May 18th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden: Convict won 'frustrated, angry' votes

(CNN) - Frustration with the economy led to an incarcerated man winning 40% of votes in the West Virginia Democratic primary earlier this month, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.

In an interview with WTOV, Biden said he doesn't "blame people, they're frustrated, they're angry."

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"When you're out of work, man, it's a depression," Biden told the CNN Ohio affiliate. "And a lot of people are still hurt because of this Godawful recession we inherited that cost 8.4 million jobs before we could really get going."

The vice president was speaking in Martins Ferry, Ohio, on Thursday, touting the improving auto industry and relating his own middle-class background to experience of many in this battleground state.

But while voters may be frustrated now, Biden said he believes voters will decide he and President Barack Obama are better suited for the White House than GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

"They're going to decide, is the way back to their employment, is the way back to them being able to have a job and raise a family - is it under the values set and the ideas of Romney, or is it under ours?" he said. "And we feel confident we'll do just fine."

Keith Judd, inmate #11593-051, is serving a 210-month sentence in a Texas jail for extortion. He met all the parameters for getting on the West Virginia ballot and received 73, 138 votes to Obama's 106,770 in the primary held on May 8.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Ohio • West Virginia
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. A.C.

    Biden was being nice and politically correct...and YES, he was correct in pointing out the mess they inherited because if truth be told, the 3 1/2 yrs they've been in office wasn't enough to cause such great economic problems. People were complaning of no jobs the first few months Pres. Obama took office, and the actual FACTS show jobs have been trending up since. What Biden DIDN'T and COULDN'T say is that there are a bunch of straight up, hick, prejudice, misinformed folks in WV. I've been there and know this ti be true. Sooooo, you vote for a doggine INMATE? I don't care what you feel about the pres; that says it all right there.

    May 18, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    @ObjectiveGuy: Time doesn't change the FACT that GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies created a mess, one that President Obama has had some success in cleaning up (quite the accomplishment, when you consider how hard the Repubs have tried to make him and our country fail).

    So my question to you is: When are YOU going to accept the reality that all of the GOP's economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES?

    May 18, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. KWS

    Dems have controlled at least MOST of the federal government for almost six years, and things are ROTTEN. Joe should not be saying "he doesn't blame the people" (although it's quite typical for Dem leaders to do that when "the people" "don't understand why they needed to vote our way").

    This is about failed promises, dark futures and lost dreams. Hope and Change brought neither; the "slick, young, green guy" experiment failed.

    In tough times, hire EXPERIENCED LEADERS. It looks like at least 40% of Dem voters are getting it. Obama goin' DOWN!

    May 18, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Pander Bear

    Guess Obama won;t be counting on 70,000 hill billies in WVa. So what.

    May 18, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. gt

    dont count of west virgina as a blue state... and these are not gop voters...get real.....obama is loosing the middle class..

    May 18, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Sue

    I guess that Obama and Biden did not get the message the WV Democratic voters were sending.........They do NOT like Obama and his policies!! Obama has attacked and is trying to destroy the coal industry and coal producing states!! WV is not the only coal producing states where Democrats will NOT be voting for Obama. These Democrats may not vote for Romney, but they sure as heck are NOT going to vote for Obama. They will just stay home this year, or they will vote of local candidates/issues only.

    May 18, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Bren

    Be sure to watch for Arkansas's Democratic Primary this Tuesday as well. They also put a candidate on the ballot to run against Obama. And, based on many recent articles, this guy might actually win, or come VERY close!!! It seems that the Democratic voters in Arkansas are not happy with Obama's support of gay marriage, or their very high unemployment rate. Also, this is the Clinton's home turf--and they are now even MORE angry that Obama won the nomination, not Hillary!!!

    May 18, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Reggie from LA

    Don't worry Mr VP. I'll go where you can't. A bunch 'o hateful rascals are using the convict's "campaign" as a totem to express their hateful ignorance. I guess that when he wins, he'll pardon himself and put RMoney on his team. That's not what VP Biden would have said. No endorsements from him were expressed with regard to the previous comments.

    May 18, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. gg

    there use to criminals running state

    May 18, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Frihoffa

    Who cares? It's West Virginia

    May 18, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Gloria

    uh huh...glad you recognize what the future may hold- Obama is going to trade you in for the innmate to make sure he gets more votes.

    May 18, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. sonnie3

    This is quite telling. Should make obama drop his golf clubs and try leading this country like a man from the front and not from the rear. He needs to lead a nation that already has morals and standards and should not always try and shove crap down our throat. Time for Smaller, Leaner, Responsible Government for We the people and not special instrest group. After all we are Americans and not tribes of differant wants.

    May 18, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Common Sense

    This not a rocket science or algebra!! it's common sense! this governent has lost mandate to govern six months before elections!! if a convict can beat a sitting President its just laughable.

    May 18, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. GonePostal

    A: During the Civil War West Virginia was formed due to the areas "anti slavery " stance. We're probably no more racist than any rural state below the mason dixon line. B: The 40 percent vote came primarily from two counties in the southern coal fields..... the EPA and Oboma administration is out to kill coal mining as an industry.... this was not a vote based on dissatisfaction with the jobs situation ... it was self defense. Also not racist. Heck.. our Presidents half white, or doesn't anyone remember?? I'm sure he doesn't .........

    May 18, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Liz the First

    Sorry, 'Objective guy' but we blame Bush because Bush IS to blame. should we stop blaming Hitler for the Holocaust??? Obama did inherit a horrible financial mess Bush created after HE inherited a tremendous surplus and a peaceful, prosperous country he proceeded to run into the ground! this is history, not somebody's opinion. and if we don't want to reapeat it, we don't need to be putting another republican in the White House. it"d be like people complaining that the firemen aren't putting out a 5-alarmer quick enough so let the arsonist have another crack at it.

    May 18, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. sonnie3

    Have you all ever noticed when Joe opens his mouth he is on a mission to shoot himself in the foot?

    May 18, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  17. RNC is out of touch with Women and Middle Class Americans

    The only thing standing in the way of Americans having jobs are the Republicans, that were the frustration is. The deadbeat GOP.

    May 18, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. Abnguy

    kinda funny as neither canidate on the ballot should serve because of their record.

    May 18, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Unsilent Minority

    "Have the "Birthers" ever apologized, the answer is NO."

    Apologize for what? The issue is far from settled (see today's news of his literary agent's "mistake"), and the non-vetting from the mainstream press has left many unanswered questions eveer 4 years later. Release ALL YOUR RECORDS, Mr. President, and then we can see the truth. Do I believe he's "Kenyan-born"? No, but his intransigence regarding releasing ALL HIS RECORDS makes for a muddy picture, and what I see is disturbing.

    May 18, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. knotheadsmother

    To all you idiots posting about the "ignorant bigots in WV": you have just shown your own ignorance. There are ignorant, bigoted people in every state in this country. To apply that stereotype to an entire state of people is asinine. While you may "know" someone from WV, I happen to be from WV While I do not currently live there, I have lived in several states and the DC area and have encountered racism (from white and non-white people) and ignorance in every city and state I have lived in. Yes, there are racists and bigots in WV but there are more people who are not racist.
    And, guess what, I am an educated professional in healthcare. Guess that blows another of your stereotypes out of the water!

    May 18, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. Michael B.

    Yep, Biden, they clearly voted for him because of Bush. That's what you said, right?

    May 18, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Chuck Jasper, Ga.

    It's West Virginia for crying out loud. How can anybody be surprised that people , even Democrats, would vote against Obama. I certainly am not. Even the Democrats from W.V. think the south shall rise again.

    May 18, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Biden was being kind. West Virginia "Christians" are looking for a white man who can make all of their problems go away. The fact that a meth-head criminal meets enough of that requirement to catch their vote speaks volumes about the people of the state. They need to crawl out of that coal mine cesspool and realize that ignorance and religion will not fix what's wrong with their lives. Get out of that stinking hole and build lives of enlightenment and self-respect. Dying an ignorant bigot is not a worthwhile goal.

    May 18, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  24. algorelies

    i love obama. kept me from seeing george clinton in houston because he must be soooo overprotected and shut down downtonw houston.

    May 19, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. algorelies

    i want my money back puto!

    May 19, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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