September 26th, 2008
06:07 PM ET

Is Biden an asset or a liability for Obama?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator Joe Biden is never at a loss for words. That is both the good news and the bad news.

See not everything Biden says is helpful to the Democrats' cause.

Example: He told the CBS Evening News this week that in 1929 "when the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,'"

Only FDR wasn't in office in 1929 and there wasn't any television then either.

In the same interview, he called an Obama ad attacking McCain as computer illiterate "terrible." Last week, he criticized the government bailout of AIG without checking with the campaign first. Barack Obama later said, quote, "I think Joe should have waited."

There's more. Biden said that paying higher taxes was the patriotic duty of the rich. And earlier this month he told a crowd that Hillary Clinton may have been a better vice presidential pick than he was. Like we said…never at a loss for words.

Here’s my question to you: Is Joe Biden an asset or a liability for Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Gil writes:
I think Joe Biden was a great choice. Despite his propensity for talking too much, he is an honest, good, man who has been in the thick of things for 37 years and, most importantly, he understands what is at stake in foreign affairs and understands basic balance of power politics, something sadly missing for the past eight years.

Sherri writes:
Jack, Biden is an asset. Obama didn't want a "yes" man he wanted someone who was able to widen his perspective on an issue, who he could brainstorm with. Joe Biden is that man.

Steve writes:
Biden is making a fool out of himself with his many gaffes. Having said that, surprisingly enough I don't think he's having an adverse affect on Obama's campaign or his momentum.

Tanis writes:
I think he should take one for the team and let Hillary Clinton become the vice president.

Wallace from North Carolina writes:
Joe Biden is a tremendous asset. His foreign policy credentials and his down home connection with cops and fire fighters do more to add to the ticket than his gaffes. I think the only people who really pay attention to his gaffes, are the political junkies like me and the pundits like you.

Paula writes:
Biden is just being Biden. It doesn't mean anything except that he has a habit of misspeaking. In other words, although Roosevelt was not president immediately after the 1929 crash, he did inherit the depression when he took office and this was obviously what Biden was talking about. No, Roosevelt did not appear on TV but film taken at the time has, and it's obvious that's what Biden had on his mind when he meant to say, "went on the radio and said" etc. You just have to know how to listen to Joe.

Ed writes:
Joe Biden can be counted on to say something worth-while half the time. Therefore he is a Half-Asset.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Joe Biden
soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. Glenn in California

    Jack, he's an asset, unlike the pain in the asset that Caribou Barbie is for McSame.

    Biden speaks the truth and says what's on his mind, something that Palin is not allowed to do.

    That, by itself, shows the stark difference between the campaigns. Come November 4th, it'll be GAME OVER for McSame/Palin.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I fully support Barck's choice of Biden for VP. He is a person who is widely respected and admired on both sides of the divide. The setbacks from his occasional flubs are more than made up for with his knowledge and expertise that he adds to the ticket.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  3. David, Tampa, Fl

    He is both. Intelligent with many good personal qualities. Like all of us he can suffer from time to time with HOOF IN MOUTH DISEASE.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  4. Brian Becker

    Hes an asset in governance, but he isn't going to get (or lose) Obama many votes. People vote for the top of the ticket, and If people really cared about gaffes on the campaign trail, John McCain would be running at 20% in the polls.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Colleen, Weddington NC

    The jury is still out....to bad he isn't Hillary.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  6. Jen, Missouri

    I think Joe Biden is amaing. He is out there speaking, taking questions and actually doing something. Where is Sarah, oh yeah she is being photographed! Give me a break. People say Biden is the king of gaffes, but let Sara speak, I am sure her lack of everything would lead to many, many gaffes. Oh but she isnt allowed to speak. OK so she will speak during the debates, but it sounds to me like that one will cradle her as well, come on McCain its time to cut the cord.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Jed in Redding, CA

    While Biden has the occassional recurrence of foot-in-mouth disease, more Amercians than not realize that Biden is qualified to be President should (god forbid) anything happen to Barack Obama as President. But when the Obama/Biden ticket is compared to the explosive combination of John McCain's age and Sarah Palin's inexperience that any liability Joe Biden might have just melts away in comparison.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  8. Paul

    He is an asset as long as he takes care in what he says to the press and says what he thinks in a tactful way.

    September 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  9. Warren stokes

    My guess is that he is more of an asset to Obama than the barracuda is to McCain.
    Heck I am a registered Republican and I just can't take any more of the clown act. I can see it now the McDonalds Maccuda.
    Thats two all bull whacko's let us pickle your prosperity on a stale and seedy run.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  10. Marieth, Chicago


    September 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  11. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Joe can certainly have an occasion to open his mouth and insert his foot, probably because he generally speaks from his heart with all the passion that he possesses. Sometimes the things he says makes me cringe. But I also know that if Palin or McCain spoke off the cuff as much as he did, they'd make ten times as many gaffes as he does. All we hear from Palin is the same speech over and over again.

    This woman is an unopened book. All we get to know about her is the little synopsis found on the dust cover. I don't want to start reading it after McCain is elected (God forbid!) and find out she' s a horror novel.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  12. GORDON

    now we know they have differant views witch is a good thing to me

    September 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  13. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    Well at this point how can he be a liability? We have nothing but liablities, Bush, Cheney, Congress, Lobbyists and the rest of all these gangsters.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  14. Clarke in Florida

    A bit of both. I think the balance tips towards "asset", especially when the competition is taken into account.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  15. Dave in MO

    asset other than McCain he is second most qualified to be Pres over Palin and Obama!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Jan NY

    Overall, I think he is an asset. Experience, dedication, and a strong legislator. Does he say things that sometimes get him in trouble? Sure. But I'd much rather have him than the alternative ticket – an man who will say and do anything to get elected and a woman with no experience.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  17. Susan from Ga

    While he makes an occasional gaffe, Biden is a huge asset to Obama. Comparing Biden with Sarah Palin is a no brainer. I would feel a whole lot better and safer with Biden in the Oval Ofiice rather than Annie Oakley!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  18. Jenny Rome Ga

    Biden is an asset. He balances out Obamas youth and inexperience well. He also does not have the baggage the Hillary comes with. (Specifically about 200 lbs and 6 ft of it. Sorry Bill). With Sarah Palin on the McCain ticket, Obama could have put just about anyone one the ticket and come out ahead,

    September 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  19. Dan, Maryland

    Biden is an everyday Joe. Obama needed someone who could better relate to voters hit hard by economic times and also one who has incredible foreign policy experience. Biden was an outstanding pick, and even with his off the cuff comments, he's an asset no matter how you look at it.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  20. Conor in Chicago

    I think in an Obama administration he will be an asset but on the compaign trail he will likely make a few gaffes that could prevent Obama from getting there.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  21. heather, new york

    biden still remains an asset in spite of his obvious ability to neatly place his foot in his mouth. obama is happy with him, he brings a lot to the table in experience and especially foreign policy. and he is a solid, grounded candidate with impeccable family values.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  22. James B. / Driggs, ID

    He just made McCain look like a real fool today. I'd call that an asset.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  23. Jayne

    Senator Biden is well qualified to be President of the United States, unlike his counterpart on the Republican side. That's the primary consideration when choosing a Vice Presidential running mate. While Biden's mouth gets ahead of his brain once in awhile, overall he's an asset to Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  24. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Why not put this question on hold say, until 5 November. Hindsight is always so very clear. Wonder if Obama will be asking Hillary for succor and solace?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  25. Karen - Nashville TN

    Both. He has the knowledge, character, and experience needed to help run an effective government, but he lacks the charisma that excites voters and attracts the media.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  26. Jan from NW Iowa

    I consider him an asset – Obama campaign allows full access by the press to him. I kind of take his remarks as a normal joe who really says it like it is. I think alot of middle class Americans understand him and what he has said. All of his remarks have felt honest and no lying – what you see is what you get.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  27. Jim in Puyallup

    Jack, I feel Biden is asking himself the same question.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  28. Ed Reed

    He's definitely an asset because he's a very sharp guy, especially on foreign policy issues. Also, unlike Gov. Palin, he's ready to step in as President on day one.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    September 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  29. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It depends on the day of the week. At least he doesn't have a road to nowhere and by the way, thanks CNN for finding this one.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  30. RKing

    I think his vast experience outweighs his occasional slip up. Plus I think he is the "real deal" as they say.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  31. Michael from Hartford, CT

    Liability. Regardless of Biden's "blue-collar" appeal, he is a loose cannon, and I believe that he will hurt Obama during the VP debate. Palin will easily bait him into putting both of his feet in his mouth, he readily inserts one.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  32. Helen

    I will make my judgement when Palin gives a full interview.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  33. Precious Coker

    Joe Biden is an asset to Obama. After all he was properly vetted.

    McCain is in the process of vetting Sarah Palin. After the fact!!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  34. John from Jersey

    Biden who? He is about as relevant as the flunky former democratic Senator from Connecticut who stands behind McCain at photo ops like an adoring spouse.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  35. John - Houston, TX

    Comparing to Republican's VP of course he's an asset to Obama... Even
    you would be...
    PS: I'm glad to see you back... We missed you.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  36. don in naples, florida

    if you look at both the republican and democratic tickets they are the same. You have a fresh new face with an old experienced veteran– which begs the question... what is the difference between the two. There really is no difference. Both Obama and Mccain increase the national debt about the same with their proposed plans. So, is joe biden an asset or liablity? Well if you compare him with Palin, i would say he is an asset.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  37. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Joe Biden is a real asset for Barack Obama.
    His speech today was magnificent, pointing out the
    big difference between actions, statements and goals.
    And, guess what, Jack, he doesn't have to be
    scripted or programmed before he is allowed to
    I hope his hands aren't completed tied for the debate.
    The republicans always seem to have more power
    when making demands.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  38. Jessica Alexander (Ft. Worth, TX)

    Joe Biden is a safe bet. He is neither an asset nor a liability. Everything good about him can be cancelled out by bad, and vice-versa. Obama didn't want to stir the pot by picking Clinton or another more controversial Democrat. It's like going into Ben & Jerry's...Obama ordered Vanilla and John McCain ordered Rainbow Sherbert.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  39. Venia PA

    Definitely an ASSET. Obama is thoughtful, possesses brilliant judgement and leadership skills but he is not really a pit bull. Biden on the other hand Biden lacks that refinement that Obama possesses. Biden can do all Barack's really nasty work for him and still make him look good. One thing I love about Biden is he is brutally honest and this country needs that after 8 years of layered lies. Plus whatever gaps in information Obama has, and it really isn't alot, Biden can fill them in perfectly.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  40. Mitch Cole

    He's a liability. He often shoots off his mouth before giving thought to what he's about to say. He is of 'The Old Guard' in politics. He brings very little to the table for 'Change'. Of course, Hilary would be a liability if she were chosen also. She doesn't want to play second-fiddle to anyone.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  41. Jennifer W (Burlington, IA)

    Jack, Biden is definately an asset to the Democrats. I think that Biden is sincere and real. Biden brings more knowledge and expertise to the democratic ticket than Palin could even dream of bringing to the Republican ticket. Not only that, but at least he puts himself out there for all the voters to see, letting us know who he is and what he stands for on the issues. I will be proud to call him the Vice-President!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  42. Lynn, Douglas, Georgia

    I think he's a asset, but we'll know for sure when he mops the floor with airhead Pallin.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  43. Jack CArlson

    It does not matter – Obama will not win because he did not select Hilary Clinton.
    Biden might have a heart as he did not like the cruel ad that denegrated McCain's injuries so that he cannot type on a computer.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    September 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  44. Kenneth Drew

    I find Joe Biden to be refreashing in his open opinions, that he has been critized for speaking to fast to me speaks to his honesty of heart in his plans to help Obama win this election. I find his foreign Policy knowledge to be on track to what this country needs. He's definitely a asset.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  45. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Compared to Palen.................Joe Biden is an asset, along the lines of a pile of gold bars inside of Fort Knox.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  46. Frank from Peterborough

    Joe Biden's only problem is he tells the truth which isn't always the best way to endear yourself to voters. When he makes some off the cuff remarks that get highlighted as Gaffs they aren't lies but usually just the truth that shouldn't have been told.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  47. Linda in southern Indiana

    Joe Biden is an asset to this Democratic ticket. So he misspeaks occasionally. We have been listening to George W. for 8 years and barely survived, but we did survive his lack of intelligence, proper English, poor Spanish, cowboy swagger, etc. etc. etc. Yep! Joe is a good old boy that will do just fine.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
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    September 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  49. Sue Ventura

    Yes he's intelligent, knowledgeable on foreign affairs, a good family man, and not like a lot of people in DC spends his off time at home with his family not part of the social crowd in DC.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  50. jean/connecticut

    An asset because at this point in the campaign ,a person with Joes' credentials and knowledge in just about every aspect of the american government as well as foreign affairs needs to be front and center to us.He also has the respect of both sides of the aisle as well as "truely" meeting with foreign leaders at any time or place when needed. He is well versed in todays political climate.It's really mind blowing to just watch one VP candidate actually speaking!!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  51. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    After hearing Senator Joe Biden speak today it is plain as day that he is a BIG asset. He is knowledgeable and experienced and boy oh boy does he have John McCains number. And he knows all of McCains past votes, sins and ommissions. Though he is not a dog he can sure enough attack.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    September 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  52. Karl in CA

    He's an asset. Hillary might have been better to get elected, but a pain after he wins.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  53. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: An asset. He compliments Obama's void on foreign policy, and is an excellent resource for Obama to draw upon when decisions concerning foreign policy will have to be made.....and besides.....Biden doesn't need to wear lipstick and Tina Fey glasses.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  54. Sheryl in Virginia

    He's an asset. He's the folksy pitbull without lipstick.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  55. Alissa in Kansas

    Biden has done far more good than bad. He's a compelling figure and an honest guy – rare for a politician! His speech earlier today is proof of this. Joe knows what he's talking about.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  56. Fem, Knoxville, Tenn.


    You and I did know what the cons of Sen. Biden candidacy were before he was announced, however one cannot deny the fact that he will be an asset to an Obama administration. Obama realizede what he lacks and this nation needs and he went for it in Biden. Unlike the other candidate who went all for what will make him win the base of his party while saying to hell with what this nation needs.

    Fem, Knoxville, Tenn.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  57. Jackie in Dallas

    He is both good and bad. Good in that when he knows his subject and has a stance, he can be impassioned and quite eloquent. Bad in that he occasionally suffers from foot-in-mouth disease, and has been in Congress for long enough to have made both good and bad decisions. But I give him credit, he doesn't hide from the press, and admits to his mistakes.

    Not one of our candidates is perfect, and we shouldn't expect them to be. McCain, remember was once a Democrat, and made decisions that Democrats supported. Yet now he is the poster child for the Republicans? Politics is a weird world.

    By the way, Jack, what happened to the third question yesterday? You know, the one about the media? Please don't tell me that you were forced to drop the forum on what your peers are doing to a once noble profession! That stinks of censorship, when our 3rd Estate cannot take criticism on their job performance.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  58. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Talk about sexism! McSame and McBarbie are whooping it up in front of the cameras – gots to admit she makes a lovely picture standing there contrasting his age and intelligence – while poor Joe goes about his bidnez as usual (he is a senator, remember?). Well, Joe ain't a woman, so he can't be exploited that way – I suppose his native intelligence and his openness and honesty and love of this country will have to do. Oh, yeah, and his experience. He is an asset.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  59. Annie, Atlanta

    Definitely an asset. There's no mistaking what he thinks, good, bad, indifferent, or even when he opens mouth and inserts foot. How refreshing.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  60. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Anyone hear him speaking on foreign policy this morning? Finally someone actually pointing out what this country should have done long ago regarding the 9-11 attacks....unlike McCain's backing of Bush and going into Iraq when it was already proven that Iraq had nothing to do with 911 or even had those "meals on wheels" labs that Rumsfeld insisted Iraq had.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  61. John, Austin, TX

    Compared to Palin, Biden has an education, talks about things the Repunlicans do not want to hear and this man has overcome many heartbreaking hardships and setbacks in his life? What has Palin overcome? She can not even overcome her investigation at home.
    Biden also was man enough considering to give up his seat in the Senate after his wife died to be there for his sons if it would interfere with his duties. That is courage and character, while Palin is trying to make a name for herself by exposing her pregnant teenage daughter and who is caring right now for he child with down syndrome. Right now her children need her the most. Selfish and greedy just like all Republicans. OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  62. Mac in Truro Nova Scotia

    Biden is honest and says what he thinks. Sure sometimes he makes a "gaffe" but we all do that. He is an asset on his own but when you compare him to Palin who is not allowed to talk to the press or answer questions from the crowds or to McCain who makes one mistake after another and changes positions from hour to hour he is with his steadfastness a definate asset to Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  63. Mark - Asheville, NC

    He is an asset, but he is in the wrong position on the ticket. With his many years of accomplishment he should be at the TOP of the ticket, with Hillary as VP. Obama should be in the Senate, learning to accomplish things himself, other than running for President, and voting 'present'.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  64. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Time will tell.
    In my opinion he's a liability.
    There is a reason he has never been selected by his own party for higher office. He has a tendency to stick his foot in his mouth, he is a stargazing left wing and this will not make Democrat conservatives very happy.

    We'll see. My personal view is Obama shot his foot off when he didn't fight for Hillary as his VP.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  65. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    All in all, I think Joe Biden is an asset. I do wish that Obama and Biden would campaign more together so we could see how they relate to each other in public. Aside from Bidens gaffes lately, I do like the way he has gone after McCain. He probably knows John better than anyone other than his wife, as well as where the skeletons are hidden!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  66. Marian Atkinson

    I am, and have been watching the primaries etc., very closely from Newfoundland - political junkie that I am. I do like Joe Biden and I think he was a very good pick for Obama's running mate. They complement each other very well and make an excellent team. I so wish we had an Obama and Biden here in Canada!

    marian in Newfoundland

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  67. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Given that Obama thinks there are 57 states, Biden is an asset. He even occasionally lets bits of truth slip out. For example, I liked the part when he said Obama wasn't ready to lead.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  68. Connie

    Jack, It is refreshing to have a politician tell the truth, even though at times the pundits and media think it is a gaff. Why is the media kissing up to McSenile and the bridge to nowhere Governor.I will take the unknown Obama, over the known McBush . Connie from Indiana

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  69. L.

    Biden is an asset. He has his flaws like all of us, but he is 1,000,000 times better than McPalin. I will rather speak the truth than hide lies. Which is what Biden is proud of doing. Biden should not be scrutinized for this. MCpalin are the ones that should be scrutinized for their lies.

    Always Simple,
    Pullman Washington State

    September 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  70. Mack from traverse city Michigan

    Jack, Joe Biden is what he is, the ultimate attack dog. Senator Obama has tried to position himself as the new style politician, above the fray of the old attack politics. To do that he needs somebody with the credentials and intelligence to survive in that arena on his behalf. Joe Biden is the man.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  71. Tyne from Colorado

    Hmmm... good question. Do his views on foreign policy consist of more than seeing Russia from his house. If so, I'd say he's a pretty good asset.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  72. Jeff in Connecticut

    Oh just stop it! Biden's only errors have been not addressing the sensantionalist media's interpretations & unfair focus on his phrasings, while giving that twit Palin more or less a free ride so they won't be accused of sexism.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  73. Tonya from Mississippi

    Joe Biden is an asset unlike McCain, Obama did not give joe the spotlight. He just talks a little too much but because he is known for that America does not weight what he say so heavy. Sarah Palin on the other hand is known for her lies because little is known about her it weights heavy.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  74. Gretchen from Bucks County PA

    An Asset – he is more than qualified to step into the shoes of the president if needed.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  75. Ann from Atlanta, TX

    He is an asset. He just needs to think before he speaks.

    He is definitely qualified to step in as president, if the need arises.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  76. Candy West Virginia

    Based on Barack's brilliant judgement so far, I would say definitely an asset. Biden's pick to me was actually the best out of the lot – he is brutally honest, been around forever (longer than mccain), knows foreign policy and is a good man. Believe me, Barack knew exactly what he was doing in picking Biden.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  77. KCLaw

    I guess we will find out when he debates Gov. Palin. We can yack all we want about her being sheltered, but the rubber meets the road at the debate, assuming the Press doesn't just lob her and Sen Biden softballs.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  78. Marie-Ewing,NJ

    He is an asset. Although he always makes me nervious as to what he will say. It's OK w/me because Obama has faith in him and that's all that counts.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  79. Paulette,Dallas PA

    As in life, you've got to take the good with the bad. Biden has been around a long time and has many connections. On the other hand,he also has some problems. Some of his votes contradict what he is saying now. Typical politician. Obama made a big mistake not picking Hillary. He'd be on easy street now if he selected her and McCain would be on the ropes.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  80. Linda, Cleveland Ohio

    I think he's a great asset. The fact that he doesn't agree with Obama on every little thing is terrific. It means that when big issues arise, Barack has someone intelligent to argue with - someone who will bring up the other points of view that he might be overlooking. Which is exactly what he said he wanted in his administration, and exactly what this country needs after eight years of yes-men.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  81. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    If you look at the state of the nation and then you look at who is running the country right now and you then look at the pair running to replace the fool behind the curtain in the white house. I say he is an asset more than a liability. We got one side offering us a road to No Where or more of the same. I am afraid for our country if the republicans get another 4 years. That we won't have any liberty's and we won't have any freedom except the ones they want us to have.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  82. ann lee, Warne, N.C. 28908

    There is no doubt in my mind that Biden is an asset to Obama and if he needs to step into the oval office-he takes a lifetime of experience to the table, not to mention his credentials in foreign affairs. As for me, I love his ability to cut through all the horse maneur and get to the point.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  83. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I think Joe Biden is a definite asset. Don't you find him refreshing–he speaks his mind which most politicians are afraid to do. We just have to realize that he is an Irish Catholic with the spirit that goes along with being Irish. Every word coming from his mouth doesn't have to be so scrutinized. He has proven over the years that he is an expert on foreign and domestic affairs. GO JOE!

    On the other side, I think McCain made a terrible mistake picking Palin who is so far right as to be really scary.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  84. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Over all, he is an asset to Obama. He does have a tendency to put foot in mouth from time to time, but he is very strong in the areas where Obama needs shoring up......making him a good VP pick.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  85. jon hoffman

    Definitely a big asset. I watched spell bound through Biden's foreign policy speech this morning. He has an amazing breadth of knowledge and experience across the globe. His directly quoting McCain from McCains record will be truly intimidating to both Palin and McCain. This is the man Bush sent to conclude the treaty w Khadaffi. He really spoke out on MccCain insult to our ally, Spain and McCain's attacks on Russia when we need them in dealing w Iran. Only he has spoken of the Iranians dissent and unpopularity with their government. Go get them Joe and Barack. McCain/Palin are dangerously old school and ignorant.
    Jon in California

    September 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  86. Robert


    He's not as much of an asset as Hillary Clinton would be as his running mate, but compared to the Governor from the great state of Alaska relative to John McCain, Senator Biden is pure gold.


    North Port, FL

    September 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  87. Eugenia, new jersey

    he is fine, sound choice from Obama. Besides if i take a poll i think the voters will think that McCain is a bigger gaffe machine. How many times has he put his foot in his mouth this past week. How do you want to be for something and then against it in 5 minutes. Lets ask him if CEO should not be paid after destroying a company, why is carly's payout ok, because she is a republican. and do not insult my intelligence by saying you do not know how much she got. LOL ! Think back to the convention when Kerry said, John McCain should have a debate with himself before he debates his peers. HE IS A PHONY, better yet a LIAR with his damn PANTS ON FIRE.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  88. Faye

    He is an asset to Obama. He sure don't care to talk to the press thats
    more than we can say about McCain and Palin.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  89. Pennie of Mesa, az

    Ok. Like Joe Biden is the only person in politics that got his facts screwed up. At least he's out there talking and being human. And yes. Biden is an asset to Obama and to the whole country.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  90. rita

    Joe Biden is good for Obama because it is obviouos that Obama knew ahead of appointing him as his VP choice that his mouth is like a motor. I think it is good for the team and it lets people know that Biden has his own opinions too. Obama said that when he chose Biden he wanted someone that could challenge him... he now has his match...

    September 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  91. Peggy-Lombard, Illinois

    I supported Hillary Clinton for President and hoped she would be Barack Obama's choice for VP, however, I think Joe Biden is a good choice and an asset to the Obama ticket. He has a wealth of knowledge about our country's most important issues. He is not afraid of the press, and certainly not afraid to answer questions.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  92. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Definitely an asset with his foreign policy experience. He doesn't have to have Karzai give him private lessons like Sarah does. I wonder what he was promised if Palin/McCain win the election in order to agree to a meeting with a puppet? Joe Biden is wonderful! Now McCain and Palin are trying to taint both Obama and Biden because they didn't vote against her request for an earmark. So now it's the democrats fault she got so much money. Would anyone reveal what other legislation is was tacked onto in order to get it? Oh, but McCain and Palin aren't responsible for that (LOL). Which party has been in controll for the past 8 years?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  93. Dori in AZ

    Okay, Jack.

    Admittedly, Joe can sometimes be a bit of a liability, but his assets far outweigh his negatives. His assets are world class! His negatives are just a tiny bit irritating. I'm more than willing to take the trade off.

    Biden is also an honorable person. Honor and integrity are COMPLETELY lacking in both McCain and Palin!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  94. Don in Illinois

    I think we all need to remember that when we vote for a President, the President can only accomplish what Congress will let him or her accomplish. As much as i cringe whenever Biden makes one of his colorful statements, I still realize that he knows how to work the Congress better than his counterpart in the McCain camp. I think he is an asset when he's talking about the Obama plan for our country. But then there are those other times....

    September 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  95. Christy in CT

    Asset. He's genuine, unhearsed but knows what he's doing. I like that he doesn't keep us in the dark with private meetings and silence on the campaign trail. All you hear from the Republican VP candidate is your own echo- "is anyone out there...?"

    September 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  96. Phil Overton

    Joe Biden might be gaffe-prone: Sarah Palin is giraffe-prone – very visible, but makes no sound.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  97. Jenny Rome Ga

    A shout out to Warren! Excellant. Who writes your stuuf Clobert or Daley?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  98. just a voter in Kansas

    He's a big asset– as long as people listen to what he is saying. Even his so-called gaffes are amusing.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  99. Eric in Houston

    Biden was a strange choice. Look, all of the candidates say stupid things. What I still don't get is why a candidate for CHANGE picks a long term congressman who ran for President in 1988 but got caught plagiarizing a speech. I think Obama could have done a lot better than Biden. Ultimately, people will vote because of Obama and not Biden.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  100. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    He is an asset because of his experience and his appeal to
    middle america. Sara is a liability, she does not appeal to
    mid america. Most of us care about our families and do not use
    them for gain!!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  101. Derek New Jersey

    He is an asset. With the amount of time Biden has been around foreign policy issues, there is nobody else but Biden that can help make the right decisions when it comes to the world and to our own national security.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  102. Dave in Astoria

    If Obama were white, this whole election would be over and the person he chose as a running mate wouldn't matter. Race is the elephant in the room that no one wants to notice. Clinton, Biden, or anybody else can't change this fact. As I see it, this is our time to really change the direction of the civilized world with the man of the people and we have to keep the focus on the issues that matter. The last eight years should be enough to elect Hugh Hefner or Gilligan but America, unfortunately may not see that. Really sad, don't you think?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  103. dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.

    Definitely an asset. In touch with the average joes more than even Obama. What politician has the stones to take a public transit service to and fro DC every day? I think when he gets to debate Moose Palin,he'll clean her clock and make her and McCain look even more out of touch than they already are.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  104. Margarita

    why is Donald Trump on cnn talking about how it is a good time to buy real estates for millions of dollars, and saying he got a deal cut down on a property that was worth much more in the millions than what he got it for apparently he is living in another world ,he also said to make deals with the bankers now because it a good time for it, this man is insane no wonder he is endorsing McCain because they can both only cater to the Rich, and they dont give a damn about middle or poor america.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  105. Ray Henry


    He's a definite asset. He would make a good Secretary of State and a good Secretary of Defense also. He knows what he's talking about unlike the other two candidates on the other side.


    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  106. Gina from Ohio

    Joe Biden is an asset to the ticket. Obama made a deliberate choice, the right choice, in choosing someone to compliment his strenghts. Obama is not a "gun-slinger" like McCain who threw the hail mary pass choosing Sarah Palin. When our country is faced with crisis I prefer someone who can blink and consider the consequences before throwing the long ball.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  107. Dennis from NM

    I think that Joe Biden is a trememdous asset for Obama. He is quick, articulate, and appeals to the base of the Democratic Party as well as independents. This far outweighs the occasional foot in mouth disease.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  108. Jon Lamont

    He was picked to be an asset in governance, and there is no doubt that he is exactly that, an asset. Like most VP selections, he neither helps nor hurts in the electoral map.

    Jon Lamont
    Preston, CT

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  109. VWoodard - Maryland

    BOTH – He's an asset as far as foreign policy. I don't know if his mouth is a liability for him and OBAMA! I'll have to wait and see what he says next...

    September 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  110. carol Oregon

    Biden is just to old and forgets what he is saying. And that is scarey for he could be a heart beat away from being the next the president.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  111. ajks

    I think Biden is a good choice for Obama. Right now he is definitely suffering from foot in mouth disease.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  112. david

    An asest because he knows where all of McCain's bodies are buried, even if McCain, like all his houses and cars, doesn't.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  113. robert sulzer

    Definitely an asset. A president is only as good as the people around them to help make good decisions.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  114. Linda in Florida

    Sure Joe makes a boo boo once in a while, but that shows he actually has something to say and what he says isn't scripted.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  115. Nate from Columbus Georgia

    Sen. Biden is definitely an asset. When comparing his wealth of knowlege and capabilities to that of Gov. Palin, the differences are dramatic. Imagine if something were to happen to Obama, the country is still in good hands. NOW imagine our current economic crisis and VP 'PIT-BULL' had to step up to the plate. It's not a pretty picture IS IT? BIDEN–YES PALIN–THANKS BUT NO THANKS!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  116. Mike C - Wethersfield CT

    Of course he’s an asset. Joe biden is smart, honest and experienced and doesn’t talk about pit bulls or lipstick .

    Mike C.
    Wethersfield, CT

    September 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  117. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    He's an asset, he brings experience and knowledge. I felt that Hillary would have been a better choice, but that's over. Bidens O.K., he's a good egg.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  118. Diane Glasser

    Only if he thinks of the consequences of what he might say before he opens his mouth to speak.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  119. T E

    Biden's experience will be an asset and you know what he thinks. Doesn't appear to be hiding anything.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  120. Jay-Mississippi

    He is a credible asset. Perhaps not in terms of how things are turning out in the media, but on the whole he is credible.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  121. Rosalynd Florida

    Asset. It is obvious Biden is smart and a qualified VP.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  122. Laurence (Washington, DC)

    Well...let's see. Foreign policy experience, yes. He's intelligent, yes. I can relate to him, yes. Heads of state actually like him, yes. He has charisma, yes. He's for change, yes. I'll take asset for $100 Jack.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  123. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    An asset! Look no one is perfect, everyone makes gaffes, everyone makes mistakes.

    Joe Biden is brilliant, he is charming and he is .......REAL! Not to mention that he will be a great advisor to Sen. Obama since Joe has tremendous experience.

    Give me, Joe Biden, any day! At least the Dems aren't hiding him!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  124. Lisa from AZ

    Authentic Joe is an asset to Obama and an asset to America. Cheney can't communicate with his own republicans, Palin can't communicate with media, Bush refuses to talk with adversaries, and McCain won't even talk to SPAIN, a NATO member. McCain is the same as Bush, a propaganda pusher. Joe talks to everyone, and tells it like it is...kind of like you, Jack!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  125. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Liability. He represents all that Obama's campaign is trying to change...

    September 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  126. Sam Bryan TX.

    Jack I think Biden is good for a V.P. pick, considering his knowledge to Bush in a skirt. (think Palin and Bush were both cheerleaders, do we need anymore of those?)
    I do think Palin would be better at hiding e-mail`s in ethics investigations as she has had experience in this that Biden has not.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  127. Susan, Indianapolis

    Of course he is an asset. His free speaking may occasionally result in foot in mouth, but at least he is allowed to speak! He is a man of experience, substance and sound judgment. I would not fear a Biden presidency should god forbid something happen to Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  128. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    Biden is both. For his experience in Washington and foreign policy credentials, he is an asset. For his appeal to voters as a candidate in general , he is just another generic white guy and is a liablity.

    I am curious though. Both Biden and Bill Clinton admitted that Hillary would be the better pick for VP.
    Could there be an October surprise in the making?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  129. Chuck B Coastal NC

    He is an asset. You will get the truth from this man, unlike the past VP with the lies.This is refreshing.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  130. dennis Ky

    Definitely an asset especially after listening to his speech on the campaign trail about foreign polcy. Maybe Sarah Palin needs to stay home and and watch AND listen to Joe Biden"s approach to foreign affairs. He gave his views on foregn policy so voters will know what to expect from Obama/Biden ticket. I repeat. The Obama/Biden ticket. Not the Biden/Obama ticket. Palin Sarah, I mean Sarah Palin needs to take notes even if her secretary has to take notes while Sarah is getting her picture taken. Maybe it will be on the cover of THE ROLLING STONE and you can give 5 copies to McCain.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  131. Joel H.

    Just based off poll numbers alone, I'd say Biden is far more of an asset than that lipstick wearing lead balloon that McCain picked.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  132. Dave Atlanta

    BOTH and we all new that............

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  133. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va


    I love Joe Biden! Hair plugs, Gaffes and all! He understands that 95% of the citizens are fighting for survival and he is on our side! So what, he's passionate and sometimes says the wrong thing – No one is perfect!

    American still loves that guy who "rightly" called the Chinese Govenment "GOONS".

    September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  134. Toni myrtle beach, SC

    A huge asset. When the public sees Biden with all his experiance, then looks at Palin with all her ignorance the Obama numbers will skyrocket.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  135. Dori in AZ


    Joe Biden is the kind of person with whom I can sit across a picnic table and chat, feel like he's a regular guy who appreciates common and great issues, and never forget that he is leagues ahead of me in terms of his knowledge and understanding of the country and the world. I can feel safer with Joe Biden around.

    Beats the heck out of any minor liability, doesn't it?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  136. brian in canada.

    It was only Jesus Christ who didn't have a fault,that said Joe Biden will always be of an asset to Obama. He WLL put away Sarah Palin in the debate like hurricane katrina.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  137. Jerry, Silver Spring, MD

    It doesn't really matter. Choosing Mr. Obama rather than Ms. Clinton was the Democrats real mistake.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  138. Bodie in Oatmeal, TX

    Are you kidding Jack? Joey Hairplug is a major asset. I mean, you got the first Chatty Catholic stream of consciousness Caucasian who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. That’s storybook, man.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  139. Rachael in Princeton, NJ

    Sadly, I think Obama would have been better off choosing Hillary as his running mate. I like Biden a lot, but he just doesn't draw the same enthusiasm from supporters. He isn't as good about staying on message or keeping his rhetoric as crisp and clear as Obama or Clinton.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  140. Francis, Va

    Jack, the real question is: Is Sara Palin an asset or a liability to McCain?
    You must be psychic , Jack. Liability is the correct answer.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  141. Amy, NY

    An asset Jack! Who else has his resume! And why can't Palin compete? Thanks to Biden, Obama has the strongest and most reliable ticket in these elections, which combines his judgment and the experience of Biden. Together, they're gonna change this country and put it right back on track!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  142. Marilyn from Louisiana

    He is truly an asset. Also, he is a real Bulldog with class.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  143. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Joe Biden is a tremendous asset for Barack Obama.
    Obama had the intelligence to pick someone highly
    qualified in foreign policy who some consider
    Obama weak in.
    Mccain picked a hocky mom.
    Need we say more?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  144. Bruce St Paul MN

    Most people know where Biden is coming from, what he stands for. He makes no secret of his opinions. The so-called gaffes are sometimes funny, but they are not really harmful. It is far more embarassing for a candidate to correctly enunciate a position that is totally ignorant, or flat out lie when everyone knows its a lie. In spite of saying that FDR went on TV in1929, Biden is still seen as a person who knows his stuff.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  145. Kel in Auburn, AL

    He's not as politically capable as far as winning the election, but I think our man O made a good choice, because he can sleep well with Biden in the white house.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  146. John, Winston Salem, NC

    I believe he's a good asset. He has experience and he can level up with McCain in that aspect. The difference now is that Biden will have better judgment with Obama beside him.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  147. Greg, Cudahy, WI

    I think Biden is an asset. Even though I prefer Hillary, Joe definitely knows what is going on in the country and around the world. I think he is more for the common man like Obama is. McCain has no clue on how difficult it is to pay ordinary bills like the rest of us are. Of course if I had a dozen automobiles and a block of homes, I wouldn't know either!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  148. karen raleigh

    Biden is an asset and Obama chose very well. The Clintons are done now and forever and they had better start seriously supporting Obama and Biden instead of looking for photo ops. Go Barack and Joe–You are both an inspiration-thanks

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  149. Dan Gard


    Sen Biden is a very intellegent but is at time less than tackful. He seems to have a problem with his brain to mouth filter. When he has made comments that were not within the campain line he had to change his song.

    This tells me the two camps are not communicating as they should be on the types of questiuons that are going to be fired at them.

    Dan from Alliance, OH

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  150. tom cassidy-florida

    Joe is Joe, a honest man that will speak his mind before he thinks of the party politics. If you question his honesty check his tax return and assets. Unlike McCain who is the 13th richest guy in the

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  151. mitchell ,arkansaw

    he's definitely an asset. however, with our nation involved in two wars,and with threats from iran, north korea, and russia, i have always thought that wesley clark would have been a better pick. hillary supporters respect him. he's not a washington insider. he has more experience than just about anyone, on foriegn affairs ,national security, the middle east and eastern europe. he's is respected throughout the world ,by friend and foe. he directed the bosnia conflict , with NOT one US military casualty.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  152. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    He is certainly an asset, especially compared to the other ticket's VP. Not that we are looking at a tossup between McCain and Obama and need the preferred VP position to help you make your choice, although perhaps for a few fence sitters, I suppose it could make a difference which one you would feel comfortable in the White House. If the debate is normal style, I think people will recognize his knowledge and values versus her puffery and shallowness. Let's face it, Jack, when it comes to Palin, there is no there, there. There is not even a surface beneath the surface. The closest thing to a family value is that she is willing to make all the choices for all the families.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  153. talbot, New York

    Biden would have made a good president and he's doing a great job as a VP candidate–if you want a smart, vastly experienced work horse. Imagine if the media started treating him like that?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:46 pm |

    Is jack Cafferty an asset or liability to the situation room. Watching Biden this morning deliver an outstanding foreign policy speech, it beats my imagination how anybody in their right minds would question what he brings to the Obama ticket. Biden is a tested old war horse who brings a lot of real life experience to the ticket. From the onset he has demostrated presidential ability and a mind of his own quite like his opponent who is still in vice presidential college learnin how to be a vice president 101.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  155. Kevin ...................Boston

    If he keeps speaking publicly he is a liability. They should hide him until after the election and hope no one notices.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  156. Marie Ontario

    From what I can see McCain has only tried to capitalize on his POW days saying he knows how to win a war although it isn't something he has ever done.

