October 31st, 2007
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Will the real Joe Biden please stand up?

Watch Sen. Chuck Hagel give fellow Sen. Joe Biden a big surprise.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were seeing double on Wednesday morning.

To celebrate Halloween, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, dressed up as his colleague and friend Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware - decked out in a Biden mask and a "Biden for President" t-shirt. As he approached Biden's seat, he raised his arms and said, "Happy Halloween, Biden for President."

"I'll tell you what, Hagel for Vice President," Biden responded with a smile.

Hagel, who has a tradition of wearing costumes to work on Halloween, has previously dressed up as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, according to his Senate office.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Joe Biden • Senate
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    It would be nice to see more of this type of bipartisan friendship instead of the mistrust and spiteful rhetoric displayed by members of both parties these days. Too bad Chuck Hagel is leaving since he's one of the last of the old school Republicans that give any semblance of dignity anymore.

    October 31, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. john williams san diego, ca.

    this is no halloween event, Chuckie has been dressed up as a rhino for years

    October 31, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    The best "third party" candidates to enter would be these two. They would win easily. I truly believe this country needs a pair like them to lead for a change. They are extremely well qualified and could bring the nation together as is so badly needed.

    Who knows, maybe they are waiting for the right moment to announce?

    October 31, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Lee, Iowa

    A Joe Biden, Chuck Hagel ticket would be good. Both have some common sense seem down to earth and appear to be more interested in this country than they are in following lock step over a cliff for their respective parties. I'd be willing to back them. It won't happen because a lot of good people get lost in the crowd and never make it to the top. Good people who could make a positive difference. The media wants to focus only on the top three in each party and negelect the lower tiers effectively grinding out the message of people like Joe Biden and Ron Paul. It's the world we are in now. Lots of money and media attention. It appears that it's the rich and powerful who are framing elections these days and deciding who will run to the finish line and who will fall in the water traps along the way.

    October 31, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Shelby Highsmith, Atlanta, GA

    See, this is just another example of why Joe Biden is the best candidate for President who can unite this country again.

    October 31, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Why is that guy wearing a Bill Clinton mask?? Yikes THAT is scary. Hide your interns!

    October 31, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Bill, Olathe KS

    This is really funny. I didn't think Senator Biden had a sense of humor. Boy, was I wrong!

    October 31, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Daniel, NY

    Jokes aside, Biden is on the rise in the early states. Look at yesterday's ARG polls from IA, NH and SC - Biden is obviously far behind, but he is starting to score some points!

    October 31, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Kim, Mpls, MN

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I love these two guys too!

    October 31, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Deb, Riverview, Fl

    I think Biden and Hagel would be a winning duo. Too bad most people don't take him seriously. He certainly has the most experience.

    October 31, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. KD Pitt

    Wow. Serious bi-partisan friendship. Both possess such a veracity to mend our broken image abroad. I am sad that Hagel is retiring, but maybe his retiring is for a reason...Biden/Hagel ticket; I would support that...

    October 31, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. jerry

    With or without Hagel (or Lugar or Obama or Richardson), Biden is the real answer in this ridiculous process. There's simply no one else as qualified to sit in the oval office and make the decisions needed, based on serious understanding of the longterm national and international issues underlying the everyday problems we face.

    November 1, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  13. Emma, Brisbane, QLD

    "Thank you ... whoever the hell you are." Ha. That was great.

    November 1, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  14. Lily Smith

    Joe, we love you and think you and Hillary should join.

    November 2, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  15. Bob Woloszyn, Hobart, IN

    I have been advocating this ticket for some time. Just what we need to unite this country!

    November 2, 2007 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  16. stevefallon

    If anyone close to Mayor Bloomberg happens to read this, I want him to know that a Biden/Hagel Third Party ticket would change, for the better, American politics forever. If people could see an end in view to all the battling and stagnation, I believe you would see a 70% voter turn-out in November.

    January 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |