October 11th, 2012
11:17 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: 'could not be prouder' of Biden debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called Vice President Joe Biden shortly after Thursday's vice presidential debate, and told reporters that he "could not be prouder" of his running mate.

"I'm going to make a special point of saying I thought Joe Biden was terrific," he told reporters after Air Force One landed near Washington. "I could not be prouder of him. I thought he made a very strong case. And you know I really think that his passion for making sure that the economy grows for the middle class came through so I'm really proud of him."

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It is highly unusual for Obama to approach reporters in this fashion after deplaning.

Obama also posted a tweet to his official Twitter feed after the debate.

"Tonight proved once again that you won't find a better and more tireless advocate for the middle class than @JoeBiden. -bo #TeamJoe," he wrote.

Obama was to watch at least part of the debate while flying back from Florida, where he held an earlier campaign fundraiser in Miami.

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soundoff (280 Responses)
  1. jeff tartt

    And this is the man who would take over as President? are you kidding me? Disrespectful,worthless VP.How could anyone in their right mind vote for Obama and Biden?

    October 11, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. EtchaSketch

    Biden called out Paul Ryan the lier ... Now POTUS please stand up

    October 11, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  3. ML Beach

    What are ya'll smokin? Wow – Biden was rude, interruptive and calcitrent. Sorry folks they just posted the results are for Ryan.

    October 12, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  4. TheTraveler

    Joe Biden did a credible job and I though he came across in a genuine way. Heck, I was laughing at some of Ryan's "stumbles" and his lack of specifics myself ...

    October 12, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  5. Joe Plumber

    One crooked politician congrats a other distrustful crooked politician. How lovely from the one called obama that used underhand tactics to win.

    October 12, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. Marty, FL

    Vice President Biden did an awesome job, bringing accountability and real substance to the debate that matters to America.

    Obama/Biden 2012...hands down

    October 12, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. SeriousBlack

    Ryan was quite thirsty tonite considering he's such a health nut. Joe..Joey..you made me darn proud! Man v. Boy!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 12, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. janell

    Paul Ryan won the debate. Biden won the presidency for Romney. The smirks didn't work!

    October 12, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  9. vVv

    When you can't win on performance and facts, then bully and intimidate... The Marxist playbook, by any means necessary.

    October 12, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. Robert Dahlquist

    Reply to James Rogers: You apparently did not watch the debate last week between Gov. Romney and President Obana. You thus didn't see how often Mr. Romney interrupted, talked over, and attempted to hijack the debate. I thought his (Romney's) behaviour was boorish and abrasive. As did a great many of the viewers.

    October 12, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. TomWI

    I agree 100% with President Obama that he was polite. I agree with this approach, that is what I want from my President, to stay cool. However no doubt that is why it is perceived as if he lost the first debate by many, who fail to look beyond delivery to the content of what was being said... Now Biden gave it to Lyin-Ryan the good old Irish way, and boy-o-boy, Lyin-Ryan lost it big time! He in turn would have had to show us some content, and there was none!

    October 12, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. Jan

    Biden is the VP I want on my side!

    October 12, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. Mangro

    Obamma proud of him? I guess he thugged it up just enough for him.

    October 12, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  14. Lorenzo

    The Office of the President does not assign U.S. Marines OR other military personnel overseas or stateside-nor does it assign anbassadors. The process involves Pentagon decisions for military and nominations/confirmations-senatorial and appointments. Some folks just don't have a clue how Washington really works...get a clue people!

    October 12, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  15. Nini

    People of course Biden won tonight debate, and with facts and the true

    October 12, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  16. sybil

    Biden has no class and he absolutely managed to prove it. His continuous obnoxious, condescending rude behavior was only overwhelmed by his inability to respond in an "adult" fashion with facts.
    You can laugh all you want Biden, but in the end your inept Administration will be recognized for the fact that they blatantly and as far as I am concerned, intentionally ignored any warnings that there could be a terrorist attack and continued the charade of suggesting that it was because of a "film." What happened in Libya was disgusting and you and President Obama should be charged with ignorance and voted out of office.
    IT was 911 and EVEN if there were NOT any rumors of an attack you INCREASE SECURITY in any Middle Eastern American Embassy simple because it was 9/11/2012.
    Here's the deal Biden, WE NEED REAL JOBS!!!! Not $7.50 an hour seasonal jobs that will be laid off after the New Year.
    Wake up PEOPLE!!!
    WE NEED JOBS!!! And the Obama Administration is not capable of creating Economic Recovery.
    For an entry level job, at $8.00 an hour, I had 100 applicants apply, in which 50% or maybe more had college degrees and could not find a job in the field that they received their degree so they are fighting for an entry level job if they can get it. That is very very sad. Time for a change, and I don't mean pocket change. I already have enough pocket change now I need real "change."

    October 12, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. mat

    Paul Ryan did a great job tonight!!
    Biden was arrogant, irritating and annoying!!!

    Ryan was presedential whereas biden was pathetic! !!

    October 12, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  18. CJ

    If the debate was a show about being brutish and rude, then Biden won. If it was about facts and decorum, then Ryan won.

    October 12, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. farmwife1972

    It is time for Romney and Ryan to just go away!!!!!!!!! No woman should vote for them!

    October 12, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. maria gonzalez rodriguez

    Joe looked absolutely rediculous. What was he on? Joe looked like he had just had a smoke of who knows what. At times he looked like he could not control himself. He looked like a true idiot. Mr. Ryan was absolutely amazing! He was articulate, professional, respectful, and pleasing to the eye. Another win for the Republicans.

    October 12, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  21. Wayne

    Who in their right mind would vote Romney now.
    More troops in Afghanistan. War with Syria. Overturn Roe v. Wade??

    October 12, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. tammyk tammy

    ..... and the polls once again will sssswwwwiiiiiiinnnggg to the left!!! Great job by Biden who did us proud. Obama/Biden 2012

    October 12, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  23. Namecoley

    Polls look like they trying to give the country to the white wealthy people and let the 47% of supposedly black middle class starve

    October 12, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. David

    Way to go, Joe. You really took Paul to task. Now if the POTUS learns any lessons from this, it is not to be "Mr. Nice Guy" when battling ROMNO.

    October 12, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. Mary1972

    Biden won! Obama-Biden 2012

    October 12, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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