Joe Biden: asset or liability for President Obama?
May 23rd, 2012
03:51 PM ET

Joe Biden: asset or liability for President Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Joe Biden's recent gay marriage gaffe is only the latest example of the vice president stepping in it.

And some are starting to openly wonder if Biden is the best running mate for President Obama in what is shaping up to be a close contest against Mitt Romney.

Republicans are making a strategy of targeting Biden, following him closely on the campaign trail in the hopes that he slips up.

A source close to Romney tells Politico that Biden is "a ticking time bomb. Who the hell knows what he's going to say?"

And another Republican describes the veep as "the chink in the armor" - someone likely to commit unforced errors.

Biden's off-script moments are legendary, from describing then-candidate Obama as "clean" and "articulate" in an interview to calling Obama’s health care reform a "big f***ing deal" on mic.

But Democrats insist Biden is the best surrogate for the president. He connects with working class voters in a way that the sometimes aloof president can't.

Also, Biden is a great attack dog who goes after Romney in a way Obama might not want to. Just yesterday Biden said Romney's time in private equity didn't qualify him for the White House any more than being a plumber would. Gotta love it.

Meanwhile if you listen carefully, the calls for a Vice President Hillary Clinton keep getting louder.

Clinton's approval numbers are through the roof, and some suggest that with Romney closing the gender gap and gaining among women, Obama should dump Biden for Clinton on the ticket.

It seems like a remote possibility, but stranger things have happened in politics.

Here’s my question to you: Joe Biden: asset or liability for President Obama?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. C Oliver

    I think Obama and Hilary Clinton would make a great ticket.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  2. Russ in PA

    Biden doesn't rate an answer, let alone a question.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    May 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  3. bonnie from NJ

    It is sort of like the Abbot and Costello or Martin and Lewis team. Comedy is always an asset!! Seriously, I like Joe Biden and what he stands for, he just needs to stick the speech that was written for him!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Jayne in NH

    Joe's an asset. Unlike most Democrats, he isn't afraid to step on a few toes and tell it like it is.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  5. Gary H. Boyd

    Biden is clearly an asset to Obama Jack. He provides comic relief and is a testament to the reality of foot in mouth disease. The only threat he poses is the fact he's just a heartbeat from actually running the country. Now that's scary.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  6. Jenna Roseville CA

    Joe Biden: asset or liability for President Obama?

    Asset Jack. Joe knows how to play the game and who the players are in DC. Plus he is a plain talking American which connects with voters. I like and respect the guy.

    Roseville CA

    May 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  7. Phyllis G. Williams

    Joe Biden: asset or liability for President Obama?

    Asset – I am sure. Their relationship before the public has been admirable
    and should be adopted by future Vice Presidents

    May 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  8. Doug Ericson

    Joe Biden is so popular right now he could beat Romney by himself . Joe Biden is the likely MVP of this Presidential contest, if Romney picks a nobody for his running mate. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand is not popular at all. She looks like a washed up old dish rag and acts like one too. What has Hillary done since she has been Secretary of State? She has done nothing except issue a few travel warnings months too late after coutries, ( such as Egypt and Lybia ), have already plundered into chaos. Smokin Joe Biden on the other hand, has charmed the entire planet with his well thought out comments on current events. So prescient is Joe Biden, that Obama often has to play catch up and hurridly adopt Joe's positions. Joe Biden is a personal gift to mankind from God, I believe. Joe is a perfect blend of Leslie Neilsen and Ted Baxter. Everyone Loves Joe Biden, even Tea Party Republicans. Thank you Joe Biden. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  9. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    When we consider who and what President Obama is running against, VP Biden is nothing less than an Asset. An Asset who can go out and say what the President won't say and say what's on the minds of the average cerebral rationally thinking American...

    May 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  10. Karl in Flint, MI

    Definitely an asset. He can talk the "kitchen table" talk to the very blue collar voters that need to hear it in their native tongue. The president is a very eloquent speaker, but not everyone speaks "eloquent" and they need a translator.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  11. Joe from Newark, NJ

    Biden is a liability to the nation, not just President Obama. However, Obama won’t get rid of him because he is just as stubborn as President George W. Bush. Remember Dick Cheney? In 2008 we voted for “hope and change”. Unfortunately, we are still singing “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” – The Who.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  12. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    Joe Biden is probably the biggest asset President Obama has however, when Joe Biden speaks, he speaks with such authority that it appears he is on the same sheet of paper as the President. My suggestion is, if he is going to be speaking until November, they better get things together so that the NEWS 24 HOURS A DAY don't make a big thing out of nothing and make Mr. Biden look like it is talking without any authority and just his own opinion. He ain't the President and he better not let himself look like Cheney or he will be a loser and a negative impact on the President.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  13. pat in michigan

    Leave the guy alone .He's fun to have around for funny sound bites . He is a good hearted good ol boy who knows how to smooze. Let him do his job. don't you have a Homer Simpson moment now and again ?

