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