Saturday, September 13, 2008

Will Obama Ask Biden to Step Down?

Update September 21, 2008 : For more information on this story go to No Biden Rumor: No Obama-Biden Campaign Materials in Obama Offices

The rumor that Joe Biden may step down has begun to spread. In less than four days both vice presidential candidates have made statements indicating that Obama made a big mistake in not choosing Hillary Clinton to be his running mate.

On Wednesday, during a town hall meeting in Nashua, N.H., Joe Biden said that Hillary Clinton “might have been a better pick than me.”

According to Fox news, Biden was responding to an audience member who had criticized Clinton.

Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Lets get that straight,” Biden said in Clinton’s defense.

She’s easily qualified to be vice president … and quite frankly, might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate. I mean that sincerely. She is first rate. So let’s get that straight,” he said.

As reported by ABC news, Spokesman Ben Porritt offered this response from the McCain camp:

Barack Obama’s most important decision of this election, and Biden -- the candidate he selects -- suggests, himself, that he wasn’t the right man for the job, and that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. Biden certainly has a credible viewpoint on this.

During the third and final exclusive interview with ABC’s Charles Gibson, which aired last night on ABC’s “World News,” Gibson asked Sarah Palin about Hillary Clinton.

I saw you quoted somewhere as speaking rather admiringly of Mrs. Clinton, Senator Clinton, during the primary campaign. Do you think Obama should've picked her?

Palin responded:

I think he's regretting not picking her now, I do. What, what determination, and grit, and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way -- she handled those well . . .

According to Chelsea Schilling at WorldNetDaily

“Television pundits, talk radio personalities and blogs have been buzzing with speculation about a last-minute VP switch for the party. . .”

Terry’s Blog speculates:

“Don’t be surprised when in the next several days, Biden steps down as Obama’s VP candidate citing health issues, and Obama names Hillary as his new VP choice. . .”

John R. Houk suggests:

"If the rumor pans out and Biden leaves, then the Hillary political machine will make some very good pot shots: nevertheless a McCain/Palin smart campaign could well overcome Hillary’s pot shots by sticking to a BHO indecisiveness that could only be dealt with if Hillary and BHO switch Offices before the election. . ."

Other bloggers have pointed out that unless Biden leaves because of illness or a family emergency the Obama campaign would never survive the shame of having made such a major mistake.

For more details on the Gibson interview with Palin see the Digital Journal article by Susan Duclos: Palin Tells Gibson She Thinks Obama 'Regretting' Not Picking Hillary Clinton


  1. Barack & Michelle Obama are Scum
    They will never ask biden to step down, not to the public, what they will do , are Pelosi tactics, they will Force Biden to step down, for the good of the campaign, And I do mean FOrce like they forced Hillary,
    Obama will you his Rezko tactic, his strong arming people Then Barack Obama will go on the air, and TV and say it was biden choice the whole time, That is the real Barack Obama

  2. This would be political suicide for the Democrats. You never let your #2 step down, no matter what. Obama is stuck with Biden. It only goes to show you how bad Obama's judgment really is.

    Maybe we can force the issue by constantly carping on it. If that's all the bloggers write about, Obama will have to make a statement about it. Thus forcing him away from what he really wants to talk about (Palin) and putting him on the offensive.

  3. You've got to wonder about Biden. Why on earth would he say this?

    "Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America.

  4. You've got to wonder about Biden. Why on earth would he say this?

    "Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America.

  5. You know that Obama and his deep-pocket Marxist supporters and his in-the-tank "news media" types are thinking that Joe Biden was the wrong choice.

    Were I him, I'd be concerned that if I don't remove myself, then I might get involuntarily removed, perhaps even with covert force.

    That said, for the Dems to ditch him would expose them even more for, with respect to the Keystone Kops, the chaotic gaggle they are.

    For the Dems to keep him helps ensure even more a loss in November.

  6. CKAinRedStateUSA
    I hope you are right!

  7. Does anyone remember the Eagleton controversy in the 72 Election when McGovern had chosen Eagleton as VP and then it was discovered that Eagleton had made some remarks( which became known as the amnesty, abortion and acid label that McGovern was never really able to shake)concerning his running mate and the fact that Eagleton had undergone electroshock for clinical depression? The results were catastrophic for the McGovern campaign and he lost in a landslide even though he picked Kennedy's brother in law as his running mate to replace Eagleton.
    If you also remember McGovern had also made a run in 68 but was found to be too liberal for the Dems back then. Wow, to have some more clear thinking Dems back in charge again. He also was an anti-war candidate. If Obama attempts to dump Biden EVEN for health reasons it would not bode well and could turn into a "72" election.
    Frankly it would again show Obama's lack of ability to make good decisions which the McCain camp could ride like a race horse and would again show that the "change" he talks about is now becoming how often he changes him mind about everything. The farleft would decimate him as well given the fact they worked so hard against Hillary.

  8. Ticker I believe you've got it figured out. So Obama can't dump Biden unless, of course, Biden had to leave for "health" or other pressing matters. The far left is in love with Obama no matter what he does.

  9. Obama is on the ropes,,, he has a up hill battle,
    Looks like Republicans are getting the breaks,,,
    Obama,, is now talking to CNN and msnbc, to have them put the heat on McCain & Palin,
    he not going to have someone who has more experience then him steal his thunder,
    Michelle Obama, is already getting pissed off, she was promised the white house and now its slowly slipping away, from the thier fingers,

  10. It will be Biden asking Obama to leave the ticket when the media finally decides to press Obama about his time at Columbia with his pal Ayers a few blocks the way, who paid his tuition at Columbia and Harvard?

  11. You mean you don't actually know who paid for Obama's education? It is fairly common knowledge but of course not a whisper from the LSM.
    His benefactor is none other than
    Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour a/k/a Donald Warden. Here are some facts I dug up eaisly about al-Mansour

    "He is well known within the black community as a lawyer, an orthodox Muslim, a black nationalist, an author, an international deal-maker, an educator, and an outspoken enemy of Israel."
    Back in 1995 his, “The Lost Books of Africa Rediscovered,” alleged that the United States was plotting genocide against black Americans.

    He was the mentor of Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton and his cohort, Bobby Seale.

    Al-Mansour’s recently videotaped speeches which focus on Muslim themes, and abound with anti-Semitic theories and anti-Israel vitriol.

    At the same time he was raising money for Obama's education he was representing top members of the Saudi Royal family seeking to do business and exert influence in the United States.

    Oh my how easy it is to find out things but the LSM never bothers.

  12. You do realize that the only people who believe "rumors" like this -- actually false stories repeated by right-wing bloggers -- are people who are going to vote for McCain anyway?

  13. Whether it's false or not - it shines a spotlight on a fact that everyone is well aware of. Obama made a mistake in choosing Biden, and the Democratic Powers That Be made a mistake in choosing Obama. Who didn't call this ages ago?

  14. The Biden Prediction:
    September 8th, 2008 This site is being formed on the basis of my observation of the 2008 Vice Presidential race so far.
    Since Senator McCain’s selection of Governor Palin as his running mate, the Democratic Party has realized they have a big problem. The conservative base has been energized. Large sections of voter demographics will vote for McCain because of Governor Palin. She has all of the needed qualifications and very little if any political baggage.

    This brings me to the next area of focus; Barack Obama’s decision to ignore Hillary Clinton for his running mate. This was the biggest misstep he could have made. Biden was the safe choice, the choice that seemed to try and add some experience to the ticket. Barack has no executive or even any demonstrable experience in the senate. He has been running for President for almost the entire time he has been in the senate. Hillary had supporters in droves, 18 million of them. Enough that would have guaranteed a heated race between the two parties, or perhaps a democrat victory. But Barack chose to ignore Hillary and even go so far as to not even have her officially vetted.

    McCain seized on this opportunity and in a brilliant move, selected not only a female running mate, but a running mate that actually excites the party. A running mate that based on resume alone would have been a good choice, regardless of her gender.

    This election is already one for the record books and I think there is still more to come. This is the first time a black man has the nomination of his party for the election. This is the first time a republican woman has the nomination of her party.

    And finally:

    This election will go down in history as the first election where BOTH parties have female Vice Presidential candidates. Yes you heard that right; both parties will have females running for the VP position.

    Hillary will be tapped for the VP position; it’s the only way that Barack has a chance.

    Biden is out, if he doesn’t already realize it, he will soon. How will this happen? That’s the interesting part, there has to be some way for the Obama team and the Democratic Party to save face in this situation and not admit they made a tactical error in selecting Biden. How will it happen? Will Biden be incriminated in some scandal? Will the Democratic Party release this info, or will it be seeded via the news organizations? Or will Biden have some health issue which will force him to back out? Will Hillary’s camp be behind the scandal? Will Biden be able to do anything about it? Will he be given the choice to back out, or will it be force upon him? There is no way to know at this point but this will happen. Hillary will be the Democratic choice for VP in 2008.

  15. "Whether it's false or not - it shines a spotlight on a fact that everyone is well aware of. Obama made a mistake in choosing Biden, and the Democratic Powers That Be made a mistake in choosing Obama. Who didn't call this ages ago?"

    That does not even make sense. A made-up story "shines a spotlight on a fact" even when its not true? That's idiotic.

  16. Idiotic? Perhaps - but that's how the American Public works. (Look at our Presidential choices for an example of idiotic.) Doesn't have to be true to make peoople think about what it means, and whether or not it's a good idea. It won't happen - but it would be brilliant of Obama to ditch Biden for Hill. As a matter of fact - it would win the race for him. That's exactly why I think it won't happen.

    Also - generally name calling is the result of not liking a comment but not having a good rebuttal. It only validates me. Thank you. :)