    May 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  14. Pete in Georgia

    Biden is the ULTIMATE quintessential windbag politician. A desperate pathetic fool who has spent his life pandering to a narrow segment of American soceity.....................the arrogant entitled union parasites.
    They love him.
    They can have him.
    Slowly, Americans have learned that politicians like Biden, and his lemmings, are what has driven corporations offshore and destroyed jobs here at home. He is nothing but just another nail in Obama's coffin come November 2012.
    Republicans everywhere rejoice.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm |

    Biden is such a clueless clown that he actually makes Sarah Palin look and sound intelligent. Obama should drop Biden and ask his wife to be his running MATE!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  16. Nate NC

    Biden was only an asset when Obama needed someone to best McCain's possible running mate. Sarah Palin made Biden a golden choice, but since the inaguration, Biden has proven to be a liability.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  17. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    To me Joe Biden is deftly an asset. I know sometimes he sticks his foot in his mouth, but one thing for sure he speaks his mind and is his own person. Joe came from humble beginnings and knows how hard it is for the average family. He suffered many tragedies in his life and his son served in Afghanistan. You will never hear Romney be able to say that. Joe is a Catholic and yet he was not afraid to come out and support gay rights. To me that takes guts something you rarely see in politics today.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  18. Brad, Portland, OR

    Joe Biden is a good man with an honest heart.

    I can see how that would trouble the Republicans.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  19. Frances

    Joe Biden is valuable to whatever venue he is in. A great Vice President. He is an honest man who cares about working people. He has had real tragedy in his life, and has compassion for others. What some call gaffes I call speaking his mind, and speaking the truth. He would never understand how tea party Republicans can say President Obama is not a citizen, or is a Marxist, socialist, Kenyan voodoo woo woo whatever idiocy they speak.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  20. Jen seattle wa

    Biden is A Total Liability for All in U.S.,including Obama..Its impossible to have a V.P. who suffered a Brain Aneurism in 1989, then had staff take over his duties, Intellectually challenge a President.EveryOne Knows Obama is gonna tap Senator James Webb of Virginia to be his new V.P.
    Biden Was Used by Obama to trick the Bluecollar whites ,who drink to much , to vote Democrat.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  21. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    The old saying, "The truth hurts", is painless when Joe speaks it. In this era of lies, and deception in Washington. Biden's candid remarks, whether one agrees or not, is a breath of breath of fresh air. In the world of politics where falsehoods suck up all the oxygen, Joe Biden is an asset. Even liars don't like to be lied to.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  22. jk for Minnesota

    I think he's an asset – the democratic party as a whole needs to be more outspoken.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  23. calaurore9

    Biden serves a purpose. His role is to float trial balloons while seeming to make silly slips of the tongue. And he does it so convincingly. Hillary could never play the foil.

    Carol in NoHo, Ma

    May 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  24. Charles - San Antonio

    I think Biden is neither an asset or liability. He does not add to or detract from the ticket. However, the democrats are missing a huge oppurtunity. If Biden steped aside and Hillary was put on the ticket, Obama would win in a landslide. And Hillary would be a sure thing for 2016.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  25. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    If President Obama can't convince Hillary to run, then he should stick with Biden and turn him loose on Romney. Hillary Clinton would be a shoe-in for the White House in 2016, if she spent 4 years as V.P. That, at the very least, would ensure the country wouldn't have to suffer the damage of a Republican administration for at least 8-12 more years. We might be able to recover from the Bush years by then, maybe.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  26. perry jones

    there are three letters in your sentence that describe Mr. biden and they are not in the liability

    May 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  27. Bill of New Mexico

    It was already known that Biden was one of the worse for "foot-in-mouth" disease.

    Biden would have been a great asset only if Obama had taken Biden's advice on the Afghanistan War in 2009. But, Obama decided to own the war. Unfortunately!

    Obama has reaped the worst of Biden, and none of Biden's good assets.

    The Democrats should have presented a fresh president–why not a fresh vicepresident?

    May 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  28. Emma in Baltimore

    He's both. He's a great asset in terms of knowledge and experience, but he doesn't always think before he speaks.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I have to disagree with you Jack. Biden is like someone's crazy uncle. You never know what he is going to say but people give him a pass simply because they think he is just nuts and pretty much harmless.
    We still do not know who Romney is going to saddle up and ride If you would recall not too long ago a strange lady no one had ever heard of before named Sarah Palin was asked to run with John McCain for the presidency and she turned out to be the crazy aunt that everyone thought was nuts costing McCain the election.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  30. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    All things considered, (no reference to PBS intended) I believe Biden is a plus for Obama. He has a great sense of humor, can be self deprecating and has believability that reaches and resonates with middle America. His experience in Congress probably helps the President a lot as he works behind the scenes on issues.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  31. Ed from California

    I love Joe!!! He's a straight shooting, asset!! He speaks the truth. Can't you handle the truth, Jack? I sure as hell can! Obama/Biden 2012! I am mad at Obama for keeping us in Afghanistan though.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  32. Diallo Atlanta,Georgia

    Joe Biden has always been gaffe-prone and Obama knew that before choosing him in the first place.Joe delivered his first gaffe at the very rally where he was being announced as Obama's running mate in 2008.He called then senator Obama "BARACK AMERICA".Even though he's full of gaffes, he's a tremendous asset for the president as he relates like no one else to white middle class voters whom the president has problems convincing.Removing Biden on the ticket would signal a sense of desperateness which the president would pay cash politically. he would simply lose.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  33. tom bulger, canandaigua, NY

    VP Biden is a hiuge asset. There is no one else that could be anymore chalk to Romney's cheese. Biden couldn't be any more real, and that means Romney couldn't look any more phony.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  34. Gary in San Jose, California

    An objective review would probably find him to be an asset but his perception among voters would probably make him a liability. With that said, it doesn't really matter. Hillary is the only other viable option and she's smart enough to know better than to take the job.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I like Mr. Biden because he is a stright shooter. However, the President will win in a cake walk if Biden was to drop out and Mrs. Clinton step in as veep. Just imagine, a black man as President and a lady as VP, wow what a historical move and one that many people including myself would support even though Texas will stay RED.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  36. Jeff In Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, I think it'd be a genius move to get Hillary to be his running mate... then fire her on January 21, 2013.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  37. Rich in Gainesville FL

    Only an extremely small percentage of votes are swayed by a candidate's choice of running mate and voters are already pretty much accustomed to Biden's off-script moments, so there's not that much downside in staying with him. Plus he has the experience of 4 years ago and he is the kind of "attack dog" that Obama isn't so much and Hillary probably couldn't be for various sexist reasons. I figure he's an asset. Just don't let him near the nuclear football.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  38. al in Delaware

    Biden is a definite asset to Obama. All the crap you're spouting is just pundit talk. As far as gaffes are concerned, you have to be kidding me . There is so much tape of Romney gaffes and outright lies during the debates that they make up a box set. Is he an asset or a liability?

    May 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  39. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, Biden does make mistakes, but he also seems to have that common touch, or is perceived to by the middle and working classes. His verbal gaffes, however, are just as liable to be offset by Romney's own verbal gaffes, of which we have seen many. That being said, an Obama/Clinton ticket is a dream match for the Democrats. Imagine a woman who has proven herself on the international stage, and who can actually handle questions from the media, running for the #2 office in the land.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  40. jim v. florida

    Jack, Biden comes across as a bafoon and is not taken seriously by others. If Obama hopes to have any chance to defeat Romney in November he had better look to Hillary. She is his only hope as the approval ratings show. Hillary would bring, for most people, a feeling that dignity has been restored to the office of the Vice President.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  41. Andrew in NC

    Everyone knew about Biden's history of foot-in-mouth disease the first time around. Many considered him as an insider who would guide the least qualified person ever elected President through the Washington landscape. Just proves that elections are beauty contests ultimately decided by a few idiots!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  42. Wyomingite for Obama-Biden

    Joe Biden is basically an asset to the Democratic ticket. Great to hear that the Republicans are stalking him, watching for dirt. They should recognize dirt when they see it.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  43. Dan Louisville, KY

    Biden's "gaffe" you say? You mean when he was asked a direct question about gay marriage and the politician actually responded truthfully as to how he felt. That is shocking! Of course in the GOP, you could lose your club membership for speaking honestly.

    Good God! Given what we now count as "news", it's a wonder we've made it this far.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  44. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    I think this blog was the final straw for turning my view of you negative. You're sitting here talking about the Presidential race like its a popularity contest. Biden is the weak link? You're actually writing a piece about how the Republicans SHOULD run a negative campaign?? Not on the President either. The Vice President is the one you want to smear. He points out a vampiric history in business isn't what the country needs and you actually bashed him for it?! Seriously, what is the deal with you Repubs? Mitt Romney's JOB was to eliminate JOBS while he worked in "business", and you paint him as some saviour.

    Oh and by the way, the Republican nomination process was a joke. You actually had a front-runner whos ONLY qualification for running a country was SELLING PIZZA'S!!! It's an insult to think we would bounce around potential candidates like your party. The only reason you want Hilary is so you can call Obama uncommitted, or whatever. Sick.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  45. Gigi Oregon

    He is an asset. The Vice President and Mrs. Clinton are tied to President Obama at the hip. The three of them and President Clinton are his best ties to the American people. Not to forget bin Laden is dead under President Obama's administration. Compare that to Super pacs, Romney, President Bush, 3 wars not paid for and the economy in a downward slide left for President Obama to clean up. While republicans sit on their hands for three and half years. Doing nothing but talking about making President Obama a one term President. President Obama is a miracle worker for "We the People". Is it to early to campaign for Hillary is 2016?

    May 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  46. Larry in Houston

    Joe Biden: asset or liability for President Obama ?
    Answer :
    1. He IS a ticking time bomb.
    2. You NEVER know what he's going to say.
    3. His "off script" moments ARE inappropriate.
    4. "Biden said Romney's time in private equity didn't qualify him for the White House any more than being a plumber would" Are You Kidding Me ? What about the guy who was a "community organizer" ? Huh ? How about the guy that Voted "present" practically the whole time he was in the Senate ? LOL – Sorry Jack, but this "double standard" stuff isn't going to get it. I might be better off NOW , than I was 3 or 4 years ago, but the reason for that is because I'm semi-retired, drawing my pension, and only a few short years from drawing social security. If the voting place was more than a walk away, believe me, I wouldn't even Bother to Vote, to be perfectly honest. It seems like Obama is the one who is "armor plated", in my opinion. After the "Joe the Plumber" scenario, and the Jeramiah Wright debacle 3.5 yrs ago, then you've got tens of thousands of people that think Obama wasn't born in the U.S. – Then you have people hollering about his religion, or his skin, or his Mother being white, or his Dad being Black, in addition to his Dad being a Muslim, then you've got tens of thousands of people that has accused him of his relationship with Jim Ayers & the Acorn controversy – then you have Tens of Thousands of people that continue to use the words, "Socialist" & "Marxist" when they are reffering to Obama, then you have Hannity / Huckleby / Coulter / & don't forget about "the Rush" on the other News Channel – constantly doesn't have any respect for the man, plus they continue to bad-mouth him, and anything and everything he says or does, it's amazing to me that he is even Close to being tied with Romney ! By The Way – I have heard socialist and marxist more in the last 3.5 years, than I EVER HAVE, in my Whole Life !
    If they put Hillary IN there, for his Veep, it will change the Whole outcome of this Election, in my opinion. Otherwise, the Democrats had better take heed to what Carville has said. ("Panic" isn't enough) (it's worse than that)
    Vote Democrat – 2012

    May 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  47. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    Joe is not the only ticking time bomb. What about Mitt, he has been known to say well from lack of a better word Stupid things, just recently he has finally stopped flaunting his wealth in our faces. They should call him swivel head the way he changes his mind about stuff. Joe is.a Regular person, we can relate to him. Total ASSET!! That is Joe.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  48. Jackie

    It’s too late to drop him from the ticket; no one likes a flip-flopper... I think he’s both. Asset – nothing came to mind; maybe he can sway the undecided voters. Liability – he’s like a ticking time bomb; no one knows what he’s going to say next. Regardless, we like Joe Bidden, he says it like he means it. ~Just keep him on a leash~

    May 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  49. Mr. D

    Bring in the clowns-don't bother there here. Who needs to go to the circus when it's election time again. In the center ring we feature the "talking wonder"- just plain Joe. See you on the train, Joe, and let's have a beer together after the election.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  50. Steve

    Biden is a big bag of hot air. Every time he opens his mouth, everybody laughs at him. The Liberal Press's assessment is obviously positive of him. What else will they say. Biden misses the point. Give you an example when he criticised Joe the Plumber. Biden'sstatement was he's not even a Plumber. Biden missed the whole point what Joe the Plumber had to say. . It was all about taxes. Biden is a nice guy but he just doesn't get it. That's Biden's favorite line. Obama should get rid of him.
    I'm not sure if Hillarry is the right person either. She has aged terribly. Have you seen her face lately? She has big bags under her eyes. I feel sorry for her. She has a very stressful job, but she is doing a great job. .

    May 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  51. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, Joe Biden is on the list of liabilities the president has. I wouldn't mind if "Joe the Mouth' Biden stepped down to spend more time with his family. The bigger question is who wants his job ?
    David, Las vegas

    May 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  52. Chris from Florida

    Joe Biden is an asset. I think he has a way of telling it like it is that off-sets Obama's side-stepping rhetoric. Joe talks about competing visions for Ameriica in ways that help people undertsand the stark differences betwee the DEMS and Republicans. No matter who you want to win in the fall, Biden is less of a hate-magnet than the President. The democrats would have a good shot in 2016 if Joe heads the ticket. I actually think that is probably his plan.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  53. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Biden is definitely an asset, especially among working class white and Catholic voters. Dropping him would lose states. More importantly, considering his likely debating partner is either some unknown or Rick Perry (Texas is more at risk than the GOP is willing to admit yet), he is a sure bet to shore up the ticket. More importantly, he brings foreign policy cred to the Obama White House. The fact that GOP talking heads are even considering making him an issue is the sure sign of their desperation.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  54. thom richer

    Vice President, Joe Biden, is the VP and has been an asset from day one of Obama's presidency. To think of him as a liability to Obama is 100% media and Right Wing hype. Today's "media" does not report or inform the people of the world about news items, they create "stories" that will gain them audience and ratings. The same is even more true and more blatantly obvious of the Right Wing. At this point in time they are without political substance, credibility or influence in the presidential race.

    The Right knows, as does CNN, that H. Clinton is not going to be a presidential candidate nor a VP candidate in 2012. If either had any gumption, ethical or credible character, this shameful, ridiculous and harmful (to American society) news "story" would not be exploited by either. Doing so only divides the people and country more, which is never in the interests of America's political welfare or political status in the world. Stories such as this are actual proof of the lack of character of those in our political parties and the media's lack of responsibility to its public. Thank goodness H. Clinton has enough integrity, respect and humility to not associate herself with such political drivel and divisive political tactics and Joe Biden has enough character and resolve to not succumb to such political defamation humiliation on the part of the Republican Party. Both are far above the Right Wingnuts and the shameless media.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  55. Leta

    Vice-President Biden – definitely not a liability for the President. Mr. Biden is a rare breed of a politician who is very
    frank and aggressive almost to a point of being blunt but at least honest. How about Mr. Romney flip-plopping,
    changing his views all the time catering to his audience to what they like to hear, if I were him I will dump his elite
    sponsors, what comes out from his mouth is not really from his heart but under the watchful eyes and ears of Rove, Kochs etc. How tragic it would be if the Americans will elect a candidate tied to the same people around GWB.
    The president will never dump Mr. Biden.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  56. J Farrow, New Orleans

    Absolute assest. Biden and Obama are very complimentary in who they appeal to.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  57. Mark in BC NV

    There's hope for all you losers in the People's Democratic Plantation Sheeple Party, Joe "bite me" Biden got caught plagiarizing in college and he still became VP of the USA. So there's hope & change for all of you Obama Kool-Aid drinkers out there. LOL.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  58. ohioken

    I don't think Joe Biden is a factor in any way. The principal combatants (Obama and Romney) will be the main focus in the upcoming election. The vice-presidential nominees will have little to do with anything. I can see no high profile republican stepping up and going after the nomination for vice-president considering the eneptness of Miti Romney as a candidate. Any republican of substance and ambitiion most likely will show some public support while not wanting to attach his or her star to Romney's candidacy.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  59. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Biden is a huge asset to President Obama. He's a very effective attack dog-he has passion, makes great points, and connects well with those especially in the "Rust Belt." Obama and Biden are the perfect "Odd Couple."

    May 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  60. steve WA

    Asset, at least Joe will say how he really feels. And he will most likely feel the same way tomorrow and maybe even next week. The other campaign maybe; maybe not.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  61. David, Canada

    If America ever hopes to elect a woman as President, now's the time for the strategic move of replacing Biden with Clinton. Joe could never take over the top job, but Hilary has shown that she has the moxie, talent, ability, energy and vision for it.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  62. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    As Mitt Romney starts edging closer in the polls, President Obama needs to pull out the big guns. The biggest gun in his arsenal is Hillary Clinton as hiis running mate. She would bring in those married women who are strongly supporting Mitt Romney. Hillary would be a great addition to any ticket. If she were Republican, Mitt Romney would grab her first.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  63. EdfromMd

    Biden hasn't shot anyone then made them apologize, he's not lookin ok for VP.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  64. Ronald Noe

    Well compared to what? Compared to the Republicans he is a Rocket Surgeon, Jack

    May 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  65. andy Lynn, MA

    Joe is the last honest, outspoken politician in America. Don't ever change Joe. I appreciate your unbridled honesty. Go Joe!

    May 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  66. Gerry

    He is an asset to Obama. He normally follows his boss's orders and the every now and then slip of the tongue lets us know that there is always some humor in politics. He isn't a challenge to Obama and his political career will go no farther than where he is now. His downfall would only come if he gets more airtime than Obama.

    Ash Fork, Az.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  67. Judy

    Joe Biden is a senior statesman. He rounds out the Obama administration with his vast experience in foreign policy. Shouldn't the Romney campaign be monitoring it's own rather than Joe Biden?? Aside from being a plasticized individual who is not comfortable in his own skin, Romney should have a zipper put on his mouth, that ought to round out his campaign. The less we hear from him the better.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  68. Reggie

    If you people can say that Biden is an asset then we know for sure that Obama is a total loser. It makes me laugh when we have to settle for these two.....Obama and Biden. Is that what our great country has come to? We have really lowered our standards......God help us if we have to put up with another 4 years of these two losers.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  69. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    So a source close to Romney describes Biden as a "ticking time bomb" and another says he is "the chink in the armor." Meanwhile squeaky clean Mr. Romney articulated that Russia is our #1 enemy, he gets off an "aircraft" not a plane as ordinary people would say, and he enjoys firing the same kind of working class voters Biden connects with. The Republicans are undermining Biden because he has character that is desperately lacking in their Presidential candidate. A candidate who is nothing but aloof and out of touch with everybody except his own ilk. If Biden were to step aside in favor of Hillary Clinton the Republicans won't waste any time to attack that decision and her for whatever reasons they see as their own short comings.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  70. Arlene, Illinois

    When doing a blog on Joe Biden, please Jack list the possible running mates for Romney as I have not
    had my laugh of the day yet.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  71. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Biden is not only an asset to President Obama, he's the President's secret weapon when it comes to connecting to Americans. A man who rides a train to and from his job in Washington in order to spend every evening at home with his children speaks volumes; remember Biden had lost the wife who stayed at home with his children.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  72. AB

    Jack, let me clue you in on some facts concerning Joe Biden:
    *Joe Biden is the best asset that President Obama has.
    *Joe Biden is a foriegn policy expert whose advise to President Obama on foreign affairs is priceless.
    *Joe Biden is a seasoned politician and has been around washington for decades.
    *Joe Biden is a honest "straight shooter' who will not steer anyone wrong.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  73. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    I watched as Mr. Biden spoke the other day and what I got from it was that he believes that Mitt Romney's time in private equity didn't qualify him to be President and nor did it qualify him to be a plumber. I do not think it was a gaffe ... I think the press took it out of context. I am quite sure that Mr. Biden has absolutely nothing against plumbers. If the media would only listen to the words of people who speak instead immediately trying to make something bad out it, we wouldn't have all this garbage. Mr. Biden is definitely an asset to Mr. Obama. It's the media that is the liability.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  74. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    While I'm like the majority of Democratic voters who would love to see an Obama-Clinton ticket in November, I think Biden is a good VP. He's been a better attack-dog than Obama, and he's keeping the Republicans on their toes.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  75. Reasonably

    Biden should gracefully retire (the only graceful thing he would have done in decades) and let someone on the ticket who will bring something to the table other than fodder for John Stewart and SNL.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  76. Josh Dale

    I'd like to have a beer with Biden on the roof of a fancy hotel and watch the sunset on Romney's Presidential bid. Joe Biden is an asset to the Obama Administration with his straight shooting mentality.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  77. lynn

    Plain spoken,straight talk. Not phoney slogans that republicons repeat on every show that they appear on. Biden is an Asset.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  78. Detada

    I have been calling for this change for 2 years. Why is no one listening?

    May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  79. pitbullstew

    Joe Biden is the right man at the right time in history to be vice president, his decades long experience in gvt is a particularly valuable asset in this nations foreign relations dealings.
    Biden says what he means, and means what he says, I'm with Joe!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  80. John J. Grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Joe might make some mistakes but most people don't pay attention to anything the Vice-President says anyway.Perhaps Pres. Obama might ask Gingrich or Santorum to be on the ticket. They both despise Romney and have both repeated many times that he was not fit to be President.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  81. lynnej in nc

    He's an asset. He knows how to get something done regardless of his 'gaffes.'

    May 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  82. Stewart

    VP Biden makes me think of my grandfather. Honest, reliable and absolutely no idea what was coming out his mouth. Yep I like him!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  83. Randall G

    C'mon, Jack. This 'question' is too silly. The only people talking about replacing Biden are Beltway blowhards in need of something–anything–to blow about. Geez.....

    May 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  84. Molly / Los Angeles

    It's taken almost four years, but I've really grown fond of our VP. I appreciate his honesty, genuine caring, and his shoot from the hip style. A refreshing difference between him and that flip-flopper, Romney! Should Biden stay as the VP? It's a no-brainer.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  85. Thinkforyourself, OK

    When I read the comments of others I have to wonder about the future of the country. It seems that most are paid campaigner for the Obama Administration who are either blind or brainwashed.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  86. Jeff

    He is neither a liability nor an asset. He is simply Joe Biden, and that is what makes him appealing to the Obama campaign. They get mad when he speaks his mind without clearing it, but ultimately, he shows a side of the Democrats many can equate with, just an average guy who may or may not say stupid things, much like Bush. Don't get me wrong, there is no comparison, but Biden simply isn't enough of a liability to shake things up, which would appear a lot worse to the voters than anything VP Biden might say when speaking his mind. I think we miss this in general from our leaders.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  87. PiedType

    He's neither asset nor liability. He's cannon fodder and will be used accordingly.

    Susan R

    May 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  88. John From Carlsbad , CA

    Joe speaks, you see problems.
    Obama speaks, you see pandering.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  89. rus orban

    regarding Biden's value as VP on the Obama Ticket –"Is a clown a value to the circus?"

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  90. Cwolfe

    Biden is a good fit when it comes to the working class, and when I think of him I picture the blue collar working man! On the other hand the call for Mrs. Clinton is popular among the people, Biden is a better option due to his lack respect for saying whats right and saying what needs to be said.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  91. Martha Brooks

    Obama has no problem with women or the white collar, over-educated guys. He needs Joe because he talks and acts like a "real guy" and other real guys love that. So do I. He's a keeper.

    Martha, Rew, PA

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  92. Cary

    Neither. With President Obama's 3 1/4 year hiatus on the economy, he needs to Buck up to his failures. After the Supreme Court denounces his signature health care epidemic, he is 1 and done. And to think I voted for him......let me get another beer and drown my sorrows some more.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  93. Matt in Lincoln, Nebraska

    Joe Biden is a valuable asset for the Obama team. While he may seem unstable and unreserved, Biden is somebody who a lot of Americans can relate to better than President Obama. We should be praising the man for speaking his mind when he is asked for his opinion, not condemning him.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  94. D.A. Benson

    Joe Biden is everyone's crazy uncle Joe. We love him and he is charming, witty and funny. The problem is he is one heart beat away from the presidency, and that is not funny.
    Phoenix, AZ

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  95. Jon in Tempe, Arizona

    I would say that Joe Biden is a liability to the president but it would be more of a liability if he was dropped from the ticket. That would make Obama look weak and it would make his campaign appear to be in chaos. The only way that would be a good thing to happen would be if god forbid Joe Biden had a life threatening medical condition all of the sudden which would make him unable to serve. I hope and pray that does not happen.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  96. Susan - Laguna Hills

    Biden has been agreat access to OBAMA and has made great contributions to be the 2nd man around. No one is perfect, but it is rare to get one who works well with the President and gets mission done effectively.

    I am getting to like Hilary more and more with her significant accomplishment and consider her as Churchill in US history....Good job, and we women are proud of you Hilary.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  97. Ralph Novak, Lincoln, CA

    Definate asset. You said it best Jack. He tells it straight and unadorned. He relates because he tells the truth. Unlike Romney he does not check the polls before he speaks and he doesn't take the safe way out. He understands the term protect your six but he doesn't go there first.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  98. Aaron

    It's very telling to me that the thing the republicans are counting on is some mistake by the the current VP. Is that really the only thing these Keystone Cops running for office have to offer when so much more needs to be resolved? Thinking in this country seems to have taken a hike to never never land.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  99. Margot in Washington

    Joe Biden is an American treasure. What you see is what you get. He isn't the product of some spin room and behind the scenes strategy committee. He is a smart man who has suffered his own share of personal tragedy and understand blue collar Americans and their day to day struggles better than anyone else on the campaign scene. I think selecting him for the ticket may have been one of the smartest moves this President has made. So, quit with the Hillary talk-Joe means a lot to a lot of Americans.....I'm tired of this media push to replace him-let it go......He may not be slick and polished, but that works great for most of us.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  100. Sandstone

    "I already told you this, Jack, many months ago. This is why Obama is running alone. They can't stand Obama pig-headedness about himself!!! Obama 'saves GM' Obama 'Saves Unions' Obama 'Caught Bin Laden (if he really died as the video says) single handed.' There are many many more, but I'll leave that to you Jack! Yes the Democrates even want Obama out of office, even if it means they lose this time."

    May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  101. Sandy in HB

    Liability! The fact that Joe Biden is a step away from the Presidency makes me cringe!!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  102. Ren Namoc

    Biden is great! But, since he has already been there as VP. So, my conclusion is give Hilary Clinton this time to be the running mate! It will be a land slide for Obama/Hilary!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  103. Tim

    Joe Biden connects with the working man? Not really, we are just waiting to see how much botox he used on his forehead this week.

    Alexandria, VA

    May 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  104. dklucius

    Biden is a professional full time politician. He is a poster boy for what is wrong with D.C. Instead of glorifying the idiots in the beltway its time to get rid af all the incumbents including Biden and Reid and Pelosi and breaking up the good old boy network that is ruining the USA

    May 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  105. tim p.

    wilthout a doubt joe biden is a drag on the political process for obama. people who really understand what is going on in this country can separate the wheat from the chaff...... but hey thats good for the country, this way obama will not be around for the next four years.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  106. Drew PA

    Asset!!! He's a straight talking, no "BS"ing, shootin from the hip moderate who can make any politician, Democrat or Republican, turn and walk away wih their tails between their legs. He's brilliant, and he'll tell you how it is.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  107. Manny in Roseville, Ca.

    Jack, he's a combination of both for the president. He's a perfect "ASSABILITY". He's 1/3 politician, 1/3 pit bull, and 1/3 potty mouth. As American as apple pie, and who doesn't like pie? Leave him alone, HE'S THE MAN!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  108. Michael from Selma, Al

    I think V,P. Biden is a huge asset to Pres. Obama! Mr. Biden is afraid to tell it like it is and frankly I think the GOP are afraid of him because he's been in politics for some time and they know he knows the schemes they are planning won't work as long as V.P. Biden is around!!!!! Obama made a great choice.... Go Joe, Go!!!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  109. Dave, Orlando, FL

    First, when Biden says something, he usually means it and it’s usually the truth. That’s rare in politics and especially what passes for today’s politics. Second, if the Republicans are suggesting that he be dumped, you better believe they are afraid of him (looking to 2016 maybe?). And third, the Democrats should dump Obama and run a Clinton-Biden ticket. I suspect that would be unbeatable, but when were the Democrats ever accused of doing anything smart. We can’t trust or believe in any change Obama is offering this time (either).

    May 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  110. Maryann

    It's only the media that lights up when Joe Biden says what he thinks - the people love Joe Biden for his honesty, loyalty, patriotism and intelligence - President Obama couldn't find a better VP.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  111. lisaspups

    I like Joe Biden. We all make gaffes every now and then, but he is a "what you see is what you get" kind of guy, and I really like that. He is also very intelligent and empathetic to others. We need more like him in government. What a breath of fresh air.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  112. Andy, Texas

    I think we have a consensus that we'd all love to have a beer with him, but the fact remains that Hillary is a far more accomplished politician who better projects an image of talent and intelligence—which is probably why Gallup reports she enjoys a favorable rating of 66%, compared to Biden's 42%. Biden looks like a great guy, probably "awful smart," too, but he's the kind of guy that would make a great Press Secretary or Chief of Staff. Obama's number 2 should be Hillary. (Hell, Obama should be Hillary's number 2.)

    May 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  113. BillyBob

    I like Joe BUT if anything happens to the almighty then he takes control of this country.....I think his head would swell so big it blow a gasket. Then who do we have?

    May 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  114. Ted

    Jack...I wonder what your liberal watchers would say if Joe was a REPUBLICAN....

    May 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  115. Jaime, Sunrise FL

    Asset for certain. Obama, for some reason, just doesn't come across as believable with a populist firebrand message. He is too polished, he's better talking about intricate policy details. But when Amtrack Joe comes out talking about the middle class and dreams of moving up and demanding a fair shake... It rings true. Obama needs a little of that soot on the face get down to nitty gritty hard workin' Joe Biden magic to balance the ticket headed by one of the smartest and most polished men ever to take up the oval office.

    He needs the attack dog, and there's no doubt that Biden has got some bite.

    Problem is, none of them have the killer instincts of a Karl Rove.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  116. el don Rodrigo

    Hello Jack,

    He's neither, unfortunately for Joe Biden and the sake for the Union Hilary Clinton is the positive choice. Heck same sex marriage is being accepted, we forgot what the Bush administration had done and we are still suffering from 911. So if Clinton is the choice then it's about time that a women is in consideration for the Presidential Administration. It's almost ridiculous that something as marriage is a political issue when it shouldn't be than a women in line for the Presidency.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  117. PiedType

    He's neither asset nor liability. He's cannon fodder and will be used accordingly.

    Susan R
    Denver, CO

    May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  118. Marcia from Colorado

    Jack: The so-called "gaffe" committed by Mr. Biden wasn't a gaffe until the media swarmed all over it like famished vultures. The fact is that someone asked the veep a question, and being a straight-shooting, honest man, he answered it. Last time I checked, the Frist Amendment assures ALL Americans the right to have an opinion. Incidentally, I'm not your standard media-hating American – I got my journalism degree at CU Boulder a long time ago, and I can assure you that my professokrs would role over in their graves if exposed for what passes for journalism today. - Marcia from Colorado

    May 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  119. Michael

    Jack, Joe is an asset but he should take one for the Gifford. Mrs. Clinton on the ticket would mean a Labron James slam dunk. The U.S need to recover from that Republican mess.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  120. Ibrahim

    Joe Biden is an asset, WH can test any issue using Joe Biden; if it works WH can take credit, if not just blame Joe

    May 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  121. curtis in philadelphia

    Hey Obama: DRAFT CLINTON! Loud enough for ya?

