June 14th, 2009
10:51 AM ET
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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. Steve

    The only possible solution for Iran is complete and utter revolution. Ahmadinejad will stop at nothing to cement his power over the people of his country, whether it be cheating, lying or murder.

    When the government of a people no longer represents the will of the people the only possible solution is revolution.

    June 14, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Stay Active

    I believe the out come was inacurate too. I also believe that we must engage in Diplomacy with Iran. I am Jewish. I have family living in Isreal. We want peace.

    June 14, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Steve

    Wow, JC, didnt realize you were in favor of a dictatorship...please by all means, move your ass to Iran, we would all appreciate it.

    June 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. David

    Why is this a shock? Yes, the election was reported as being close, but there was also the possiblity that we would see this sort of outcome. It was reported that though younger people, women, and the more elite, were voting for the opposition, the majority of people in rural and tribal areas were voting for Ahmadinejad. The people in rural areas represent and large part of Iran. The administration is wise in its measured response because the door needs to be kept open in engaging Iran. For the poster who implies Obama's speech in Cairo had no affect, Im glad you think you're speaking on behalf of all the Muslims who believe it has.

    June 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Steve

    Hey Sniffit....I sniffed it from you...and it smells like BS.

    June 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Al

    In an email that's circulating among Iranians, the true result of the elections is assumed to be:

    1. Mousavi 19،075،623
    2. Karoubi 13،387،104
    3. Ahmadinejad 5،698،417
    4. Rezayi 3،754،218

    And the president is ... Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with 69.63% of the votes! "DOUBTS" and "IRREGULARITIES"? Harsh talk!

    June 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. SoSaysSam

    I was concerned that what appears to be happening in Iran would happen here last election. I am thankful that King Cheney decided to step down, so this nation could move forward again instead of backwards!

    I wish the people of Iran a peaceful resolution, but it does not look like that will happen. Even more so now, Iran must not be allowed to have the bomb even if we have to go to extreme measures.

    June 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. T Mckinley

    We all know that the Iranian election was a sham, but so was OUR Presidential election back in 2000. It is NOT our place to meddle or interfere in the internal affairs of other sovereign nations. THIS is why much of the world resents us.

    We need to take care of business here at home. The Iranians are NOT going to attack US. Our current nuke treaty with Russia allows us to have approx. 6000 nuclear weapons. Iran is NOT a threat to US.

    June 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. T Mckinley

    What do you Republican warmongers out there want our President to do? Start bombing Iran immediately?

    Oh, I forgot. You want Obama to resign, have Dick Cheney reinstalled as President, and let HIM start bombing Iran immediately.

    THAT will solve everything....

    June 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. molmark

    well, it is obvious the right wingers were up early! now here is the thing-as much as you guys complain about obama, he was freely elected and a lot of this was on his foreign policy stands-negotiations instead of shock and awe. amadinhijad was most likely not democratically elected. i know a lot will shout acorn! but think about what happened with fl, didn't bush steal the election? and if you want to be taken seriously, don't regurgitate everything on the drudge report or wnd.

    June 14, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Steve

    See T Mckinley, here is the problem though, I see the word "us" in your statement alot, meaning that you have no thoughts of their side other than the isolationist ideals America held onto 60-70 years ago.

    "We need to take care of business here at home. The Iranians are NOT going to attack US. Our current nuke treaty with Russia allows us to have approx. 6000 nuclear weapons. Iran is NOT a threat to US."...Let me guess, you are a republican? I have to ask because your concern with Iran lie not with their freedoms, their lifestyle, their persecution....it lies with whether or not they can conduct war with us, or reach us with bombs.

    just as an FYI, this isnt what the election hoopla is about over there, nor is it what the article is even about. Your concerns, or dismissals in this case, are unfounded and baseless as it isnt even what the primary discussion is about. This is about freedom for a people who desire it and a govt who wont let them have it.

