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Should President Obama consider replacing Joe Biden on the ticket?
August 16th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

Should President Obama consider replacing Joe Biden on the ticket?

There's a growing chorus of voices suggesting that President Barack Obama should dump Joe Biden as his running mate in light of the vice president's latest mistake.

Biden told a mostly black audience in Virginia this week that Mitt Romney's vision of regulating Wall Street would put "y'all back in chains."

And even though the White House is standing by Biden, a lot of people think those comments were unacceptable.

Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain told Fox News "it might be wise" for Obama to swap out Biden for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Just today – the White House said it's not going to happen, adding that the one place they wouldn't go "for advice on vice presidential running mates is to Senator McCain."

Obama told People magazine Biden is an "outstanding vice president." The president said people get "obsessed with how something was phrased," even if that's not what was meant.

But Former Democratic Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder said he thinks Clinton would be a better choice. Wilder actually called for the switch back in 2010, and he said if the president had replaced Biden on the ticket several months ago, he'd have a bigger lead over Romney now.

As for Clinton, she has made it clear many times that she's not interested, but it's probably wise to never count a Clinton out.

Legal experts tell The Weekly Standard that it's still possible for Obama to change his running mate. The Democrats have until September 6 to nominate their presidential ticket.

Here's my question to you: Should President Obama consider replacing Joe Biden on the ticket?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Pat in Michigan

    He better do something cause he has a snowballs chance in Hell of getting reelected with him. Hillary lookin 'pretty good right about now isn't she? Boy .Talk about buyers remorse!

    August 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  2. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Yes, that would be "change" we can believe in.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  3. tom bulger, canandaigua, NY

    Absolutely not. The politicians that we need to get rid of are the ones that never say anything when they are talking. A man who will speak the truth is shocking, but a healthy shock.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  4. BrainTurnedOff

    Unless he's hiding his tax returns for the last 10 years – no.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  5. Ed from Texas

    Should Mitt Romney consider replacing Paul Ryan on the ticket?

    August 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  6. Ron

    Of course not, dumb question. Joe Biden is a dedicated and brilliant public servant. Romney should consider dropping out, knowing that his tried and failed economic policies will devastate the Nation.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  7. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It's way too late for that Jack. No one elects a president because of his vice president choice. The VP is just part of the team and is only as relevant as events make them. The president is the one driving the bus. The vice president is just holding the door to the bus. Once the door closes the vice president is simply along for the ride. In Obama's case the bus is heading over a cliff at light speed.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  8. wayne, va beach, va

    By changing the VP, Jack, Obama is admitting he picked the wrong man the in 08 and admitting he's wrong is not in Obama's DNA.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  9. John from Alabama

    Jack: Only if CNN replaces you. I hope that does not happen. Vice President Joe Biden does not hold back when it comes to the truth about Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the Republican Party. The truth hurts Mitt and Paul, because they are not use to the truth. Mitt and Paul live in a half truth world, or out and out lie world. The word truth is not in their vocabulary.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  10. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    Only if Hillary Clinton would agree to take his place. What I like about Biden, is that he is willing to say what most of us are thinking, but are too cowardly to say in public. The President needs an attack dog out there that can expose the Romney/Ryan ticket for what it really is, a corporate statism take over.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  11. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    Biden says that Republicans want to deregulate financial institutions, as Biden put it, to "`unchain Wall Street.” Biden added, "They're going to put y'all back in chains." The only people who would want Biden replaced on the ticket would be Wall Street, and the banks, the people he was referring to.
    Anyone making more out of that comment needs their brain replaced.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  12. Wilsun Coyet

    Replace Biden?. ... not at all, that would be like asking the Republicans to choose Ryan as their Presidential nominee and dropping Romney off the ticket. ... hmmm. ..I bet most Republicans wish they could do that.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  13. Richard C.

    As a Conservative Republican, I want Obama to keep Biden on the ticket. Every time 'gaffer Joe' speaks, we gain more votes. Joe seems to think he is humorous but in reality, his comments make me believe he could 'screw up an empty parking lot'. Keep talking, Joe!
    Malvern, PA.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  14. Mirna

    With so many people saying that they will sit this upcoming election, Obama will do himself a service by dumping Joe Biden. Biden's latest campaign appearances have been more hurtful than helpful.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  15. Ron WPAFB

    How many times do you have to hear Hillary say No? I mean really, Jack, how many times. And if she won't then NO! As a sitting VP who has stuck to his guns, replacing him with anyone else would be disastrous!

    August 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  16. Gary H. Boyd

    Absolutely Jack, absolutely. Let's acknowledge Biden's "foot in mouth" tendencies which certainly do not generate much confidence were he to become President. Replacing him with Hillary Clinton would make perfect sense and give her a big advantage for a Presidential bid in 2016. Obama's slipping in the polls and Biden certainly isn't helping.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  17. Eric

    No way, at least Joe Biden has improved employment, if only among late night comedians. Seriously, while he has always been known for gaffes, he appears to have been an able sounding board and number two to the President. While I disagree with many of his positions, I doubt the president can do much better and besides at least he is often entertaining and his gaffes are sometimes the only glimpses of the truth we get from Washington.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  18. Gary in San Jose, California

    It's too late to switch horses now. If Obama was going to replace Biden he would have had to start the VP candidate vetting process a while ago. That being said, if Obama has been secretly vetting VP candidates then he has to pull the trigger soon if it's going to have an impact. I like Joe but he's definitely a drag on the ticket.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  19. Brad, Portland, OR

    Why? Because Biden speaks the truth and some people don't like that? Especially Republicans, it seems, in spite of McCain's "Straight Talk Express." They don't really like straight talk after all.

    I think it's funny that McCain is offering advice to Obama for creating a stronger Democratic Presidential ticket.

    Maybe Obama should advise Romney to replace Ryan with Sarah Palin to create a stronger Republican ticket.

    I'm sure McCain would get behind that.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  20. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    No ... leave him there. He is the most entertaining VP I have ever seen.

    August 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  21. Linda

    Why? For telling the truth? It is Romney and his band of merry Republicans who plan to "unshacle" Wall Street and banks. Unshackling banks and Wall Street put the middle, poor and working classes in chains. Meanwhile, Romney pays a lower effective rate of taxes, assumining he pays any federal income taxes, than an entry level secretary. Romneyhood lives!

    August 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  22. Joe in Missouri

    No. Joe Biden was just being Joe Biden. I respect Joe Biden because he speaks out. He often has to apologize, but he speaks more honestly than any of the other three candidates in the race.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  23. Lorey

    Absolutely not. This is the politics, not football. You shouldn't just sub in guys off the bench mid-way through the campaign.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  24. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    If you guys are talking abut racisim & hateful,dont you think its you Republicans/Teaparty who are racist,hateful,liars & ignorant & NEVER Joe Biden who loves us

    August 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  25. Phyllis G Williams

    : Should President Obama consider replacing Joe Biden on the ticket?

    Why should he? He has been as perfect as anyone in that position should be.
    No human being is flawless.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  26. Curt, Avon, Indiana

    Only if President Obama wants to be re-elected should he find another running mate. I hear that Sarah Palin is available. He, the president, isn't popular enough to win again with the current team.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  27. Al from Orlando,FL.

    lets settle down. I recall that chains were a part of dungeons in castles past. Leave them in the past. This country
    should fear the emergence of a era that closely looks like the horror that germany went through before and during
    World War 2. Gestapo tactics are being accepted and most information comes at us in the form of propaganda. I
    see no hope in turning this evil concept away.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  28. Ed in Harrisburg

    I am a Biden guy and like him a lot, but he has turned into a liability rather than an asset. I think he should step aside, but not in favor of Hillary Clinton...I think President Obama should as Olympia Snow to run with him. If there was a way to challenge the constitutionality of the 22nd amendment, I'd love to see him ask Bill Clinton to get on the ticket. Even though I know it can't happen.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  29. Bill (Tacoma)

    Should CNN replace Cafferty; maybe. Should Romney have chosen Ryan; yes; Now, should President Obama keep Vice President Biden; yes. So jack, the only real question is.......should you be voted off the set??

    August 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  30. Bob in Ohio

    Biden going off script on occaision just shows he is human and has emotions. Qualities that Mitt Romney's campaign managers wish he had.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  31. JD in NH

    Why? Because he made a verbal gaffe? That's ridiculous. I wish similar gaffes from Republicans had gotten some coverage. During the primary Santorum made a "chains" statement that was almost identical to Biden's.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  32. Name*Stacy

    Jack,
    No Biden should not be let go the GOP are just trying to bring down the Obama Administration to Romneys level.This is making politics so sickening that I believe that good citizens would no longer run for office and that is sad.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  33. Joi Gibson

    No, Jack. Why should he? And enough with the "chains" remark. It is only you talking heads, Wolf included, who have taken the comment completely out of context and are now running with it. Didn't hear any of you going on and on and on about Romney's blatantly false welfare commercials. Paul Ryan could not even get through his first interview on, of all networks, FOX. Give it a rest already.

    Joi Gibson
    West Palm Beach, FL

    August 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  34. Tom (Atlanta)

    Heavens no! At least not until Ryan makes him look like a feable minded, old school, Nimrod of a politician that he is. Generation x meets generation z.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  35. Laverne E Brison

    No he should not replace him. He is more qualified than Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan to become President. Everyone misspeaks once in a while.. Mr. Romney is woefully unqualified to become President. He only wants to become President to satisfy his ego.. He certainly does not care about the American people. As far as all the faux outrage about the "chains " give me a break!!! I know what he was talking about. And by the way I am black.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  36. KB and JB central Florida

    Well – I'd say keep him (if he promises to continue to say the things he says and acts the way he acts) – In theory it should only help the opposition.
    But then, maybe not – since they keep giving him a "free pass" (it's "just Joe" should have run out a long time ago) – I guess having him do "what he does best" gives them a chance to say inappropriate, inaccurate things and "get away with it."
    This is the one who is "one seat away from the Presidency"...think about it.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  37. Phyllis G Williams

    Should President Obama consider replacing Joe Biden on the ticket?
    Why shoud he? He has been as perfect as anyone in that position should be.
    No human being is flawless.
    Should the White House apologize for the vice president's remarks about putting people "back in chains"?
    Why should it be a racial remark when King Zedekiah "bound with chains"(Jeremiah 39: 7)
    Jeremiah "bound with chains" (Jeremiah 40: 1)
    St. Paul "bound with chains" (Acts 21: 33)??

