Biden in Delaware for debate prep
October 8th, 2012
01:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden in Delaware for debate prep

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is currently in Wilmington, Delaware prepping for the vice presidential debate Thursday. However, the Obama campaign does not expect Biden, a former senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to make up for the president's showing in the first presidential debate, according to multiple Democratic sources.

While Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod is on hand in Delaware, sources told CNN his presence is not a reaction to the president's weak showing at the Denver debate and that Axelrod was previously scheduled to attend. The vice president's preparations are being run by his former chief of staff Ron Klain, who is in charge of the president's prep as well.

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Biden started his debate practice Sunday and will continue through Wednesday for a total of four days of prep, according to an administration official.

Political watchers are increasingly focused on Thursday's vice presidential showdown following Obama's lackluster performance last week against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The debate is the next of three more matchups in the presidential campaign. The vice presidential running mates meet this week and the presidential candidates debate again the two following weeks.

In last week's debate, senior Democrats said the president and his team were not expecting Romney to direct his message to political moderates. This surprise, they said, contributed to his performance.

Members of the president's team said Romney's statements during the debate about defunding PBS and Big Bird left an opening on which the president could seize. Obama has since targeted the GOP candidate over the remarks during campaign stops.

As the first presidential debate ended, senior surrogates for the Obama campaign were noticeably absent from the "spin room" where both sides attempt to put the best face on their candidate's performance. Representatives for Romney had the assembled media pretty much to themselves for the first ten minutes post-debate.

At the time, Axelrod was one of at least a half dozen people on a conference call that started as the first presidential debate ended Thursday night, according to an administration official. Axelrod, along with White House senior adviser David Plouffe, campaign manager Jim Messina, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer, deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and former White House communications director Anita Dunn participated in the call, which may have contributed to the Democrats' delay.

- CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Thunderbolt

    Its funny to hear liberals talk about Romney telling lies, when Obama has done nothing but lie since he started to run for President four years ago. I also find that the study that Obama said proved that Romney's tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class to be proven false by the professor who did the study. Ouch, how do you have a come back after being proven a liar. Same thing with the lady who is overseeing Obama's campaign. She got busted for lying also. By the way, its on video if you care to watch. Now its Biden's turn. I look for Ryan to prove his case with numbers and facts. I look for Biden to lie and distort. It seems thats all they have. I hope Biden takes an oxygen mask or it will be a long night for the is such a phoney. Oh wait, it was the President's anniversary, he was, Romney flip flopped so much the President was speechless.........thats funny right there........seriously, you mean to tell me you want four more years of this bologna. You couldn't give me enough entitlements to watch these clowns for another four years. Next thing will be a reality show named the white House cronicals. I guess Obama missed his calling in show sad in a funny sort of way......

    October 8, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. gt

    uncle joe...the jokes on foul langage in front of the country...made you look stupid... and embarrassed the president and america..with your big _ _ _ _ _ _ deal of a statement...

    October 8, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Thunderbolt

    These people are up to their eyeballs with distortion and lies. No wonder Obama had that deer in the headlight look during the debates. Romney was talking policy and Obama couldn't find a place between the facts and numbers to distort the facts without being called out so he got schooled for ninety minutes.............I guess he felt that they had destroyed Romney's character, and he didn't stand a chance against the rumor machine called mainstream media.........think again!.....Romney and Ryan talking policy, facts, and numbers and Obama, Axlerod and that lying campaign manager of his, are still attacking Romney's character. I find that odd considering Obama has lied every time he has opened his mouth, and has been proven so. It was a lie told on me by a conservative group, then the video pops up with her saying what she is denying....................priceless....maybe? But I for one would like to see it cost them the election. We all know politicians lie, but nobody can compare to Obama, liar and chief.....

    October 8, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. CBR

    With Joe Biden what you see is what you get. He does say things that make you raise your eyebrows. He is more liberal than most of us but his hears is always in the right place. His support of the military is strong. He mentions them often and is supportive of our military.

    Joe is one of the few who lives on his salary. Jill Biden has been a big asset as she and the First Lady are advocates for the military and their families. Joe may make you scratch your head at times. but he is who he is. People come first and the people of Delaware know that. He does not try to be more important than he is. I would much prefer someone who cares about all the people than a man who cares about the more wealthy people.

    October 8, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Valar Morghulis

    Deer in the headlights or not, Obama is the president of the United States. He should have been prepared. Obama did not have to hit it out of the park, but he certainly had an obligation to defend his candidacy.

    October 8, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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