    June 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Audrey Fryer

    When you have free and fair elections – then it will be time for you to comment on another country's election procedures. Please stop showing the same old "rioters" picture except from a different angle. It's funny how the "protestors" manage to speak english in front of the cameras for the benefit of the western media. Please stop interfering in other country's problems. This has nothing to do with the U.S.

    June 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. CIE

    Kurt, I agree. The administration and the lfetists have ACORN (the official election fixers) and they are worried about the fairness of Iranian elections. What a bunch of Maroons.

    June 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. AndyB

    America knows about crooked elections. It's what ruined America starting in year 2000.

    June 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Carol Myers

    skyhawkdriver, people like you, warmongers, lets just let the israelis bomb like the poll says that 50 % pf them want to do. The far right idiots like you are the reason our country is in the shape it is in today. The far right idiot repug presidents that we have had for 20 years of the last 28 have spent money we did not have on wars we did not have to fight. the defense budget with our wars is almost a trillion dollars a year. I for one voted for Obama and the Democratic party to put a stop the warmonger repugs from keeping the white house and I will never vote for repug for any elected office, county, state or national in my life time.

    June 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Dawn in Pa

    Sniffit did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

    I am a Democrat also, what these right wing Neo-clowns does not know, is that the Dems, favor the people, the Republican favor people who are rich and powerful...

    No I am not bitter.... I am just getting a bit peeved....

    June 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Lori reminds the GOP that housing foreclosures & job losses are down, and the Dems have a 19pt favorable advantage over the GOP!

    Wow! Doesn't the Iranian elections remind you of Bush and the Republicans stealing the election in 2000? Some Republicans are calling for us to bomb Iran... um, first of all why is war always a first option for Republicans and second of all, WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES. Remember? The War in Iraq that your President Bush started? We no longer have the manpower to invade any other country right now so tough talk is just that- TALK. Thanks Republicans. That said, I like the fact that the young voters and women voters are starting a movement of change in Iran. Just like we here in America fought Bush and the Republican oppression, I hope that they continue to fight their oppression with conservative Ahmadinejad and his government.

    June 14, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. T Mckinley

    @Steve:

    If you have ever studied American history, you should know that it was OUR patriots, NOT some intervening foreign power, that revolted against England and won our independence.

    We were not liberated by another country. We liberated ourselves. This idea that it is our role in the world to "spread democracy" by invading other countries we don't like, whenever we feel like it, is just plain wrong.

    It is up to the Iranian people, whether by election or revolution, to decide the future of Iran. Not US.

    By the way, I am an Independent. I can't stand the current Republican party.

    June 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. joe m

    Congratulations captain obviuos!

    June 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. marastan11

    Any idiot knows this election was fixed. This is Bush and Gore. Same game, just different sport. PERIOD.

    June 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Reformed Republican

    Lemme see, according to that little beady-eyed demogogue the elections were fair and there are no gays in Iran. LOL!

    By the way Kurt@10:12, you're about as delusional as Ahmadinejad. What next moron, the Holocost never happended or the black helicopters full of Islamic dems are circling your house to take your guns away...

    June 14, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Edie

    This is Florida 2000 all over again but on a grander scale. Ofcourse Iran is not a democracy but anyone with half a brain could see that something is not right given the demographics of the Mousavi supporters. Its as though someone conveniently switched the votes in favor of Ahmadinejad. The question is will the religious leaders honor the truth or their "interpretation of the truth". Last time Lying is still a sin in the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian religion.

    June 14, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Edie

    This is Florida 2000 all over again but on a grander scale. Ofcourse Iran is not a democracy but anyone with half a brain could see that something is not right given the demographics of the Mousavi supporters. Its as though someone conveniently switched the votes in favor of Ahmadinejad. The question is will the religious leaders honor the truth or their "interpretation of the truth". Last time I checked, lying is still a sin in the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian religion.

    June 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Dennis

    After the elections of 2000 and 2004 here we haven't got any grounds to comment on stolen elections in other countries, do we?

    June 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. cramit

    Obama to send acorn and new black panthers to help

    June 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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