December 22nd, 2008
05:49 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden starting to raise profile

VP-elect Biden will play a key role by leading the meeting to help pass the stimulus package.
VP-elect Biden will play a key role by leading the meeting to help pass the stimulus package.

(CNN) – CNN has learned that Vice President-elect Joe Biden will chair a meeting of the transition team's top economic advisers on Tuesday, as the incoming administration ramps up its efforts to piece together an urgent economic recovery package and try to sell the expected $775 billion plan to Congress.

Two Democratic officials told CNN the meeting at the Washington transition headquarters will include Lawrence Summers, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to chair the National Economic Council, a key policymaking arm within the White House that will be charged with formulating the new administration's response to the financial crisis.

The fact that Biden is leading the meeting suggests the incoming Vice President will play a key role in helping to pass the stimulus package. That's significant because Biden's low profile in recent days has sparked speculation that he will be sidelined in the new administration, especially since his strongest asset - foreign policy - is going to be largely handled by Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton.

But Biden himself said during the campaign that he was not seeking any specific task, and would not cut as wide a swatch as Vice President Cheney. Instead Biden said during the vice presidential debate that he would focus more broadly on using his four decades of experience in the U.S. Senate helping Obama govern by move legislation through Congress.

"I have a history of getting things done in the United States Senate," Biden said during his one debate with Republican Gov. Sarah Palin. "John McCain would acknowledge that. My record shows that, on controversial issues. I would be the point person for the legislative initiatives in the United States Congress for our administration."

After being conspicuously quiet in the early weeks of the transition, Biden is suddenly raising his profile to selling an expensive economic plan to lawmakers suffering from sticker shock after one government bailout after another. He appeared on his first Sunday talk show as Vice President-elect this wekeend by going on ABC's "This Week" to declare that bolder action is needed now to prevent the economy from "absolutely tanking" at this point.

The Biden Tour continues Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live," where Biden will again declare that he's planning to be "counselor-in-chief" rather than having overarching power on any specific issues.


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  1. Jason

    I love how republicans talk to much trash. It was the REPUBLICAN party that has been in charge the last 8yrs. REPUBLICANS are the party that has caused all the damage we are experiencing now. Its is Bush's fault we spend $10 BILLION a month on a war we should have never been in to begin with. So now is the republicans time to SHUT THE F%CK UP and let Obama fix your mess. Cheney is the worst VP is the hostory of the U.S. I hope he goes to jail for the war crimes he has committed. YES, you morons waterbording is considered illegal and is punishable under the Geneva Convention.

    December 22, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Jason

    Excuse all my typos...my I was typing fast and the keys on my keyboard stick a lot.

    December 22, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Marie

    He won't be as crooked as Cheney that's for sure and BO BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL BO if you think Obama is a liar the jokes on you because you've been lied to for the past last eight years.And by the way Obama should be the least of your worries because myself and most americans are worried about this recession we're in and again you can thank the lies for the past eight years for putting us there because when Clinton left office it was probably people like you that voted for Bush to govern this country so thanks alot
    HOW PATHEDIC YOU ARE!!!!!!

    December 22, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Jackson

    PREDICTION:

    Everytime there is some kind of political flap or pending scandal that needs to be addressed by the new administration, Obama will hightail it off to the Hawaiian golf course and his multi-million dollar mansion on the ocean....unavailable for comment.

    This is the second time so far.....and counting.....

    December 22, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    Great! Welcome to the Club!!!

    December 22, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. John Galt in Colorado

    WHO IS JOHN GALT? If you don't know the answer you are part of the problem.

    December 22, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    An elephant on all our heads and a gorilla in all our backs. I say, do whatever you have to do, to straighten our economy out. It's currently parking near the gates of hell.

    December 22, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Dave, Illinois

    Comments were closed on the Palin story. What a bunch of pathetic jerks you Libs are. CNN knows to throw you jerks some red meat once in a while to keep their comment counts up. You need to get a job, move out of mommy's house, and the real world will teach or beat some manners into you. Of course, you can always skirt reality by smoking mother nature like most of you probably do already.

    December 22, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Kim,Dallas,TX

    Dimslie December 22nd, 2008 6:48 pm ET

    Biden is a fool. He doesn't know what the VP's Constitutional duties are. He doesn't know what Artilcle 1 says. He thinks FDR was President in 1929. With the economy on the precipice and the world jittery, he anounces this week the the economy is about to "totally tank". He's an idiot. Every sane person in America (i.e. Republican) is praying that Obama will remain healthy for the next 4 years. Biden is dumber than John Edwards.
    _______________________________________________________________

    I just betcha that you voted for McCain and Sarah Palin, obviously the brainiest VP nominee.....thus showing the brains of the Republican Party.

    December 22, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. matt in a pointy hat

    Thanks Joe.I just bought stock in companies that make vasoline etc.They have done great the last eight years, and with the coming depression,they should sell even more.

    December 22, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. reggie

    Biden will be very much in the backdrop as VP. Don't expect to see much of him. Obama is a media hog.

    December 22, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. R. S.

    Can you please stop running stories about this woman. She lost, she was unremarkable, and simply needs to be forgotten.

    December 22, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    I suspect that Obama and Biden will work together to run the country and try to pull us up out of this hole we are in. I see no problem with him doing some of the work. Besides there is the fact that the PE is on a well deserved vacation with his family at his home so in his absence the VP elect should carry on for him. That is the way it should be but I am sure there will be some that have a problem with this.

    December 22, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Griff

    Forget this Idiot CNN... But why should i get normal TV; to get CNN...
    No! I get "the Internet".... Your not there??? You are the loser.... TV!

    Was not TV.... Just a Monitor..... TV! Is the programe..... When will you find, "The Differnce"..... George Bush jnr is a Hero..... A dam Hero.....
    Live my life! George Bush Jnr is a Hero... Barack Obama is a God!!! For Idiots

    December 22, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. billy-bayou

    Biden needs to get back on his meds and quit playing with it ,looks like he is already starting to go blind.

    December 22, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. michael in GA>

    Julia Tampa,Fl McCain made a huge mistake in picking Sarah Palin

    December 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. stacy

    he has a lot of rising to do to get to a level of intelligence.

    December 22, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Michael PA

    Obama needs to smack Biden back down, so he knows his place.

    December 22, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Joe Blabbermouth

    Biden loves to hear himself talk He does not say much that is intelligible, but he loves to talk.

    Joe was the wrong choice for VP - the man is incompetent

    December 22, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Ernie in LA

    Larry in Houston said it all.

    December 22, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. Sick People on Board!!!

    Kim,Dallas,TX December 22nd, 2008 7:27 pm ET
    Dimslie December 22nd, 2008 6:48 pm ET
    Biden is a fool. He doesn't know what the VP's Constitutional duties are. He doesn't know what Artilcle 1 says. He thinks FDR was President in 1929. With the economy on the precipice and the world jittery, he anounces this week the the economy is about to "totally tank". He's an idiot. Every sane person in America (i.e. Republican) is praying that Obama will remain healthy for the next 4 years. Biden is dumber than John Edwards.
    TO****.Kim you are an IDIOT......Maybe you should run with Palin in 2012... by the way Mr Biden is not a Fool ...Shame on you !!!

    December 22, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. Navy Veteran

    Thank goodness for Joe Biden. I admire and trust him. Godspeed to Joe Biden!

    December 22, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. Sue

    Lord knows, Obama won't offer any opinion for fear "someone" might be offended, so he will have to leave it to Biden who has always offended most everybody.

    December 22, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. Paul Hackett

    Great. Just what the Dr. ordered. Biden will be a joke for the next four years. If you think he can stay in the back ground for four years and keep from sticking his foot in his mouth your fooling yourself. This guy is so close to the reigns of power that he can taste it. He will say or do something stupid, and Obama will regret his choice for VP. Obama, Biden, Pelosi. The future of America starts............................. In four years.
    If you think you were tired of Bush, wait until these guys are done, then you will be calling for more change.
    Change is the slogan that keeps on giving. We've heard it before, and we will here it again. Just pay attention, and remember.

    December 22, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. SC

    Kim,Dallas,TX December 22nd, 2008 7:27 pm ET
    Dimslie December 22nd, 2008 6:48 pm ET
    Biden is a fool. He doesn't know what the VP's Constitutional duties are. He doesn't know what Artilcle 1 says. He thinks FDR was President in 1929. With the economy on the precipice and the world jittery, he anounces this week the the economy is about to "totally tank". He's an idiot. Every sane person in America (i.e. Republican) is praying that Obama will remain healthy for the next 4 years. Biden is dumber than John Edwards.

    Kim, you don't belong in TX. You belong in Alaska. If you think Republicans are sane, what do you think of Palin? We appreciate it if you just shut up and not speak up anything about your provincial views or you will be making a complete fool out of yourself like Palin. If you need some duct tape, I would love to send some to you.

    December 22, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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