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
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  1. Joe - ATL

    Hey Maynard Hopkins – WI

    Sounds like you know Obama personally. What dinner twice a week at his home? I love how we think we know someone when we dont know them at all. It is called: Indirect Experience – "Knowing only what you are told"

    September 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    yeah alright, i don't think so, he still for me unexperiencie i hope he lost this election. i will not vote for him and my family either." JUST WORDS"" is the only thing he has experience bla bla bla bla no specifics.

    September 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Gregory

    I wonder how many bills did Gov. Palin push through the Alaskan legislature before she came into the national spotlight.

    September 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. obama for potus!!! si se puede!!!

    ) Her husband has an arrest record for drinking and driving, but I guess that is something that is so common in the Bush family, and with republicans in general, that they probably didn't think that was important when selecting her.

    You are pathetic cuz its not like Hussein hasnt admitted to doing Coke, smoking weed, and drinking. And I dont think that someones DUI in college disqualifies their spouse to be VP. Obama hung out with terrorists for petes sake.

    September 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Breck

    I love Joe Biden, he might not have been the best VP pick, but I love the man. People ignore Obama actually has some decent experience, and he got where he was by himself, McCain had to have his father in law make his career for him. And Palin is the joke of the century, Repugs claiming she has more experience than Obama is just a joke. Don't vote for 4 more years of the same crap we have endured for 8.

    Vote Obama/Biden 08. It's time for change.

    September 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Former BO & Dem Supporter

    FACT: The majority of elected U.S. Presidents have been former governors. Here is one reason: they are accustomed to making executive decisions on a daily basis and they are held accountable. Senators, on the other hand, only deliberate on issues that they want to take a position on...BIG DIFFERENCE, folks. Whether you like it or not, that makes Sarah more qualified to be POTUS than the header person on the Dem ticket....sorry!!! All Obama has done is talk, write and vote "present" on the majority of issues before the State Legislature and spent most of his time as a US Senator running for president, and you fools bought it. (P.S. I voted for Obama in the Calif. primary, but that was before information about him came to light and I wised up.)

    September 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    And watch Camp McCain turn around and accuse Obama of "playing the sexist" card sometime next week.

    September 3, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Danielle MN

    Barack Obama has served in public office for 12 YEARS.
    Barack Obama will thoughtfully select the best and the brightest to advise his administration.
    Barack Obama is talking about ways to fix our economy for the future of all Americans.

    BTW- Sharon is a troll. Hi Sharon, go away. You have not been missed.

    September 3, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Gary McFall

    Wow Joe, You are brilliant. Nice car reference, but again, what about Obama's experience. If you could just finish the statement and give some examples. What is a community organiser? Is that what AL Sharpton does? What did he do in the Senate. Has he gone to any meetings for the Committee he sits on. Can you explain all the present votes in the state legislature? Can you provide anything other than a book and a few speeches? How did he do at Columbia? Had to be something good to get him into Harvard right? Did he write anything worthwhile at Harvard that we could read.... Simple questions. Just answer them...

    September 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Tianna

    Biden rocks! By the way to the person who said he /she can't think of anything that Biden has about taking some ownership of the democratic process and researching it? It's so easy to find – online – voting records of our public officials!
    And about teh present need to familiarize yourself more with the procedure and what it means before making claims. It's easy to take clips of what the Republicans – or media – have said about his voting record and make it fit into your view of things. A present vote – according to both Republicans and Democrats – is somewhat of a strategic yes vote.
    The hypocriscy will play itself out more in the coming weeks when Biden and Palin (if she is still on the ticket) have to face one another in head to head debates. I hope that Biden treats her as he would any other male in that situation. He is an honest and sometimes abrasive person. However, I'm guessing that for fear of a backlash among women voters, he won't be as hard on her as he should. We women can't have it both ways! If she can't hold her own, it's just more proff that she was the wrong pick!

    September 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Go Joe!

    Thank God we have Joe for a voice of reason in this nightmare we all keep hoping to awake from.

    September 3, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Lisa M

    I look at what Obama has done and look at what McCain has done.

    I look at what Biden has done and look at what Palin has done.

    I look at how they each show their character and views.

    One side comes up extremely low on morals, substance, and solutions.

    I cannot believe that the Conservatives have lost their way so far off the track.

    Biden is a better Conservative than either of them and so is Obama.

    Who sidetracked the GOP?

    September 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. LA2NC

    Carol September 3rd, 2008 2:53 pm ET


    McCAIN/ PALIN '08
    His nationality?????????? You mean American? and yes, we get the message. The republicans have nothing to say on the issues. They are once again trying to make a big election abouts" small" things.

    NOT THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And YES, I am screaming!

    September 3, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Jano1234

    Some of you are really filled with hate.

    September 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Frank

    Oh, Okay Joe Biden. You are nothing but a man cheerleader. We know Barak has zero experience. What is a 'Community Organizer' again? What do 'Present' votes stand for? What did Barak do for William Ayers again? What was Barak's choice of drug when he experimented?

    September 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. John

    Do you think Biden is a new FLIP FLOPER or he does not remember what he had said about Obama.

    Not too long ago he said tha Obama is not ready to lead, and now he is saying that Obama has real experience.

    Another BIG FLIP FLOPER on got on board.

    John, MA

    September 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. mary kirk

    GA-I, Reality check darling, LOTTO players would give a nuts n' bolts definition of rich that is actually around McCain's $5 million bucks. ONE $$$million dollars used to seem like a fortune way back when I first started buying my weekly LOTTO ticket. Today, I only buy one $3 LOTTO PLUS ticket for chance at minimum 3-5 million dollar pot. I have splurged when we travel out-of-state,usually during hurricane evacs on the out-of-your mind Oprah,Hollywood,HipHop,Clinton/Pelosi/Obama booktour level of RICH RICH RICH with a POWERBALL ticket!

    September 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. junec

    With a smile like Biden's got–he makes a bad day look gorgeous!!
    Way to go Obama and Joe

    September 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Marilyn

    No, Joe, he doesn't. The Obama cult has caused this former Democrat to leave the party for good. How many of us can you afford to lose???

    September 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Hillary 2012

    Biden spent 36 years in Washington and he has good experience

    Biden said “ Obama is not ready lead the country”

    I believe on his word so my vote for Mc Cain

    Hillary 2012
    Mc Cain/Palin2008

    September 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. A CANUCK

    Thank you's refreshing to see someone take the time to get the facts straight....I hope everyone reads it.....Kudos!!

    September 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. The Lady


    September 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Airforce1

    Obama the stable judgment to lead.

    September 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. ronald g WI

    Biden has been on the wrong side of so many strategic decisions durning his career it make your head spin.
    Obama's experience? He's been running for Prez for all most two years, has been in the senate for 3.5. How much time has he actually spent working as a servant of the people? He obviously put his ambitions first.
    Political expediency; afraid to answer questions, take a stand; what other tough issues are above his pay grade?
    Issues matter and Biden is trying to spin and muddy McCain's focus. McCain's character and personal dedication to country is above reproach.
    We have now handed over 11 of 18 provinces to the Iraqi's. We are decisively winning. This is no time for socialistic experiments.

    September 3, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Mike - Texas

    Oh the LIES that are being generated by the far left.

    Since Gov. Palin has drawn soooooo much fire from you democrats, it appears to the rest of us that she must have you worried!!!

    After all she DOES have more executive experience than Obama.

    The fun thing is to see all of the sexist comments coming from you liberals that go completely against what you stay you stand for.


    September 3, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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