    August 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  38. Reggie53

    Not only replacing Biden but also replacing himself. This country needs a new CEO/President so I think it would be best for both of them to be voted out in November.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  39. calaurore9

    As you know, I love Joe. But there could be a stronger ticket with a more predictable partner.

    Carol in Northampton MA

    August 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  40. David of Alexandria, VA

    Biden has a habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. He is a steady DC insider who, under normal circumstances, would be about as harmless and dowdy as Prince Phillip. But, these are not normal times. Ryan is a smart, articluate and personable VP candiate - the guy actually has fact-based ideas. Biden wil be anhialated in the debates. If Obama want to improve his chances, he should let Joe gracefully step aside and move someone like HIllary Clinton onto the ticket.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  41. Robert in Florida

    It’s not Biden that should be replaced, it’s Obama. Biden has always been a decent guy that reached across the aisle to get things done. Obama has drug him down to his Chicago style gutter politics and I don’t really think Joe likes it too well. Sure he’s made some gaffs in his career but he was never mean spirited until he joined up with Obama.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  42. Martha Brooks

    Only if Biden bows out VOLUNTARILY, and is not FORCED out! I cannot see Obama being that self-serving...but, then, he IS a politician!

    Martha, Rew, PA

    August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  43. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    The President should hold Joe Biden to the exact same standards as the people who called the President a liar before an International audience or the Governor of Arizona who waved her finger in the face of the President or the US Supreme Court Justice who publicly disagreed with the President during a state of the union address when he spoke of the recent decision of the court to allow campaign financing from unidentified sources. Do we want to replace these folks as well?

    August 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  44. Ed from California

    No he should not. Joe, is doing a fine job, and he'd be a great president of the United States.. Joe speeks from his heart and speaks the truth...perhaps, you can't handel the truth?!? Keep it up Joe!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  45. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Heck no. Someone needs to tell the truth about Republican class warfare on the rest of us. If anything, we need to back Biden and have Obama say that a negative tone is required on the economy – that the rest of us are not simply going to accept the results of class warfare waged from above. Working class Republicans need to be reminded that they are the useful idiots of the rich by voting GOP.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  46. rex in portland, oregon

    Aside from the obvious irony of Giuliani questioning Biden's intelligence.. heh heh... perhaps Joe's time has come and gone. As for the opinions of the GOP: who cares? My pick would be Elizabeth Warren if Hillary isn't interested,

    August 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  47. Patricia Gandolfini

    I cast my first ballot as a U of Delaware student for Joe Biden to go to Congress a few months after his wife and child died in a car accident. He's been there forever and knows how to work the sytem. He's an asset.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  48. jk in MN

    Why, for speaking the truth? If that's the case, then most of the Republican frontrunners aren't qualified to run for the oval office either after some of the raciast stuff that's come out of them. You know there's an old adage that says you really shouldn't dish it out if you can't take it. One of the candidates also said "afterall, this is politics" or something to that effect – right Mitt??????

    August 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  49. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, if Obama were to do so, perhaps be might consider giving it to Bill Clinton. I am not sure if U.S. law would permit a former president to be eligible but since many seem to like him, it would be interesting to see if such a choice would give the president a favorable edge over the Romney-Ryan supporters.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  50. Cee, La.

    No......Joe Biden said exactly what i believe.......if the GOP win, it will put all of us in chains again....... lower wages, no safety nets, no healthcare,womens rights will regress, the rich will have hit pay dirt......

    August 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  51. Susan Ifergan

    Absolutely not, Biden has done an excellent job as VP, he’s had decades of Washington experience and a strong foreign policy background. The manufactured outrage from Republicans over this comment is cheap and transparent. Biden’s so called “slip of the tongue” contained an obvious truth (as most slips do). There is a war being waged against the middle class, minorities and women in this country, and it’s not coming from Obama’s administration.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  52. Cyndi

    YES YES YES he should convince Hillary to run with him, then she can take over Presidency in 2016! Perfect scenario.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  53. ken, atlantic city, nj

    No just keep biden chained up in the u.s. naval observatory.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  54. Loretta,Orrville,Oh

    No,He doesn't talk out of line anymore then the rest of them.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  55. Gigi Oregon

    No. It's ridiculous! The Republican Congress can slander the president daily and refuse to cooperate, Capitalist can sit on their money and let jobs dwindle. The American People need to wake up and see the condition of their country. By the mouth of corporate , capitalists, Republicans voices who don't like aliens, women's rights, and educating the middle class. And daily slandering President Obama's name and record. This conservative, is glad bin Laden is gone and my grandchildren didn't need to die in the Bush wars in the wrong country (but their children will get to pay for his wars). We have health care for the entire country as every rich country in the world has. The republican party should be working on cleaning up their own reputation. Before they criticize the Democrats. It was their lack of regulations that cause the banking and housing frauds not Clinton's or Obama's.

    The answer is still No, Joe Biden did nothing wrong...they have been trying to silence President Obama since day one and we the people from both parties are shackled, chained and belittled by the republican philosophy. We can't afford to let the God of Capitalism win this battle. Trickle down my foot. Only when you do it the republican way and they do mean trickle, not prosperity and the American dream for ever race creed and color.

    Let's get back to Romney's tax returns and his worthiness...Please

    August 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  56. Jay Daniels

    The VP is taking way too much heat for his recent comments. Several video clips were played on CNN recently where various Republican politicians, including Mr. Romney and Speaker Boehner, used the word "unshackled" in reference to President Obama's efforts to fix messes created by past administrations. Bottom line, no President has ever inherited a financial/economic mess such as the President. Change always causes pain. As for the VP, besides those mentioned above as citing the word "unshackle", how is that any different than Today Show's Matt Lauer calling his co-host an "Indian Giver" on national TV? To Native Americans, that is a racist and degrading slang towards us. No one is asking Mr. Lauer to step down, or for NBC to replace him. Such a double standard. Anyone with common sense knows that people of Mr. Biden's background do not step onto a stage and put down attendees purposely at that level. The Republicans should be so fighting mad about their lack or progress and work ethic in moving bills through congress that will help our country's elected President fix these problems.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  57. Susan from Ca

    No, Biden is an asset to the team. Kind of like you and me Jack, we're not getting older we're getting funnier.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  58. Jeff Scheid

    NO
    Biden is the kind of person you want as a vice president- tough and a straight shooter. Kind of like Chris Christie would be if Mitt figured out what he needed.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  59. Karl in Flint, MI

    Leave Joe alone and quit acknowledging the existence of the Republican Party as anything relevant.For one thing, Hillary wants to retire, at least for a while and catch her breath, and cardboard robotic robot Romney picked Paul Ryan for his VP. The two of them together aren't even half as smart as Joe Bide is..

    August 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  60. Tamara in Oregon

    Why is it whenever an incumbent VP says something the opposition doesn't want to hear, the media asks if he should be replaced? Obama has put his faith and trust in Biden, and so have I. I'm not black, but many black Americans have commented that what Biden said didn't offend them, and they want to know why we all assume that any mention of chains or slavery, when used in the proper context as this comment was, is going to make them all outraged? The ones complaining the most are the stuffy white men of the GOP. Biden's comment wasn't a gaffe, it was the truth!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  61. RickFromDetroit

    The best thing Obama could do with Joe Biden is resign and put Biden on the November Ballot.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  62. Ivan, Marion,Ohio

    Jack,you know and I know this is all HOG WASH now get on with more important things. I like Joe Biden,he speaks the middle class talk,says it like he sees it .

    August 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  63. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    If he does, I hope he'd convince Hillary to be his running mate. Then the GOP can all move to one of their war zones or move into the Billions of Dollars place in Iraq.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  64. Thom Richer

    Why? Because he tells the truth and it offends the Right? Those are the only reasons I can think of for replacing him. He is and will go down in history as one of the most effective and competent VP's of our time. If anyone should be replaced in this race it is on the Republican side. Ryan is as big a mistake as Palin was in 2008. The RNC and Romney, who is their first and biggest mistake in this race, will make the same error as last election. They will not admit their choice is a mistake while they have a chance to do so and will grudgingly support him to the losing end even though they know he will aid in Romney's defeat. Just like Palin lost it for McCain in 2008.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  65. Elizabeth From Toronto

    NO. Biden even with his "gaffs" is better than anyone else.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  66. WR Jones, NPR, FL

    Joe Biden can't be replaced, who would board a sinking ship?

    August 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  67. podunda

    Why would he do that??? Biden is cool ! ! !

    August 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  68. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    Hell no, Joe won't go! Joe Biden is the ideal attack dog a V.P. needs to be. His passion and fight may cause him to say some things he shouldn't. But everybody in that room knew where his heart was. And Obama knows he needs Joe Biden, just like Michael Jordan needed Dennis Rodman. Somebody that has your back that can throw a punch.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  69. deb

    I can't believe he said that...I was so ashamed of him. What on earth was he thinking and did he think that would be funny. So out of touch, he needs to come see the real world.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  70. jorge washinsen

    Biden should replace Obama.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  71. TexDoc

    Do Repulbicans get a vote? No keep Biden on the ticket. Four more years of the same is not what the country is looking for. So keeping Biden helps Romney/Ryan.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  72. Nurse143 in Shelton CT

    Oh sure, the Commander in chief should definitely take questionable advice from McCain & Giuliani to plan his reelection strategy! LOL Up next, ad suggestions from Rush and the RNC.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  73. Tonybottomline

    Look, it's quite possible that Obama told Biden to make that "chains" comment, to energize the African American Vote. Politicians would say or do anything, just to win an election. Back to your question, should Obama drop Biden off the ticket, well, it won't happen.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  74. James - St Petersburg FL

    No. Sure, we all know that Joe steps in it from time to time but that's just what real people do sometimes. Was it a bad analogy? Sure, but is that what we are electing.......analogy experts?

