Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Biden's gaffes...so far

Joe Biden told Katie Couric, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'look, here's what happened.' "

The stock market crashed Oct. 29, 1929. FDR became president March 4, 1933. According to the Information Please Almanac, FDR made his first television appearance April 30, 1939.

Biden has also been contradicting Obama on key topics. Politico's Mike Allen reports on an Obama interview with erstwhile Couric colleague Matt Lauer of NBC's "Today":

The Democrat attacked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for initially opposing the federal government's intervention to save insurance giant AIG. "I think what has been clear during this entire past 10 days is John McCain has not had clarity and a grasp on the situation," Obama [said]. But Lauer pointed out that Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), had initially said the same thing--on "Today," no less. "I think that in that situation, I think Joe should have waited, as well," Obama said.
Politico's Ben Smith finds video of Biden disagreeing with Obama on energy policy as well:

He was asked by an anti-pollution campaigner about clean coal--a controversial approach in Democratic circles for which Obama has voiced support, particularly during the Kentucky primary. Biden's apparent answer: He supports clean coal for China, but not for the United States. "No coal plants here in America," he said. "Build them, if they're going to build them, over there. Make them clean." "We're not supporting clean coal," he said of himself and Obama. They do, on paper, support clean coal. The answer seems to play into John McCain's case that Obama has been saying "no" to new sources of energy. That ought to be helpful in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Washington Post reports that the Obama campaign has released a statement attributed to Biden "walking back" the criticism of the Obama ad making fun of McCain's disabilities: "Having now reviewed the ad, it is even more clear to me that given the disgraceful tenor of Senator McCain's ads and their persistent falsehoods, his campaign is in no position to criticize," Biden supposedly said.

From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
CASTLEWOOD, VA – Joe Biden took on an even folksier tone than usual as he campaigned in rural southwest Virginia this afternoon. Though his focus was again on economic issues, he deviated from script to talk about an issue not often discussed by the Democrats: guns.

The Delaware senator predicted that Republicans would seek to sway voters by threatening that Obama would take away guns. Biden, claiming to be a gun-owner himself who likes “that little over and under,” called that notion bogus.

“Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don't buy that malarkey,” he said. “If he tries to fool with my Beretta, he's got a problem.”

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