January 2nd, 2008
02:35 PM ET
8 years ago

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. Joe

    Please tell me what international experience Hillary has had since being an elected official?

    First Lady fuzzy speeches don't count.

    If she was setting official US foreign policy as First Lady, then she was violating the law.

    Someone tell me what the New York senator has done internationally?


    January 2, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Jonas

    ABH (Anyone But Hilary). She may look and sound like a Cadillac on the outside but she's really ann Edsel hiding under a Yugo's skin

    January 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. General Ripper, USAF

    Come on! Hillary has the essential experience necessary for another Clinton Administration.....she was able to hide several boxes of subpoenaed evidence for over 2 years without the maids finding the stuff......she hired ex-bar-bouncer Craig Livingstone to pick through hundreds of top secret FBI background files looking for dirt on her enemies......she headed-up the private eye teams who stalked, slimed and harassed Bill's "bimbos" into silence......and, of course, there's cattle futures........perhaps no woman alive today knows as much about cattle futures as she does.

    January 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. rich in dallas

    Obama in '08. This only goes to show you that she is not as smart as most of you think she is. She is not her husband, too bad we can't vote for Bill again. If she is calling the shots next year we are all in big trouble. Obama is a fresh voice. Give him a chance.

    January 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Caplist

    America has over 700 military bases in over 130 countries. The pentagon uses more oil than 189 different countries. America is an empire and we spend over $1 trillion per year of our childrens money maintaining the empire. Is this what we want to be as a nation? We protect Seoul better than DC or NYC. Vote for the candidate that will challenge our warfare state.

    January 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. H. G. Siegrist

    She also said a week or so ago incorrectly that Benizir's father had been assisi
    nated too. He was hanged, albeit after a rigged up trial. The aging Joe Biden however lives in a glass house of blathering and egregious speech plagarism. Enough of both these lightweights and their food fights.

    January 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    I'm a Republican and I SURE DO HOPE YOU ALL VOTE FOR HILLARY! I can't wait to see the fallout! BBBWWWWWHHHHHAAAAA!!!!
    Where's Hillary's cackles now? Haven't heard any of those for quite some time!

    January 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. robotopia

    In over sixty years of watching political races on the national and international stage I have seen candidates in hotly contested races pounce on one another gaffe large and trivial, heartfelt and accidental.

    The name of the game is to make the other guy eat his own words and make him or her look even more foolish doing it, while the accuser enjoys the glory of pretending to be a perfect public speaker waxing eloquent on all topics under the sun.


    January 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. OverTheRainbow, KS

    Justin, Houston, TX January 2, 2008 3:25 pm ET

    Let's remind ourselves of Hillary's international experience (here are just a few:) Sen. Clinton is the only First Lady to have addressed The United Nations, the World Bank, the Council on Foreign Affairs and the World Economic Forum, building on and expanding the work begun by her great heroine, Eleanor Rooseveld. She is widely credited with providing the vital push to women getting the vote. In the fledgling state of Slovakia, she fought for civil rights. In South Africa, she was there for that country's first free and fair elections. In Northern Ireland, she is credited with using her personal offices and great persuasion and charm to hasten the Good Friday Agreement. Her speech at the U.N. 4th World Conference in Beijing, China, were cited as a milestone for democracy. All this has peviously been dismissed as a series of "tea parties" by her detractors.

    Blah, blah, BLAH! Right out of the Clintonista handbook and talking points. You work for her campaign? So Her Royal Thigness gave some speeches someone else wrote for her. BFD. BEING somewhere doesn't mean she INFLUENCED anything. She wasn't part of the State department SETTING US policy, okay?!

    As far as your Ireland comment, here is a column from someone who KNOWS the Clintons better than anyone .....


    January 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Jim

    Some on here have suggested that Hillary cant know everything, but yet they taught her as a world genius, which is it. And since the elections were only 6 months ago, she should have been at least up on current events. Just another gaffe in her campaign, and yet another example of why she is unfit to lead this great nation. And that Shrill voice, is this lady capable of talking in a normal voice. And then her campaignmanager saying they should have never gone to Iowa, that it wasnt important, the gaffes in her campaign, the illegal fundraising, this lady has more baggage than a full overseas flight.

    to the person claiming her "world experience". I have given speeches in other countries and I care about human rights, yet i dont call that foriegn experience. And if you read Bills book she was not instrumental in the Ireland affairs

    January 2, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Ed Murphy

    First of all we need HIllary in office.

    We have never had a woman and she is also very open minded and I like the fact she very in tune with the gay and lesbian issues that are important today.