    August 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  75. jorge washinsen

    I would have been surprised as if that one did not get a response.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  76. Mark in MI

    You know what you're getting with him: a short, unimpeded path from brain to mouth. I just wish Obama's spinners would, just once, acknowledge that someone in the administration screwed up. People make mistakes and people respect people who own up to it. Biden obviously was pandering to a mostly Black audience, meant what he said, and said what he meant.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  77. Doug Ericson

    So Senator John ( Sarah Palin) McCain is now an expert on picking VP's? Give me a break. And there was nothing racial about Vice President Joe Bidens remarks. And to suggest His Royal Majesty should be replaced by the commoner Hillary Clinton? Are you kidding me? Wasn't she married to the President, that unleashed the Mortgage Securites scam on the USA, and the rest of the World. What is wrong with you people. Can't you go for a single day without begging for more punishment from our out of control Government. Forgive them, Your Highness, they not not what they do. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  78. Dale N.M.

    I hope Obama doesn't replace him, I find Joe Biden extremely entertaining the best White House stand up comic ever.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  79. harrykatz

    No. Hell, everyone misspeaks now and then... Given Ryan a few weeks and I'm sure he and the GOP will be wishing he hadn't said a bunch of things. When you're outspoken, it comes with the territory... Biden is passionate about issues, and it's impossible to be 100% politically correct when you see your opponents trying to destroy what you've been trying to defend your whole political life.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  80. Fred Allan Henry in Cleveland, Mississippi

    No, he shouldn't. What Joe Biden was saying when he made his "chains" comment is that if the Republicans win the White House, they will go back to the way things were under George W. Bush. The Republicans will go back to the idea of "trickle down economics" where the poor and the middle class get a tax increase, and the rich get a tax cut.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  81. Pat Carr

    replaced because of a choice of words? Uh no.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  82. James Templeton

    I think people ought to be smart enough to realize what the V.P. Meant in his statement, the fact that if the Republicans have their way you might as well lock up the middle class and throw away the key.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  83. Marc

    Yes, with Hillary Clinton. No need to explain why.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  84. Alan Falk

    How about asking if Raul Ryan should consider replacing Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket?

    August 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  85. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Why does news agencies talk to John McCain? A few weeks ago he was asked about Romney's taxes and said there were no red flags. When did McCain become a CPA? He wouldn't know a red flag if it was highlighted for him. His judgement...he picked Palin. He should try a different judgement. There were over 700 POW's in Vietnam, name another. It's as if he did something special. As for his "military genius" and Iraq surge. He was an awful pilot, have crashed 4 or 5 jets, pilots have never make ground war tactics. At most he would have commanded about 200 people that's not an Army. As for the 35,000 troop surge, Picket could have used that number at Gettysburg. McCain would LOVE to have his old prison stripes back so he could parade around. If he's a "hero" that's a low bar. He did nothing, he got shot down like many others. Nepotism got him into Annapolis and to flight school. Without daddy he would have had trouble getting to a junior college. Republicans play him up because no other republican served in the military. They talk tough. John Wayne – checkbook hero – avoided WW2 service. People say he was a hero. He PLAYED one in the movies. An ACTOR, just like PeeWee Herman. I was IN Vietnam and have 2 Bronze Stars. Talk about worthless...McCain fill the bill. Phil Gramm was McCain's economic adviser and said the economy was strong, Johnny boy just nodded. Then the collapse. McCain, wrong on the economy, a military wannabe, and VP selector dud. As for his pick of Palin, any teacher who ever taught Civics for one year knows more about the federal government than Palin, McCain's choice. To much Arizona sun for John, who had precious little to use to begin with.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  86. Kevin

    Biden needs to apologize for his inappropriate and insensitive audience remarks. How many lingo strikes does Biden get? We all make mistakes and have our slips of the tongue, but he needs to be more alert of WHO he is talking to. Keep it clean and simple...the truth will speak for itself on issues.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  87. darkside

    No!! Why would he change because the GOP does not like him!! Keep hitting them Joe!!

    President Obama 2012

    August 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  88. scot

    only if he wants to win the election.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  89. Bob

    NO, no VP has done a thing to change policy or anything else because no President gives them any power. America should stop getting so exciting about every single word they or any politican say. The chains thing meant nothing PERIOD. Both parties and CNN are blowing a nothing into something Big which it is not.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  90. HuPhartNgau

    Yes, the President should ask Joe to step aside. While he has served his country well, his thoughtless off-the-cuff comments prove to me, that he is NOT the forward thinking leader I want in charge, should the situation arise. Having a VP that is ready to take over, is more important than pandering for votes. Ask John McCain...

    August 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  91. josiesvoice

    Perhaps, it was already considered but it's quite tricky to bring it up to Mr. Biden. It would have been different of course if Mr. Biden himself withdraws already from the ticket. If this time, repetitive remarks and episodes about him being gaffe-prone go on, for the sake of the party,he may need to strongly reconsider. If there was a face-saving way to do it, then that should be an option. If Sarah Palin was still in this VP run, I don't think we would be even talking about this gaffe matter.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  92. Sarah Palin Whatajoke

    Hmm, I don't think John McCain is in any position to make any recommendations about VP candidates! LOL

    August 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  93. Desmond R.

    Dump Biden? Now way. He's the bees knees.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  94. Timothy Rigney

    Personally I think it's clear that he *is* considering it already – but should he? Let's face it, everything – everything – is 100% about the election at this point. I think there would be a cost because he essentially would be admitting to having made a major mistake in choosing him in the first place. But yes – I think it's come down to that. I bet you any amount of money that right this minute they're quietly polling on this in Ohio, Virginia and Florida.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  95. TJ Finegan

    Yes Yes and Yes! Replace Biden! Everybody knew from the start Biden was going to pull some foot and mouth moves along the way. All in all ,not too bad the last 4 years from Biden's mouth. There was the f bomb when the initial healthcare bill passed. The chains quote was pretty bad, well beyond bad. This is one of those "did that really just happen?" moments. What a great lead in for Hilary If she wants 2016 then this would be a great way to start. She has earned her stripes over the years and has a lot of respect

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  96. Rod from Minnesota

    Perhaps they should consider replacing Biden with Obama. Let Hillary head the ticket!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  97. Tosha

    No.....the Republicans should replace all of their elected officials starting with the Speaker of the House.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  98. 1termlimits

    Jack, That would be to easy. Just let the voters replace both, then we can all get on with drowning in our debt...

    August 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  99. chris okonofua

    too late. nothing he does at this late stage will help him. replacing motormouth joe with bitter hilary smacks of desperation

    August 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  100. Rob in St. Johnsville, NY

    Yes, but not to Hillary. I don't think that would work. He needs to find someone that'll give the appearance of moderation, centrism... Al Franken!

    August 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  101. Donaldo in ATL

    It would not help, they are both losers....You would never see a true winner as VP because it would overshadow the POTUS.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  102. oldoc

    All along folks have been saying that Hillary would be a very good choice for VP. Her foreign policy experience and her gravitas as former first lady give her all the credentials she needs...not to mention a super brain trust in Bill.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  103. Ethan

    if you are going to make a switch, and I am not suggesting he should, why not replace him with Bill Clinton. I think given his popularity and ability to get things done it would help

    August 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  104. jorge washinsen

    He picked Biden for the same reason he put Hillary where she is,to keep them from being a danger to his policies.

    August 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  105. Moral Majority

    Joe Biden is about the only redeeming factor of the Obama campaign at this juncture.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  106. Sandstone

    "If he does, then so can Romney, and I would love Condoleezza to run. Obama's Flip/Flops are so well known, even in Canada."

    August 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  107. Cres from Florida

    Hey Jack,

    I've got an even better idea......REPLACE 'EM ALL..........OBAMA, BIDEN, ROMNEY AND RYAN. If there were a "NONE
    OF THE ABOVE" ON THE PRESIDENTIAL TICKET, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, WE'D GET SOME REAL LEADERSHIP TO
    EMERGE.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  108. Yves, Potomac, MD

    The majority of Americans can relate to Obama/Biden. GW Bush got elected and reelected because more people could relate to him and his GPA than Gore or Kerry. The same cannot be said for Romney/Ryan.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  109. Renee, Illinois

    If Biden should be held accountable for his comments then so should every other politician who's made an inappropriate remark. That would mean pretty much all of Wash. D.C. As much as I would love to see that, our life spans just aren't long enough. As for Hillary, I've said it before and I'll say it again, YES!! I think we'd all be better off now if she had won the Democratic primary and the 2008 election. But what ifs aren't likely to change the ticket at this late date.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  110. Michael

    The only down side to Biden is his mouth, he's still a brilliant man. And even if it were that bad, it would hurt Obama politically more if he cut Biden loose than if he kept him. The Republicans already have plenty Obama early term bad decisions to point out without Obama conceding that he made another one.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  111. Irish Seanachie from Maine

    Biden is probably the most honest politician of the big four. Obama would be making a massive mistake, on a par with Nixon bugging Watergate when he had a 20 point lead. You Go Joe ! Slainte !

    August 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  112. Ellen Johnson

    NO. Joe Biden is an asset to this administration and this country. He is worthy of our respect and support .He is hard working, dedicated and looks for solutions – not blame like some politicians whose names start with M and P.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  113. Travis

    Yes! I think many Democrats, myself included, would have preferred to see her there from the beginning. It is a MUCH stronger ticket. What Obama needs now is excitement for his ticket and Hillary would be absolutely perfect!

