September 11th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden: Hillary might have been better VP pick

Biden campaigned in New Hampshire Wednesday.
Biden campaigned in New Hampshire Wednesday.

NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN) - Joe Biden told supporters at a town hall Wednesday afternoon that Barack Obama might have been better off choosing Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

“Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight,” Biden said testily when a voter told Biden he was glad the Delaware senator had been chosen and not Clinton.

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“She’s a truly close personal friend and she is qualified to be President of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America and quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me,” he continued.

"I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate.”

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After dropping out of the presidential race in January, Biden refrained from endorsing either Obama or Clinton - unlike most of the other Democratic contenders who followed. He told donors at a fundraiser in Boston Wednesday morning that after his withdrawal, Obama asked for his support but Biden declined because of his relationship with Clinton.


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soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. Country First--NOT.

    Country First really means John McCain First, then Sarah, then John McCain, then Sarah, then.....

    If John had thought about country first, he wouldn't have picked a stewardess for the job of VP.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. pig

    McCain Once Blamed Palin's Bridge for the MN Collapse

    We now know that the truth is that Slick Sarah Palin supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she "opposed" it.

    But did you know that the man responsible for foisting her on America blamed that bridge and Palin's hunger for federal pork for the collapse of the infamous August 2007 I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota?

    Well, now you do.

    No wonder they're so sensitive about pig comments.

    September 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. California Voter

    He's Obama's choice and so be it. And at least now all the sexist bloggers and commentators, surrogates and whoever have a woman that they can heap sexist comments on like: calling Palin a poodle, lipstick, catty, stewardess, little beauty queen, and this is just from one blog section. For some reason, it's OK to make sexist remarks about a female candidate, but heaven forbid anyone even hint of a racial comment about Obama. Obama did not have the audacity to choose Clinton and now there is another woman that his campaign will try and play the "sexist" card on . . .

    September 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    At least Biden has the guts to actually answer a question when asked, unlike his opponent, Gov Palin who has yet to answer any questions from the media or audience.

    September 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Should have gotten it in writing

    How pathetic is Biden and the democrats. Way to cut yourself off at the knees. If you didn't think you were a good choice why did you take the job?

    What a fool they think we are that now that they realize they are losing because they underestimated McCain they think Hillary will come and save them.

    You can replace yourself all you want it won't change the fact that Obama wrote two books about himself and not one Law.

    September 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Steve in Wyoming

    Sorry it took me so long to post this, as I have been filling out my expense reports for work. It took a little longer because I am claiming expenses for nights spent at my home and for meals cooked in my kitchen. I'm sure my boss won't mind. In fact, I should get a promotion to a much more important position.

    September 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. Young African American Male for Hillary

    Always the humble Biden. I love this guy!

    As a supporter of Hillary Clinton, I was mad when she wasn't chosen. If not Hillary, then Biden for me. You don't find guys as decent as Biden anymore. He is a great guy!

    September 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Douglas, Los Angeles California

    I think Biden is a very honorable man standing up for Hillary like that. The repubs might want to swiftboat his comments, but it won't diminsh his honor as a man, a person, and the next VP of the United States. I'm almost certain that Obama has big plans for Hillary in his administration, something more powerful and more important than being a VP.

    We just have to hang in there Democrats and Independents. The Obama/Biden ticket is just the change we need.

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. MISSISSIPPI FOR OBAMA

    I AM NOT A SUPPORTER OF HILLIARY CLINTON AND I AM GLAD BARACK CHOSE BIDEN. ALTHOUGH I DO THINK HILLIARY IS A STRONG WOMAN AND I ADMIRE HER FOR HER INTELLECT. BUT I DO NOT THINK SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD PICK FOR THE DEMOCRATS.

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Susan

    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.
    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.
    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.
    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.
    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.
    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.
    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.
    NO MORE SAME FOUR YEARS.

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. PUMA PALIN

    OH....

    Again... the Obama campaign admits a mistake...

    one, two, three, four.... the never ending circle of stupid ideas...

    Obama 08.... yea right

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Todd

    Wow, admitting that your partner may have picked the wrong person. And I thought McCain was the one who needed his judgement questioned. At least he is not questioned by the very person who picked him!!

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. big ed

    McCain Once Blamed Palin's Bridge for the MN Collapse
    We now know that the truth is that Slick Sarah Palin supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she "opposed" it.
    But did you know that the man responsible for foisting her on America blamed that bridge and Palin's hunger for federal pork for the collapse of the infamous August 2007 I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota? Well, now you do.
    No wonder they're so sensitive about pig comments.

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Ardnuas

    Palin has DIVIDED this nation.......this is what will happen if McCain wins....EVERYBODY will be fighting with EVERBODY and NOTHING WILL CHANGE. Palin is WORST than Cheney.

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Carl from MI

    You idiots!! Hillary is a close personal friend of his and he was being respectful, gracious, and complimentary... not to mention that Hillary really IS qualified to be VP. She just didn't get chosen.... just like Liebermann and Ridge didn't get chosen, and they were WAYYYYYYYYYYY more qualified to be VP than Palin was!!!

    As a matter of fact, EVERY other Republican candidate for VP was more qualified to be VP than Palin. She was only chosen because she's a woman and is a fresh face AND nobody knows anything about her yet... and that will change real soon!!

    Unlike Palin, the Democratic ticket has two very ready and qualified candidates that could interchangeably be VP. Republicans don't even have ONE!! Palin's STILL being schooled on Domestic and Foreign Policy for tomorrow's cake-walk interview.

    Then she'll do one for FIX-ed news next!! She's just not ready to spread her wings and fly on her own... Republicans are VERY scared about Palin leaving the nest... and for good reason!!! What a noobie!!

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!! VOTE SMART... NOT SENILE!!!

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Jayhu

    Joe Biden is right about Hillary...but Obama didn't have the sense, common or political, to see that. It's always interesting how the Democrats can find ways to lose a "slam-dunk" election. Of course, it's hard to win when people don't trust your philosophy: kill the unborn, indoctrinate kids, kiss up to Europe, and tax the hell out of everyone.

    September 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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