June 14th, 2009
10:51 AM ET
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Biden expresses 'doubts' about Iranian election

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(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden expressed doubts Sunday about the validity of Iran's presidential election, but said it will take more time to analyze the results.

"I have doubts, but withhold comment," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

The Iranian government announced that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Friday's election with 62.63 percent of the vote. The result sparked protests by supporters of his main rival, Mir Hossein Moussavi, who claim the vote was rigged.

Biden said the Iranian government has suppressed crowds and limited free speech by shutting down social networking sites such as Facebook, which he said raised questions. He also called the strong showing by Ahmadinejad "unlikely," based on pre-election analysis.

"Is this the response, is this the accurate response, is this the wish of the Iranian people?" Biden said.

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  1. Steve

    Ummm, and if you knew your history, TMckinley, you would know what a huge part the french played in our liberation, moron, as well as a host of other countries that were not on favorable terms with Britain (not an uncommon occurrence for the times). We werent alone in our fight for liberty, look it up if you are that ignorant of our history.

    Next time maybe you should study a little more before claiming we are so mighty as to have never had assistance with our own fights.

    Also, I NEVER said anything about spreading democracy or invading other countries, nor did I mention ANYTHING regarding us interfering in Irans issues....you should try to improve your reading comprehension a little, it would help you a lot.

    June 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Mike O'Brien

    Joe and the American people.., I would 'not' trust President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his 'cronies or henchman' for one minute. They would take off your head or hang you in a second. Beware of this group.., including North Korea. Mike Montana

    June 14, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    @Ray from Nashville
    Oh, I love the posting here about how Democrats always seem to come up with more votes in recounts. I guess these people choose not to remember the 2000 and 2004 elections. lol

    1) the Republicans pressed and pressed for recounts TO BE STOPPED... until finally the republican appointed supremes did it.

    2) there WERE no recounts in 2004....

    so in FACTUAL terms of 2000 and 2004, its not that YOU choose not to remember, but that YOU NEVER EVEN KNEW...


    June 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Dawn in Pa

    @ Dennis, you got that right... We are the last ones to complain about stolen elections... and then hearing about ACORN.... to anyone who knows this this was a legit organization, but it was over zealous people working for them.... when I signed up to vote, I got the application at the Post Office, my daughter signed up at the PENNDOT. This is the right way....

    Have a great Sunday.....

    June 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Ravi

    Kirk wrote:

    "...we live in a democracy"

    Nope, we live in a Federal Republic, or a federation of sovereign States. The Founders rejected democracy, because they knew that democracy (majority mob rule) is incompatible with 'liberty and justice for all'. They understood that in a democracy, government would represent the majority and ONLY the majority. In a republic, government represents a compromise between many ideologies.

    It's also why the made us a federation of States, rather than a single, unitary nation... one sizes fits all government just doesn't work in a country this size. The electoral college protects all Americans (Midwesterners, Southerners, etc) from tyranny of the coastal and urban masses in a presidential election. By the way, I voted for Gore, Kerry, and Obama; I was disappointed with 2000, but I would never say that the election was stolen or 'illegitimate'.

    "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to eat" – Ben Franklin

    June 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Thomas

    I was shocked when Ahmadinejad was reelected. But then I was shocked when we reelected bush.

    Sometimes the voters do strange things in stressful times.

    June 14, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. cramit


    Well put, atleast someone knows how our country is SUPPOSE to work , It's ignorance that allows most of the comments on these pages to seem legit

    June 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. kiana

    of course the election was rigged! Too bad they can't have a recount over there. At least if that happened it wouldn't last 7 months!

    June 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Ron - St. Louis

    Perhaps Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and George W Bush have the same political team...

    Despite our differences with Iran, it would be my opinion that it was a rigged election. Ahmadinejad opponet was well placed and extremely popular so when someone wins in a four way race with 63 percent of the vote, that is mathematically unrealistic. I would venture to guess that if the ballots were correctly counted, it would be extremely close with no person receiving 50 percent plus 1 and forcing a run off next Friday by the two leading candidates.

    How sad for Iran. There are many good people and the youth turnout was tremendous. To silence their voices will ripple through generations.

    June 14, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    Joe, what kind of doubts do you have? You and Barack cannot take a stand on it. Either you are with Ahmednejad or you are agianst Ahmedinejad. You cannot be in between. This is the foreign policy of our new administration. Lack of experience, lack of judgment. Our country is in big danger.

    June 14, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. makesUwonder

    Did someone send ACORN over there to show them how to rig an election?

    June 14, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. james

    Dan, TX
    Why do we have to be either with Ahmadinejad or against him? There is an ocean in between that we should sail in. Of course, we don't stand by the results or accept this sham as democracy. It doesn't mean we have to intimidate them further.
    Whatever happened to letting a country determine it's course? Perhaps we could offer up encouragement to those that oppose him. Maybe they are the best catalyst for change in that country.

    June 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Susie

    Funny how we are all outraged about a rigged election in Iran, and yet we let one happen right here in 2000.

    June 14, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Susie

    "@ Hunter June 14th, 2009 11:06 am ET

    All the States and major cities in the country that are in the worse shape with debt and crime, are all run by Democrats. This whole country is going to be turned into one giant Chicago because of a bunch people who don't work (but do vote) sitting around with their hand out wanting something for nothing !!"

    Really? How about Alaska, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and California? And please stop with the lazy Liberals references. Most of us work, own our homes and cars, have an education, and have never been on welfare in our lives. I really don't think Democrats have the upper hand when it comes to homelessness, being overextended financially, buying a home beyond our means, or being on unemployment in the current climate. In fact, my guess is that if there is a study, it would show that Democrats are better educated, and thus more likely to be working and paying taxes. Just a guess.

    June 14, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Chuck


    Susie – Thanks for representing the typical numbskull from the left. I was waiting for someone to make the comparison between the two and you were the winner.

    How funny it will now be to here President Obama talking 'tough' about Iran now. Anyone with a brain – which I thought the President had – before this election had Iran figured out. No he looks like a fool. And those of you who supported open dialogue with this buffoon look like fools too – which most democrats are anyways. Israel has them figured out. Let's just sit back now and watch the action.

    June 14, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. yuri

    Precisely our opinons, too, Joe! We could not agree with you more. The malevolent Mahmoud Ahmedinajad has dictatorial directions, planned in his mind, for his people, and Before long, he may be a marked man or a sittin' duck for target practice of a future potential assassin form his own citizens! Beware MA! Do not gloat too much.

    June 14, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Biden is right about his doubts on the Iranian "election"! The fix was in even before one ballot was cast. Besides the "president is only the mouthpiece for the Supreme Council"...The ruling Mullahs.

    The Mullahs and the military really run the country, but behind the scenes, and the president is a puppet. But overall the election was quite a fraud and fixed!!

    June 14, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Where was Jimmy Carter? Why wasn't he monitoring this election? Probably too busy advising Barac k Obama on how to hack off the Israelis. Thank God that tool is out of sight this day.

    June 14, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. C.Thompson

    Lots of name calling and blaming, but so far nothing I have read gives any solutions, or intelligent comment. Stop the anger and start with some solutions, and ideas, we don't need a history lesson, we need action. Restart the draft! Give everyone a chance to understand what war is really all about.

    June 14, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. David W

    Dan, TX,

    It's pretty obvious that experience is shown by those who wait for confirmations and official word on what happened before taking sides. Kinda like Palin quickly telling Sen. Stevens to step down in Alaska then he was found innoccent. Experienced? no. Dumb? yes. Obviously they doubt the validity of results, but they can't jump to fast to disrupt international diplomatic negotiations to please Dan from Texas.

    June 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. skyhawkdriver

    To ari,seattle sue and carol myers..first of all I am not a right wing warmonger..like my parents and grand parents I am a southern conservitive democrat..is it because I served my country in a far away land that I am a warmonger??..or is it because you have sat on your big can and let others do your dirty work for you??..if you take a glance at my screen name ari you will perhaps understand that I probably know a little more about what the israelis will need to do..sort of like what it takes to get from here to there and back..yes israel will deal with iran before this administration will realize what has happened..and maybe the current administration will actually start paying attention to north korea

    June 14, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. AR Guy

    Dan, TX is expressing an old Bush uneducated view of "you're either with us or against us" mentality and this needs to stop. I imagine you want Obama to come out and say the election was a sham and not valid? What if it was? Then Obama would look like an idiot and distance him from Iran even more. This is where Bush messed up with Iraq, blaming them for something they didn't do. Thank God we have a smarter president!

    June 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Jenn, Philadelphia

    I'm just impressed that Biden said he was "withholding comment". That's got to be real difficult for him.

    June 14, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Matt, Canoga Park

    Hey Simple Joe one thing you might want to learn is this. If you demand people have an election then you need to accept the vote that comes out. It may not be in your favor but it does not mean it was not fair. No more fair than how you got elected I might say. But that is another issue about Obama's lack of transparency and source of funding.

    The slightly worse guy than the other guy who is just as evil won the election of a country in which they have no real power. Since they don't elect the Moula's and they are the ones in control stop picking a fight with people and making a issue out of nothing.

    June 14, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. JonDie

    But what if Iranians really did choose to elect Ahmadinejad?

    No one in the Obama government has dropped Iran from the list of countries we HYPOCRITICALLY say make up the "axis of evil."

    And the US media ALWAYS acts like an arm of the US government on foreign policy.

    NOTHING we read in any of the mainstream media source has ANY credibility when it comes to other countries.

    June 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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