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

Biden: 'Barack has real experience'

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. Eugene

    Hope to hear tonight strong thoughts from Palin about her position in regards to the economy and foreign policy. Time for a pause in the moose hunting season.

    September 3, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Throwing Up A Really Good Smoke Screen! He Doesnt Want To Talk About Issues Because He Is So Wrong On The Most Important Ones! I Still Dont Know Where He Stands On Anything But How We Should Drill For More Oil! That And He Was A POW! I May Not Agree With Obama On All Of The Issues But At Least I Know Where He Stands! Thats Why He Gets My Vote! Its About The Issues!

    September 3, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Carol


    McCAIN/ PALIN '08

    September 3, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. righteousbrother


    September 3, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Artful

    Obama and "real experience" In the same sentence? BWAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    September 3, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Kiah

    Yes we should all just do a talent competition and see which candidate is most :likable" in order to determine who should be our next President.

    September 3, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. William

    If you want to know what a McCain presidency would look like. Just take a look at the front row at the RNC. What a bunch of out of touch old fogies. And they want to run this country another 4 years. Give me a break!

    September 3, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Mike

    Loose cannon and Hayseed vs a couple city slickers. The Unpredictability of McCain is the biggest factor in my mind-the other three can be figured out pretty quickly.

    I'll take the safe bet and vote for a couple city slickers.

    More important though is that when this election is over, we all better hope that whoever gets into the White House does a good job. That's good for all of us. If it's McCain though, I hope he keeps his American hat on and his Republican hat off. There are some real distinctions between the two.

    September 3, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Trevor Guerlain

    Obama has a gained an incredible amount of executive experience running "Obama, Inc." He is, as he once admitted, more overexposed than Paris Hilton. Your 15 minutes are almost up, Senator.

    Don't Abstain Vote McCain '08

    September 3, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. CM

    LOL, you guys pride yourselves of calling out Obama's community organizer background. What was your VP pick doing at a similar time of her life? Town councilwoman for less than 7k people?

    He's been a senator for longer than your girl has been in politics.

    Your experience argument is worthless.

    September 3, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. RJ

    "30 years of BAD experience, aint worthwhile experience..."

    -Joe Biden

    Quote of the century.

    September 3, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. DE

    How's the surge working Obama, Biden? Maybe Biden was to busy introducing his lobbyist son to other politions to really be focused on major issues.

    September 3, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Michelle, PA

    Here's a man who has learned (yes, I know, the hard way) to think before he speaks. Here's a man who learned to consider before he acts. Here's a real American man who doesn't have to use a woman as a prop, ladies and gentlemen. Paired with Obama, perhaps the most thoughtful politician in decades, you won't see any irresponsible, reckless, off the cuff fiascos like McCain has tried to pawn off on us. Central PA loves Joe Biden. And Obama looks more and more Presidential by the minute!

    September 3, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. JN

    Way to go JOE!!! Tell it like it is! Even with Baracks experience, I would choose him anyday compared to that windbag McSame and Ms. cheerleader!

    September 3, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. A Puppet reformer

    With all this training and coaching that Palin is going through right now, I am not confident that she is ready to lead or is even experienced where it counts.

    If she is so experienced and qualified, then WHY isn't she taking any tv interviews? What are folks afraid of?

    Also, there is way to much proof that she is NOT a reformer. CNN please start reporting this stuff..

    September 3, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. IndependentThinker, NY

    At least Obama has a VP who can get out on the campaign trail by his own to defend him and talk about policies and issues that Americans care about even though the McAppalin campaign just stated that this campaign is not about "issues", I don't blame them because they have nothing left to talk about
    I can't wait to see Sarah Appalin campaigning for McSenile, the media will pay a great attention to this reckless VP's statements

    September 3, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    So, "this election is not about issues?" This election sure as hell better be about issues! I don't want your average "hokey mom" burning our children's books, denying sex education in our school systems and pouring money into sports arenas!

    September 3, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Mccain/Palin=Warmongers

    Obama has way more Experience than that liar Palin Obama was in the Illionis senate for 8 Years and has been in the U.S Senate for 4 Palin has only been a Governor for 1 Year and she has no nationa Experience. But John Mcbush went on and on about Obama not having any experience and What did John Mcbush do go find a Women with less Experience than Obama to be A heart beat away from the The Nuclear War Head Button. Obama/Biden anyday

    September 3, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Barbara

    Let's see if YOU TWO moderators are into this censoring of Americans like the others.

    Barbara September 3rd, 2008 2:00 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Barbara September 3rd, 2008 1:52 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I believe Palin was brought in (with her family) to be a distraction from US Citizen's issues.

    Notice the real issues have fallen by the wayside? We're being played by the Rovian/Limbaugh play-book.

    No more wars.

    Censoring an AMERICAN again rebecca? You do it every time.

    September 3, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Bobbe

    We have a president now that has had executive experience.He has been a disaster.Let us not let McCain -Palin continue to ruin this country .He is too old and she is far from proven.Mc Cain is pandering to women. Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton.What an insult to Hillary that Palin thinks she can replace her in womens esteem.VOTE FOR OBAMA

    September 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Shane

    The American people are so ignorant when they fall for John McCain and his beauty queen VP Palin. Obama and Biden should be up by 40 points in the polls. They are clearly the better choice. The only reason McCain is close to Obama is because of RACE!!!! very simple for you political analyst why the polls are tight.

    September 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. John Hussein OBAMA

    wow! Biden really knocked that one out of the park and displayed how narrow-minded and out of touch the McCain campaign is with the average joe. Republicans can't argue on the issues because McCain has no plans to address them!

    September 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    Can Palin inspire and attract talents of all ages and groups like Obama?

    Palin's resume disturbs me. It looks very much like Bush:

    1) Washington outsider
    2) Governor of a State
    3) Interested in digging oil

    I cant believe the argument is that she has more experience than Obama. George W Bush had more administrative experience than Obama. In fact, 8 years of it in Texas and he was not effective in managing America.

    The solution is that we need someone that is #1 inspiring #2 can draw talents #3 has judgement.

    When you're a Washington outsider, i think you have less respect of the Constitution.

    September 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Voting for Obama

    Obama 2008!!!
    McShame just showed how desperate he is. He knows that it was a mistake picking Palin. Republicans are sad!!

    Proud woman supporter of Obama!!!

    No Way!! No How!! No McLame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. maynard hopkins wi

    Barack Obama Has very little if any experience when it comes to making decissions about how to run a country or even a state .

    Here is a person who votes present on the floor but doesn,t vote to approve or disapprove the bills which are being discussed on the floor.

    Here is a person who would not hod his hand over his heart while the pledge of allegiance was being said nor did he say the allegiance.

    Here is a person who thinks it is wrong to wear a pin of the American Flag on his lapel. Why? because he doesn't think it is proper.

    Here is a man who can't comprehend the total spectrun of the picture on what he is doing wrong in this camplain. He claims to have done this and that but when someone checks out his story and I said story
    there is nothing to prove or back up what he claims to do.

    Here is a man who presents the American people the solution to many problems,, when you look at the solution ITS IS A BANDAID

    September 3, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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