    Travis KY

    August 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  114. cindy

    No! Biden is a good citizen and great Vice President. He has all that foreign policy experience. While Biden was sending his sons to Iraq to fight, Romney sent his sons to France. Then Romney sat around trying to screw the government during a time of war. Now who is the better person here.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  115. Joshua

    Why? What would he gain by doing that? Romney is not going to win the election..... There's no need.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  116. David from Atlanta

    I am Republican and I have been praying for Obama for a while now. I have been terrified thinking that if something would happen to the President, we would end up with Biden. What a terrifying nightmare. But since Obama has just a few more months left in the Presidency, no need to replace Biden. Besides, Obama needs to show Sarah Palin that she is wrong and he does not need to replace Biden!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  117. Bruce

    No. And what Biden said was not prejudical. Of course, the rightwingers are taking it out of context to make the President and Joe Biden look bad. Rick Santorum made the same statement when he was running for candidacy for his party and no one said anything, why now? The rightwingers always make prejudical comments towards the president and no one says anything.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  118. Matthew in Maryland

    Absolutely not. This campaign is notably negative and use quotes out of context all over the place. If I carefully edit remarks from either candidate or vp candidate, you can manage to make them say whatever you want. Both campaigns need to get the following memo:

    Campaign on the facts, not soundbytes. The set of ads, soundbytes, and other media make both candidates sound like little children whose lollipops were taken away.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  119. Mike

    No, Mr. Cafferty. There's no growing chorus of voices, either – it's just election year posturing from political pundits and white noise. I don't care about this anymore, it wasn't even a big deal to start with. Stop talking about nonsense and start talking about our economy, the lack of jobs, the problems with income tax, the deficit, anything but one freakin' sentence that didn't offend anybody except those who want the VP out of office. What a waste of my time, and America's time – get back to work.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  120. jorge washinsen

    Obama had better keep Biden probably because when they are talking about Biden they are not talking about Obama.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  121. bcc

    I like Biden as a person and Biden really has had no role in running the country the last 4 years. So that has been good, but if I'm honest, him being next in line in to be President in an emergency does make me a little nervous.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  122. joe smith

    that's like asking should cnn get rid of jack..of course not you'all are made for each other..

    August 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  123. David Doherty

    Yes,for the good of the country. I like Joe Bidden, it's refreshing to hear a politician say what they actually think without it being buffed and polished by all the handlers. But if Obama could get Hillary on the ticket it would guaranty a win, and that is whats important. God help us if the two ken dolls get in office. Please Hillary save us.
    Dave from NH.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  124. tko

    Odd question. And biased. Yet another example of the "moderate"or "liberal" press trying to be fair by pandering to the right wing.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  125. jorge washinsen

    I still think Biden and Obama should trade places. let Obama go out and hand out cookies and drinks for his voters who are sitting and waiting in line for citizenship.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  126. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, please don't start to give them any ideas.
    I hope and pray Obama keeps that VP bag of wind, hot air, and waste of time on the ticket. It may increase the margin of victory considerably.
    Build him up Jack, praise to the $3 bill, Biden.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  127. Elizabeth

    If you are allowed to say just about any silly thing on TV, I don't see why Biden can't. However, both Obama and Biden tend to tell the truth, unlike either Romney or Ryan. I would like to see either Romney or Ryan support women a tenth as much as Joe Biden has.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  128. Drew Falvey

    Your asking the wrong question, keep joe Biden Replace Obama with Hillary

    August 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  129. jorge washinsen

    You are backing a bunch of losers.Censorship will not change what has happened to this country in 4 short years.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  130. Marc

    Biden DID say what he meant – he took a phrase that Romney offered ("unchained") and put it in a slightly different context. It made the point, effectively – de-regulating would bring back spectres of endentured servitude (a la the old "Company Store" model), and slavery has been hardly an original allegory of work forever. How many people talk about "slaving away" every day? In my opinion, Riomney is WHINING, because he and Ryan don't have substance that they can win on. Empty, lying cowards, that are just trying their hardest to be not Obama, which is the only claim they can manage.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  131. SUE NEW YORK

    Obama should not replace Joe
    Biden.

    Biden has made Obama look smart. If he gets rid of him..then what?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  132. Dee

    Biden is a decent and loyal man. Nothing he has said is harmful to anyone. We have all gotten too sensitive to words in this country. He has been an outstanding member of Congress, a loyal and hard-working vice president as well as a decent family man. I would have no problem with him in the White House. He also seems to have compassion and an understanding of life as most of us live it....not strictly the wealthy. Keep him on the ticket!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  133. Bill

    For the love all that is right and good...please keep Biden on the ticket! Ladies and gentlemen, the next President of the United States...Mitt Romney! Finally, change we can believe in!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  134. Bob

    If Obama had an original thought it would die of loneliness.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  135. dan

    This is all nonsense. Biden meant "slaves" in a metaphorical way, and anybody with a working brain should
    know that. The Republicans are just making a big deal out of this because they're afraid if they lose the White
    House this time around, that it will be a long time before they get it back again, especially with the changing
    demographics in our society. Obama is right to stand behind Biden in this.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  136. Bob F

    It's not that Vice-President Biden is such a liability but that there may be a better choice. I am registered "Unaffiliated" and am, I suppose, one of the independent voters. It's likely that I will vote for President Obama anyway, but if Hilary Clinton were his running mate, that ticket would have a lock on my vote. The reason is not so much that Mr. Biden is a bad VP; it's just that being VP for the next four years would place Ms. Clinton in a perfect position to run for president in 2016. Personally, I think she would then be in a great position to hold the White House for the eight years following that.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  137. Jenny Sills from Rome Georgia

    OK I think we can all agree that Joe Biden is not a great communicator. That being said, considering what the Republican choose to fill the seat four yeas ago, I think he is fairly harmless. Not real bright but harmless. Unlike Sarah Palin who if she had to bomb the capital of The Republic of Georgia would have no doubt ok'ed the bombing of Atlanta. There is dumb and dangerous dumb.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  138. Triple A

    NO!!!!!! I've already organized a Biden-Ryan debate party complete with drinks and snacks! This is gonna be a lotta fun.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  139. mike

    Of course he shouldnt. The real question should be should the GOP nominate someone else at their convention, someone who can be honest with the American people and not lie to them almost everyday. Biden is an honest down to earth guy he didnt mean it the way people are indicating. People get so uptight these days. Did anyone think to ask those in attendance if they were upset by his remarks...i DOUBT IT! Romney is the King of Sleaze so what gives this hypocrite the right to whine

    August 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  140. Chandra (Florida)

    No way should Biden be replaced! The Republicans are just trying to divide the Democrats and question Biden, but in reality Biden is more qualified, intelligent, and bolder than Romney and Ryan together! I would have voted for Biden and we are lucky as a nation to have a man of his wisdom as VP.

    Tampa, Florida

    August 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  141. Jan

    Remember our concern over Sarah Palin being able to step into the Presidency if needed? We need to focus on the possibility that Joe Biden could move into this position...and I'm not feeling particularlly confident in his ablity to lead and be a creditable force globally. Hillary would be an excellent enhancement to the Democratic ticket!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  142. Dave

    The better question would be should America get rid of Obama and all his Marxist minions.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  143. Ann in Alabama

    Maybe Obama and Biden does'nt won't the job for another 4 years. With the do nothing congress,the american people sniping at each other over everything and the media egging it on all the time,maybe losing and getting huge speaking fees is a better job ideal

    August 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  144. Gail S. Brown

    Joe's just about the only reason that I'll be voting for President Obama. I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a liberal Democrat.
    Joe Biden is old school "say what you mean and mean what you say". Sure, I'd like to see Hillary Clinton on the ticket but in the top slot not replacing Joe Biden for Vice President. However, that ship has already sailed.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  145. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Absolutely not. If his critics are actually dumb enough to not understand that he was speaking metaphorically about being bound by the chains of indebtedness, then they don't deserve to be elected.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  146. Wayne Hamburg NY

    The White House response to McCain was priceless lol. Anyway, why is this even news? Biden has been a loose cannon since I can remember. The guy is a walking faux pas. People should be used to it by now. Lets move on. sigh

    August 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  147. WDinDallas

    Heck No...that will take half the fun out of the Romney/Ryan victory.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  148. mike

    Why do all the politically pundits always have to stoop so low and try and pump up these ridiculous events just to get listeners and create a huge controversy where none exits. They are making me sick..they are pretty pathetic news reporters if you ask me where is the reporting on the rest of the election news it is almost non existent everything has to be a scandal these days...grow up CNN and others

    August 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  149. Nan

    Heck no; he has more street cred than any of them. He's at least a real and honest person and I respect that in today's field of phonies.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  150. Al

    No, he should consider replacing himself.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  151. joe

    Gee, thanks Cafferty. You're feeding into the Republican mischief and helping it along. Don't you know BS when you see it? Biden has more foreign policy credentials than Romney and Ryan put together. I would trust him to be president and I like the way he speaks his mind.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  152. DaveYoung

    Biden and Bobo should be replaced by Beavis and Butthead.....then, perhaps the nation will survive until November.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  153. Jan

    HERE WE GO!!!! Let's get some controversy started on the Democratic side! We did all of our VOICING on an Obama/Clinton Ticket back in 2008...and the same thing that would have been unacceptible about that ticket then is still true. If Hillary Clinton is even interested in anything that has the word PRESIDENT in it, it would be PRESIDENT!...nothing "VICE" about it!!!! So stop trying to STIR UP CONTROVERSY where it doesn't exist. Mitt Romney has a whole lot of CONTROVERSY on his hands, and the SAD THING ABOUT IT IS THAT IT'S SELF MADE, IT'S SELF PERPETUATED. He could solve a lot of his problems himself, even if that means recognizing that HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE ENTERTAINED THE IDEA OF RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IF HE HAD NO INTENTIONS OF COMING CLEAN AND CORRECT!!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  154. parasailin

    Nah Biden's just fine so is Obamacare.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  155. Nate

    I have been saying this since the first time I heard him open his mouth. He puts his foot in his mouth all the time. He continues to put the Obama administration in awkward positions. I can't say I care much as I am not a fan of Obama nor do I plan on voting for him, but if he wants my advice.... Know When to Hold Them... Know When to Fold Them... Know When to Walk Away, and in this case .... Know When To Run.....

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  156. Pete, NJ

    Would it have been better if Biden used Romney's term and said the GOP will put Americans back in shackles? If the GOP is attacking Biden, they are afraid of him. Keep him on the ticket.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  157. Dorce

    Absolutely not president Obama should not replace Joseph Biden on the ticket. He said or meant nothing racial; he was talking about policies and regulation on Wall Street. If any campaign is angry is the Republicans that are angry; look at what the Arizona governor did to the hispanics that lady is surely angry. John Mccain and Sarah Palin need to hush up and stay out in Obama/Biden business. Romney and Jane Brewer the Arizona governor are desperate and angry.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  158. Michael S.

    Only if you're on par to replace, obviously....

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  159. Tom K. From Beverly Hills

    No. Just get Joe a seat at AA, because I think he makes a great "Shoe Shiner" for Obama.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  160. Mark

    He should have along time ago.....if he does now....what a field day the Republicans will have!!! he is damned if he does and , well, he is damned if he doesn't....if the VP makes a difference in the voters

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  161. neocon13

    Nobody cares what Doug Wilder says (I know, I am from Vriginia). He was a mediocre governor and proved to be a lightweight when he made that short-lived run for the Democratic nomination a while back.

    Hillary would make a good President, not a good VP.

    And keeping or replacing Biden isn't going to change the election one iota. It is up to Obama to win it or at least show the electorate why Romney/Ryan would be a disaster for the country.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  162. Dorota

    If he did, he would sure in the women vote!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  163. DaveYoung

    How about Regis and Kathy ? They would do a better job.....

    August 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  164. Guesswho

    I think Biden is a great choice for Obama's VP. He is so well spoken and knowledgeable.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  165. Carol, Washington

    No, no, no, no.... oh, and by the way, NO! The Democrats should not let the Republicans dictate who appears on the ticket.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  166. Vick, Orange Park , FL

    Hey Jack are you vying for the job????

    August 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  167. Phil from Lancaster

    Absolutely not! Hell, if Joe was running for president I'd be voting for him. He tells it like it is and takes no prisoners. It reminds me of "Give 'em Hell" Harry Truman.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  168. Mike Kaiser

    Of course not! Biden's comment was a stroke of genius. Now all we are talking about are chains and whether Joe should be VP, instead of talking about creating jobs and the poor economy and anything else that really matters. Just more political brilliance to get Romney from talking about what he really wants to talk about. Mitt just keeps taking the bait!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  169. Hank Corbett of Jacksonville, NC

    I have never thought Biden should be VP, especially after he treated Anita Hill so unfairly and allowed Clarence to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. But, politically, I think the horse is out of the barn, and Obama has no choice but to keep him on the ticket.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  170. Ethan, North Carolina

    Jack, some of us might not like Biden and his comments but it's unfair to him to just replace him. The majority voted for Obama-Biden and we should keep it Obama-Biden out of respect and the fact that he was good enough to become VP.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  171. Ed Fern

    Joe Biden should consider replacing Barack Obama with a presidential candidate who has a record of keeping promises.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  172. Chuck

    When Biden walks through a kitchen do the pots and pans stick to his head?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  173. Jim In Pittsburgh

    If every politician who says something stupid was removed from office, the Republicans wouldn't have anyone in Congress. Nevertheless, I don't think he should or must replace him with Hillary - but doing so would probably help him.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  174. Guesswho

    The real question is should we consider replacing Obama or not.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  175. Conky

    The clown master picked him, now he needs to live with that choice. They both should be replaced.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  176. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Joe Biden tells it like it is. If Romney gets in the rich will get richer and the middle class will be no more. The chains Joe is talking about are not made of iron – they are made from the blood, sweat and tears of the middle class and the poor, no matter what color they are. The affect is the same ... they will drag you down under the feet of the rich.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  177. Roxy in Iowa

    I think you should start calling out Romney on all his lies Jack. Why don't you ask why he's not releasing his tax returns. Joe tells the truth, without a whiteboard I might add.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  178. brcasale

    The only possible way President Obama could get my vote is by replacing Biden with Ron Paul.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  179. T.Jones

    Heck no! President Obama should replace himself with Hillary Clinton...he has 20 days...can he do that!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  180. Joanne from Warrenville, IL

    Absolutely not! His honesty and his integrity come across as a breath of fresh air. Obama and Biden together make a great team, one that cares about our nation.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  181. G L S

    Yes, he should replace Biden with Clinton for two reasons. First, doing so would breathe new life into the campaign which is boring and same 'ol same 'ol. Second, she has ties to the economic prosperity of the Ninties. This is key, both psychologically to voters and in reality. Obama has GOT to address the entitlement question re: deficits. Taxes alone won't get us there. I am a democrat, but feel as though he and the other democrats are not making the necessary cuts to get the country on fiscal track. I am supportive of letting the current tax cuts on the wealthy expire, but that's not the only answer. Clinton brings some credibility- real and psychological to the questios of economy, jobs, and the deficient.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  182. Winston G.

    Not if Sarah Palin supports it.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  183. DN

    I would rather have a person commit gaffes and fight for me, than a person who minds his 'P's & Q's' but does nothing for me. President Lyndon Johnson had some pretty salty language but was on the leading edge of the civil rights movement.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  184. Steven Gaynor

    Hey, how did it work for George McGovern in 1972 when he dumped Tom Eagleton for Sargent Shriver?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  185. Steve

    I think Obama should consider taking both Biden and himself off of the ticket. If he quits now, there might even be enough money left for him to retire too.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  186. stephen hapke

    Joe stands up for regular people and the down-trodden with a Ryan/Romney budget that is looking to give multi-millionaires another $4 trillion in tax cuts for the next decade why doesn't someone get excited about painting that as an issue-it's a lot more of an issue for the country than someone with a good heart who occasionally puts his foot in his mouth, don't we all do that anyway?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  187. Jim

    I wouldn't be surprised if a decision was made months ago, to annouce Hillary as the VP choice at the convention. It's obvious he would win with her, and the convention change gives the GOP little time to adjust.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  188. Fred

    Only if Romney switches Ryan with Jan Brewer.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  189. Rationalintn

    Didn't we go through something similar to this nonsense four years ago? Didn't then candidate Obama make a "lipstick on a pig" comment and Republicans went wild, insisting that Mr. Obama had called Sarah Palin a pig?

    Enough already. Seriously, some of you folks in the media sound just like an elementary school student on a playground. "Awwwmm, Barack just called Sarah a piiiig." Awwwmm, Joe just called you slaves, I'm tellin."

    Grow up.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  190. Eric

    President Obama should consider replacing Biden with Hillary Clinton not necessarily because Biden has proved himself incapable of holding the Vice Presidential office, but rather because Hillary Clinton has proven – through her position as Secretary of State particularly – her capability. If Obama does so, he is likely to lose some votes from the Democrats who see this as disunity within the party. However, Clinton's popularity may prove to be far more valuable.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  191. Annette

    No way! The Romney Campaign is grasping for straws. Obama should expose them for the hypocrite racist, wealthy tax evaders that they are.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  192. David

    If a Republican had made a similar "slip" they would be running him out of town on a rail. But it's ok because Biden is a Democrat and he didn't really mean it the way it sounded.
    Words have meaning and a person's underlying feelings and motivations often slip out when the words are unscripted.
    Joe needs to Go. And so does B.O.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  193. MBW

    Don't dismiss Biden as being a liability to the Democratic ticket. Cafferty may be under the impression that the comments about the Republicans putting" yall back in chains" was not well recieved. Conversely, it hits the mark for many, many people who have seen their life long savings disappear as a result of eight long years of the Bush
    administration of wars , Ponzi schemes, and jobs disappearing overseas. No, we know full well what Biden was saying. And you don't have to be African American to relate to what he said. Don't you know any thing about the good
    cop, bad cop relationship between the President and Vice-President? Biden says what needs to be said. And the more forceful he says it makes more of an impression. After all, both Cafferty and myself are taking the time to write about it. And it certainly got the attention of Romney and Ryan. The truth certainly did hurt, didn't it? The Republican
    Party would really like to revive feudalism, if they had A CHANCE. So don't give them one.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  194. Howard Hendrix

    Perhaps Biden should have realized he was talking to blah people as Rick Santorum said. This is ridiculous. I am a black man and full understand Biden was following a metaphor put forth by the Romney campaign . He simply said unchained instead of unshackled. This is insulting to black people. To think we are that stupid!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  195. wf

    Are you kidding? No. Vice President Biden, however ridiculous and disappointing as a Vice President, is sucking air time like crazy. And the Romney campaign is responding! The last thing President Obama wants is to run with Secretary Clinton or anyone who will allow the conversation to turn back to the economy. -Les

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  196. Norm from Ohio

    No, Joe was correct with his comment.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  197. Guesswho

    Let me tell you something the democrats have made such a mess of this country that it wont matter if its Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton-- we are having a "Jimmy Carter" moment in history. Think of the state of the union and what the economy and gas prices were like when Carter left office. A vote for republicans and Romney/Ryan might just bring us back to a Reagan-era recovery that this country desperately needs now more than ever.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  198. Gloria

    No way I agree with him. He is only saying exactly what the GOP is trying to do. What is the difference in what he said and other people saying we are being taken back to the day of Jim Crow. People hate will the truth is told about them. This will happen if GOP get in the white house. Go VP Biden don't back down.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  199. Joe in Oklahoma

