January 2nd, 2008
02:35 PM ET
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Biden highlights Clinton Pakistan gaffe

Biden got tough on Clinton over her recent comments on Pakistan.

Biden got tough on Clinton over her recent comments on Pakistan.

(CNN) - Democrat Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that presidential rival Hillary Clinton doesn't adequately understand recent events in Pakistan.

The Delaware senator was responding to news that Clinton suggested in two recent interviews that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is up for reelection this month.

Musharraf was actually reelected in October, and the upcoming Pakistani elections are parliamentary, not presidential.

"We have a number of candidates who are well-intentioned but don't understand Pakistan," Biden said at a campaign event Tuesday. "One of the leading candidates - God love her."

"There are good people running," continued the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has made his foreign policy credentials a centerpiece of his long shot presidential bid. "But to say Musharraf is up for election! Musharraf was elected - fairly or unfairly - president six months ago. It's about a parliamentary election!"

Clinton's comments came in an interview with ABC Sunday, in which she said, "[Musharraf] could be the only person on the ballot. I don't think that's a real election."

The New York senator also made similar comments during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last week, saying then, ""If President Musharraf wishes to stand for election, then he should abide by the same rules that every other candidate will have to follow."

Both gaffes were first noted by conservative Thomas Houlahan, writing for the Middle East Times.

The Clinton campaign has not yet returned a request for comment on Biden's comments, but said yesterday the New York Democrat was referring to Musharraf's party, not himself in particular.

Republican Mike Huckabee took heat last week for also getting key facts about Pakistan wrong in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto's death. He first suggested the country remained under martial law (it was lifted a few weeks ago) and later said that Pakistan shares its eastern border with Afghanistan (it shares its western border.)

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden
soundoff (493 Responses)
  1. Kathryn Dye

    Well, we aren't really expecting a Clinton-Biden ticket on the ballot. At least, not now! Go Hillary!!

    January 2, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. scott

    She is a fake!

    January 2, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Nomad

    And ... the preacher-man Huckabee stated, after Bhutto's assassination, we need to monitor our borders more closely because of the huge number of illegal Pakistanis entering (I believe he stated they're one of the largest populations of our illegals). Wow!!! And for him to have gone to Seminary and not know what Mormons believe!!!??? There's something that doesn't square about that guy.

    January 2, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Kathryn Dye

    Only one thing more, Oprah don't pack your Louis Vuitton for the Lincoln bedroom yet!

    January 2, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Frank Frederick

    Is anyone out there as sick of this as I am? 24/7 all we hear is these smarmy candidates lying to us. We'll give you this or we'll give you that. What a crock! At lease Kucinich offers us some comic relief. Biden is just Biden: not the brightest bulb on the tree and he's the shallowest thinker this side of Bill Richardson. Hillary is obviously smarter than the rest of them, but do you really want to elect a smart liar again? Want another scandal-of-the-week administration? Do you really want to stare into the faces of Bill and Hill for four more years? Are your nuts? At least Obama appears to be rational and thoughtful. New ideas. Hillary has the same old, tired team of advisors from Bill's admin. Same old bunch of incompetents, such as Albright and Berger advising on foreign policy. Who needs more of that? Wake up!

    January 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. kalamere

    The press will let the Clintons get away with any "gaffe".
    You can always determine the fairness of the press if you turn the circumstances around and see if they treat a political opponent of a Democrat with the same hands off manner.

    January 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. D Davis

    In response to the comment about Hillary or any others resigning their seat to run these LONG campaigns: None of these folks will give up a job paid by taxpayers because if they lose their election then what will they do. Hill & Bill are forever glued to the taxpayers coffers!

    January 2, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Brett

    Go Biden!

    January 2, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. mark

    The Hildabeast will go down in the same ball of flames from which it was concieved as the seed of Satan......The word according to Mark

    January 2, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Randolph Monroe, Chicago

    Hillary is totally clueless, so much for all that Foreign relations experience she's always talking about.

    January 2, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Mark

    I also understood it as a reference to Musharraf's party, so hundreds of posts for an idiotic thing. I respect Mr. Biden, but he is scoring cheap points with his comment. OK, he might be more articulated when it comes to foreign policy, we got this. Anything else Mr. Biden? I would be more interested on what is happening or will happen in America.


    January 2, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. therealist

    Having direct access to presidential advisors obviously doesn't translate into actual hands on experience.

    January 2, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Bill Sagraphis

    The only foreign affairs experience Hillary has is when Bill slept with women from other countries.

    January 2, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. ruteger

    not to worry, begala and carnville will tell her what to say to correct her error.(after they take a poll to see if dems will buy it). remember she firmly said"no" about illegals getting drivers licenses, even after she said it was a good idea for them to have them 2 days earlier. dems are very gullible.

    January 2, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. David Wheeler

    Wake up America. Don't make the biggest mistake of your life by voting for Hillary. She pretends that her husband's presidency was basically inspired by her advices except for the stuff that didn't work out. She is arrogant.
    Obama' 08

    January 2, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Justin

    Biden has the intelligence, experience, and character to be a great president and a strong voice for America. Which would be nice since we've been sorely lacking in all these categories the last 7 years.

    'Course, most voters — it can be safely said what with the two most recent presidential elections behind us — don't vote based on a candidate's intelligence, experience, or character.

    It seems to matter more that we'd "like to have a beer" with him or her. And look what that has cost this country.

    January 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. ron taylor

    seems to me it would be easy not to be fully cognizent of exactly what is and is not up for elections on a ballot in a counry so far removed as pakistan. on the other hand, if ms clinton is as astute on matters of state as she claims to be, would she not be aware of who is up for election. perhaps this is an example of not being properly coached by ex-pres hubby? perhaps some humble pie is in order made from four and twenty blackbirds (crow)!

    January 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. joe

    Jon, Lantana,

    January 2, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Judy

    I like Biden and will probably vote for him. Hillary has slipped away in my mind. I dont like the fact that she is in bed with some of these corporations who lobby our congress. Foreign policy will be in dire need of repair by the time Bush is finished. It's time for an experienced statesman who knows the ropes. My dream would be a Biden/Edwards ticket.

    January 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. joe

    Jon, Lantana, i read your feeble post. very ignorant. maybe you should actually take an economics class. you, as your liberal party, are a joke.

    January 2, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Skier Man

    ... since when does it matter if a candidate knows about the world outside the US? Bush Jr was elected without any significant such knowledge, he probably wouldn't have been able to locate Pakistan on a map when he first took office.

    Being educated has never been a requirement for president in this country.

    Our only hope is that this Bush has shown that we should actually care about a candidate's education, rather than elect another moron like the current one.

    "Jan 2009 – a village in Texas gets his idiot back"

    January 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. How Dumb Is Too Dumb?

    Kudos, Chris, for the most erudite comment of the day. We can't drive a car unless we pass a test. Ditto on most professions as well. Yet, in the two most important endeavors we have, any idiot with an I.Q of zero can participate. Voting is one and reproducing is another. If you don't think God doesn't have a sense of humor, look around you.

    With the media in the hands of a few corporate giants, the American public's attention span dwindling and our school perfomance in the tank, is it any wonder we get who we get as leaders.

    Biden's right on calling Clinton out on this gaffe. If she's so experienced then she should be able to get the elections right in Pakistan. That country has nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them. They also have a bunch of terrorists in their midst. What Pakistan and world do not need is a U.S. Presidential candidate, much less a President, who isn't conversant on their matters.

    Hillary, admit you goofed and let's move on. We owe Biden a debt of gratitude on this one. Experience, Hillary? What about judgement?

    January 2, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. steve Loudon, TN

    Spin, spin, spin.....her hubby, BJ Bil said recently she was a genius! In what? Anyone got an example. She hasn't a clue other than, I want the power and wealth and ability to steal with impunity.....that is what the "redistribution of wealth is"........when her daughter got good grades, did she encourage her to give her academic accomplishments to someone else who didn't work as hard, have as much ability, less educated, illiterate, etc.....OF COURSE NOT. This gaffe shows the tlimits of her real knowledge of the most dangerous part of the world right now......The Dems have zeroes for candidates when it comes to real knowledge and a vision for the future....Republicans aren't any better. But this broad is really dangerous.......like Forest Gump....."Stupid is as stupid does" Life is like chocolates...you don't know what you're going to get .....in her case just a soft nut..

    January 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. keith

    I knew, Hillary is nothing but a empty drum...

    January 2, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Ron Sansone, Hazlet NJ

    It seems like the only two Candidates that know anything about International affairs are Joe Biden and John McCain.

    I also agree with Tony Loyd about sitting politicians resigning their jobs.

    Clinton is being paid to be a Senator but will have been out of the Senate for two full years by the time this is all over.

    It's like NY is being deprived of a Senator.

    January 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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