October 20th, 2007
08:20 AM ET
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Biden hits Obama with experience card

Biden took a jab at Obama Friday night while speaking with reporters.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Friday that whoever moves in to the White House in 2009 will be left with so many problems that he or she will be left "with no margin for error."

The senator from Delaware appeared to single out one Democratic opponent–Illinois Sen. Barack Obama–in particular.

"One of the candidates says experience doesn't matter [and to] look at Cheney and Rumsfeld and the rest," Biden said. "Well I say look at the president– he had no experience."

Obama has often said in stump speeches that Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had two of the longest resumes in Washington and it "hasn't worked out so well."

Biden added that the next chief executive will have to end the war in Iraq immediately, keep Iran from erupting into a war, and re-establish the good will and reputation of the United States.

"It's not going to be able to be something that they're going to have time to contemplate," Biden said. "They better pretty well know exactly what they want to do before they take the office."

Biden made the comments to reporters after speaking at the Polk County Democrats Auction and Fall Dinner in Des Moines. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also spoke to the group.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Joe Biden • Race to '08
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Brian, Austin TX

    Joe Biden would be a good vice president for Obama 😀

    and to Bill from Denver:

    1.) Obama's tax plan does not involve raiseing taxes but cutting them for regular working families, and just rasing the gains tax for corporations and the extremely wealthy. that helps the middle class more so than Hillary proposes.

    2.)Hillary is too partisan, Conservatives would have a field day every day with her from day one. Also we don't this Bush/Clinton divide any longer. Her being a woman (though most of this country thinks that a woman can be a leader) would have a negative diplomatic effect in the middle eastern region, who we are trying to be friends with. That region's respect for women (as you can tell) is nothing compared to ours.

    3.) Obama's got plenty legislative experience. A message that would sell worldwide. strong leadership quality. Judgement to appoint the right people.
    I don't know if you've ever heard this guy talk about policy but he can put any republican in there place.

    (and as I said a VP like Joe Biden could help)

    hopefully I shed some light for the non believers.

    OBAMA '08

    October 21, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Deanna, La Quinta, CA

    The press distracts from the issues. Who among us is not flawed or cannot be portrayed as flawed? A person's religion or lack thereof, is not a flaw to me. The number of marriages a person has had, in and of itself, is not a flaw to me. Wearing or not wearing flag accessories is not a flaw to me. Experience of years doing some thing is not particularly relevant because it can be poor. Even what a person says is not so important to me because it may not be true. All of the presidential candidates before us have political track records. I want to know what they have done, not what they say they have done or even what they propose to do. Perhaps it is more telling to know what the candidates have voted against or vetoed. By knowing the candidates record the public will be able to determine whether or not the candidate uses good judgment. And I believe in the end it is about integrity and good judgment.

    October 21, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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