    She also wants to get rid of the military as she did when she was in the White House. She never allowed anyone from the military in the private areas and this proves that she will get rid of this burden on the World.

    She is very close with the Chinese. They support her and have even given her money to run elections in the past. This is good. If the Chinese like her we will get along better with them.

    In hard times when there were deaths in the White House she proved good at cleaning up a big mess. Vince Foster killed himself or was killed but Hillary was right on top of things and made sure the country did not suffer from the media mess.

    Hillary is a very honest woman and would never lie. We know she has a great record and like her husband she will be up front on everything.

    January 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Never the left

    If the Democrats put either Clinton or Obama as their nominee they risk reducing their party to Green party status. Come on now we go from a morally corupt coward, ( Bill Clinton ) to i invented the internet ( carbon neutral Al Gore ) to ( I pricked my finger can I have my purple heart John Kerry ). And your going to top all of these by putting ( We are the president Hillary ) . Geeze no wonder I have never voted for a Democrat if you keep throwing out these losers, pretty soon no one will be.

    January 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Steve

    Pakistan is a major player with us on our supposed war on terror. Hillary is running for president, not first lady. She touts credentials that she has more experience in foreign diplomacy, yet she doesn't even understand what the political situation is in Pakistan. That is very disturbing. Mostly cause it has been front page news, yet she isn't informed??? If Hillary wins the primary, she will surely loose the general election as the Republicans will chew her up on stuff like this. However appparently not CNN.

    January 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    For the most part, I enjoy reading the comments by individuals who, like me, are interested in the presidential races.

    However, I also am very turned off by some of the childish comments of those who write disparaging comments about the candidates rather than about the issues or about a candidate's leadership traits.

    I find it extremely sad that some individuals seem only offer personal attacks, such as Chelsea Clinton is unattractive, or Chuck Norris is wearing a hairpiece, or Oprah Winfrey only supports black candidate, or in a recent comment, could it be that Senator Biden might be blaming Senator Clinton for the death of his wife and child. And then there are other (thoughtful?) comments, such as "X candidate is stupid!"

    Come on folks, let's just concentrate on who is best to lead our country in the challenging years ahead. Share your thoughts about why you think how you do, and be kind!

    January 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Kevin, San Francisco, CA

    Amazing how a couple words from Joe can get you Hillary supporters so riled up! For supporting a candidate supposedly #1 in the polls, you sound awfully sensitive. Maybe it's because Hillary pretends to be made of steel when really your candidate is a house of cards.

    Joe is solid. Biden for president.

    January 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Stupid American

    Oh, if only all Americans could be as enlightened as Al in Wpg. What a Utopia we would have. Imagine all the people…

    January 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. pk

    i've always suspected that the clinton campaign was a mega PR machine operation.

    they have excellent communication skills but that means they successfully are manipulating everyone.

    January 2, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. nadeem

    I just read on HuffingtonPost.com that the Bidden and Richardson staffers are saying if they don't reach viability their supporters should caucus for Obama.

    If their sources are good, this is huge for Obama.

    January 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Hillary does not have the experience necessary. Neither do Obama and Edwards. The three so-called "front runners" altogether do not have the experience of a Joe Biden or a Bill Richardson, or even a Dennis Kucinich for that matter. Why aren't those three the front runners?

    January 2, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Dan

    Democrats are stupid. Looks like that sums up this article. Huckabee is a Democrat and that's no gaffe.

    January 2, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. Old dad E., TX.


    As for CNN, tis truly "The most Rusted name in news!"
    and is "CLINTONS News Network!"

    God help us, please...in 2008!

    January 2, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Ash, NY,NY

    HRC is the worst possible choice and a GIFT to the Republican party. Frankly if we nominate her or (to a lesser degree Barack) we will, once again SNATCH DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY 🙁 Please caucus for JOE BIDEN!!!!

    January 2, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Vinnie

    Ed Murphy, that is the wittiest and smartest thing I've read all week. Thanks for the chuckle!

    January 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Does all of Hillary's worldly experience gained while her man was the president mean we'll see Laura running for president in four or eight years?
    Hillary was a horrible "first lady." She acted as though that was beneath her.
    I'd love for Al Gore to have written a book - and subsequent movie - about all of her hot air in the White House. If she thought of herself as co-president, where was Al on the feeding chain?
    Please, ABH!

    January 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Mike

    The Democrats always do such a good job of making the most un-electable fool their nominee that the Republicans don't even have to show up to win in November. This is the worst part of modern American politics. The clueless Vs the who cares.

    January 2, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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