Sen. Biden's experience makes him right choice

There are 20 comments on the Aug 26, 2008, Baltimore Sun story titled Sen. Biden's experience makes him right choice. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

I applaud Sen. Barack Obama for selecting Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate .

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“Just Gimme the Facts, No Spin”

Since: Jun 08

Vicksburg, MS

#1 Aug 26, 2008
Mr. Clayton,

A few questions: Who exactly has praised Biden's prowess at International affairs? Anybody that is nonpartisan? Just because you serve on the Foreign Relations Committee doesn't make you an expert at International affairs.

How exactly does Biden have "a genuine grasp of what Americans face"? He has been a Senator since 1973 and was a trial lawyer before he was a Senator. Puhlease. His parents might have led a humble life, but Biden certainly has not.

This is not surprising. Too many Americans are way out of touch with reality to understand what is at stake with the election, to make an informed decision on a candidate, and to find more information about the candidates besides what is being spoon fed to us by the media.
Frank

Baltimore, MD

#2 Aug 26, 2008
There's not a senator in Congress that has any clue what ordinary Americans go through on a daily basis.
steveg

Cordova, MD

#3 Aug 26, 2008
The selection of Biden just underscores the fact that this election, for all the hype about Obama being some great new thing who is going to change everything, is just the same old political routine. The Democrats, with their ambition to promote their own power, promise the ignorant masses that big government will solve all their problems. Hopefully, enough voters will see through the fantasy to defeat them, though McCain is certainly no great alternative choice. Maybe he will destroy our economy, security and freedom a little more slowly.
Izzy

Baltimore, MD

#4 Aug 26, 2008
Mr. Biden, during the debates, said that Obama is not ready to be president. So, to the extent that we should trust Biden's experience and judgement, we should not vote for Obama.

Unfortunelty, McCain is hardly any better but for other reasons.

Since: Aug 08

United States

#5 Aug 26, 2008
Barry complains that McCain, having been in Congress for 26 years, represents the status quo. Yet he picks a running mate that's served even longer. What kind of "change and hope" is this?

You'd think The Big O would pick someone who was a bit less gaffe prone than himself. Wrong. You'd think he'd pick someone who didn't, just months before, note that the Obamassiah doesn't have any national or international political experience. Wrong. You'd think he'd pick a VP who hasn't spent a career patting McCain's back. Wrong.

Keep that popcorn popping...
ddbs00

Baltimore, MD

#6 Aug 26, 2008
I'd like to know why Biden is such a great pick for his "experience" that "complements" Obama's shortcomings as a political neophyte on both the national and international scenes, but when Bush chose Cheney in 2000 it was analyzed as only done because Cheney brought "gravitas" to a ticket that was topped by such a supposed political lightweight.

Obama has even less leadership experience -- at any level -- than Bush did when he ran for president then.

The next four years are going to be a disaster no matter who takes over in the White House.

Since: Aug 07

Hampstead, MD

#7 Aug 26, 2008
President of the United States is a unique position in and of itself.

Have you you thirty years in government or be right off the street, there will still be a learning curve based upon your particulare talents and the situations which occur while you are occupying the position.

It is also true that whichever candidate has the more experience will use inexperience as a talking point.

All one can go on as a voter is - as Obama says - judgement. Obama has little to go on, but what he has is impressive, especially considering that his opponent brags about voting with George Bush - who is clearly the worst president in modern (perhaps all of American) history - 95% of the time. That's hardly good judgement.

A guy who calls Obama an appeaser for wanting a troop removal deadline in Iraq and then signs on to exactly that is not someone I want as my president. A guy who wants more tax cuts for the wealthy and only the wealthy is not the right guy, either.

Obama is not the best person for the job - Hillary Clinton is that - but he is clearly miles better than John McCain, and Joe Biden was an outstanding pick.

Despite what some people in here think, you have to have prety good foreign relations knowledge to be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Duh.

Since: Aug 08

United States

#8 Aug 26, 2008
"Despite what some people in here think, you have to have prety good foreign relations knowledge to be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Duh."

No you don't. You only need to have party seniority.
Eric

Columbus, OH

#9 Aug 26, 2008
Fang Guy wrote:
President of the United States is a unique position in and of itself.
Have you you thirty years in government or be right off the street, there will still be a learning curve based upon your particulare talents and the situations which occur while you are occupying the position.
It is also true that whichever candidate has the more experience will use inexperience as a talking point.
All one can go on as a voter is - as Obama says - judgement. Obama has little to go on, but what he has is impressive, especially considering that his opponent brags about voting with George Bush - who is clearly the worst president in modern (perhaps all of American) history - 95% of the time. That's hardly good judgement.
A guy who calls Obama an appeaser for wanting a troop removal deadline in Iraq and then signs on to exactly that is not someone I want as my president. A guy who wants more tax cuts for the wealthy and only the wealthy is not the right guy, either.
Obama is not the best person for the job - Hillary Clinton is that - but he is clearly miles better than John McCain, and Joe Biden was an outstanding pick.
Despite what some people in here think, you have to have prety good foreign relations knowledge to be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Duh.
Wait, who wants tax cuts for only the wealthy? I'm certainly not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, yet when Obama repeals the current tax cuts, the wife and I will be severely hurting.

And could you cite your figures on the 95% in line voting record with Bush. I'd like to see what source you were using to get that data from. Rollin tried the same argument with me and lost based on his criteria, and his source.
NIc

Cherry Hill, NJ

#10 Aug 26, 2008
Well Hill won't be VP..So i am not voting for him!!
And i know i am not alone when i say this!
I don't want Biden as VP...What the hell was he thinking nominating Obama as VP...If he wanted to Alienate the Hill group he sure did...

