September 13th, 2007
09:34 AM ET
15 years ago

State leader endorses Biden

Biden has strong support in the Iowa legislature.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa House majority leader Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday that he will become the eighth state legislator to endorse Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, for the Democratic nomination for president.

"Iraq is by far the single most important issue facing America today," said McCarthy in a statement. "Joe Biden has the most credible plan to get us out without causing further chaos. His plan – coupled with his unmatched foreign policy experience – make Joe Biden the best choice to lead America out of the crisis in Iraq...and besides...I like him."

Biden's campaign called it an "incredibly significant endorsement," since McCarthy is one of Iowa's leading Democrats. The campaign is also touting the fact that Biden has the backing of three assistant house majority leaders, as well.

However, in the race for the most legislative endorsements among Democratic candidates in the Hawkeye state, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, still holds the lead with 16.

-CNN's Lauren Kornreich and Chris Welch

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. J.B. Oak Lawn IL

    Hillary Clinton's lie about how she is the "most experienced" candidate seems to be growing stale with Iowans.

    Bravo to anyone brave enough to stand up to the powerful Clinton machine. There is no doubt that Joe Biden, elected to the Senate in 1972 and chair of an important committee, is the most experienced.

    We can't forget, though, that Senator Biden used the same bad judgement in voting for George Bush's war in Iraq.

    September 13, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. R.Kent Hanrahan, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367

    Joe Biden has the BEST plan for Iraq that makes sense to "eliminate" secular violence in the future...make each a state w/oil rights..the way to go for peace

    September 13, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Dave, Mont Vernon, NH

    I talk to more and more people who say they love Joe Biden. I am absolutely certain that if they all voted for him, he would win. But people are funny about how they play with that vote. I've chosen to support Sen. Biden because he's got the kind of experience that really matters right now.

    September 13, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Jerry, San Francisco, CA

    Yes, more of them are getting it right. When Iowa's legislative leaders endorse Biden, you know they are taking a big risk of alienating the more likely eventual winner, be it Clinton, Edwards, or Obama. Could it be that in this case they are actually acting on what they believe to be RIGHT?
    They risk paying a high price later. But there it is: endorsement number eight!

    Biden is THE ONE!

    September 13, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Biden is an appropriate candidate for Secretary of State. I know it sounds naive, but just imagine if the new President would appoint cabinet members based of merit rather than cronyism . . . . naw.

    September 13, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Joliene, Newark, DE

    Anyone notice though there are few comments for a biden story they are not often negative. He is the choice for me for the dems.

    September 13, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Anthony Palmer, Columbia, SC

    Joe Biden may very well be the best candidate in the Democratic field. While Clinton, Obama, and Edwards continue to pander, obfuscate, and make lofty promises, Joe Biden is simply telling it like it is.

    "Serious solutions for serious times." Could that be his slogan? Voters who don't want anymore pie in the sky rhetoric and don't want to exchange Bush-bashing for Clinton-bashing may find Biden quite appealing. Bill Richardson was supposed to fill this role, but his message discipline is poor and reminds voters of Bush in a negative way.

    Biden may very well surprise.

    September 13, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I agree with Kevin McCarthy.
    Joe definitely has Leadership Qualities, Political Savy, American's and Iraquis' Interests at Heart, and above all a PLAN to initiate World Peace.

    September 13, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Joliene, That is an excellent point, I think that speaks volumes about the "divisive" nature of Hillary Clinton. Not because she is a Democrat, a women or anything else, just because of her track record and scandal laden "career".

    Even as an independent/Republican, I respect Biden for his knowledge of foreign affairs and his straight talking demeanor. He is certanly no carpet-bagger and even though she mythically says that she has the most experience, she is not even in his league.

    He shoots from the hip sometimes and I certainly don't agree with him on a lot of things, but respect for actual ideals and his lack of phoniness that "others" possess, goes a long way at this address.

    September 14, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. Faiza, Los Angeles, CA

    I hope he gets noticed more aside from the Clintons, Obamas and Edwards' b/c he is by far the most experienced especially when it comes to foreign affairs. He is straight forward and honest, I hope he can pick more ground in the coming months!

    September 14, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. rick bell st augustine fl

    Did anyone see Rudy on CNN last night with Larry King...after several minutes of serious debate Iraq War, thousands of young Americans dead the NY Times “betray us’ issue....Rudy signs off to Larry King "see ya at the ball game".....are you kidding about a disconnect.....Hillary should use this in a tv commercial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. Bob, Austin, TX

    Barack Hussein Obama is the biggest joke I've ever seen. He should know that many people will not vote for him because is name is basically Saddam Hussein Osama. Plus, he's a black John Kerry. First he says he wants to sit down and take some tea with the terrorists of Pakistan, then a week later he wants to "bomb the hell" out of Pakistan. He needs to drop out. His days are over. I saw him during a Democratic debate and when he was asked to describe his plan for Iraq, he said..."uh, everything Joe just said." What a silly guy!

    September 15, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |