(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.”
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.
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!
WTH THE LITTLE EXPERIENCE HE HAS and BEING THE FATHER OF 2 GIRLS, CAN HE HANDLE THE PRESSURE OF THE OFFICE ADEQUETLY? AFTER ALL BEING A FATHER IS A REAL RESPONSIBLE JOB. STASTIC SHOW A LOT OF MEN OF HIS NATIONALITY DON'T TAKE THIS JOB VERY RESPONSIBLY! HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT IF HE CAN'T DO THE FATHER JOB THAT HE WILL DO THE "PRESIDENT " JOB VERY GOOD? HUH HUH HUH ! GET THE MESSAGE?
McCAIN/ PALIN '08
Obama and "real experience" In the same sentence? BWAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
"30 years of BAD experience, aint worthwhile experience..."
Quote of the century.
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.
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!
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!
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..
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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