Obama: Biden Can be President on Day One

ImageBarack Obama and Joe Biden gave their first joint interview which will air on 60 Minutes tomorrow night. While Obama went out of his way to say nice things about John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin, he also contrasted her with Biden’s experience and readiness to be commander in chief.

Obama listed three reasons why he chose Biden,” Let me tell you the reason I picked Joe Biden. Number one- he can step in and become president. And I don’t think anybody has any doubt about that. Number two is that if I’m in the room making the kinds of tough decisions that the next president’s going to have to make both on domestic policy and on international policy, then I want the counsel and advice of somebody who’s not going to agree with me a 100 percent of time. In fact, somebody what’s independent enough that can push back and give me different perspectives and make sure that I’m catching any blind spots that I have. And Joe Biden doesn’t bite his tongue. Number three- is somebody who I know in his heart cares about the American people and the American dream, and is willing to fight for them as hard as he can. And Joe Biden fit that bill.”

The Democrat called Palin an up and comer, “Well, I- I don’t know Governor Palin I have not met her before. I had a brief conversation with her- after she was selected to congratulate her and- and wish her luck. But, not too much luck on the campaign trail. And- she seems to have a compelling life story. Obviously, she’s- a fine- mother and- a up and coming public servant.”

He also guessed that she subscribes to McCain’s agenda, “So, it- it’s too early for me to gauge- what kind of running mate she’ll be. My sense is that she subscribes to John McCain’s agenda. And ultimately, this is going to be about where I want to take, the country and where Joe Biden wants to take the country, and where John McCain and his running mate want to take the country.”

It is odd how this race has turned in a day. It is now Obama making the experience argument, while John McCain is trying to sell himself as an agent of change. Hillary Clinton tried to drop the experience argument and become the agent of change, and we all remember how well that worked out. I don’t understand this because McCain had made great progress with the experience argument, so why would he abandon it by selecting Palin?

Republicans can try to avoid the subject, but it is difficult to feel comfortable with a 72 year old man as president, when his running mate is a national political novice. McCain’s choice of running mate did a better job of raising the age and judgment questions than Obama ever could. It is the correct strategy not to attack Palin, but to raise the contrast between her and Joe Biden in terms of experience. I think that John McCain has made Barack Obama’s job a whole lot easier.

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7 Replies to “Obama: Biden Can be President on Day One”

  1. Well, you’d be making a decent case, except that Joe Biden isn’t going to be the top of the ticket, Obama is. Palin may be “a heartbeat away” from the Presidency, but Obama would be President, if elected, not Biden. Every time they criticize Palin’s lack of experience (which is no less “foreign policy” experience than any of the other governors who were elected President), they highlight the fact that Obama no more experience than she does (and many might say less, given that he has been campaigning most of his Senate “career”). Obama is just nervous because he should have been the one to pick the woman veep. Too late now. Guess he shouldn’t have written off all those Hillary supporters after all…

  2. Obama has so much more experience and is a much more known commodity than Palin that it is not even funny. Obama worked on job retraining and setting up college preparatory programs for people in Chicago since the early 1980’s. He wrote a book in the 1990’s. He got into the best law school in America and got the top spot while there. He has been scrutinized in the national spotlight since 2004. He also has served in a law furm, managed a wildly successful voter registration drive in 1992, ran a wildly successful national campaign. Being an executive means putting the right people in the right places and Obama has been doing that off and on since the early 1980’s. Palin has led a town of fewer than 8000 people and been governor of a state with fewer people than Nashville, TN for 2 years. Would McCain put a new mayor of a midsized city on his ticket?!?! Yeah same level of experience … hardly.

    Palin has as much elected experience as Obama, but her views have not been tested, her mind has not been tested and her organizational skills have not been tested as much as Obama. As far as I know she never thought through her views and written them out before becoming a politician like Reagan did and Obama did. She needs about 5-10 years in the public eye being tested and scrutinized to be as well known of a commodity as Obama.

    What does this say about McCain’s judgment is the bigger question.

  3. Wow, written off the Hillary supporters, you have no idea what you are talking about, and you continue to talk. First, any Hilary supporter that takes a good hard look and what’s her face McChicken’s VP choice will see that she is no Hillary Clinton; in fact he stands off the exact opposite of what Hillary stands for. They lean towards the GOP for a while but as soon as McChicken’s VP opens her month on issues she screwed, and the women who supported Hillary will come back. In addition, no this is not wish full thinking it is already happening as more is learned about McChicken’s non-choice of a VP women are seeing this for what it is GOP Bull Shit. So have fun at the convention oh that’s right no ones going sorry. Jackasses.

  4. Palin:
    She has next to no experience in government. When ask about national security back ground or knowledge regarding foreign affairs the best Ms. McCain could come up with was “she lives right by Russia.” She has only traveled outside the country twice in her life. She belonged (as did her husband “Mr. first Dude”) to a 3rd party which among other things supports allowing Alaska to secede from the United States and feels the only thing wrong with the John Birch Society was it was to liberal! She tried to have a local Librarian fired for not banning books. Used her political office to try to have fired and smear a state trooper who is in a custody battle with her sister. Is being investigated for this and is worried enough about the outcome to have recently “lawyered up.” Currently has pretty messy family issues, recently gave birth to a son with Downs Syndrome and has a 17 year old daughter who is pregnant. Ironically she has fought sex education in the schools and availability of contraception for minors. Believes that for 9 months a woman has no right to control what is happening to her own body and is basically nothing more than a baby container. She does not believe in a women’s right to choose to end a pregnancy, even if she has been raped. Does not believe human pollution has anything to do with global warming (even Bush has had to back down on this one). Is so in bed with big oil she is willing to watch as the polar bear and beluga whales become extinct, rather than slow the possibility of drilling. She would open up one of the last great wilderness on earth to exploitation by oil interests. Laughs when hearing a fellow Republican woman being called a bitch in public (she and the woman had disagreed on several issues) I guess this does make her on par with McCain who thinks it is alright to call your wife a cunt in public. Has an undergraduate degree in Journalism for a small obscure university. She has been repeatedly described as stubborn with a vicious streak – even by family and friends. (nick name Sarah Barracuda) Did fund raising and accepted money from the same sources as Sen. Ted Stevens. Pushed for the “bridge to no where – the flipped when convenient to do so. She has been named Sen. John McCain’s VP selection for the Republican ticket. Sen. McCain is 72 years old and has reoccurring cancer as part of his health history. One can not help but question Mr. McCain’s judgment regarding her selection. He can not keep her far right wing stances under wraps forever…she will not always be speaking the carefully crafted words put into her mouth tonight. He has made a totally political move in his selection…neither Obama or Biden can fire back at her without looking like bullies picking on a sweet hocky mom with a disabled baby! However in making this selection he has placed this nation I love in great danger…if something happens to him we now have a uneducated, stubborn right wing nut case a heart beat away from being our president!!! John what have you done to us??

  5. God forbid, if McCain croaks or if,
    Obama has to take a bullet..(unfortunately
    there is still racism in this country)on our watch…
    I feel absolutely very comfortable
    having Joe Biden to become our president
    than Palin.
    Yes, he not shiny and new or in his 40’s,
    like Obama and Palin,nor does he have the popularity of Hillary, and alas,like every other politician, has had share of mistakes
    and issues, but, his overall experience and
    strengths extremely out weigh his weakness.
    Palin may have a certain appeal for her base;well, good her, but still not good enough for the rest of the country. I don’t care if she considers herself as a pit bull with lipstick,and knows how to not blink.
    That is not the criteria for the good
    of this nation’s domestic, foreign, social,
    and environmental affairs. Plus, she can’t deal with the media…so, how is
    she going to be able deal with the big issues and the big leagues of Washington? Obama made the Right
    And I believe, if it had been Hillary who was the Demo nominee, she would choice Biden for V.P. as well. That is one of the reason why Obama choice him.
    Think about it!

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