    Joe Biden on the other hand actually fought in a war and doesn't go around trying to convince people this makes him Presidential material.

    These two latter statements put the Obama ticket ahead on the foreign affairs and national security issues for those people who haven't figured out that McCain is just a loose cannon issuing insults to foreign leaders and their nations.

    Making stupid statements like it's good that the U.S. is exporting cigarettes to Iran as will help kill Iranians and singing bomb bomb Iran and saying when he looked into Putin's eyes he could see the initials KGB is not what America needs as the Bush/Cheney administration has achieved enough animosity without any help from McCain.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  157. Bennie

    Hi Jack:

    It depends on what day of the week it is.

    Avon, IN

    September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  158. Brenda Kaye from Ms.

    Considering Biden is a complete contradiction to Obama's message of change by being a 36 year veteran of the Washington insider; I would say it was very poor judgment.

    Further, with Biden's history of plagiarism, most baby boomers will remember quite well; I'd say it shows obama's complete lack of good judgment. And in closing, by the selection of Biden, obama all but admitted he had no experience.

    So, to answer your question: Biden=Liability

    September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  159. Meg Ulmes

    Only time will tell if he's an asset or not. At least he is honest and outspoken and doesn't set restrictions on whom he will talk to or for how long. He's a real politician unlike the animated Barbie Doll that is running with McCain. I hope that he does a great job in his debate against Palin and shows America just how ignorant she is, and how much of a gentleman he is.

    Troy, Ohio

    September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  160. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Hay Jack! H. W .Bush had a complete bafoon on his ticket, and became president. UH OH ! Was Dan Quail from ALASKA?

    September 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  161. Kent, Winston Salem, NC

    I think his delivery of a point connects well with the blue collar Joes of the world. During the Dem. debates I was pulling for Obama, but I was very impressed with Biden, I actually thought he would be a great choice for Secutary of State. Since he is the VP choice, I thing Colin Powell should be the choice for Securtary of state. It would be a great way to bring us together as a nation, and for security abroad. Also, with Clinton in the Senate getting the job done, could make this the greatest colaboration of minds the US has ever had working for the betterment and advancement of the american people.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  162. Nick Bruemmer

    Biden would be an asset to Obama for many reasons,
    One of whih is that he has experience with world affairs.
    He is straght forward and dosen't lie in his speeches like McCain.
    He has good knowledge of the economy.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  163. Mike, Lorain, Ohio

    Certainly, Biden is more of an asset than a liability. It would be nice if he was less gaffe prone, but most sensible people should be able to overlook his mistakes.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  164. Laura in New York


    We all know that the "patriotic" comment that Biden made about taxes was meant in the context that it's time for the wealthy to give back a little since they've been the ones getting the tax breaks for so long.

    Biden's honesty may be biting at times, but it is refreshing and in this political season of scripted comments, it's actually fun to have someone who is not so scripted..... Go get em' Joe!!

    September 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  165. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Joe Biden is a good man who loves his family and goes home every night on Amtrak. I like him because he speaks his mind and just like any old man like me,he loves to talk and tell stories and does not watch his words because he likes to embellish his stories like any good storyteller. Give me someone like Joe Biden any day over all the other robotic and computerized politicians.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  166. Leah, Vancouver

    He is an asst because of his openness and honesty and speaks from the heart..

    If CNN would give equal time to the gaffes of McCain voters would learn that Biden's gaffes are minute compared to the slip ups, misinformation and confusion coming from McCain's mouth.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  167. Shane from Montreal

    Joey Biden is an asset baby!!

    He speaks off the cuff Scranton style!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  168. Tina Steele

    Joe Biden is a huge asset. He is the most grounded down to earth person in this election. Joe is the real deal. When my husband and I learned he was Obams's pick we literally jumped for joy. Joe is truly a man of the middle class. Go Joe!!!!!

    Auburndale Fl

    September 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  169. Richard - Knoxville TN Independent

    Overall, I think an asset - If the media would focus on his message rather than his ocassional "gaffs" - Hey, but that don't sell newspapers, magazines or air time does it ???

    September 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  170. Petros, Toronto

    In the United States of the 1950s and 1960s, Joe Biden would have been regarded as an asset. In today's America, the America of the entertainment-soaked public where brain-washing humans like Oprah are regarded as demi-godesses, Joe Biden is a liability. Kudos to Obama for selecting him.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  171. Carol in Massachusetts

    After today's barn burner of a speech on foreign policy, a huge asset. Juxtaposed with Palin, they look like they come from different planets.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  172. Kathryn

    An Obama/Clinton ticket would have been unbeatable, although I believe Obama/Biden will win.

    Biden is an old school Democrat and, forgive me, but often when he talks he puts me to sleep. Of course he is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. His appointment puts the other ticket to shame.

    For me, Hillary Clinton, like Barack Obama, is a public servant for the New Age and that is what all this change is about – the old institutions are crumbling, the old ways are dying to make way for a new and more enlightened age: peace, prosperity, environmental clean-up and protection, new technologies, revived Arts and education, health care, etc. And we definitely need Bill Clinton's guidance on how to renew our economy and thrive again.

    But Joe Biden is a good and experienced public servant – and will make a wonderful V.P. I pray he and Obama win by a landslide.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  173. odessa ohio

    biden has more political experience than palin..biden is smart but he knows that wherever he goes, he must watch his words and be a little bit careful because the media will turn into a twenty-four news cycle..the media doesn't make fun of mccain's senior moments, they make excuses for him..biden tells the truth from the heart but palin is crazy to me..

    September 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  174. george

    he is a down to earth guy but I wish they would take a week off talk and comeback strong his story is much better then mccain's due to the fact we all have had death and fought through it and raise our kids and hope for them to prosper ,he can only help ,also who wants a guy from the desert and a women from the tundra! and I'am an independent conservative

    September 24, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  175. lyn

    Jack, Joe Biden is an asset for Obama, it is sad that CNN does not cover him on the campaign trail, Palin seem to get all the coverage I wonder why ,is it because CNN send only men to cover her.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  176. Dante,vienna Austria

    jack,,we need real people like biden who says it just as it is.It does not make him a good politician but trust me it makes him a honest leader.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  177. Chris Ocean Grove MA

    Jack I voted for Joe Biden in the Massachusetts primary and he had already dropped out of the race. (my vote) He is qualified to be Vice President. He's the only one runnig for the office who is. If Barak Obama would have picked Senator Clinton Senator McCain would have chosen someone else

    September 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  178. Eric - Portland Oregon

    Let's see:

    Will the man in the wheelchair stand up and take a bow.
    It's patriotic for those making over 250k to pay even more in taxes.
    $3000 to charity over 10 years.
    Barack Obama is clean and well spoken for a black man.

    And these are just the three that stand out right this second.

    The man is walking fodder for Leno and Letterman, now if they would just treat him the way they treat everyone else.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  179. Joe in Clinton, Ma.

    He is an asset with a Liability, his mouth.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  180. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Joe Biden is an experienced statesman with great foreign policy credentials. I wonder what the bums at the GOP would do if the Obama campaign listed Joe's qualifications right along side Sara's. He is a definite asset and will help round out an Obama administration. You can bet he wasn't chosen to pander, but to give the American people the kind of administration we need in times like this.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  181. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Biden is an asset. So what he puts his foot in his mouth. Biden is a real person. And in any event, even with his mouth full of leather Palin can't hold a candle to his experience and qualifications.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  182. j kempf

    I think Joe Biden is an asset. At least he is out there making speeches, and not hiding from the press. What is she (Sarah) hiding? Can't she speak for herself, or does she need an administrator like she hired during her mayoral administration. Her experience as mayor was over a city of 5000 people. BIG DEAL.

    j. kempf ar

    September 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  183. Mary Johnson

    Joe Biden is just fine for Barack Obama. He is doing yeoman's duty admirably, by the way.....
    sure, he occasionally puts his foot in his mouth but its not in the category of being a liability.
    His work on the stump is superb and very engaging. Just let him do his job. and Tell Anderson Cooper to keep his politics to himself.
    Mary from Sarasota, FL

    September 24, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  184. Lisa, Ashford, Alabama

    Biden is an asset . He's one of the few politicians that can insert his foot in his mouth and pull it out with barely anyone noticing.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  185. C. Foster from NC

    Biden is a contingency, only! He was picked because he "fits the stereotype" of what racially challenged folks expect in office.
    Biden is no more a liability to Obama, as McCain is to himself. Both old white guys with ethical quandaries too countless to name.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  186. scott

    Yes. But only in the realm of overseas policy.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  187. Hazel

    Jack, an asset. Just like you're an asset to dull, boring Wolf Blitzer.

    September 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  188. susan from Idaho

    He's an asset. He can viably take on Mccain with a vengeance, as they have been in the senate together for years. You get more than just a photo op with him. What we see is what we get, not perfect but he beats Palin all to heck.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  189. Dori in AZ

    Liability? Oh, Jack! You heard the reports coming out of the U.N. yesterday. A veiled threat or two in the rhetoric about peace and love and God....?

    Who do we want helping with those crises? A straight-talking, highly educated, well-liked and respected, tested foreign relations expert like Biden?

