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
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  1. Steve

    6) 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.

    Isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black. Ever hear of Teddy Kennedy?!? Or is he off limits now because of the health problems?

    I can't wait to hear Biden put his foot in his mouth, whch he ALWAYS does. Maybe he'll call Palin "doll" or refer to her as a "broad". Either way, your blowhard doofus will commit political suicide with or without a "hot mike" gaffe!!

    September 3, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. kobs

    "Obama has 8 years state legislature experience and 4 years senate experience. He also has clear judgement and organization skills because he helped American works unlike Palin or McCai."
    These are lifted words which i a gree with just toephasize that Community work is experience down to earth with day to day folks and problems. What better experience couldone ask for

    September 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. jimmy

    AMERICANS SURELY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT " REAL EXPERIENCE " OBAMA HAS.. THIS IS SOMETHING NEW THAT WE HAVE NOT HEARD SINCE OBAMA STARTED HIS CAMPAIGN..
    ONLY JOE BIDEN HAS NOW TOLD US ABOUT THIS OBAMA EXPERIENCE. WHY DID BIDEN KEEP THIS ASTOUNDING NEWS
    ALL BY HIMSELF UNTIL NOW?

    September 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Roey

    Leslie, maybe you should go back to where ever you just came from. you don't like it, LEAVE.

    September 3, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Grant

    What happens when he has to answer the phone at 3 am without a teleprompter?

    Who are the guys in the backroom who have created this marvel? This is too slick, like a Hollywood Boy Band creation trying to lip sync their way to Platinum record with slick advertising.....No one comes out of nowhere and takes out the Clintons without some very powerful backing......open your eyes America.....start asking questions...

    September 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. North Carolina

    If the Republicans can try to slam Michelle Obama, Palin's husband is fair game.

    September 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. American is STILL Great!

    YES – the elections SHOULD be about the issues however, if you had the nerve and honesty to actually tell the truth, you would admit that the DEMOCRATS Convention was ALL about promising us the moon at the expense of someone else. WHO is going to pay for all of it??? Senator Biden has had 36 years for bad experience...Obama actually worked 143 days in the Senate and you CAN check his voting record. IF the media really wanted the AMERICAN people to make intelligent decisions about this election, they would stop allowing television cameras in the debates and at the Conventions...people would actually have to listen and HEAR what the politicians are saying without being swayed by looks, distracted by the non stop crawls and the opinions of the 'talking heads'. IN READING THESE POSTS – this is one negative, hate filled, immature (name calling) group of people who have very little facts to back up the spewing, but you are really good at repeating things so often that you really believe them to be true.

    September 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    Go get 'em, Joe! This election is all about the issues. And I'm thankful the Democrats are trying to focus on that while the Republicans try to misdirect and obfuscate.

    September 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. ran

    Obama/Biden and other Democrats will get us all out from this kind of politics and give our country back to the people not some fringe aspect.

    Unless you are from another planet or had your head in the sand you know what any fringe aspect of any country can do.

    Voting for Obama/Biden And other Democrats will insure we will get our country back.

    September 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Can't wait to see Biden chew Palin up and spit her out come debate time!!! His 30+ years of experience working FOR people will trump her tenure as Mayor of what amounts to a town the size of a commune, and her yet-to-be completed governor-ship in which she hasn't even tackled a budget yet.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN WITH THE RIGHT TEAM OF THESE TWO GREAT MEN!

    September 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Roey

    Watch the RNC tonight, you want to know who Sarah Palin is? You'll see tonight. And I'll just about guarantee she will rip Joe Biden up one side and down the other in the VP debates. I hate the way democrats think they know so much because "a source" revealed info, who is the source? name? how are they involved? do you think i'm going to believe what is printed in the news? NOPE i'm going to listen to why Obama doesn't wear a flap lapel pin come from his own mouth and make me SCARED TO DEATH that this man wants to make me believe he's patriotic and vote for him....i will believe what i hear come fromt he candidates mouths themselves and not what the media claims, they will say anything to get ratings. Hey Biden, put yourself to good use and while your in Florida go help in the search for little Caylee Anthony, she is the future you and Barrack claim to change.

    September 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Carol in Timbuk2

    He was fully vetted. YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL!

    September 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. no need to know

    We Americans across this land realize that Obama & Biden represent the best of what will come to America. We Americans do not want deceitful wreckless crimminal leaders in our White House representing us as has been the case with President Bush which would be followed by John McCain and the worthless Republican party personnel like Carl Rove and others who throw away the lives of our beloved brave military personnel like you throw away old toys. We are human beings with rights and desires to live long lives although some will enlist their person to be available to this country for honorable needs. It is shameful that we have so called leaders like John McCain who through time obviously shows he can't lead himself let alone a country look at his Navy record in school or his Navy record in service or his Keaton 5 investigation or his first wife and family or his voting record or his pick for the Vice President, how or what shows any intelligent person John McCain could lead America except a bunch of backwards uneducated low intelligent Americans that are in the minority thank goodness which will prevail.

    September 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Tara

    1st to all Obama Haters. lets remember Obama was voted into his position by over 18 million americans. Sarah Palin was chosen by one guy ... ( well actually he wanted liberman but his party said no... what a maverick?? And Obama one an electoral contest based on democratic party rules.

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. JiminMinn

    John McCain's reasoning for being qualified to be president of the US is because of his experience as a POW.

    If George Bush wants to be called "W", we all have experiences being POW's for the last 8 years.
    (Prisoners Of W's).

    Prisoners of W's economic policies.
    Prisoners of W getting us into unneeded wars.
    Prisoners of W's idiotic appointments of people into positions they weren't capable of filling.
    Prisoners of W's not being able to support this nation through his blundering Federal Agencies (FEMA, Food & Drug Admin, etc.).
    Prisoners of W's lying and deceit to get rid of people that weren't "YES" men (Valerie Plame, firing lawyers who didn't agree with them, etc.).

    We're all POW's. We are all eligible to run for President!

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. D.Arnold

    Ask yourself this.
    1. Do the Republicans deserve another 4 years running this country?
    2. Who do you appointing the next 3 Supreme Court Judges

    September 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Terry, NJ

    This election should be about the issue and the best person to handle the issues, who has the experience to actually confront the issues. Feeding despondent people with SUGAR coated speeches not based in reality of solving problems does not make change for the better. Obama talks.. That's all he does.. TALK. Half of his 3.5 yrs in the Senate has been spent running for President!!! That is not experience to solve problems, but experience to GIVE SPEECHES. I didn't drink the Koolaid then, I will not drink the Koolaid now. I do not believe in Unicorns, and I do not think Obama will provide one to everyone who votes for him. I would have voted for Hillary in a heart beat. Now I will vote for the person I think will best handle the REAL problems our country currently faces, McCain. No, I don't like alot of what McCain's personal beliefs are, but I vote not because I like what someone has to say, but whom I think will do the best job given the current situation in our country. That this time around is McCain. Not the fairy godmother guy..

    September 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Liliana, FL

    3 things you can't fix with a good speech:

    1) Economy
    2) War on terror
    3) Healthcare

    All these things are above Mr. Obama's paygrade!

    Women for McCain 08/12

    September 3, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Edgar Jackson

    We are going to lose this one too. Brillant choice on Mccain's side. 2-1 bets.

    September 3, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Really

    Who is McCain running against? Sounds like Obama is now running against Palin. That is funny. The dems are wishing they could flip their ticket to be Biden/Obama.

    September 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. LT for Obama

    Manuel TX September 3rd, 2008 2:47 pm ET

    Noone is saying not to vote for McCain. It is your vote use it wisely or waste it. The reason Hillary lost is because she went NEGATIVE hard and early. She mismanaged her campaign and her money. Most of us that were for Obama were willing to vote for her if she had won.

    September 3, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Obama talk

    Obama knows how to deliver his speech eloquantly;
    Biden talks even more. That's why Biden is so
    notrorius on the Senate for knowing how to talk, but without
    accomplitsh anything.

    September 3, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Jim in Raleigh

    So the McCain camp says the election is about personas, not issues. Wow. Perhaps that's why they called Americans whinners and said we are suffering from a mental recession. Perhaps that's why one of McCain's top aids said the poor do not need health care – that's what emergency rooms are for. And I always thought they were for emergencies. Silly me.

    If the campaign is all about pounding in lies long and hard enough, with all the right fluff, to win folks over like McCain's twin, W, did, then God help us all.

    September 3, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Ron democrat turned independent

    why can sen Obama not answer a direct criticism, whether it's personal or on his policies he backs down and then comes back one or two days later with some type of rhetoric or a press conference to explain. decisiveness does not mean let me think about it and I'll get back to you. if our country comes to peril a decision as to be made when you get that phone call not the next day. you can work out strategy later but not after the ship as sank. then it's to late

    September 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Change

    It is very laughable to hear Obama talk about "change."

    Biden is an old, liberal party hack.

    September 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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