August 2nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

This day in Ticker history: Biden campaign calls Obama 'Johnny-come-lately'

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on August 2, 2007.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A few hours after Sen. Barack Obama unveiled his plan to combat terrorism worldwide on Wednesday, Sen. Joe Biden's campaign criticized him for saying too little, too late.

“We find it a little disingenuous that Sen. Obama is hailing this as a new bold initiative when he has neglected to join his colleagues in the Senate when the opportunities have been there to redirect our forces into Afghanistan,” Biden's campaign manager, Luis Navarro, said in a statement. “It’s good to see Sen. Obama has finally arrived at the right position, but this can hardly be considered bold leadership.”

In a press release, Biden's campaign called Obama's speech a "Johnny-come-lately position." The release stated that Biden has "already initiated or accomplished" most of the propositions listed in Obama's speech. Biden’s campaign also said Obama didn't ask tough enough questions during a Senate Foreign Relations hearing on the troop surge in Iraq.

"While we respect Senator Biden’s very long career in Washington, it’s no surprise that Obama’s bold, new vision to take on terrorists has shaken up the status quo in our nation’s capitol," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Angus McDugan

    This makes Biden look like a genus. I hope Americans have learned that just because someone looks cool doesn't mean that a community organizer is well suited to be the President of the United States of America.

    August 2, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Shawn-Ga

    That is just plane funny...

    August 2, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The most scary thing that America has to worry about is the possibility of Biden taking control of the white house .

    August 2, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. DENNA

    Ah. Joe's alright. He was was wrong, but President Obama hired him anyway. LOL I know the President's detractors will be foaming at the mouth to comment on this story. Have at it. The rest of us are very happy with how the president is handling the mess he inherited. You'd be happy too if you could let go of the hate.

    August 2, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah... this is not blatantly partisan AT ALL.

    August 2, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Hannah

    This is history. Biden was running for president. Why is this in the news today. God, I hope they run every ad that McCain and Hayward run when they are running against our soon to be Democratic Senator from Arizona Rodney Glassman.

    August 2, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. PJ States

    Obama was and remains a johnny-come-lately and know-nothing AKer who is finding all that sweet AKing doesn't work for long in the real world of international power and political power at home as well.

    August 2, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. all of America

    It's time for obama to resign,now !!!

    August 2, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. snow

    I guess obamma used up his "bold leadership" up in the campaign because he does not have any since being stupidly elected to be in the White House.

    August 2, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Independent Boston, Massachusetts

    Nothing much has changed for Biden and Obama; both continue to spout hot air and alk nonsensical politicis.

    August 2, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nice one CNN, keep the "Party (GobP" going!


    August 2, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Naqib

    “We find it a little disingenuous that Sen. Obama"

    Well... not much has changed here

    August 2, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Ben

    See? Even "Bite Me" Biden could see Obama for what he was even back then. Too bad more of Obama's "followers" can't say the same.

    August 2, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Scott in Atlanta

    It's growing more obvious that there has been a change at the helm of CNN. Now it's political leanings are embarrassingly " Foxyistic ". I guess when only 3 people own all the news organizations, I guess this will happen.

    It's funny how political fortunes changed due to a couple of folks "at the top" feeling a sting in their wallet...

    August 2, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. phoenix86

    It was the one and only time in Biden's political career that he was right. He quickly corrected this and fell into the apeasement camp which now dominates the democratic party.

    August 2, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. XWngLady

    Why is this in the news? Slow news day huh CNN? Trying to stir the proverbial pot a bit are we?

    August 2, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |