about food a presidential candidate claim the election is a buety contest can you believe how out of touch is this.

    September 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Shari, NY

    Of course he does. The Republicans know it but they have to bash him in order to win.

    September 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I am with Biden and the majority of America, this election is about the issues and the problems every day Americans Face.

    If I was the media, I would give the mccain camp exactly what they want. NO COVERAGE! And if they wanted an ad, I would reset their cost to paying double.

    September 3, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. You know what I think

    I think all of you are about to find out who Palin is!!!

    Joe Biden has been in politics for approx. 30 some years, and I can tell you as a democrat I cannot say exactly what he has done???

    Goes to show ya!!

    September 3, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. JUAN C AR LOS

    P O O P I E ,,,,,,,,,,B I D E N,,,,,,,,,,,,,A N D,,,,,,,,,P E N,,,,,,,,,,,D E J O,,,,,,,,

    G O,,,,,,,,,,,T O G E T H E R,,,,,,,,,,,,,,A D E Q U A T E L Y,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    D E S C R I B E D,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,B E A U,,,,,,,,,B I D E N,,,,,,,,,,L O B B Y I N G,,,,,,

    M O N I E S,,,,,,,,,,,,,,W E,,,,,,,,,,,,D O N ' T,,,,,,,,,,,,W A N T ,,,,,,,T O,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    E X A M I N E,,,,,,,,,,,T H A T

    September 3, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Country First - Small town MA

    If Palin (both a mayor and a governor ) is unqualified to be vice president then how is the Community Organizer qualified to be president?

    Unfortunately to the liberals of whom largely live in cities with a population of 100,000 or more, this country is a nation of Wasillas, not Chicagos.

    September 3, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Neutral

    More experience as Obama, give me a break. Liars thats what you republicans are.

    Running the ship down and expect from all emericans a bonus of more 4 years of the same.

    They really think americans are brainless and fall for McCain, Palin and Lieberman.

    Is she paving a new road for the republicans? Who of these two are calling the shots in washington if they are elected?

    No thanks, a dont believe any of them, it is just to get in power, after that its business as usual.

    And that is a fact.

    Obama /Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Brad

    Why is it that Governor Palin is criticized for accepting this nomination with a young special needs child and a pregnant daughter but Senator Biden is praised for returning to the Senate only weeks after his wife and daughter were killed in an accident and his sons were still in the hospital. Does anyone see the hypocrisy of these two positions. I think both of these people decided that they could do good things for the country and they should be commended for it. You might not agree with their positions but open your eyes and realize that hating the other side is not the way to move the country forward. Use your own mind and consider the other side of the argument before you post hatred and vitriol based on what others tell you to think.

    September 3, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. R.I.F.

    So Tucker Eschew worked on Palin's speech for tonight which will talk about how she will clean up Washington. This is the same Tucker Eschew who worked on the Bush campiagn in 2000. So the guys that help elect Bush to two terms are pushing candidates to clean up Bush's mess. WOW!!!! That's the funniest thing I've heard and if the American voters fall fro this then they deserve four more years of the same.

    September 3, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. CM

    I'd love to know in what context the GOP will spin their spokesman's words. They're making this about everything but issues because they have none.

    Ever notice that McCain's ads talk about renewable energy but his plan has no specific mention of those? Seems the renewable energy talk came up when Obama started spelling out his specifics.

    McCain, I also seem to remember you asking a staff member last year to 'look up what my stand is on contraception'. I need a president who remembers what they believe in, not whats politically popular. Something McCain tries to blame on Obama but really needs to be a bit more introspective.

    September 3, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Paying Attention

    I think it's funny how the pathetic republicans can question Obama's experience everyday, but when the shoes on the other foot call any question or attack sexist. Obama has fought for the past 18 months and been truly tested with 18 million voters, Palin needs to start acting like a leader and answer questions honorably instead of hiding behind the "Good Ole Boys"

    September 3, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. JDC // Ohio

    It is very laughable to hear Obama talk about "change." Socialism is NOT change, and Biden is an old, liberal party hack.
    The Dems refuse to save Social Security, refuse to even allow a VOTE on more oil drilling.

    September 3, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Mccain/Palin=Warmongers

    This Election is about The Economy Republicans are going to lose Big if they Don't Even Realize that Man I could run Mcbush's Campaign Blindfolded with No Experiecnce You don't really need that iN the Mcbush campaign any way you Just need to be a woman or a Pawn. Mcbush is Out of Touch I guess a guy with 8 Houses and said that the Economy is stronger than it has ever been and whose Economic Adviser Phil Gramm Said we are Just a Nation of Whiners Because we are Just in a mental Recession. John Mcbush is Out of Touch With Common Americans and that is why he and Palin will Lose

    September 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Cupper

    RNC Co-Chair: We are proud to be nominating 'Sarah Pawlenty'

    Kinda scary that Ann Davidson doesn’t even know how to pronounce the VP candidate's name!

    “We are holding a convention that will nominate a Republican woman governor, Sarah Pawlenty, as our next Vice-President.”

    Yeah, she’s well known in her party. What a joke!

    September 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Neocon!

    No "real experience" huh? I'll rather have a VP with "no experience" than a President with no experience (i.e. Obama). Based on Obama's definition of experience his Chief of Staff is more qualified than he is! Not even two Obama's and a mad Biden comes close to Palin! McCain for President 2008! Palin for President 2012! What was that sound? Oh, Hillary's fuse just blew!

    September 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Rodger

    I am a proud Democrat that plans to make more donations to Obama and Biden. My big question for all the Republicans is "Will Palin still be on the ticket after she is vetted. "I did not know that" will be the most often used statement by Republicans.

    September 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Joe, Boston

    Gee, that's funny not too long ago Biden said he would be happy to run alongside McCain as his VP candidate. Wow, how times have changed. And from what I hear Biden has been in Washington longer than McCain.

    September 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. sarah1

    obama could have gone anywhere? why didn't he go some where else then since he seems to think america sucks? sure wish he would go be a "citizen of the world" somewhere else in the world. why must he inflict himself on us?

    September 3, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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