Since: Aug 08

United States

#11 Aug 26, 2008
"And could you cite your figures on the 95% in line voting record with Bush."

I think the ACU gives Maverick a 95% rating. In the pea little brains of some liberals, that's voting with Bush 95% of the time...
westmonster

Baltimore, MD

#12 Aug 26, 2008
Eric, McCain has voted with Bush over the past year around 95%-this is according to Congressional Quarterly, a highly respected and nonpartisan research journal. Your arrogance had me look up that fact to put you in your place, it only took 10 seconds by the way.

NIc grow up. Listen to Hillary and vote Barrack. She will serve in his administration in a significant role. Get over yourself and stop pandering to the right-wing-nutosphere by throwing your vote to a geriatric patient.

And yes you do have to have foreign relations experience to serve at the head of the committee. Each administration whether Repthug or Demo chooses persons they feel will be able to handle the job. This is one of the committee positions that is actually usually representative of one's skills.

Izzy, of course Biden said Obama wasn't ready to lead. This is politics and that was the primaries. Get with the program, and out from under your rock.

And finally steveg. Wow, are you serious. Are you really suggesting that a republican, especially McCain, would preserve our civil liberties, our economy and our freedom better than a democrat, namely Obama??? WHAT PLANET HAVE YOU BEEN ON FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS??? WAKE UP!
westmonster

Baltimore, MD

#13 Aug 26, 2008
You can also find the 95% stat at: www.factcheck.org , www.aflcio.org , www.newsvine.com ....and on and on and on. In fact McSAME has been voting with Bush nearly 100% of the time in 2008 (newsvine).
Ravensfan

Porter, TX

#14 Aug 26, 2008
Who besides Liberal Democrats have praised him? the only accomplish I know of is plagiarizing a foreign speech. Well Iguess if Obama needs someone to steal other peoples words he picked the right man.

Since: Aug 08

United States

#15 Aug 26, 2008
"Each administration whether Repthug or Demo chooses persons they feel will be able to handle the job."

"Formerly, committee chairmanship was determined purely by seniority; as a result, several elderly senators continued to serve as chairmen despite severe physical infirmity or even senility.[14] Committee chairmen are elected, but, in practice, seniority is rarely bypassed."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Se...

Took me 15 seconds. My internet connection is slower...

And, ah, Westy...if ADMINISTRATIONS picked committee chairs, why would Democrats be occupying all of them?
westmonster

Baltimore, MD

#16 Aug 26, 2008
ah yes, douger your right, i meant the ruling party in congress, got me there. Seniority is important, although more tradition than anything. As you noted, they are indeed elected to the position. However, Biden's expertise in foreign affairs is rarely questioned, as prior to serving as chair,(which douger would have you think is wholly a position given to a member with the longest congressional tenure) he was a long serving member in the committee.

"Still, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden enjoys a generally good reputation for fair-mindedness with Republicans, yielding a cordial working relationship with the ranking member, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana. Both are known as serious students of international affairs, and both have often been cited as potential secretaries of state in future presidential administrations."
Theres a comment on his abilities.
( www.usnews.com/articles/news/ )
Dave

Baltimore, MD

#17 Aug 26, 2008
Westmonster at it again. Disagree with him and you are a Republican nut case and totally ignorant about all things. Westmonster, on the other hand knows it all, and certainly likes to tell everyone how smart he is. Westmonster even has a computer that he readily checks on when someone makes a comment. I am definitely going to start listening more to Westmonster ..... why waste such an important opportunity. Yes, people ..... George W. Bush even caused the SF Earth quake, any doubts just ask Westmonster he knows it all and his trusty computer will verify it. And, to coin his favorite word "idiot" that describes the Political Science degree holder Westmonster.
Kelly

Baltimore, MD

#18 Aug 26, 2008
Frank wrote:
There's not a senator in Congress that has any clue what ordinary Americans go through on a daily basis.
Amen Frank. You've got that right!!

Since: Aug 08

United States

#19 Aug 26, 2008
"However, Biden's expertise in foreign affairs is rarely questioned, as prior to serving as chair,(which douger would have you think is wholly a position given to a member with the longest congressional tenure) he was a long serving member in the committee."

I didn't question Biden's qualifications. I said that committee chairs are usually senior legislators. They tend to gravitate to those committees they have an interest or experience in.

Democrats give seniority a bit more credence than Republicans did. If Biden is elected VP, John Kerry stands next in line for Foreign Relations, I think.

Republicans rotated chairmanships when a new Congress was seated when they were majority party (that sounds better than ruling party).
Ravensfan

Porter, TX

#20 Aug 26, 2008
Fang Guy wrote:
President of the United States is a unique position in and of itself.
Have you you thirty years in government or be right off the street, there will still be a learning curve based upon your particulare talents and the situations which occur while you are occupying the position.
It is also true that whichever candidate has the more experience will use inexperience as a talking point.
All one can go on as a voter is - as Obama says - judgement. Obama has little to go on, but what he has is impressive, especially considering that his opponent brags about voting with George Bush - who is clearly the worst president in modern (perhaps all of American) history - 95% of the time. That's hardly good judgement.
A guy who calls Obama an appeaser for wanting a troop removal deadline in Iraq and then signs on to exactly that is not someone I want as my president. A guy who wants more tax cuts for the wealthy and only the wealthy is not the right guy, either.
Obama is not the best person for the job - Hillary Clinton is that - but he is clearly miles better than John McCain, and Joe Biden was an outstanding pick.
Despite what some people in here think, you have to have prety good foreign relations knowledge to be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Duh.
Hillary is the best person for the job? Please she couldn't even plan a decent campaign in where she started out as the front runner. She lied enough times to completely discredit herself as someone worthy of trust. Either Obama or McCain would make a far better leader than Hillary.

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