    May 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  122. dizzygirl

    I think Hillary Clinton would be the best VP President could ever have. If he wants to wipe the floor with Romney he should drop Biden and make Mrs. Clinton VP. They would make a dynamic team and everyone in America would vote for them including Romney! 😉

    May 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  123. Annie, Atlanta

    Asset. We need more honest politicians like him, and less of the guys full of ... well, you know.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  124. Renee, Illinois

    Biden a liability? As opposed to Mitt – I don't care about the poor, I love firing people – Romney? At least when Biden makes a gaffe it's an honest opinion that most of us can identify with. And as much as I would like to see President Hillary Clinton, or even V.P. Clinton, she's made it pretty clear that's not going to happen.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  125. lifter132

    Someons said H Clinton would be a better running mate,shucks, she would be a better pres candidate. The repubs shpuld love Biden.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  126. Ann from Charleston SC

    Joe Biden is an asset. Yes, he tells it like it is, which is a good thing. And the health care law was "a big f-ing deal" whether it was said on mic or off. Biden has a long history in the senate going back to the days when congressmen worked together for the good of the country. He is very knowledgeable about foreign affairs. Most importantly, he is a man of integrity – his actions after his first wife was killed tell us that. Hillary Clinton would make a great vice president also, but lets give her a rest so she can run for president in 2016.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  127. Matt, Miami

    Asset! Even if only to make the President on edge and on his toes all the time.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  128. David in Seattle

    Joe Biden is to President Obama what Gracie Allen was to George Burns, what Richie Cunningham was to the Fonz, what Ann Romney is to Mitt Romney–his human half, the half that makes you want to applaud him, tune him in and vote for him. ... Dump Joe? No.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  129. Bob

    I think the VP is an asset despite a bit of "foot inmouth disease". I can't imagine POTUS dumping Joe Biden. Love Ms. Clinton – supported her lasr go round. Still, the VP is the VP.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  130. three

    A few moments ago on the Situation Room Mr. Cafferty described Joe Biden's "This is a big _ deal" as a "gaffe" that was not a gaffe. Nor is President Obama often aloof. Being personable is one of his stronger attributes. Also I notice the way Wolf nearly always frames his leads to Obama as some looming detriment or possible deficiency towards President. When you have to use "Some people think ...," you are desperately stretching. After all, "Some people" think Elvis is still alive. There are always some people who think something.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  131. Bill in VA

    Biden is unquestionably an asset all the time. The problem is, sometimes he is an asset for Obama and sometimes he is an asset for the opposition.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  132. Kim

    Joe is definitely an asset. While we love to watch the prez, watching Joe is kind of like listening to a grandparent. Ya gotta love 'em.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  133. wayne, va beach, va

    I'd say he was an asset because he keeps obama safe.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  134. Burbank

    Biden's just there, I don't think he makes a big difference one way or the other. Asking Hillary to run as VP is almost an insutt. she is the one that should have been President in the first place and I hope to God she changes her mind and runs again. Even most Republicans seem to have a grudging respect for her.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  135. Cecelia Hughes

    Biden is not an asset. It's time for him to retire and the President needs to go to Hillary on hands and knees! If she would consider running, she would cinch the election for the Democrats!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  136. marty

    Just yesterday Biden said Romney's time in private equity didn't qualify him for the White House any more than being a plumber would.
    And being a community organizer qualified Obama to be President?????

    May 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  137. Bob in Texas

    That's the wrong question Jack. It isn't an either/or proposition. The question is, "Is there someone out there that would be more of an asset. Quite frankly, I like Joe a lot, even though he's occasionally dropped the President in the grease. BUT, there's one person whom I think would bring better balance to the ticket, and that person is Jon Huntsman. Yes, he's Republican, but I think Obama and Huntsman, working together for the good of the country, could accomplish great things.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  138. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Joe Biden is an asset to the President. Joe is "what-he-is" speaks clearly and from the heart, is trustworthy and believable. You always know what Joe is thinking and where he stands bcause if asked, he will come right out and tell you. And, after the last VP candidate, Sarah Palin, with limited understanding of the world and the IQ of a houseplant, Joe Biden is a gift from heaven . Obama and Biden in November!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  139. Mark in Houston

    Jack.......weigh the pluses against the minuses and he's the right guy for the campaign and job. When Biden speaks...he's talking to me. He's fallible, he's human, he's one of ...us.

    I can see Romney choosing Christie...just because he could make a VP debate an extremely interesting battle of "off the cuff".

    May 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  140. Delaware Dixie Cup

    Joe Biden is an asset, period! He was our Senator for years, and we know the real Joe, and what you see is what you get! That is refreshing in a politician and all too rare. He is smart, honest, and cares about the good ole USA. We know his son Beau, and I can assure you there is no finer person anywhere, politician or not. I think Joe should head the ticket! And he never forgets little Dela-where! He still comes for chicken-and-dumplings to the Bridgeville, DE firehall. Joe/Jill 2012! There you go!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  141. chill

    First of all, Biden is an excellent VP. He brings a wealth of experience and a willingness to express a contrary opinion. That is the first consideration. Secondly, I think his Common Man touch is what the ticket needs. While he may gaffe from time to time, I think that actually helps because it is honest. And the fallout from dumping him would not make up for any gain from putting Clinton or someone else on the ticket.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm |