September 25th, 2009
11:59 AM ET
10 years ago

Off-script Biden says some Democrats 'turkeys'

Biden says some Democrats are 'turkeys.'

Biden says some Democrats are 'turkeys.'

(CNN) - Joe Biden has campaigned for a lot of Democrats during his lifetime in politics - including a few who are "turkeys," the vice president joked at a Thursday night fundraiser in Virginia.

Attending the fundraising event on behalf of three Democratic House members from Virginia - Reps. Glenn Nye, Gerry Connolly and Tom Perriello - at the home of former Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb, an off-script Biden suggested competence doesn't stretch across the entire Democratic Party.

"These guys are smart, "Biden said of the three Virginia congressmen. "Some of the guys Chuck [Robb] and I have campaigned for are turkeys. Not all Democrats are created equal, while most Republicans are."

Biden went on to say the candidates are "independent minded" and "damn competent," and all share the party's core principles of health care and energy reform.

Nye and Perriello, hailing from the more conservative regions of the once solidly Republican-voting state, are expected to face especially difficult re-election races.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Charles

    Yes, nothing like the RIAA/MPAA tool and King of Foot-In-Mouth implicating the majority of Republicans are stupid. Way to win those independant voters like me who vote on the issues and not along party lines. This guy must be as embarrassing to Obama as Billy was to Jimmy Carter!

    September 25, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    Hes Referring to the Blue Dirty Dogs who call themselves Democrats but really Republicans in disguise.

    September 25, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    You ask for candor and you get it with VP Biden. He is a good man and this country is lucky to have such a leader. The press makes his "gaffs" out of candid and honest comments not because they are mistakes but because the press is shallow and acting like adolescent brats that make fun of anything, everything and nothing just to get attention. Grow up. Show maturity and celebrate Biden's honesty instead of making it something it is not.

    September 25, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Joyce

    If republicans keep talking democrats will win it all.

    September 25, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Torch

    Is anyone out there insuring that Joe takes all of his medications daily?

    September 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. EF

    Joe Biden was obviously referring to people Chuck Robb and he have campaigned for in the past, if you read the remarks in context - not current officeholders.

    Sometimes I fear the relentless nit-picking of every light-hearted, unobjectionable comment by Joe Biden will crush his public persona. That would be a shame since he is authentic, refreshingly honest, and just a stand-up guy.

    On the other hand, I don't think it will happen. He's a strong guy who can brush off pesky nit-pickers much better than I can!

    September 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    If those Democratic candidates face challenging races, Biden could tell them not to run: nobody should make Obama look bad.
    In the next New York gubernatorial race, I shall vote for Patterson if his name is on the ballot. Obama does not appoint govenors of states.

    September 25, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. D. Tree

    It's true. Most Democrats would like to kick guys like Max Baucus (D) and Ben Nelson (D) out of office.

    September 25, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Is CNN suggesting that this is a gaffe??? Not so.

    Biden is absolutely correct about republicans and democrats. Republicans truly believe that they, and all americans are equal, at least under the law, while dems have never really believed in true equality.

    September 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Scott W.

    Dems know they're out in 2010.

    September 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Emmanuel Goldstein

    "an off-script Biden suggested competence doesn't stretch across the entire Democratic Party."

    This is news?

    September 25, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Margie Gosa

    Some Democrats are turkeys. If dems. stood united like republicans do we could get everything fixed that's wrong with this country. Please let the blue-dogs know trhat teh American people want health reform with a public option. Once it gets in place and starts working, all the opposers will be happy with, just like it happened with Medicare!

    September 25, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Ryan in VA

    Ha. He is one of the biggest turkeys of all. We know who the head turkey is.

    September 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Annette

    Well, on script, off script. Some of them are?

    September 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |

    Nice Joe. Republicans must be jumping with joy over Biden’s latest verbal gaffe. Even if Biden is right in his assessment, and he most certainly is — there are plenty of inept people in this world to go around — he should have had the political acumen and restraint to stay mum. Perhaps VP Joe Biden is the head turkey?

    September 25, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Sam I Am

    I wish more politicians were as honest in their comments and assessments as Biden is. The Republican Party disciplines anyone who doesn't echo the party line, leaving little room for actual thoughtful problem solving and conflict resolution. This makes the party have to play to the lowest common denominator, resulting in a unified, but really, really stupid message. The Democrats are like a herd of cats, all headed in different directions, making any sort of party unity, even though they are now the majority, a real challenge. Perhaps a little more Biden-like honesty across the board would start rebuilding trust.

    September 25, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    I apologize, Governor Paterson.

    September 25, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. lou

    It is good that turkeys are finished on Thanksgiving. Hope its a landslide victory in 2010 – but for Independents NOT Repubs or Dems.

    September 25, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Ron

    He's right. Some Democrats lack a spine and in my opinion there would be no difference in a republican filling their seats. If they won't line up behind the Democratic vision then they need to be replaced. If it takes them losing a seat to a Confederate Republican to learn that then so be it.

    September 25, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I don't like my Democratic Senator either. Wish Bill Nelson would switch parties already. He is a true republican.

    September 25, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Old Farmboy

    *** NEWS FLASH *** NEWS FLASH ***

    Washington DC (AP) Pot Calls Kettle Black.

    *** NEWS FLASH *** NEWS FLASH ***

    September 25, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Brad

    True – republcians are created equally smart.

    September 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    He's right – and I appreciate his ability to say so with a sense of humor. Dems have always been a very independent lot – it's one of our greatest strengths.

    Keep up the good work, VP Biden!

    September 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. gENO

    An occasional "turkey" gets elected vice-president of the United States. Not saying who.

    September 25, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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