August 25th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Biden charges into Denver

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Biden arrived in Denver Monday and hit the ground running."]

DENVER (CNN) – Joe Biden hit the campaign trail Monday, flying solo for the first time since being named Barack Obama’s running mate and he vowed to run an aggressive campaign.

“You’re running with Obama?” an Obama supporter asked Biden during an appearance at a downtown Denver restaurant where he stopped for a photo-op.

“I'm running with Obama. I'm running for Obama,” Biden told the girl. "We're going to give them the devil."

Biden was accompanied by his wife, three children and his brother Jim as he gripped and grinned his way through the growing crowd.

Biden ignored most reporters’ questions, but when asked if he was surprised that Obama chose him for the number two spot, he responded simply, “I was pleased. I was pleased.”

The Delaware senator eventually made his way to the counter where he ordered five pulled pork sandwiches.

Biden will be in Denver throughout the convention. Tonight, he will attend Michelle Obama’s speech.

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  1. anonymous

    How fitting – a clown running with a clown. Can't think of a better choice for a loss!

    Go get 'em McCain – I'm with you all the way!!!

    August 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. D&D

    I just don't see how this great ticket won't make it to the White House...get them Joe, get them all!

    August 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. GAG


    August 25, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Nora

    Dream ticket. !!!!!
    P.S. Sen . Obama has new great ad – but CNN .......................

    August 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. NObama 2008

    "We're going to give them the devil."

    Appropriate words. Obama's policies will destroy this economy. It's bad right now through no fault of anyone (unless you can lay the blame on Dems for not allowing drilling for years) but Obama's tax policies will put us in a depression.

    August 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Steve, NYC

    "We're going to give them the devil."

    I hope this is the first of many stunning turns of phrases from Joe.

    @robert: The dems are getting behind Obama because he's the democratic nominee. They're doing a whole thing about it this week on CNN, you might want to watch. Could be cool.

    August 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Puzzle2

    Joe Biden will turn out to be a thorn in the side of the Democratic race for the presidency. He's too confrontational and, at times, will get out front of Obama and have to pull back, much to the chagrin of the party and the presidential candidate.

    August 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. KG

    Bad choice. Biden is about a liberal as Obama is. Obama's ticket just alienated about 60-70% of the country.

    August 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Saad from NJ

    Senator Biden for VP is the best thing that could've happened to us and to our country. I absolutely love IS charisma & style. He is awesome.

    August 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Not this time

    "We're going to give them the devil."

    This is exaclty what I have been waiting all year long. The democrats must leanr how to fight and fight well.

    August 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |

    How interesting the turns of events were on the 21th of August and none of the major news outlets noted it.
    John McCain has touted his foreign Policy experience and awareness from the beginning of his campaigning while at the same time tried to categorize Senator Obama as inexperienced and lacked judgment.
    John McCain has also touted Senator Obama as an elitist.
    John McCain self-admittedly stated he knew very little about the economy.
    John McCain called Senator Obama inexperienced because of Obama’s reaction to the Georgian crisis.
    John McCain has stated that he is a maverick and fights against Washington insiders.
    Well on 21 August 2008 John McCain failed on all of his points.
    John McCain has been calling Senator Obama irresponsible about Obama’s willingness to set a timetable for US troop removal in Iraq. On 21 August 2008 the Bush administration along with the Iraqi government has signed the first phased timetable agreement for US troop removal of Iraq. John McCain is now 100% wrong in his position to continue fighting a war that both America and Iraq wants to end.
    Also on 21 August 2008, the US military has issued a notification that there will be 11,000 more troops sent to Afghanistan. This is the follow-up to Senator Obama’s push for troop increase in Afghanistan that he has been making for months. This also follows John McCain’s error in judgment that Afghanistan did not need any help. A supplemental note to that is John McCain stated Senator Obama was wrong for wanting to curtail troops from Iraq to Afghanistan because the US had plenty of available force to deploy to Afghanistan. However, the top military official Admiral Mullen stated that the military had no spare troops to deploy anywhere. Once again John McCain is wrong.
    John McCain has been trying to label Senator Obama as an elitist. Senator Obama has one home (which he purchased at a sweet deal that some find questionable – 1.5 million estimated current value). John McCain has at least seven homes of which he did not know about (estimated total current value of 13 million dollars). John McCain jokingly said (so he wants us to believe) that in America you are rich when you make at least 5 million dollars. Senator Obama said 250,000 dollars per income is a good start, the national average income hovers around 31,000 per year. So now who is the elitist?
    During the start of the Russian-Georgian conflict, John McCain came out publicly with a detailed counter attack strategy for the Russian aggression in Georgia. Senator Obama stated his position and left it there. John McCain accused Senator Obama of being out of touch in America’s foreign policies because he did not attack Russia. Well John McCain forgot he was not the President of the US when he made his bullish statements, then the Georgian President called him out but John McCain did nothing. Whose judgment was best, Obama who allowed the President of the US to do the President’s job, or John McCain who made promises he could not support?
    John McCain on the economy – John McCain touts that he has fought big oil his entire career. It seems that every other day he is posing and campaigning in an oil field, on an oil rig, or an oil platform. John McCain talks about drilling now, even after admitting that the best scenario is improved psychological confidence (and 200,000 barrels per day added to the global pool in five to ten years). Even if we increase the supply by 5 million barrels per day, oil will still be sold at market price.
    John McCain still fails to rid his campaign of the lobbyists he claims to have fought for the last 26 years as a public servant (a very loose use of this description). The once favorable label of maverick has long left John McCain. The only thing maverick about him is that he has more Bush cronies in his camp than Bush originally had.
    After all these failures of John McCain, one has to ask himself what can John McCain for America. Anyone seriously considering voting for John McCain needs to ask himself why. Is it because Senator Obama is that bad or is John McCain that safe?

    August 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. anonymouys

    down with mccain

    August 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Brando

    The Democratic Party NEEDS a MAJOR! OVERHAUL!. Forget about 2008 (Barack’s gonna fell short, i.e no 270 EV for him come Nov.). So start thinking about 2012. You got 4 yrs. You’ve! been! warned!.

    August 25, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. anyway

    You go Vice President Biden!!!!!!!!!!. We love you. Hit em hard, hit em often, and make it hurt. OBAMA/BIDEN08.

    August 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Larisa, Chicago IL

    I am happy about this choice. Shows that Obama is thinking of the way to govern the country, not just to win the election. Good for him.

    It's beyond me how Hillary and her "supporters" can put their own ambitions, emotions etc. ahead of the good of the country. She should have stopped all this wining right after the end of the primaries. I respected her very much, and frankly, voted for her in February primaries, but with every day from April when her campaign started all these dirty tricks, and especially after primaries were over, I just can't understand. They are willing to cross out our future to justify their ambitions?!

    August 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. John Smith

    Please stop deleting my comments, after they have been posted; thank you very much for your understanding:

    As I grow older, now in my 60's here are some things that I have learned:

    1. The Democrats have low IQ levels when in comes to politics; the Republicans have very high IQ levels in the area of politics.

    2. Democrats are emotional (kind of sissy-like); the Republicans are emotionally-stable, determined, and have a clear goal–TO WIN!!

    3. The Democrats worship their candidates (the person), the Republicans are very faithful about the party, not the candidate (even when such a candidate is dumb or senile, he or she will get their support).

    4. The Republicans are great at running campaigns, but terrible at running a large nation such as the U.S.

    5. The Democrats love to lose (losers); the Republicans love to win at all cost, no matter the means!

    6. The Independents are the true Genuises; only they can rescue the "wimpy" Democrats from the hungry-politically smart Republicans!

    So, this is the last and best opportunity the Dems will ever have, for the next 20 years, to regain the White House. Let us watch them screw it up again because of their goddess!

    August 25, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Souza

    Biden is not what Obama promised about change. 35 years in the system says that. Maybe the change Obama is talking about is how often he changes his mind.
    Voted for FISA
    Off Shore Drilling
    list goes on.
    Obama is to weak and ego to big to have Hillary (She is better off without him) as V.P.
    He would have had a for sure win with Hillary now we have another white guy with a big mouth.

    August 25, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Sacto Joe

    Senator Biden and Senator Obama are an AWESOME tag team! They are going to ROCK!

    August 25, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Zan

    A commentator put it very well a few nights ago. Senator Obama should look Hillary Clinton squarely in the face and tell her to STOP and then walk away.

    Hillary's childish supporters act as if she was entitled to some type of special treatment and consideration. I am so thankful Sen. Obama did not select her as is VP. He did not need her anywhere near him. Bad things happen to people too close to H&B Clinton.

    She lost! She ran a poor campaign and she blew millions of $'s. If I was one of her supporters, I would ask for a refund of my money considering how poorly she mismanaged it. Who in their right mind would want Hillary and Bill Clinton anywhere near the White House again. Both of them are a total disgrace.

    I would rather loose with Obama than to win with that lying crooked woman any day of the week.

    Hillary LOST!!! Obama beat her. And they can just not live with it. I LOVE IT!

    August 25, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. Brian

    ABC, Washington Post, etc. reporting on Hunter Biden's, the Senator's son, murky business/law life.

    August 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Kevin


    Wow, can that man eat! A REAL American!

    August 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Texun

    A good choice, 2nd only to picking Hillary. The PUMAsare really just another RNC concoction. No thinking Democrat or Independent will support McWar.

    August 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Livonia, MI

    Biden is just the jolt of Red Bull the democrats needed. Biden tells it like it is, and doesn't pull any punches. I have to give it to my guy, Barack Obama, I really do admire his new pair of blue boxing gloves. Republicans have been using the pathetic and weak tactics of managing a dirty campaign with negative ads, name-calling, and labelling. Biden is the "right back atcha" Obama needs to fight the lies and deceit from the pitiful McCain campaign. Come on, John, pick Lieberman, we dare ya!

    August 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. McCain is out for the count!

    Biden is awesome! anyone who saw the debates knows how knowledgeable he is, blunt, does not take sides, has tons of respect in Congress on both sides, has headed very impressive committees, stood by civil rights, supported police and firemen, fought against crimes toward women, has a son heading to Iraq, has served this country for nearly 40 years and is a LEADER.
    I would feel more confident with him at the helm, God forbid, than current Bush, Cheney, McCain, Romney (God forbid for sure), etc.

    August 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Ardnuas

    Go after "Exxon John" with everything you got..... you and Obama make an EXELLENT team.

    August 25, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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