    No way. If you want to jump all over someone's words versus their meaning, maybe Romney should be replaced for introducing Ryan as the next president of the United States. Biden was referring to banks being unshackled. And those that are trying to make his words out to be racist are just trying to stir things up.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  200. Jerry Mund, Appleton, WI

    No way. This issue is small potatoes. Where was the Republican outrage when Herbert Cain played the race card during the primary debates. He said "I am now free of the Democratic plantation" when he changed parties.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  201. California Gary

    Of course not.......Biden is a good VP and will hold Ryan's feet to the fire in the VP debate. He does put his foot in his mouth once in awhile, but who doesn't? Keep Joe.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  202. Gloria

    Jack,
    Multimedia helps us keep up with the Gaffes of day/week. Years ago we would find out weeks/months later. Joe and the rest should stay. Look at the recent Republican slate for potential candidates and the Gaffes within the group....Joe Biden can't touch Gingrich, Bachman, and certainly not HERMAN CAIN. Let Joe go -you must be kidding me!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  203. Chuck from Maryland

    Sure, we could use a Vice President who says less stupid stuff, but Hillary doesn't want the job. What's Dan Quayle doing these days?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  204. Clement

    I'm a black man and I do not think Joes' comment had any kind of racial connotation to iit, I share his opinion. GOP are desperate for some distraction. Shame on them

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  205. Wayne - Orlando

    Jack – You just said it, Joe Biden is well liked and has a good rapport with members of Congress. He speaks from the heart , and if he goofs up on occasion, so what? He has a tremendous amount of experience, particularly regarding international affairs, and will give President Obama his sage objective advice. Replace him? No way.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  206. Anelo8

    Come on Jack, you know what the answer is a big fat NO!! If Clinton run in 1016 I will vote for her, But right now VP Biden, is doing a fantastic job, way to go VP.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  207. Al

    Biden is a direct reflection of Obama and his actions. The chains statement was not as it sounded, it was more in line with showing the people that during the Obama administration more people have been chained by the fact that they are dependent on government hand out programs such as Welfare, Food Stamps, and other enslaving programs that keep them waiting on their task masters, this administration.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  208. Dolores Surprise AZ

    ABSOULTY NOT!!! Joe Biden is a great Vice President, more then can be said for romneys pick. AT least Joe Biden tells the truth. romney/ryan doesn't know what the word truth means. They are both rich and egotistical and are only interested in THEIR KIND. Pres. Obama and Joe Biden are down to earth men that haven't had everything handed to them on a silver platter. romney/ryan both need to release their taxs so that the American people can see how rich people don't have to pay. If he didn't have anything to hide he would do so. I would trust Obama/Biden to work for the working class but we know who romney/ryan will work for. KEEP JOE BIDEN....HE'S GREAT.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  209. bassman

    Leave him on the ticket. It reminds Americans of the double-standard Gov. Palin endures. If VP Biden makes a gaffe we are told that is "just Biden being Biden" If Palin makes a gaffe it proof she is mentally unstable and HBO will make a movie saying just that.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  210. Carol in Texas

    No way. Obama and Biden are a great team and are WINNING! It's the electoral college stupid! Obama Biden ticket is way ahead and leading with swing states! Besides Romney and now Ryan are the gift that keeps on giving! We don't need Hillary now, but will in 2016.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  211. Steve H

    No way! I like Joe he says whats on his mind and speaks from the gut.. These politicians are way to serious and say things that they think you want to hear not how that really feel.. Joe is my comic relief.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  212. Don McPhail

    Absolutely!! nothing against Joe but this is a crucial election and Republican money machine (Koch Brothers and the likes) bringing Hillary on board and Bill the most liked Ex President of all times in the last 30 years along side them would solidify the win not just for them but all middle class Americans who still have hopes of having a chance to stay middle class. Give Romney the White house we will have the Rich and than the rest of us nobody's!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  213. Red Vettes

    Its time Joe Biden goes! The latest statements are totally unacceptable. The change needs to happen as soon as possible. I don`t know how he can stand with both feet constantly in his mouth!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  214. bassman

    ve him on the ticket. It reminds Americans of the double-standard Gov. Palin endures. If VP Biden makes a gaffe we are told that is "just Biden being Biden" If Palin makes a gaffe its proof she is mentally unstable and HBO will make a movie saying just that.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  215. Margot in Washington

    Why should he??? This media storm is being fed and nutured by the Republicans. I admire Joe Biden for NOT being politically correct..He doesn't do that–he is the real deal and while you may disagree with him, he isn't interested in lying or shading the truth. What he said may have offended a bunch of swarmy politicians, but I believe he spoke the truth. His honesty is refreshing and it rankles all the right people!!!! Their outrage is as fake as everything else they say or do.....You go Joe!!!!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  216. Bob Thonen

    "Damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't", but if he does he'll have a much better chance at reelection.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  217. Richard

    Should Obama change his running mate because of racially coded speech? That's like should Romney stop atrributing "class warfare" and "hatred" and "anger" in describing the Obama campaign (while trying to do away with entitlements and screwing the middle and working classes, the peons in our economy). Which is better, the double speaking person you know, or the double speaking person you don't know? You figure it out Jack.

    Richard in Costa Rica

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  218. June Seley Kimmel

    Nah!!! Biden is kind of like that weird cousin you just keep inviting to Thanksgiving. He's part of the family. At least he pays his fair share and doesn't dump his stock the day before the crooks do!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  219. Dominic

    Don't replace Joe Biden, instead let's explain to Republicans the definition of a 'metaphor.'

    August 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  220. Anelo8

    Come on Jack, you know what the answer is a big fat NO!! If Clinton run in 2016 I will vote for her, But right now VP Biden, is doing a fantastic job, way to go VP. lol.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  221. madkeyra

    Biden can go only Paul Ryan replaces Mit. Why should Biden leave the ticket for refering to the shackles comments many Republicans made reference too. By the way did Mit Romney release his taxes, or explain Bain Capial, or atleast did he get the numbers to balance the Budget?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  222. Dave in Chicago

    What, you think the Campaigner in Chief can admit he made a mistake 4 years ago? Or demonstrate clearly that he would throw everyone including his mother under the bus in order to win?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  223. Crantson S. from Phoenix

    Let's just replace both of them and be done with it. Clearly the last four years have been a terrible mistake.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  224. jake1969

    I'd like to see a switch. Won't happen though. I don't know why it's such a big deal nowadays to switch VPs. It was actually fairly common up until about the '80s. Many prior President's switched VPs for the second run. Seems ever since Bush Sr insisted on keeping Quayle, the tone has shifted to the fact that somehow if a Prez doesn't keep their VP, it shows lack of loyalty or strength or something?? I think it's BS. I say Obama should break this post-80s trend and switch it up!!

    Now, I don't dislike Biden. Just don't think he's a strong bonus for the ticket or the best one out there to be #2 in line. I agree people are being too PC. PC goes both ways in my mind. But somehow it seems conservatives are the only ones who get to claim folks are too PC...such hypocrits, just like liberals, conservatives also freak over the smallest statements all the time...

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  225. lexgreen

    Jack, you're kidding, right? Mr. Romney and the GOP throw another tantrum about their "diviided America" nonsense and that gives this story legs?? As if no one on their side has said anything offensive toward the White House in the last 4 years. Remember the idiot who stood up during a State of the Union speech and effectivly shouted "you lie"? Was he removed from office? Stop feeding their vitriolic nonsense and move on to something else.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  226. Rich McKinney, Texas

    The vice president is like a so so toy you get at Christmas. It isn't something you really wanted but you got it so every once in awhile you take it out wind it up and watch it jump out of the box.
    Your momentarily startled because it pops out and says goofy things and looks kind of funny but the novelty is soon gone You put it back in the closet and go find something else to play with.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  227. Name*rick niblick

    I hope he keeps joe because i want to see him loose and with foot in mouth joe he will . With Hillary he has a much better chance. Stay the course PLEASE

    August 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  228. Marilyn from Powell, OH

    Where is all the outrage when the Republicans refer to the President of our United States as "foreign", not American thinking, Hitler, radical, has a fraudulent birth certificate and a congressman yells "you lie" during a State of the Union address, just to mention a few things. If, God forbid, anything should happen to President Obama, Joe Biden has more experience than Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan combined. At least his family served in the military while Romney's boys work at "getting Mitt elected" and Mitt did missionary work, which I hope he goes back and finishes.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  229. ted

    Clinton VP, Obama is gone, and she is a President. I'll take it.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  230. Mr. D

    Old Joe is pretty good at producing a "chain reaction" with his "nuclear" outbursts. But he does provide comic relief at times-something we all need more of. In fact, laughing over this whole 2012 election mess is the only way to stay sane.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  231. Ken Pricw

    Would you want Hillary and Bill a heartbeat away from the presidency if it was your heart you were trying to keep beating?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  232. Samantha

    Obama should absolutely replace Biden but not with Hilary Clinton!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  233. Adewale sr

    This is a non issue.It's a political attempt by the republican to make democratic presidential ticket unfit.
    This far cry should not be dignified with an answer.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  234. Dawn

    No way! Joe's the real deal. So he's not the most eloquent speaker. I think it's funny that republicans criticize Obama for being so articulate and in the same breath get all upset over Joe's gaffes. Get over it!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  235. Name*Dick Carney

    The GOP would love to see Obama drop Biden and replace him with someone as damaging to the ticket as Paul Ryan is to theirs. Thankfully, the president is smarter than that.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  236. ArtInChicago

    Jack, Replace Biden? People openly question whether the President is an American, says he doesn't understand Anglo-Saxon culture, call him the Foodstamps president,sitting judges and elected officials distribute some of the most racist crap known to man; I could go on. Not only no but Hell no!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  237. moomba07

    Joe Biden is a JOKE!! Even people from him home state think so! I can't wait to see him squarm during the VP debate.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  238. Cal M.

    I like Joe, but it's scary to think he's a heartbeat away from being the President.
    It looks like he's losing it.

    I voted for BO, and was so hopefull, but after the first 2yrs, was already
    regretting not voting for Hillary. She'd make a great president.

    Will vote for Romney & Ryan. God help us either way.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  239. Marie

    Joe is the most genuine candidate of the four. Dropping him would be stupid.. I'm black woman and I love joe. Through him I hear the truth

    August 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  240. Rick

    Yes then appoint him the next supreme court justice and stick it to the right wing ideologicals

    August 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  241. Victoria in Phoenix

    Replacing Biden will never happen, for that would support the notion that obsessing over a "gaffe" - as we seem prone to do - is justified.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  242. mary, phoenix

    Joe Biden should refuse to run for another four years so we could have Hillery Clinton. It would be a big help for us.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  243. Carrie in alabama

    Hiliary has made a wonderful SOS, and would make a wonderful VP or President. But for Pres Obama to change now would not be helpful , the right would look at it as running scared.. Joe is a good guy , just always does not think before speaking . But does have my interst at heart . I will not vote for Romeny but especially now with his pick of Ryan who doies have my best interst at heat as a woman or senior citizen. . So VP's do make some difference, look at what happened with Ms Palin. Yikes!!! That was just pure stupid on McCains part , do not see that happening again anytime soon!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  244. 24shamsky

    Is Hillary Clinton any less gaffe-prone than Joe Biden? Has Mr. Cafferty forgotten all about that ridiculous lie she made up about running from sniper fire in Bosnia? I'm pretty sure that the GOP hasn't.

    What's more, Biden was absolutely right.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  245. Bill in Treasurelake , PA

    Since the DNC gave all of Hillary's votes to Obama from Florida and Ohio .. I think it would only be fair to get rid of Biden. I could NEVER see him as being Pres. this was the biggest mistake Obama EVER made. He Disregarded Hillary as a running Mate... and SHE has been the Shining STAR of his administration. If he keeps Biden he will Never win the election.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  246. timk

    Biden was a bad pick in 2008 and is just showing his true colors. Obama ran the first time against Bush (who wasn't running) so it didn't matter if a tomato can was on the ticket!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  247. Russell in New Jersey

    If Romney or Ryan say it, the election is over at that moment. He didn't say it because he meant it, he said it to drive a deeper wedge between Americans just to win an election.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  248. Timothy

    No. The worst part about this question is 99% of the people say no, but you will put one of the one perscent that says yes just to show balance when it is not.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  249. Scott

    As a Conservative, the answer is a resounding 'No!' Joe Biden does more for the cause of Conservatism than anyone on the Right.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  250. Mary Ray

    Yes. Joe should willingly step down to help the ticket.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  251. Steven Ball

    Biden should have been replaced a long time ago. After 30 years in the US Senate he has no accomplishments to speak of.
    He looks and sounds like someone unhinged. No way should he ever be placed next to the nuclear trigger

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  252. Larry in Houston

    Should President Obama consider replacing Joe Biden on the ticket?
    Answer : YES / YES / YES !!
    I've said this for a yr & a half now. If obama loses re-election, the blame should be on the DNC, period. They must be asleep, or something. Can't they see that obama will end up losing colorado AND Wisconsin ? ( not to mention a bunch of other states)

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  253. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    Thank you John McCain the expert on picking a VP! Giuliani said he is not competent, really Rudy, if you remember where home is please just go. Quit picking on Joe, this is so over. We all know what he was saying, but in creating Drama the media just keeps running with it.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  254. Jon

    Joe Bidden is like one of the those donut spare tires. It will do the job but you have to replace it as soon as possible. Hillary is the real thing. She would hit the ground running if needed and would bring dignity to the offiice of the vice president.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  255. Patrisa, Olympia, WA

    Let us see now.....the Republicans have chosen Cheney, Palin and now Ryan? And, with that record you want to let them choose the Democratic VP? Are you nuts? Joe Biden is a keeper so keep him. Hillary is not interested now. She is doing vital work where she is. Joe is doing just fine by telling the truth with tons of international experience and wisdom far beyond Romney and Ryan's combined experience and/or wisdom!!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  256. Robin Burns

    I'd be much more likely to look at Obama for my vote if he switched running mates. And if that choice were Clinton the consideration would be much more likely – but no guarantees. A lot can happen in a few short weeks.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  257. Ed from MD

    No Jack, it's like you say; never count a Clinton out, and we would be one "Et tu Hillary" away from a woman in the white house.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  258. Barry Thorpe

    OOooh Vice Pres. accidentally said "chain" in front of some African Americans. This is just sooo insulting to black people to suggest that they cant't bear to hear ANY word associated with the shameful past. What now? we can't use the "C" word or any word that could somehow be associated with slavery??
    Should we be politically correct and discard any clothing that is 100% cotton ? Barry In Colorado Springs

    August 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  259. 24shamsky

    Didn't we go through something similar to this nonsense four years ago? Didn't then candidate Obama make a "lipstick on a pig" comment and Republicans went wild, insisting that Mr. Obama had called Sarah Palin a pig?

    In Palin's case, "pig" would have been a charitable description.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  260. DT

    Obama should do whatever he needs to do to get elected, except for using the ole' HOPE angle. We don't have anymore hope.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  261. Guesswho

    Its funny because democrats dont know if we say to keep Joe Biden if we are purposely misleading them in order to throw the election or if we mean we like him. They ought to get a clue. The guy is a mis-speaking red faced drunk of a boob and half senile he didnt even know this was the 21st century in a speech he gave the other day. They ought to keep old Joe locked in the closet with a bottle of gin and Hillary until after the election. I am sure they will keep letting him speak and make gaffe after gaffe.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  262. bobbra conley

    no, biden should not be replaced that's a gop move just fire people if they give u your desired services. president obama shows he's a loyal president and friend to biden by standin by him that's what a PRESIDENT and friend does. what will the american people think if the president get rid of biden. when he's asking us to not get rid of him. this is the gop way of doing things.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  263. Windy City Lou

    Biden sometimes stumbles over his own tongue, but he is something rare in Washington: an honest man. Absolutely keep him on the ticket.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  264. matt

    Biden's comment was asinine for more than just the "black-face" method of its delivery, but for the fact that his own administration has done NOTHING to actually prosecute any wrong-doing on Wall Street. Regulations are meaningless if they are not enforced. Bush and Clinton before him both prosecuted hundreds of instances – Obama zip/nada. It's either incompetence or a direct strategy to pay back his Wall Street donors from 2008.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  265. griffbos

    Interesting Question, the purpose Biden was picked in the first Place was Forgein poloicy, so whould it be wise to replace Biden with a younger Hilary Clinton? Well this republican is already leaning Obama , if he can move more to the center while keeping Biden he gets my vote, but if he can do it with Clinton as VP( who I consider a centrist) he has locked my vote down. Romney has moved to far right with me and his pick of Ryan moved him even further.....

    August 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  266. Jon

    Jack, you are falling for the Tea-Publican propaganda. What a bunch of wusses they are. They can dish it out, but let the Democrats put forth their own 'attack dog' and all you hear is a chorus of whines from the other side. Everyone knows Biden's tendency to engage mouth before brain and that is actually part of is charm. No word-smithing, no spin, no doubletalk .... just straight from the heart. I suspect that Tea-Publicans prefer to run against Hillary Clinton since they have more to attack. No need to ask this question just to support Tea-Publican goals of disruption and division. There hasn't been a VP bounced from the ticket since FDR (DDE was urged to replace RMN in '52, but didn't, and the 1972 replacement of Tom Eagleton was a special and an unique situation). Tea-Publicans have an history of campaigning through fear and it's alot of fun to watch them when they get scared. Personally, I think Paul Ryan will do far more damage to the Romney campaign thatn Joe Biden will do for the Democrats.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  267. pmangr

    I get a laugh when people use the "buyers remorse" comment. The only real people that feel that way, didn't vote for him in the first place. LOL!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  268. Larry in Houston

    If I was obama, I would be BEGGING Hillary to run. Imagine, that's 18 million votes that will break the glass ceiling ! Or that is 18 million Votes that will be in obama's corner. Biden is smart, but he's a foreign affairs guy, since he was the head of the foreign relations committee. If he was our president, he would be more of a radical, and that would turn people off.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  269. Pollywog

    How about a Clinton/Biden ticket? Or at least a Clinton/Obama ticket? Notice who's getting first billing!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  270. Martha Moya

    I firmly believe that VP Biden's comment was taken out of context. I don't think he is stupid as some people have commented.. Yes. he should run again with President Obama.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  271. Rick in Johnson City, Tennessee

    I don't see the point Jack. Biden is and always will be Biden. He was the weakest of VP candidates in 2008. Heck, he even made Palin look like an intellectual. Didn't make a difference in the outcome in 2008 ... can't see it making any difference now.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  272. jinks, Sarasota,Fl

    Well Jack

    Maybe we do need a change of running mates on both sides. Obama replaces Biden and Ryan replaces Romney!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  273. Ann from Charleston SC

    Obama and Biden seem to have a good working relationship. Rational people know what the VP was talking about. Why should Obama cave in to pressure?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  274. Puma girl

    Let it be clear – We, a majority of the Hillary Clinton supporters will NEVER, repeat NEVER vote for Obama even if he begs her to be his VP. We will not vote for someone who wrestled the Presidency from her in the most vile way and now he thinks he has got Hillary's 18 million in his pocket ? Hillary is not a crutch for a failing presidency. You can't kick women to the curb and retrieve them from the curb, when you need help.

    It would be such a telling sign that Obama obviously cannot stand on his own record. He needed the one WOMAN that was most qualified and deserving to be the President of the United States in 2008 in his quest to keep his job in 2012.
    SMIRK !!

    No, we won't vote for him even if Hillary accepts. A VP is just a whipping pit bull that "mis-speaks" when it is convenient. Hillary deserves better than that.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  275. Earl

    I would like to see President Barack Obama replace Vice-President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton and I say this because when I was with the Reynolds campaign in the early 1990's Hillary Clinton was just coming on to the national scene and President George H. W. Bush was in the whitehouse. So if President Obama was to do the "Hillary for Joe" switch, then since I'm about to write Jenna Bush Hager to thank her father for trying to save my first house in Richton Park illinois, this would truly have an early 1990's "flavor" with me. So I'll invite President George W. Bush to the open house of my Romney for president campaign office which I would want to be the same one I had when I was with the Reynolds campaign and this invite to President Bush to thank him for trying to save my American Dream of homeownership.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  276. Roshan from New York

    Biden if a fine gentleman, but now boring as VP, and without causing any ill feeling among his senior appointments, I suggest that President Obama just switch positions between Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Hillary be the Vice President, with renewed energy and new power, then she goes for the Presidency in 2016, and Biden becomes the Secretary of State. With this Obama is guaranteed victory.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  277. Lagos

    Of course not! Biden is doing exactly what Obama's campaign needs him to be: The attack dog that stirs up hoots and hollers from the far left and rage on the far right. Meanwhile, Obama himself gets to paint himself as the post-partisan everyman that would never, ever resort to anything so low.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  278. David Cartledge-Greenville, SC

    I always thought that President Obama should have picked Hillary Clinton from the beginning, but Sarah Palin is the LAST person to recommend a running mate! It is "political season" and (O') Biden's gaffes will be used against him...so maybe Jill (O') Biden needs to go with her husband the same way that Ann Romney goes with Mitt.....Mitt would be SO LOST without her! Anyway, with Mitt Romney in my hometown today using a dry erase board to explain his distorted economic plan, that makes Joe Biden look VERY SMART! ....Just like putting "lipstick" on a pig!!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  279. AJ Feit

    Joe Biden is gaffe-prone, but the Rolls-Ryan ticket eschews truth-telling about power relations in the country, and how they affect our health, welfare and overall economy. Besides, Washington needs a straight shooter, even if she/he are occasionally off target with the verbiage while the framing is perfectly on target.

    Systemic 'shackles' aside, I am a person of color and did not notice the 'majority black audience'. The GOP needs to get a clue before they can actually give the resuscitate order.

    -AJ, Swing Batta', South FL.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  280. Ray

    Quite nauseating to hear these right wing champions of hate crying wolf about VP Biden's comments. Truth hurts as the saying goes. Romney, Ryan, Gingrich, Santorum, Sununu, Cheney and on and on are race-neutral?.......Give me a break!!!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  281. joke

    stop acting like Joe's slip was his first or his during this election or this presidency, he just following on the steps of others like Dick Cheney; however, since you mentioned change and since it came from McCain aman with expertise in selecting running mate; Obama should consider giving Sara Palin a second chance for the VP job.
    Obama / Palin 2012 a dream team

    August 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  282. dennis7x

    You go Joe.... "Keep the Veep"
    I have been black all of my life and I am NOT offended, I am informed.

    "Give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell" – Harry Truman

    August 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  283. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Jack, Only if he replaces him with Dennis Kucinich !

    August 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  284. Mitchell Paul Larkins

    I worked for Obama for America in the highly contested state of Florida in 2008. I worked hard against Clinton supporters, and shared the animosity and reservations that others had when it came to possibly picking Clinton in 2008. But as we remember the 1979 election battle between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy, it would have been wise for Carter to pick Kennedy as his running mate as he was well liked by his own party base. It's VERY similar today with rising gas prices and other issues plaguing Americans. And Mitt Romney has many similarities of Ronald Reagan, Governor of a liberal state, well liked by independents, last great hope for conservatives, and regarded as a statesman. President Obama picked up Biden in 2008 to add experience to the ticket, but now we need youth or a fresh face to give the base and independents someone to hope for. Democrats do not want to wait until a 2016 Clinton run, because that'd almost certainly mean 4 years of Mitt Romney and we saw what 8 could do to this country under President Bush and his policies, just imagine if Karl Rove and Fox News came back into power. Now I'm not necessarily saying to just throw Biden under the bus, I think he would make a better Secretary of State, where he can open his mouth and look down the eyes of dictators and countries with force and determination, whereas, I think our domestic state is better suited for Clinton or a younger democrat more in tune with the issues regular day Americans are facing, and going to task to create new, more modern, productive solutions and voicing them in Administration Meetings. Democrats need Hillary Clinton or another young democrat that can rally the base but still get union support and womens support out to the polls.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  285. BobFromChicago

    No, Obama shouldn't throw him off the ticket, he should make the decision to leave on his own. Hils would (or should) veritably LEAP at the chance to become the veep, it means she'd have the experience and ability to run (presuming of course Obama's elected again) for POTUS in 2016.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  286. Parasailin

    Its funny because if Biden were worth keeping there would be no question as to his value to Obama's campaign. The man is a red faced, drunken, nearly senile old man who didnt even know it was the 21st century in the last speech he gave. If they had any sense at all they would lock Biden and Hillary Clinton in a closet with a gallon of Seagram's Gin, a case of tonic and limes and a bag of ice until after the election. Instead the dems will let him speak and make gaffe after gaffe. The arrogance of both Obama and Biden will blind them into thinking they can do no wrong or say no wrong. After all they think the average voter is dumb for electing them in the first place.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  287. Lee

    Don't waste time! The truth is all politican are liars, they only say and do what will help them to get the votes. Obama simply wants everyone in this country to apply food stamp. He claims he wanted to help the middle-class, that was completely BS. He is in fact sucking up all the middle class's hard earned money! Why would he care? Regardless he will be re-elected or not, he will make several million of dollars by giving speeches just like Bill Clinton. This country is no doubt going downhill. Romeny may not be the perfect candidate but we have known enough about Obama! That's all.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  288. Manuel J.

    Please say it's so.... KEEP Joe so he can continue stepping in it!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  289. chris

    it doesent mattere he's out in nov no matter who he had as vice president

    August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  290. Gabriel

    No............Be serious! Why?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  291. REGinAZ

    I really don't think Biden is a negative or that he has done a bad job, quite to the contrary, ... but I believe it could energize the ticket, stimulate excitement and support and be a plus PROVIDING the new selection was really favorable (like Hillary, a woman, or?).

    August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  292. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Unless Biden has strapped his dog to the roof of his car, hidden his tax returns, or allowed his wife to spend thousands on her horse, no. Obama shouldn't dump his VP. Those same people who have been calling for it, should also call for Romney to dump Paul Ryan as HIS VP choice.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  293. carey from Silsbee,Texas

    Let's see, a couple more days gone by with the conversation someplace other than where Romney wants it. There's a method in this madness, Jack. I don't think the Vice-President's remarks have made whit's difference in who is going to vote for whom. As long as he's not hurting the ticket, let him rip.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  294. Joan

    No, no, no, Joe is very bright and knowledge man. He is truthful and he can be trusted. I think the American people
    should be very scared of Mitt and Ryan. They are liars. For them to be choking over what the man said show you how
    insecure they are. It is a really shame to see the sad pair that are running to become President. I hope and pray that
    Obama and Biden don't get bitter and stay the course in a positive way. The American people are smart and if they take
    time to listen and sort things out they will see that Obama/Biden are the real deal. Mitt sounds very pompous. We need a tough man not a wishy washy pompous liar.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  295. ohplease

    Hillary Clinton is a great Secretary of State? Have you looked at the middle east and Afghanistan lately? Did you forget about the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster?

    August 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  296. Puma girl

    To all those who are saying they regret voting for Hillary.... save the sentiment and go whip yourself . We hate you already.
    She could have been the first and best woman President but a lot of people thought hey a "Messiah" would be a better bet.

    How is the Hope and Change (hopey changey pipe?) working out for you eh ? No so good?

    Well, Hillary should not be your second go to choice to save your failing Messiah. You guys that villified her do not deserve her to bail you out. She was the absolute best choice in 2008 and look at the mess you all got us into !
    Are we happy now ???

    August 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  297. Manuel J.

    Yes, keep Joe so he can tell us all how he's for the little guy and brag about showing his taxes where shows he gave a whopping $5,500 to charity. I make much less than he and gave $4,500 in 2011

    August 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  298. zfuzen

    I don't think the decision to drop Joe Biden from the ticket should be made by the president. If such a decision is to be made, it should come from Joe Biden.

    Michael from Austin, TX.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  299. Ralph Nelson

    Only after the election (McGovern 1972, Jerry Ford 1976)...it is too disruptive, plays into Romney's Lie-mobile. But it's okay to make Sabelius of Kansas (former governor). Prefer Jennifer Gantholm, former governor Michigan (but she was born in Canada)). .

    August 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  300. upwardquest

    Biden is far and away better than Ryan. I live in Arizona. NEVER take anything McCain says seriously. President Obama WILL WIN in November! Bank on it!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  301. wes

    What Mistake? Because he used the word "Chains." So what! it was a figure of speech and he was being Truthful too.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  302. BigdaddyUSA

    Gee, two days after the media said Obama should pick Hillary as VP choice, Palin announces the same thing. She is too smart for her panteees.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  303. New Gawker

    Replace him with Hillary, not a chance in hell Biden will ever be elected after Obama leaves office. I was a Hillary supporter in the first place.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  304. Diana

    Biden isn't the problem – it's Obama. Put Hillary in HIS role!

    August 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  305. BigdaddyUSA

    Gee, two days after the media said Obama should pick Hillary as VP choice, Palin announces the same thing. She is too smart for her pan.tees.

    August 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  306. Chuck

    The audience was not mostly black. It was mostly white with some blacks in attendance. I heard the speech and it did not sound racially whatsoever. This was to parallel Ryan's old saying of Obama putting Wallstreet on shackles. There is no growing discourse in the democratic party asking for Biden to be replaced. This is nonsense

    August 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm |