June 14th, 2009
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Biden expresses 'doubts' about Iranian election

Vice President Joe Biden weighed in Sunday on the election results in Iran.
Vice President Joe Biden weighed in Sunday on the election results in Iran.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden expressed doubts Sunday about the validity of Iran's presidential election, but said it will take more time to analyze the results.

"I have doubts, but withhold comment," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

The Iranian government announced that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Friday's election with 62.63 percent of the vote. The result sparked protests by supporters of his main rival, Mir Hossein Moussavi, who claim the vote was rigged.

Biden said the Iranian government has suppressed crowds and limited free speech by shutting down social networking sites such as Facebook, which he said raised questions. He also called the strong showing by Ahmadinejad "unlikely," based on pre-election analysis.

"Is this the response, is this the accurate response, is this the wish of the Iranian people?" Biden said.

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  1. JonDie

    But what if Iranians really did choose to elect Ahmadinejad because they want someone who will stand up to the US's SELF-RIGHTEOUS bullying?

    No one in the Obama government has dropped Iran from the list of countries we HYPOCRITICALLY say make up the "axis of evil."

    And the US media ALWAYS acts like an arm of the US government on foreign policy.

    NOTHING we read in any of the mainstream media source has ANY credibility when it comes to what is going on in other countries.

    June 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. JonDie

    How funny. In 2000 George W. Bush was SELECTED to be president by the Republican-dominated Supreme Court against the wishes of the majority of the American people with the help of FRAUDULENT vote counting in the Republican-governed state of Florida.

    Bush and the Republicans then launched a war to fill the pockets of his corporate friends with our money, and narrowly won the election of 2004 thanks to his war, which almost stretched our military to the breaking point (suicides continue at a record pace).

    In 2009, our country almost went belly up thanks to a Republican president and a Republican Congress, and is still NOT out of the woods.

    And WE'RE lecturing another country on "irregularities."

    June 14, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Sherry

    At first I thought it possible that the people changed their minds once it got to actual voting, as sometimes happens, BUT after hearing Ahmadinejad's press conference this morning on CNN, I no longer feel that the people truly spoke. Nothing that came out of his mouth made sense when answering the questions posed by reporters. I got the impression from Ahmadinejad's answers that disagreeing with him or protesting was equivalent to breaking the law and therefore punishable. Scary place and scary man.

    June 14, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Little does he realize that he is actually encouraging political violence..., and the strong armed reaction of the Iranian Mullahs.

    June 14, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Lolbama

    LOL @ Dawn. Bush stole the election!! haha talk about holding a grudge. Still haven't looked at the actions of the Florida State Supreme Court 8+ years later eh Dawn.

    June 14, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Bev - NYC

    Iran election = Florida 2000 without the pretense of Democracy. I am glad to see the people of Iran are not going to go quietly, having their vote stolen, hopefully they have learned from our 8 year mistake. If Ahmadinejad is permitted to retain power, the people know who will sufffer when tighter sanctions are put in place. Ahmadinejad is a power hungry puppet. The Iranians not only have to rid themselves of him but the Mullah who rule behind the scenes.

    June 14, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. From the Island...

    Iranian citizens take to the streets, rise up over an injustice as the Mullas control the nation. The Iranian government limits the free speech of the people, manipulates the media. Everyone questions the overwhelming support for the sitting president based on 'pre-election analysis'. In The Islamic Repblic of Iran, this situation is praised by the world, is a front page story and, in particular, the media (not the UN) is fanning the flames.

    American citizens take to the streets, peacibly assemble and it is seen as a circus act. The US media continues to have a one-sided love for the current US administration. The media routinely boasts about the robust numbers based on 'tingly limbs'. In The United States of America, this situation is snubbed, told to 'get over it', labeled as 'radicals and unAmercican', critiziced for speaking their mind and the media stifles the American citizens' actions as a joke.

    What a bunch of hypocracy. Good on the Iranians for rising up. I just wish in this great country, where it is our RIGHT, Americans could do the same thing and receive the same positive view from the media!

    June 14, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Champly

    What a load of bolony. Obama has what he was desiring most, a further strengthening of the anti semetic dictator of Iran.

    The life Obama led prior to running for POTUS, the very close ties with the racist and anti semetic Rev. Wright, tells us what we need to know.

    Inch by inch Obama is forcing Israel into a corner and he will sit by quietly while this Hitler in Iran attempts to wipe out the Jews.

    June 14, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Peter E

    America knows election fraud when it sees one... We practice it every two years! We continually disenfranchise millions of our own citizens. So of course we recognize it when others do it! Unfortunately that also means we have no grounds to lecture anyone else either until we fix our own system!

    June 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Champly

    Leon Panetta is a fool. The U.S. will not be attacked because Cheney wants it attacked. It will be attacked because Obama, Panetta, Clinton and others in the administration do blindly what the anti-American zealots who are at the core of this administration want them to do. And that is to weaken our defenses and destabilize our economy.

    June 14, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    At least in Iran the president is actually elected by the majority of voters, AND they have run-off elections in case nobody gets 50% of the popular vote. We are the ONLY country in the world with democratic elections where a person getting the most number of popular votes can still lose, while the second person wins, without even the courtesey of a run-off election!

    June 14, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. just a guy

    Hey Kirk,

    if Gore won his home state in 2000 he would have one. shows how much you know

    June 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. JAY

    I still have doubts too , about PRESIDENT OBAMA'S election

    June 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. sara-fl

    It funny and sad to read some of the post here by mainstream americans that still have no clue to what happened during the last 8yrs, clinging to their rising stars...bush..chenney...fox..etc...you get the picture, and seemed to just shift the blame on the new guy who's only been in power for less than six months...WHAT Happened to the Last 8Yrs here? Who was in office? And what a beautiful job he left behind.
    Right!......

    June 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. siena

    This must be bush jrs' version of democracy. Entitlement democracy.
    Get in no matter what or who you need to manipulate.

    Just think, had the US and UK NOT OVERTHROWN Iran's democratically elected leader, Dr. Mossadegh in 1953, we wouldn't be having this problem with Iran today.

    Check out this link
    Iranian Prime Minister Dr Mossadegh was overthrown by USA & UK in 1953 (Clip#1).
    Watch this video on video.google.com

    June 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. siena

    James asks,
    Whatever happened to letting a country determine it's course?

    We disposed of Iran democratically elected leader, Dr. Mossadegh in 1953, that's what happened, and the chickens have come home to roost.

    June 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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