August 24th, 2007
04:49 PM ET
16 years ago

Biden adds to support in Iowa

Biden has strong support in the Iowa legislature.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – While Sen. Joe Biden lags far behind the Democratic presidential frontrunners in most Iowa polls, the Delaware Democrat’s campaign is touting the fact that he has the second most legislative endorsements in the crucial early voting state - behind only New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

State Rep. Doris Kelley is the latest Iowan to sign on with the campaign, Biden's Iowa Campaign Director Bill Romjue announced Friday, the sixth Democrat from the state legislature to do so.

"I have carefully evaluated each and every one of the candidates in this race, and it is clear that Sen. Biden’s experience, candidness and tenacity are qualities required to lead our country,” Kelley said in a statement.

Stephanie Bjornson, Clinton's Iowa deputy communications director, told CNN that the New York Democrat has 16 Iowa legislative endorsements - 9 in the Senate and 7 in the House.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Chris Welch

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. David, Salinas, CA

    Senator Joe Biden deserves more attention than he’s getting. He has more foreign policy experience than anyone else running, and he has the ONLY viable plan for getting us out of Iraq.

    He’s also a really good guy, and he’d make a really great President.

    Check him out at:

    August 24, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Jerry Polon, California

    Go Joe! If people wake up and smell the roses, these endorsements will mushroom, and the long overdue momentum for knowledge and experience will find a voice. That voice is clearly the senator from Delaware.

    August 24, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Anna, Woodbridge, VA

    There was a time when a revolt against party control was needed within the Democratic Party, but taking a look at most Democratic candidates since 1972, it's clear what a lack of control by political pragmatists has wrought. In a strong party, Biden might be the front runner that he ought to be. He says what he means (sometime a bit too much), is experienced, and has strong ties across the isle. After 8 years of "The Boy Who Would Be President," some adult "leadership" would be nice.

    August 24, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Steven, South Orange, NJ

    If Biden dropped out and simply supported that articulate and clean individual he was talking about a while back he would save himself a lot of time and save a lot of people their money. I think Biden is a great guy and he should be VP or something else in the Democratic Candidates cabinet or other groups of advisers but he has not practical shot at becoming the nominee with the money he has and the support he has so far. Much love to you Joe but lets start being serious.

    August 24, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. James, Claremont, CA

    Bob Uecker is running for president? Why doesn't the media give him the same coverage given to Fred Thompson?

    August 25, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. David, Wheaton, IL

    It does not surprise me at all that Sen. Biden is gaining a lot of support in Iowa. When one looks at the candidates with an objective eye, seeking to determine who is the best qualified candidate, Joe Biden will always fall at the top of the list. I am astonished that he is not in the top tier of the Democratic candidates for president. He is the most-experienced, best-qualified candidate among them. He has spent a lifetime in service to our country, and he has the best plan for getting us out of Iraq. I would encourage everyone to take a look at Sen. Joe Biden if you haven't yet. I'm sure you'll be impressed with what you see.

    August 25, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Dan, TX

    Joe Biden has a lot more experience than Clinton. It is beginning to show.

    In any case, the democrats have a much stronger field than the republicans. Any of them could win against any republican. Biden would probably be the easiest winner against a republican. After that, Obama, Edwards and then Clinton. Clinton would still win I think, but it would be closest because she not only is truly hated by the neocons, but fairly disliked (unfairly) by a lot of moderate republicans and independents.

    Easiest win – Biden
    Easy win Most likely to make America stronger, better, faster – Obama
    Close race/potential loss against the republicans, Edwards, Clinton, Richardson

    Just my opinion as of today. Detailed policies are available from Obama and Biden – on their web sites. Not much substance available yet from Clinton, Edwards, Richardson. Compare, say, Health care plans on the campaign web sites. You'd think Clinton would have some great plan there. Zippo. She will use the detailed plans of Obama and Biden to come up with something.

    August 25, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Ron Nebraska

    To me the best ticket would be Richardson/Obama. 8 years of Richardson and 8 more of Obama and we could possibly make great strides toward sanity in this country.

    August 25, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Lisa T., Plano, TX

    Glad to hear that Sen. Biden may well be building the support and momentum that is deserved. He is by far the best qualified candidate in either party to serve as President. He has the experience but I think, more importantly, he's got the kind of wisdom and personality to make the kind of great President we haven't had in a very long time. I don't think I've ever believe in any candidate as much as I believe in Joe Biden. He's the one candidate who could bring this country together.

    August 25, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Gary, Dover DE

    Senator Joe worries me because he has a history of engaging his mouth before his brain. He is very smart, well experienced, but prone to emotional outbursts that as President would be worrisome.

    August 25, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Al, Lawrencevillr, GA

    Joe Biden is clearly the most experienced person running. I support him 100% and hope he can find a way to get his message out.

    August 26, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. And Justice for ALL, Winter Haven, FL

    I like this guy. Smart, experienced, extremely knowledgeable in foregin policy matters. I'm leaning towards him in the primary election....he could beat any republican. I can't imagine that Joe's mouth would get him into anymore difficulty than our current mumbling leader.

    August 27, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. Scott, Boulder, CO

    Biden is running for president? I never knew that! I thought he retired from Congress.

    August 27, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. Leslie, Savannah, Georgia

    I am so glad to see that people are beginning to take notice of what has seemed obvious to me since the beginning: Sen. Biden is the most qualified to be President, and he would beat any of the Republicans much more soundly than any of the other Democrats. This is the Democrats chance at taking back the white house. I do not agree that it doesn't matter who runs, he/she will beat any of the Republicans. That is just what they want you to think. They are just salivating at the opportunity to run against Clinton or Obama. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, fellow Dems and Independants and renegade Republicans, don't blow this chance. VOTE BIDEN!

    August 27, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Jillian

    This is great news.

    Biden is the right candidate to clean up the mess made by this administration. There is not one other candidate that I can say that aboutl.

    August 30, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. virginia, Laurel,De.

    Joe Biden is the right man at this time for President. I call his so called"emotional outbursts" passion.I want my President to be able to speak intelligently and passionately. Enough of the "dumbing down: that we have had for the last six years.
    Hang in there Joe,you may just surprise some folks.

    August 31, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. stew, santa monica, ca

    yesterday the Bisden Brownback Boxer bill passed with bi-partisan votes, a very important fact, bi-partisan. the first real bill that aims for real results in a long time of us vs them? This bill calls for a paln to keep the belligerents in Iraq aprt in regions, this is a better way of dealing with the fighting among the disparate groups in Iraq than perhaps have existed till now. regardless of the outcome, the notion Biden can find people to agree is important.

    September 27, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |