May 18th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
2 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. Bob

    Is it possible that all the voters are Republicans and only 40 percent voted for someone other than Obama?

    May 19, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    80% of WV residets will lose their welfare as soon as Robme takes office. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Let's see who laughs last.

    May 19, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. CJT

    Bush-Blaming is a winning strategy. It shows real leadership and inspires confidence. Keep it up.

    May 19, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. d

    What's the big deal? We already know pols are crooked. Judd's just a little more open about it.

    May 19, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Mary

    "whole nation looks to up to West Virginia as a beacon of intellect and reason. " Don;t make me laugh. This is the most recent poll"
    West Virginia: $2.57 (white:93.2% Latino: 1.2% Black: 6.2%) (College degree: 17%)

    West Virginia takes $2.57 for every $ they pay to Fed and higher education rate is 17%. They are the most backward state in the US.

    May 19, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. scott

    Why is it so surprising that criminal beat a criminal in an election, Obama is no better then this guy,

    May 19, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Dude, even the conservative South thinks West Virginia is a laughing stock and has been for decades. If I was Obama, I wouldn't be too worried.

    May 19, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Yes, I'm sure it is Biden who keeps blaming the last president unfairly, after 4 years...
    As opposed to in 2008 when the economy took a nose dive and republicans and Fox News kept blaming Clinton for it... after 8 years. (and for that matter, Tea Partiers also brought up Clinton in 2010 as well) But, of course, that's justifyable blame...

    May 19, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Mike

    It's just proof that if some parts of the country are willing to give a significant amount of the vote to a convict, then they could also end up giving their vote to any sociopath, like Romney. There are huge swaths of this country where people are incredibly ignorant and vote against their own interests. There is no room for complacency in this election, and the Democrats need to fight for it to win.

    May 19, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Gop

    Bush inherited a recession and did not one time say he blamed Clinton or said he inherited it. Obama cannot seem to understand that Bush did not cause the recession. that was caused by the housing market and people getting loans that could not be paid back. If Obama and his ignorant tool Biden would tell the truth they have to say it was their own party that got this mess started. I got news for Biden you wanted the job. the people gave you the job. you have done nothing on the job. so now you will not have a job. Welcome to the world of being unemployed Biden. now shut your face and go away and take your pet thug Obama with you!

    May 19, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Mike

    In 1932, I don't think any historian would say that the country should have expected a complete turnaround from the collapse of 1929. What happened at the end of Bush's second term and at the beginning of 2009 was a complete collapse. HIstorians will look back at 2012 and marvel at the fact that we averted catastrophe, and that Obama, despite stubborn obstructionism from Republicans, helped us navigate toward a steady recovery.

    May 19, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. bill

    biden is a disaster.

    May 19, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. RAWoD

    Why would anybody vote for someone who cannot, because of convistion, vote?

    May 19, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. RAWoD

    Oops...Why would anybody vote for someone, who cannot, because of conviction, vote?

    May 19, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    "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."
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Joe's always good for passing responsibility. He's Obama's guy for stepping up and pointing fingers. Expect a lot of that in Obama/ Biden 2012. It's easier than answering for their poor performance or coming up with a plan forward.

    May 19, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Errm
    For those thinking that an economy that has been in a slow downward spiral for the past EIGHT years can be turned around in 3-1/2, I want some of what you're smoking.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    That's not the point. With more effective management by the administration it would be back much farther and we would be $trillions less in debt from where the nation is now. Obama gambled big with bad ideas. He wasted too muh time and money playing partisan political games. The message in November will be ACCOUNTABILITY, just like it was in 2010.

    Romney 2012

    May 19, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. spence1998

    Why not vote in another crook. He should feel at home with Obama, Biden and Polosi.

    May 19, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Joel Johnston

    Thank you Joe, spoken like a true narcisist, still blaming the last White House for the issues you couldn't resolve in 3 years. Any good American Company would have fired you and the rest of the staff months ago.

    until you recognize that you are now to blame, you have no ability to fix anything. Keep whistling Dixie, it's really working for ya!

    May 19, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. Joel Johnston

    @ThinkAgain You are probably right, and I'll bet 90% of the people that voted for Keith Judd had no idea that he was a prison inmate. I'm sure it was no different when people voted for Obana, having no idea that he lacked leadership, and had no real credential to occupy the office he is now making a disgrace of.

    THe real Answer is American's need to become educated and vote for qualified candidates, not one that is democrat or republican, but one that really has credendtial to lead. We've not seen that in many years.

    Do the right thing – elect the most qualified candidates in 2012 – Re-Elect NOBODY! Make your vote count!

    May 19, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Larry C Wilson

    Give us Barabbas!

    May 19, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. Big Al

    Amazing! Simply, amazing! Without information being provided by certain non-partisan agencies, we, the public would be forever hoodwinked by politicians.

    Facts, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Table A-1:
    Bush's first full month in office, February 2001, there were 137,612,000 Americans, 16 years old and older, employed.
    When Bush left office, Jan 21, 2009, there were 142,187,000 Americans, 16 years and older, employed. This means 4,575,000 jobs WERE ADDED between Feb 2001 and 1 Feb 2009, when Bush was president.

    Obama's first full month in office, February 2009, the Obama Administration inherited the 142,187,000 Americans, 16 years and older, employed that Bush left him with.

    According to BLS data: Currently, April 20120, there are 141,865 Americans, 16 years and older, employed. This means 322,000 jobs HAVE BEEN LOST between 1 Feb 2009 and 30 April 2012 under President Obama.

    Maybe Biden believes his nearly forty years (that's, 40) in the Senate and as Vice President gives him the right to misguide us. For a guy who was elected to the senate in 1973 and who has waged many battles, maybe he is immune to truth. By the way, Mr. Biden, do I sound like an "average" black guy? Whatever that means.

    May 19, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    Yony-Just so you'll know. There are fewer people working (PERIOD) than at anytime since 1981. The workforce gets smaller and smaller because of folks giving up and no longer even looking for work.

    May 19, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Susie

    Born and raised in WV, and I have worked every day since I was old enough to do so. I am not a frustratred out of work West Virginian, and you can bet your paycheck that I voted for Keith Judd, because he was not Osama, opps, Obama. And I would do it again in a heartbeat. Romney 2012!!

    May 19, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Blaming President Obama for the economy is like blaming the fire department for the water bill – after they put out the fire in your house started by your kids!

    May 19, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  25. Sherlock Steve

    I thought when a person is convicted of a crime and they lose all the rights to the outside world, including being elected to a political office, everyone has thought they were safe from crime.
    Now we hear a prisoner from Texas that has managed to have HELP from outside to get on a west virginia ballot and gain alll those votes from angry people?! One thing prisons and state political officals should do:
    First, in prison, tell that immate that his rights are immediately revoked and he spends the rest of his sentence completely cut off from outisde contact in the worst hell hole possible. Second, the political officials should work with the West Virginia State police and arrest these peole for fraud and deception.
    For God's sake, people in prison are suppose to be punished for their crimes not gain political votes. I certainly hope we do not see this again this coming fall 2012. If it happens, let there be political revolt begin!

    May 19, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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