Biden – a risky choice

Obama’s running mate has been chosen, and it weakens a weak candidate. Joe Biden was supposed to bring strengthen the ticket, but instead he threatens to only expose Obama as not ready for prime time.

Yes, Biden brings experience in the Senate, showing how little experience Obama has. Biden is well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues, and voted for the Iraq war. This highlights how little Obama knows about National Defense. All Biden offers is that he’s from the east coast, and he’s an old white guy (not a woman).

But what else does he bring? According to the AP, Biden is a native of Scranton, Pa., has working-class roots that could benefit Obama, who lost the blue-collar vote to Clinton during their competition for the presidential nomination.”

He also has his negatives. Imagine the ads reminding us of an August 2007 ABC interview where Biden said he would stand by an earlier statement that Obama was not ready to serve as president.

Then, when Biden dropped out of his own 2008 candidacy after a poor finish in the Iowa caucuses, he talked dismissively of joining someone else’s ticket.

“I am not running for vice president,” he said in a Fox interview. “I would not accept it if anyone offered it to me. The fact of the matter is I’d rather stay as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee than be vice president.”

And we will surely be reminded that he had to leave an earlier Presidential race in 1988 “when he was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock.” In this race, he started off by describing Obama as “clean.” Is Biden NOT clean?

I’m not sure what value Biden adds to the campaign, except to make McCain looking like a real candidate.

research source: AP

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