September 3rd, 2008
12:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Biden: 'Barack has real experience'


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Biden has been on the road defending Obama's record."]

(CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden on Wednesday defended criticism of running mate Barack Obama’s Senate record while campaigning in the crucial battleground state of Florida.

“Barack has real experience,” the Democratic VP candidate said. “This guy could have written his ticket to go anywhere. Anywhere at all.”

Biden was speaking at a campaign event focused on the economy in Fort Myers, Florida and discuessed Obama’s stance on the war in Iraq, his work on ethics reform in the Senate, and his proposals on solving the energy crisis. Biden also explicitly dismissed Senator John McCain’s experience in the Senate.

“30 years of bad experience ain’t worthwhile experience,” he said. “You’re not going to take your car—you’re not going to take your car back to a mechanic who for 30 years in a row has screwed it up.”

Biden himself has spent 36 years in the Senate. McCain has worked in Congress since 1982, serving in the Senate since 1987.

Biden was specifically responding to comments McCain aide Rick Davis made to The Washington Post earlier this week when he predicted that this election will come down to each candidates' personas.

"This election is not about issues," Davis said to The Post. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

Biden sharply criticized that statement, citing the country's economic woes.

“Not about issues?” Biden said. “Well, let me tell you, that means to them this election is not about you being able to scrape up the tuition money to send your kid off to college this September. It's not about whether or not you're going to fill up your gas tank.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain
soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Ex Republ

    She's married to a terroist/anti america/alaska first/ you name it, and she was a beauty queen, dirt bike owner, univ of idaho, sports caster, small town mayor and just became gov of alsaka (helpgin eskimos)...what the hell... he went to columbia, harvard and taught at the univ of chicago, community organizer, state senator, federal enantor, voted, confirmed nominated to be president by over 18million votes, and this is a comparison!!! You can justify all you want but the american people will never buy palin, that is anyone with a brain in their little heads....

    September 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. LT for Obama


    Do your research. Biden originally was not going to take the senate seat when his family was devastated. It took a lot of convincing for him to do it and even then chose to take the oath at the hospital while at the side of his sons.

    The hypocrisy is that your candidate seems to think that us women are too stupid to think for ourselves and research this woman that we have never heard of. I immediately did a google search and came up with all kinds of stuff on her, most of which is now out but there are still other issues that noone is talking about yet.

    September 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Ken

    anyone that thinks that Obama has what it takes to be President, is totally incorrect.

    Obama started his own down fall the moment that he chose Biden to be his VP instead of Hillary Clinton, which would have given him a slam dunk against McCain. Now McCain/Palin is going to win in November and McCain will be our next President.

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter that is going to vote for McCain/Palin and then in 2012 will vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Obama is totally wrong for this country and all of the blind supporters of his are only following the "Pied Piper".

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Joan

    OK, think about this. If Obama elected, Obama+Biden will lead the country. If Mccain elected, only Palin might do. Huh?

    September 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Cricket

    Brad, you obviously don't know anything about Sen. Biden's entering the senate after his wife & dau. were killed. There is absolutely no comparison between he & Palin and their situations. Learn all the facts before you speak.


    My last comment didn't get posted I HOPE THIS ONE DOES!!

    September 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Nija

    To whom much is given much is expected. Bush has trashed this country and I do not think history will forgive him. And he has the guts to tell me that McCain/Palin are good for the American poeple. We have lost our morals.

    September 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Dennis

    I am not a Democrat nor am I a Republican I vote for who I feel will best lead our country. Our country is not in the position it's in because of George Bush or because of Bill Clinton our country is in trouble because of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress. The President is but one person, Congress is many, many who are to do our business, the PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. CONGRESS HAS FAILED US MISERABLY. IF WE ALL WANT CHANGE THEN CHANGE CONGRESS, REPLACE THE OLD DO NOTHING GUARD WETHER DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN WITH NEW DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, NEW REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS WHO WILL FINALLY DO OUR WORK!!! DECIDING WHO WILL BE PRESIDENT IS VERY IMPORTANT BUT THE REAL POWER IS IN CONGRESS IF WE FIX CONGRESS WE FIX AMERICA!!!

    September 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Tyrone Brown

    As a Proud Obamacrat I will continue to do my small (but important) part to fight for the Obama/Biden ticket. I have "faith" in the American people to make the right decision on November 4th, holding the Republican Party accountable for its consistent failures, by electing Barack Obama as our 44th President of the United States.

    Yes! We! Can!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Angel Rivera Jr

    Biden is right about that statement. That McCain Aide is the one who is really out of touch with the American people saying something like that to the Washington Post. The Economy is the top issue.

    "Obama 08 enough said"

    September 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Big Town

    America is not all about Chicago type 100K population cities, but there are smaller places all over where "bitter" Americans live.

    Someone tell Biden and Obama the facts.
    There guys are outtta touch.

    September 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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