December 11th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden: 'Experience' and 'change' mean nothing

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - In a new ad up in Iowa, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden takes a swipe at fellow candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, saying that "when this campaign is over, political slogans like experience and change will mean absolutely nothing."

Clinton and Obama have been in a back-and-forth over which quality is most important, experience or change.

"The next president has to act," the Delaware senator continues in the ad, which began airing Tuesday in the Hawkeye State.

Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also touts his plan on Iraq, and mentions that "when Pakistan erupted in crisis" he spoke with President Pervez Musharraf before President Bush.

"You don't have to guess what I'll do as president," Biden concludes. "Just look at what I've done."

The spot is his second in Iowa this year. The first went up in August.

On Monday, Biden said he plans on finishing in the top three in Iowa, which will pave his path to the nomination.

Biden was in fifth place in the most recent Mason-Dixon poll, released Sunday, with the support of 5 percent of Democratic caucus voters in Iowa.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Bukky, Baltimore MD

    "Biden also touts his plan on Iraq, and mentions that "when Pakistan erupted in crisis" he spoke with President Pervez Musharraf before President Bush.'

    By no means am I a fan of Bush, BUT i feel the need to remind Biden the international diplomacy is not the job of a senator.

    What the hell are you meeting with other heads of state for. You words carry no weight (very sad that Bush's does... well actually does it carry weight anymore?)... Anyway what were you trying to accomplish beside being able to put out a campaign add that you did something over your head and outside your job discription...

    December 11, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. JB, NYC

    That's right Joe.. Plagerism.. that is something you have done.. remember 1988??

    Oh yea I forgot, history begins every morning when you are a liberal.

    December 11, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    Joe you know I do respect yaw! But this election is all about CHANGE! Bush and his neocon buddies have dominated and screwed up the US government long enough. If you are not promising CHANGE OR EXPERIENCE, what are you about? Status quo?

    Sure, good job, I'm glad you called Musharraf up. Dude, you are the Chairman of the Foreign Relations committee and have been in the US Senate since you were 30. (You are 65 now!). Of course you should have called up Musharraf, but ultimately Bush is who Musharraf will answer to.

    How can Joe effect positively affect change when have been apart of Washington politics for half your life? You are good buddies with powerful Republicans McCain and Lugar, but they probably will be on their way out in the next 4 years (one is 71 & the other is 75).

    In my opinion if you over the age 65, running for president should be out of your system! In my book you are too just too old!

    December 11, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Richie, boston,ma

    Take a hike Biden. I mean we have heard you say anything and everything plus bringing your wife degrees to the debate. If nothing means anything why dont' you drop out?
    Fed up with all the meaningless attitude you are bringing with you...

    December 11, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Joe Vanderbosch, Appleton, WI

    My hope is that Iowans will look past the big three and see that Senator Biden is the best chance we got.

    December 11, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Carole, Flowery Branch, Ga.

    You're right that foreign policy is the job of the Prez, but those two heads of State CALLED JOE, he didn't call them! You surely don't blame Joe for other leaders not wanting to talk to Sherub, do you????

    December 11, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Dave, Evergreen CO

    I like Joe but he lacks the ability to inspire the County and is to politically entrenched to be a champion of change. He’ll make a great Secretary of State in an Obama administration.

    December 11, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Fair,Washington DC

    For what its worth , if Hillary is somehow not in the race when its time for me to vote, I would consider voting for Biden, don't know too much about him , but was impressed with him in the debates I watched.

    December 11, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Christine, Burke, VA

    65 too old to be president? Are you kidding? Wisdom? Maturity? Patience? That comes with age, you dorkos on this site.

    I read the Ticker comments everyday, and all I can say each time is: the Democrats are going to lose another election because its primary and caucus voters are a bunch of nim-wits who nominate even bigger nim-wits each election cycle.

    Joe Biden, I love ya, man. Keep on running for president until you're well past 100!

    December 11, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Julie Overvig Medford,Oregon

    Biden is the chairman of the Senate foreign Relation Committee he has dealt with many foreign leaders. Biden has the most experience then any candidate of either party on foreign affairs. Bush had his head in the sand as usual, when Pakistan was in emergency rule. Pakistan leader called Biden before he called Bush because Biden is more then just a senator he is a expert on foreign issues and has the experience in the actual practice of diplomacy. Biden has the experience and the intelligence to get us Americans out of the mistakes the Bush Adminstration has done. I hope Biden gets the democratic nomination he will make a great President.

    December 11, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |

    That's right Joe, getting to talk to Musharraf before Bush did shows us you are truly the leader we have been needing since George Washington!

    Does that mean the first one to get a comment posted here makes a better writer?

    December 11, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Charles

    You can append "action" to the list of empty slogans. Thank-you Mr. Senator.

    December 11, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Christian, Tampa FL

    I like Biden. I don't think he can win the Presidency right now, though he certainly is qualified. America needs a fresh and charismatic face that can get people fired up and ready to go, hint hint hint, but someone like Biden would be a great VP or Secretary of State, using his expertise and experience to be a part of the new Administration's policies.

    December 11, 2007 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Bev, Sacramento CA

    Experience and change mean everything in this election, Joe.

    December 11, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. Nabil, Athens GA


    I totally disagree with you about Biden's problem of inspiring citizens.

    Watch this speech. It'll change your mind.


    December 11, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. erika morgan black dimond wa

    I saw Joe Biden on the Sunday talk circuit this morning, he sure is a Statesman. I think a Statesman is just what we need to undo the slide into disdain and then irrelevance that America has endured over the past 6 years. He calls things as he sees them, he doesn’t mince words, doesn’t loose his temper, articulates well what can be done, says why he thinks the way he does.

    We have a situation that is completely out of hand with ignoring our constitution and laws, ignoring common morality and decency, forgetting the sovereignty and nobility of the voter, forgetting the sanctity of the press and its responsibility to fully inform the people, a thinking that might makes right, with zero attention to reality. In short our principles as a nation have been shredded in favor of a personal agenda.

    My mother is foreign born, so I know what it was like to look at America from the outside. What America had was thought of as unrealistic childlike innocents, naiveté, in our freedoms, our insistence on the sanctity of morally ethical upstanding principles and complete transparency within our government. But we were revered for just this high ground, yes, even the envy of the world. That sadly is no longer the case, we are now scorned because we have dashed the beacon of hope for people the world over.

    I for one think Americans are, a much more noble, people; then what our government seems to have become under this Bush/Chaney leadership. I know that, in the illustration of the 40 school children on the bus, that the children have the right to meet their maker with pure hearts, untainted by immoral, unethical acts meant to save them. I know that when our government does these things each voter from whichever party is equally morally responsible whether we “know” about it or not.

    In this time; to combat the march into irrelevance that our governments deceit, bullying, greed for oil, disregard for our “rule of law”, disregard for our “Bill of rights”, inability to care for our own after Katrina and 9/11, backward education and healthcare, and squandering our wealth on a fools errand; we need a President who can make us relevant again. Someone who can compromise, has a voice of reason, can think outside the box (has the ability to receive and come up with new ideas), who will give honest measured steady responses, who works with rather then against others, who stands for integrity and is morally ethical rather then looking for legal loopholes to save his skin. We need someone who has the experience to articulate these principles so we and others can understand us. More and more Joe Biden looks like the person who could carry this off to me.

    December 12, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. Daniel, Little rock ARk

    The country is starting to see that Joe is the best candidate. He is already doing the presidents job. We can fix nothing. Not healthcare, not economy, nothing. Until we end this war in Iraq. Joe is right. Now it is up to us to be right too. Vote Joe Biden

    December 12, 2007 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  18. xtina chicago il

    Finally, a candidate who acknowledges that what you've already done is more important than promises about what you "would" do. Any biden fans care to say what he has done in the way of leadership (specifically things other than his Senate votes ? )

    December 12, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Norma Gage, Mead, OK

    I am so weary of the hype from the so-called top 3 Dem candidates. A vote for Joe Biden will bring the needed change, and offer more experience than all 3 of the top Dems put together. He can get this country back on track in every way you care to mention. Joe Biden is the perfect choice.

    December 12, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Tony Brooks, Saline, MI

    None of the other Democratic (or Republican)candidates has EVER come out in full support of America's veterans! Biden understands the toll this war has taken on our servicemembers, and supports FULLY FUNDING the Veterans Administration. Biden knows that it will take YEARS to properly care for those who have served and sacrificed for our Country. All the other candidates offer is rhetoric...JOE HAS ANSWERS.

    December 14, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |