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Dominic Lawson writes in The Independent:  Joseph Robinette Biden – known to all as "Joe" – was once the most talked about American politician in Britain. Unfortunately for the senior Delaware Senator, all the talk was accompanied by incredulous laughter.

As part of his Presidential campaign 20 years ago, he lifted verbatim and without attribution Neil Kinnock's celebrated remarks: "Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to a University ... was it because all our predecessors were thick, those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up to play football?"

 

Biden told an audience at an Iowa fairground: "I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden's the first in his family ever to go to University ... is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright... who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football?"

Note the overt claim to spontaneity at the outset of the plagiarism; but it wasn't just that which left his run for the Presidency buried under an avalanche of ridicule. Read more.

Question: Is Joe Biden a liability or an assset? Was he chosen for his experience or to balance the ticket? And given the comments on Sarah Palin, what conclusions could we draw from the VP debate?


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only1opinion wrote:
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Biden has made some "foot in mouth" type statements. He has even been known to be incorrect, possibly untruthful. Should that concern the American people? Probably. Does it seem to have the same effect as Palin's odd, sometimes incoherent answers to questions? No.

I believe that the Obama supporters are looking at Biden as a source of experience with foreign policy that Obama lacks. That is not to say that Obama doesn't have the knowledge, many people believe that he held his own in that area during the debate last week. However, knowledge is not the same as experience.

While Bidens crazy, sometimes untruthful or incorrect, and often ignorant sounding remarks can make people tilt their heads in question, he remains more of an asset, especially in the eyes of people who were looking to round out Obama's knowledge with experience.

As to the upcoming debates... I'm using the DVR to tape them, and then I'll sit down with my husband to watch it together. It will either be interesting and dramatic, or an overall comedy of errors. We'll make popcorn. I have to admit, however, that I'm hoping it'll show a more stable side to both VP candidates. I'd like to have the opportunity to view their good sides, because what we here about most is their foibles. Maybe they'll surprise us all.
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