Biden: 'I'm a good vice president'
September 17th, 2012
06:50 PM ET
8 years ago

Biden: 'I'm a good vice president'

Muscatine, Iowa (CNN) - At a brief stop in Iowa on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden jokingly graded his own political success this way: he failed as a presidential candidate but has succeeded as vice president.

Biden's comments came during a stop at a farmer's market and restaurant in Muscatine, Iowa, ahead of an afternoon campaign rally.

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As the vice president ate a bowl of soup, with a slice of coconut cream pie standing by, he told a group of four elderly women seated with him: "There's only a few people, including Iowans, who've been in all 99 counties. I'm one of them. All you got to do is run for president, you'll be in all 99 counties."

Biden continued: "You know what, on the way on the plane - show you how effective I am - my political guy said, 'I went back and got your schedule for just the last time around.' When I was trying to get the nomination I spent 120 days in Iowa. You saw how effective I am. I mean."

"But I'm a good vice president," Biden added with a laugh.

The vice president also managed to take a mild swipe at the man who would like his job.

As Biden ate his soup, he said: "I'd like you to know that you can let the congressman [know] I'm eating Wisconsin cheese soup" - a clear reference to Mitt Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Biden added: "That's what I was told. They said Wisconsin cheese. It's good."

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Get Real

    Here is my comedy for the day.

    September 18, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Uh...sure Joe...if you say so.

    September 18, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Babyboomer

    VP Biden is right. He has been a good VP. Advising the President on foreign affairs, supervising TARP and many other issues. I like him and I think President Obama made a good choice in Joe Biden.

    September 18, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Keeping it Real

    Perhaps if Joe says it enough times, even he will think it's true. Bumbling stumbling Joe Biden has got to be one of the worst VP selections in history.

    September 18, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. gt

    poor ole uncle joe....everybody knows your a joke ....... just keeping talking like a foul mouth, uneducated fool....its scarey if anything would happen to obama...

    September 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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