    Or, Palin, an expert in the terrorizing and cowardly air assault murders of exhausted and exposed wildlife? Don't even call that woman a "hunter." Her brutality toward animals is not honorable in the mainstream hunting community!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  190. me46

    Neither. He's a vice-presidential candidate.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  191. Bobbie

    I prefer Joe Biden over Miss Moose burger any day. So you can see Russia from her back door. Experience? I don't think so.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  192. George

    After watching his speech today, I would say that he is a definate positive. Just can't wait until Palin starts talking about how she has met with foriegn leaders, and Biden bring out eight pages of names of foriegn leaders that he has sat down with. I just hope that he remains a gentleman during the debate, and least don't come off looking like he took advantage of her lack of experience. TThe debate will look more like a roast, and guest who is going to be on the spit.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  193. Kelly, PA

    He's an asset with a small dent in it during te campaigning season as reflected in his uncanny ability to be a gaffe machine. However, for the longterm business of helping to govern the country, he's prime.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  194. kathleen, san juan

    Hillary fans should really get behind Joe. Sarah has a 75% chance of becoming the 1st woman president if McCain is elected. Nobody wants that. People who love the Palins should let them know they could make a lot more money with their own reality show.

    If Obama is elected he will get blamed for all the problems of the Bush years. HRC, with a little help from family and 18 million friends, will be perfectly positioned for 2012. Listen carefully to James Carville any Sunday morning in 2010 for gumbo-flavored innuendo.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm |

    Yes, Joe Biden is an asset. He is one of the few we feel we can TRUST in his knowledge and honesty. GO JOE!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  196. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    Joe just has to keep reminding himself that he is in the position of VICE PRESIDENT! Also, he makes quite a bit of SARCASTIC remarks that the media take at face value. Whatever happened to INTELLIGENCE in this Country???

    September 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  197. Diana- Las Vegas

    I like Joe Biden and I don't thing there is a problem with him – we all make gaffs and he is only human – at least he will correct himself when he does. He will make a great VP.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  198. calvert

    Jack. If have a buisness Joe Biden would never be hired he should call in sick now so hiliary can take his place.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  199. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I am really tired of all the "don't say anything that can be misconstrued" politicians. Biden may occasionally get foot in mouth disease, but at least he's real. Obama is good, but he's very careful of what he says, sometimes too careful. But Biden just puts it out there. That's what we need. I like Biden, I think he's an excellent choice.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  200. Marty

    Joe might make a gaff or two, but at he is very smart, well seasoned, and I never have to wonder where he stands on any given issue. I like the fact that him and Obama don't agree on everything, too, because it shows that an Obama admisistration might have some checks and balances in place. The best part about Biden, though, is that he is allowed to speak, unlike his opponent.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  201. Deirdre

    Biden – Vice Presidential Material with a Voice

    September 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  202. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, I think he is an asset. Yes, he occasionally makes a gaff, but people tend to overlook it because his speaking style is natural and down to earth that most Americans relate to. His experience gives him some credibility and is more suited for the VP office than his counterpart, Sarah Palin, by comparison. No amount of superficial encounters with world leaders at the UN is going to make this poseur suitable for VP.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  203. Ibiam ,Massachusetts

    He is a monumental asset.At least the GOP no longer attack Obama of not having foreign affairs experience.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  204. Jay Cee

    Jack, What can we say, another suit from the Washington crowd like Obama. Their only interest is in getting to White House.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  205. MONICA

    Senaotr Biden is not hurting Obama. He has strong ideas and shares them. Obama is a good listener, he will get use to Biden's ways and appreciate his knowledge if though he is frank. He is a straight shooter. Nobody has to wonder what he is about. he is strong, knowledgable and loves this country. He will be a great partner in the White House.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  206. Patrick

    Biden can put his foot in his mouth all he wants. Both his foot and his mouth have more experience in Washington than Sarah Palin.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  207. richard a. winkler

    Biden is a tremendous asset. He knows more about foreign policy than anyone else in the Senate.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  208. Brighid from Dallas TX

    He's intelligent, brilliant, polished and is not afraid to talk to the media. Head and shoulders above the hockey mom.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  209. Blake Smith

    I think Biden is an asset! At least he isn't giving us the holyer than thou garbage . And then trying to play grab me I love it in a mens room in an airport. like Larry Craig. or Foley trying to do the same with the capitol paiges.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  210. Jolly Potter, NY


    it may only be evident when he appears in the debate against Palin. If he does not expose her as being completely irrelevant and unqualified to run as a National figure then yes I would say he has not lived up to his role. Counter that with a Hillary Clinton debating the Republican 'male' candidate for VP – possibly a Joe Liebermann – would she have upstaged Lieberman ? Maybe. But Biden has to put Palin away – subtlely and deftly using all his years of skilled oratory , experience and knowldege of the issues. Anything less would be diappointing.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  211. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Sen. Biden is a great American. He is not just an asset to Obama's campaign, he is a national treasure. However, the ticket is brought down by the inexperience and lack of trust we have in Obama.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  212. mark

    Obama should have picked you, Jack. You spend more time praising and defending Obama than Biden does.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  213. john

    Yeah, I hear you Jack...not exactly brilliant is he.

    Biden his time is not going to help Obama. All the Dems can hope is that he doesn't get into a position where he really blows it.

    Or, if he does, that the Palin Rider breaks a nail loadin her shotgun so the media won't notice him.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  214. Michael, Toronto, Canada

    Americans should be proud of Joe Biden (I wish we had him or Obama in Canada).

    I hope Americans judge Joe for the authentic, common sense, down-to-earth person (like most Americans) and not for a couple of minor gaffes that he has made.

    As such, Joe is certainly a big asset to Obama.......

    but more importantly, Joe is a big asset to America!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  215. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The obvious solution for both parties is to have Joe Biden and Sarah Palin do their debate in a mime format. They would only be allowed to smile and look as vice-presidential as possible. Palin could highlight her good looks and chic glasses, with Biden looking as distinguished and experienced as possible.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  216. Wes

    How do you get too that level of government, and not have the fundamentals of American History?

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  217. brad

    To 95% of the dems, he's an asset. To 95% of the republicans, he's a liability. Isn't that the way it always goes. I'm so tired of reading comments that use terms like "idiot" "stupid" "jerk" and so on. We wonder why our politicians are so partisin...they are just following our lead. One day we'll be able to discuss politics without getting ticked off if someone disagrees with us....that time hasn't come. I've even seen you get a little red faced from anger a few times.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  218. Pat, Pa.

    The good thing about Joe Biden is that he doesn't have to go to Obama to have him approve everything he says. He is his own man. He really is an asset and the American people should realize that. Barbie would have to check it out first and then she would have to have it put in writing so that she could read it.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  219. BXY

    He has an arrogant jerk and is as much a part of the 'old boys club' as anyone. Typical politician – all sizzle and no steak!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  220. Jo Ann Baron, Harrisburg, PA

    Where is Hillary???? What a mistake Obama you are losing ground everyday!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  221. bob

    Is Joe Biden an asset or a liability for Barack Obama?

    A asset-Even though he sticks his foot in his mouth at times.He is as close to real people as you can get.He reminds me of the people you would find in any average neighbor hood in America. People who express their concerns,sometimes a little fast,but do actually care about their friends and neighbor.
    Bob from Ky.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  222. Paul

    He is an asset alright....To McCain!!!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  223. Dave in Minneapolis

    He may be both during the campaign, in telling what he feels. However, if he should become VP, and the visibility that brings, his "talk before think" methods could get the US into some hot water internationally.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  224. GA

    Biden is not good for Obama and Obama is not good for America.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  225. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    Joe BIden has made a few gaffs, he is going to be a VP. John McCain's VP does not make gaffs, oh yea, she is not allowed to talk to anyone, they might find out she knows nothing. John McCain is the gaff king and he is trying to be president, so Joe Biden is fine and we love Joe, he is a definite asset for the democrats.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  226. Mark

    Jack, Are you kidding me? Biden can't remember when a president served. He can not remember when television began. He asked someone to stand when they clearly can not. He himself said "What did I just say?". He is the best thing that could have ever hapened to McCain. Thank God for Joe Biden.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  227. BobC

    He's carrying on a Washington tradition, only now they aren't called Bushisms, they're Bidenisms. And god are they ever embarrassing! We had 8 years of Bush's foot-in-mouth disease. I wish Biden would THINK before he speaks. He can, Bush can't.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  228. Bill

    Joe has and continues to be a great asset to Barack as he seeks to "cut through the fog" of the heavily-scripted McCain and Ms. Bullwinkle.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  229. J. Cross

    Let us look:

    With Joe Biden, there are two candidates who are being paid by my tax dollars not to do their job while they openly campaign for a better Job. On the flip side, only John McCain is directly insulting me by not having the confidence in his own campaign to quit as a senator and focus on campaigning, since he has said he will prevail; where Sarah Palin is only wasting the people of Alaska's money.

    What a choice; forgive me if my answer is a string of froth-mouthed expletives.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  230. Rachel in McDonough, GA

    To democrates he is an asset because of him experience. To rebuplicans he isn't because he has a tendency to say things that he shouldn't. Whether or not someone thinks he is an asset has to do with which side of the fence that they sit on.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  231. Thomas

    Joe Biden's role in this race has diminished greatly as Sarah Palin has been hounded nonstop by the media. His job is a simple one. He has to not say anything stupid and walkover her lack of experience compared to his in a debate. If he does this, Obama will win. Joe Biden's purpose on the ticket of bolstering the foreign policy experience of the campaign has been served. He needs to stop talking now and let Palin keep taking the hits.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  232. Andre R. Newcomb

    A definite plus for ANY nominee and the office of Vice-President of the United States of America.

    Andy of Sierra Vista, Arizona

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  233. Peggy Robson

    Seems to me he is shooting the democratic party in the foot. I don't care for any of the candidates that are running and so I am not wrapped up in and glossing over "my candidates" gaffes...just because I like them. I don't like any of them and from the outside view he (Biden) seems to be hurting Obama more than helping him. And the bigger problem is he keeps doing it...

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  234. Judy Knight

    I think people totally underestimate Joe Biden. His honesty and true American attitude is just what we need in this country.
    Judy Knight in Boise, Idaho

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  235. msindependent08

    Jack, I think Biden is gradually is shifting from an asset to a liability. It doesnt seem that he has mastered the art of appearing as a united front with Obama. He speaks too soon and too sporadically. It is reckless for him to make comments without regard to the campaign management staff. Maybe he has forgotten that he is running as VP and not president...

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  236. Ross Dunbar

    one lose cannon is enough....from the man who said the economic fundamentals are sound

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  237. bob

    The debate must go on.McCain and Obama being in washington means nothing.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  238. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    (Note to producers – I'm going for a three-fer – can you help me out?)
    While campaigning for the nomination and then during the process of choosing his Vice Presiden, Obama has always said that he didn't want a "yes man". He said he was looking for someone that would challenge and have the courage to say "No" when and if necessary. Obama wanted this because he understands that he is a human being and mistakes and bad judgement calls may happen and he needs someone who is not afraid to call him on it . Biden has already proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that no matter what – he'll stand behind Obama for better or worse but will also have no qualms about voicing when he doesn't agree with something. Biden is definitely an asset.
    Cornelia, Georgia

    September 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  239. Michael

    He is a clear detriment. He is the very model of a Washington insider, a man who has "served" the country by serving himself since before a large part of the electorate was even born. Yes, he has experience, but it is the wrong kind for America.

    September 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  240. Maria

    Biden is only hurting Obama in that his experience makes it painfully obvious that the ticket should have been flipped, with Biden as the Presidential candidate and Obama as the VP.

    Who else is writing in Ron Paul?!

    September 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  241. Jarrod Blaxton

    An asset, clearly. Someone who doesn't hide behind political rhetoric and speaks their mind. What's wrong with that? Well, apparently some don't care for honesty. Not to mention he's going to take the "Barracuda" to school at the debates. He'll make a fine Vice President.

    Jarrod Blaxton,
    Columbus, GA

    September 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  242. Raphael in New York

    Jack, he's been a liability ever since he was picked as the VP Candidate for the Democrats.. His age and his many years in Congress goes against Obama's preaching "change"; moreover, he doesn't know when to shut his mouth. The better choice would have been Clinton.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  243. Roy from Illinois

    Jack, Joe Biden's life story is compelling, he is an original whiz kid being elected at 29. He was already swift-boated by a trumped up plagerism scandal, so he looks completely vetted, which seems to be more important THIS time around. And, comparing him again and again to the other VP candidate, he an asset hands down. For all the Hillary longers......Obama should make her Secretary of State due to HER support and experience.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  244. Richard Hill

    Jack, of course he is an asset, if either McCain or Obama were not able to finish their terms, Biden would definitely be better for America than Palin. Just review her statements to Katic Couric regarding her foreign experience due to Alaska's close proximity to Russia.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  245. Dave Waterfall

    From Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia:
    Compared to Sarah Palin whose "Foreign Policy" consists of living in Alaska next to Russia & Canada he's a "Gem"

    September 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  246. Cheri, Tucson, AZ

    Defintely an asset. He may go off at the mouth every so often, but then again, what politician doesn't? He knows what he's talking about and I would be much more comfortable with Biden than that idiot Palin, should he have to become President.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  247. Andrew

    asset. comparing Biden to Palin is like comparing a yes to a no. Biden is a good man and brings many positive things to the table including additional experience in the foreign markets.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  248. Helena

    Clearwater, FL
    Far more and asset than than the other VP candidate even though he sometime says something that gets critism, at least he is talking to us. He is intelligent, a strong advocate for the democratic party and has good judgement. When are you going to ask if Palin is an asset to McCain?

    September 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  249. Denise Calhoun Lubbock TX

    He is much less of a liability to Obama then Sarah the moose hunter Palin. At least he has common sense.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  250. dennis Ky

    I think Obama's biggest asset is Sarah Palin.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  251. Rachel

    I believe Biden is an asset to Obama. Biden provides a good balance to Obama, bridging the gap between the young and old.

    Rachel, Atlanta

    September 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  252. Keith from Irving, Texas

    You're kidding, right Jack?

    Of course Biden is an asset.

    In fact, when compared to McCain's choice, Joe is a gift.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  253. Vanessa Napa, Califronia

    He is real and shoots from the hip, how refreshing... And it is nice to seen that politics can be human.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  254. vern-anaheim,ca

    i don't know if people think he is a detriment to sen. obama but i belive he his a honest man who tells it like it is and a foreign policy expert. he is surely superior to his republican rival

    September 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  255. Bob S


    Biden will be one of the reasons Obama loses this election, Because Obama talks about change and then picks someone who has been in congress for 36 years, that’s not change I can believe in

    September 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  256. Denise Calhoun Lubbock TX

    An asset. Someone who isn't afraid to speak his mind, even if it gets him in trouble, is rare to find these days.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  257. Michael, Toronto, CANADA

    Joe Biden was a completely safe and neutral choice for Obama. He added nothing, nada, zero to the democratic ticket. It's too early to know if it was a bad decision from Obama. But one has to note that this race is still competitive when every sign is pointing to an overwhelming democratic victory, one has to think maybe the dems don't have the right ticket.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  258. Joe in Missouri

    An asset. I'd rather have Biden stepping in than Palin.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  259. John

    Jack: Joe Biden is refreshing and honest. Sometimes his honesty gets him into trouble, but lets look at Dick Cheney. Cheney never answered any question honestly since becoming Vice President. Now lets look at Sarah Palin this no time as Governor of Alaska, who did not supervise her daughter, and thinks she is experienced. Just remember Sarah is a flip-flopper, and Alaska has the population of Akron, Ohio. Yeah, Joe Biden is a great asset for Barack Obama. Long live sanity!!! Go Obama-Biden Go!!!

    Blue Pond, Alabama

    September 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  260. Kevin, Ohio

    Only one day, one election and one win will tell us if Biden is an asset or a liability to Obama, and that day is November 4th.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  261. barbara actisdano

    I Am Happy your back, You were missed! I cann`t wait to see
    JOE AND PALIN go to their DEBATE as that will be something
    for the books as she may actually answer him with the truth,
    instead of the lies the press has caught her in so far, I can
    not beleive she would say things that were not true and think
    the public would not find out the truth.
    I do like Joe as for V.P. as he knows a lot about the middle
    East situation and wants our troops to come home.............

    Barbara From Fl.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  262. Pete, Bristow, VA

    Biden is not as much of an asset as I originally thought he would be, but he is far better than Palin. Joe needs to let his brain engage before talking too much!

    September 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  263. Christine from El Paso Tx

    Personally I think he has the knowledge that makes him an asset. Does he say silly stuff sometimes, sure but so did Bush and look where he's at? Still the president! I don't think it will hurt him too much unless he starts making way out there claims such as Palin has done, which I think he's to smart to say absurd things like Barbie has.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  264. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Biden is one of the best assets to the Obama campaign. Eventhough he has made some unfortunate miss-speaks ... they have happened from an honest, well-intentioned and committed man. The GOP ticket has had so many pratfalls since the selection of Sarah Palin for VP and, then this week with the "no I won't play in the presidential debate" sandbox ... that McCain/Palin need to just STOP the foolishness. Its easier for me to find the value in Senator Biden than to find the "values" of John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  265. Will from San Jose, CA

    Biden might have a base case of foot in mouth disease, but no one doubts his ability to handle the job.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  266. pete, va

    Jack, not as much as Palin is to McCain.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  267. Marla in WA

    He doesn't have the "hot bod" to get him on tv everyday but he CAN actually go out and talk to the voters, press, wait-and even debate!

    September 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  268. Teri in St. Augustine

    Jack, Biden is an asset...the media decided to frame him as "gaffe prone". So all the media does is look for gaffes. End of story. Now if you want to look at his record, his integrity, and his leadership skills, he's definitely an asset. If you want to compare him to Sarah Palin he's an asset, and if you'd just let go of the 'gaffe prone' story line, the rest of America will see him as an asset also. Thanks, Teri in St. Augustine FL

    September 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  269. tom cassidy-florida

    He is the most qualified person on the hill when it comes to foreign policy. Look at his financial statements, he is the most honest guy in D.C.. So his head and brain get ahead of each other sometimes, at least he has a brain. Good choice!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  270. Robbin SC

    Biden speaks his mind and speaks what he feels is true.....i think he was a great pick for VP and they compliment each other well. Obama said that he didn't want a "yes man" anyway he wanted someone who can challenge him.
    Did you check out the VP for the other side?????? enough said!!!

    September 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  271. lyn

    Jack, Joe Biden is honest, and he is an asset to Obama. "Go Obama & Biden Go"

    September 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  272. Ryan -Galesburg, IL

    Biden's great, but only gets coverage when he makes a "goof". The guy has experience and smarts, and actually seems to care about this country.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  273. F - SC

    Biden is turning out to be a real liability, if you ask me. What's his problem??? Another VP who should be replaced.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  274. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    An asset. Everyone should read his book "Promises to Keep", now in paperback, to get to really know him.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  275. garrick

    hi jack
    thank God Obama picked someone that might make gaffs but at least he knows whats going on in the word and not air space with Russia.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  276. Anna, New York

    Joe Biden will work well with Obama. He;s definitely an asset.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  277. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    he is a huge a asset ! it's not everyday i hear a politician that i believe is telling the truth. on the other hand, PALIN wow after she speaks i ask what the hell did she say? I'd rather get sucked out an airplane window , then try fingering out what she said..... yes Joe will do just fine, as long as palin doesn't mistake him for a polar bear..

    September 26, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  278. Dianne- NY

    I trust Biden so he is an asset! He may talk too much but at least he can speak coherently, unlike Palin. Most of the gaafs Biden has made have been taken out of context. I enjoy his speeches and find him quite reassuring unlike Palin and the "gambler. "

    September 26, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  279. Mary From Colorado

    Biden is good for the ticket and would be good for us.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  280. Ron from SF

    Let's put both Biden and Palin together in a debate and we'll see who is an asset and who is a liability. McSame says we’ll have a VP debate and while it's scheduled, I doubt it will ever take place. If Falin can't get through cream puff interviews like Couric or Hannity, how can she stand up to Biden, let alone the Iranians? Answer: In terms of the Iranians, she’d have to push the button. Meanwhile, Biden can hold his ground with them, without going to war.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  281. Peter from AZ

    We can second guess all we want about where things would stand with Hillary as the VP candidate, but Joe Biden is knowledgeable (usually), experienced, and, most importantly, dedicated and capable.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  282. chris in pittsburgh

    biden clearly helps he done everything mccain did and didnt he may let a gaff slip out but no one is perfect i will put my trust in his hands with no question before i gamble on what palin can do

    September 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  283. Simpliticus

    An asset! Biden doesn't have to say a thing when it comes to foreign affairs while Palin looks abominable with Couric. Muzzle Palin and Biden looks great!

    September 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  284. Bizz, Quarryville, Pa

    I always liked Joe Biden in the way he presents himself. I find it refreshing when a man says what is on his mine in a way that does not leave you in doubt of how he feels. I feel Joe Biden is definitely an asset.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  285. Jay-Mississippi

    Yeah, yeah, if you understand where he is from guys like us have tendacy to put our foot in our mouths rather than keep silent when we are uncertain. Most of the time though we are an big asset and our friends and families love us.

    September 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  286. Kerry Diehl

    Are you kidding me?? They are a team!!!

    .... Just like Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin, Rowan & Martin and on and on.

    You can take your pick of who is like who in this political combo.

    kerry diehl

    September 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  287. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Do you really have to ask that after listening to Palin?

    September 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  288. Laurie

    Biden may have his goofs . But hands down I prefer him to Palin.....

    September 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  289. Sherri (From Mills, Wy.)

    Joe is an asset in my veiw. He has worked for the working man, and woman, for a very long time. I would be voting 'Joe' for president if he hadn't dropped out, and I think the team of him and Obama will be exactly wht this country needs. Sometimes, his aligator mouth overloads his peanut ***, but at least he's honest! I love Joe

    September 26, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  290. Chike Seattle

    He speaks his mind and is not a make-belief person. Yes, he is an asset to both the Obama campaign and the American people.

    September 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  291. Anna from Tampa, FL

    I truly think Biden is an asset. There is a difference between making a small mistake and completely not getting it like Palin. He is bringing the experience and backing that Obama has lacked and he has the experience that is needed in office.

    September 26, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  292. Monique

    I do admit Joe Biden has had experience. Im not soo sure on Judgement. Im surprised Obama chose him since he does not see eye to eye with him and admitts it in public. Are they a team or flying solo? He did receive less than 1% of the vote and has quite a high earmark price tag that Obama is not in favor of. Oh, what about his voting record of supporting Bush at least 40% of the time. Should be intersting! You never know Biden could be President. How do Obama supporters feel?

    September 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  293. Sylvia - San Antonio,Tx

    Jack, he's definitely an asset. He's not the one uttering that
    he can see Russia from his home....he actually has foreign policy
    experience. I'd rather a man speak what's on his mind, that
    sneak around like Bush/Cheney and let American's wonder
    what's on his mind, or what tricks he has up his sleeves.
    He admits his mistakes; he pulled out of one of his earlier races due to a scandal – he's accountable. Since when have Bush/Cheney
    taken responsibility for anything???
    Obama/Biden if where my vote is going.

    September 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  294. Kathy Libbey

    Biden is a honest man. People keep commenting on his gaffes, but the way I see it, he is just speaking what he believes. I would much rather hear his occasional "gaffe" than hear the lies and advisor prepared speeches of most politicians.

    September 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  295. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Yes – No matter what you think about this man, his heart is right & doing well for the country is important to him. He is a good choice and fits well with the platform.

    September 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  296. JP from Canada.

    Biden speaks, Palin doesn't. Enough said.

    September 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  297. Nick

    Uncle Joe is an asset without a doubt. He may shoot off his mouth at times, but in the end, he's hoesnt and feels for the average Joe.

    September 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  298. Hilary from Denver

    Biden is an asset. He is smart, hardworking, authentic, internationally well travelled , savvy, etc etc and trustworthy. He is a good man.

    Bottom line: BIDEN and OBAMA CARE ABOUT PEOPLE vs that other scary & mean group who are greedy, oppressive and prejudiced. Get the acronym? 🙂

    September 26, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  299. Linda Miller

    Is it too late for him to be replaced by Hillary?

    September 26, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  300. Ken

    Biden is an excellent choice to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Can you rally say that about Palin?

    September 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  301. TIna in St.Louis

    While I cannot defend every slip up these candidates make, I believe that
    compared to McCain's pick Sarah NoBrain, Obama's pick of Biden was pure genius.

    September 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  302. Dan Scully

    Seems to me that the VP candidates cancel each other out.


    September 26, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  303. Carla Derrick

    You think Bush has "foot and mouth disease"? Biden has the president beat by a mile! The man just makes things up to suit the occasion. The Veep debate ought to be a hoot!

    Carla Derrick

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  304. Mike McIntyre

    An asset? Are you kidding me? There once was a time in this country when meaningful experience meant something. He is an asset absolutely. Unfortunately sizzle trumps experience witness Palin. Biden knows his stuff and I'd have a beer with him any day of the week!!!

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  305. Michelle - CA

    Biden is certainly more likable than Palin and definitely much smarter. Okay, he's subject to a gaff here or there, but that's Uncle Joe. You know that when it comes to doing the job, he'll know what to do and do it well!

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  306. Alicia

    Joe Biden is being Joe Biden, love him or hate him. He is real. Isn't that refreshing? A bit of salt makes sugar taste sweeter. It is time for some salt. It is not the salt that should have been chosen. By the way, miss you in the early am....miss my salt.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  307. John Conservative

    He's absolutely a liability, thank God!
    All those "slips" as the liberals prefer to call them, I call them idiotic statements, show his true and natural form. We surely can't stand the same politics in the White House as we've had in our Legislative bodies... remember, the White House has no true power without the backing of a good House and Senate, which are and have been led by the Democrat majority and almost destroyed America since they took the majority. Let's be thankful George Bush was there to reign them in when it mattered most, and pushed it through when it had to be, as I believe McCain and Palin will do as well.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  308. Jeremiah

    Joe Biden is an excellent representative to the Middle Class in this country. Not only does he care about our individual needs, but he's one of the VERY few in Congress who stands up for us.

    Obama made the right decision on this one. Now all we need is Hillary as Secretary of State, and Caroline Kennedy in the UN.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  309. Ron in Ohio

    He's a refreshing asset, keen, experienced in life and Washington. He's a hard working, family man who really understands life and people. We were very happy with the choice, a good complement to Obama, whereas we know why Palin was picked.

    Ron in Ohio

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  310. charlie windsor

    Well jack i think joe does not help obama that much he says things withought thinking !For my opinion obama should of pick hillary clinton atleast she would of shut sarah palin up!Ms.i can see russia from my house!

    September 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  311. Melvin Hines


    The media really just doesn't understand the impact Joe is having on Obama's election. While the media makes jokes about the three of four mistakes Joe has made, those same working class Hillary voters people said would never move over to Obama, are being courted by Joe Biden and are helping to win states like Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

    He may not be perfect, but to those working-class whites who come out to see him, that is precisely why he is.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  312. Charlie


    Biden is clearly an asset to Senator Obama because of his all around experience. But for Obama's sake, he better hope that Joe Biden leaves his asset on a park bench somewhere until election
    day and just let Obama doing the talking until then.


    Bethesda, Maryland

    September 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  313. Milt Baird

    Jack, I think Joe Biden is an all American champion of the working class people of this country,and is asset to Obama and America.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  314. james foroglou

    Biden? Asset for sure , among much other things that he brings to the ticket is experiance. God help us if something hapens to McCain , can anybody really imagine her (Sarah) having global conversetations with head of states ( France , Afganistan , Bolivia , Russia, ext.)
    Thanks James Foroglou.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  315. Jeanne Peterson

    Hey, lay off of Joe Biden! He is intelligent, has articulated more intelligence and experience regarding foreign affairs than either John McCain , or well, it goes without saying, Sarah Palin, and speaks from his heart, of which he has alot! He is also forthright and honest! YES! He is an asset to Obama.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  316. saul

    an asset? absolutely! sure biden is a gaff machine but unlike his republican counterpart, no one doubts his integrity, competency or ability to lead. and if the republicans want to talk about character, how about a guy who served his country most of his life yet managed to always be there for his boys. Joe traded in a Washington social life for a 4 hour daily round trip commute to make sure he was home to kiss his sons goodnight
    comparing joe biden to sarah palin is like comparing Babe Ruth to marvelous Marv Throneberry.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  317. Michelle

    He may occaisionally shoot his mouth off, but at least he's intelligible. More than I can say for Palin.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  318. Nicole - Santa Ana CA

    He is qualified. While not everyone will agree with him or his opinions, most will probably concede the point on his qualification. Palin is another story alltogether.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  319. Sarah

    Joe Biden is intelligent, honest, and highly qualified. Definitely an asset! We don't have to wonder if Joe Biden is being honest...he obviously tells us what is on his mind. He's an excellent pick for VP.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  320. Gary P.

    Joe Biden speaks his mind and I think comparing his rhetorical comments and political party protocol missteps to Palin's painful lack of global knowledge is unfair. He is definitely an asset to the campaign. You and CNN are wrong about the Joe's reference to the Great Depression. The stock market may have topped in 1929 during Hoover's administration but the brunt of the Depression and the resulting bank failures occurred throughout the 1930's. In fact during FDR's televised inaugural address he offered his famous quote "we have nothing to fear...but fear itself". Joe's quote "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,'" Barack Obama's running mate recently told the "CBS Evening News." I see no 1929 reference... the crash took years... and FDR was televised. "No bull..No Bias?" Come on.... CNN can do better than this.!

    September 26, 2008 at 6:34 pm |