October 11, 2012 |
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan squared off in Kentucky on Thursday night, clashing on a range of issues, including Iran sanctions , abortion, healthcare and rescuing the middle class. We assembled a group of opinionators from the left, right and center to comment on the VP candidates' positions in real time . Unlike the first presidential debate, in which there was a clear winner , Thursday's outcome wasn't as clear, although it looks like Biden will get the edge. Here's our panel's instant analysis.
October 15, 2013 |
Hillary Rodham Clinton has not said for sure if she is running for president in 2016. Joe Biden has not said for sure if he is running for president in 2016. Into that Democratic vacuum rides the wink-wink, nudge-nudge part of campaign 2016. On Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a source as saying that Clinton used a Q-and-A period after her closed-to-the-public speech in the city to note that she had backed the raid that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden. Not incidentally, the source said, the former secretary of State noted several times that Vice President Biden had opposed it. Clinton's team had insisted that no video or recordings be made of her speech, a familiar demand from her camp.
October 11, 2012 |
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan said it took President Obama two weeks to label the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans as “a terrorist attack.” In fact, Obama labeled the incident an “act of terror” during his remarks on Sept. 12 in the White House Rose Garden. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said.
August 15, 2012 |
Joe Biden's comment that Republican bank deregulation is “going to put y'all back in chains” kept the presidential race in a lather Wednesday, with GOP candidate Mitt Romney accusing the Democrats of “division and attack and hatred.” Biden responded that his remark played off a Republican refrain about “unshackling” the economy. The vice president might also have noted that he has used the “chains” rhetoric before, as have conservatives, in a different context.
August 23, 2013 |
Onto the Scranton, Pa., stage the vice president came on Friday, in vintage form. He pumped his fist. He pointed at friends arrayed there, in his hometown. He bellowed a favorite insult: “Malarkey!” He smiled the broad Irish smile, undimmed. The only reference to the terror of the week - camping out with his adult son at a cancer center in Texas - came when he told the crowd that “things are good at home in Delaware.” “My son Beau's fine; sends his love.…He's doing well,” Biden said, leaving unstated whether he was offering a medical diagnosis or an attitudinal one. It was another example of what Biden would no doubt gladly do without, but which has formed him: the merging of personal strife and his political life, and the tenacity required to get through it all. His first wife and their daughter were killed in a car accident shortly after his first election in 1972, as they were out Christmas shopping.
October 12, 2012 |
So I have the vice-presential debate on TV on Thursday night, while visiting my mom in the hospital, when something catches my ear while a nurse is visiting. "That's a bunch of malarkey!" Vice President Joe Biden said to Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president. "What does former Washington Senators pitcher John Malarkey have to do with all of this?" I immediately think to myself. After all, Malarkey pitched for six season in the majors, retiring more than 100 years ago. Why drag his good name through the debate?
November 2, 2012 |
Following in the footsteps of the first lady and President Obama, who both made the case for early voting in their various late-night appearances last week, Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to "The Late Show with David Letterman" Thursday to present the top-10 list. The theme of the night: "Good things about voting early. " Before Biden showed up to deliver the list, Letterman expressed his skepticism over the whole early-voting thing. "I always thought it was election day you vote, now apparently you can vote anytime you want," he said.
March 28, 2012 |
Vice President Joe Biden contrasted the Obama administration's efforts to boost domestic manufacturing with what he said was Mitt Romney's track record of outsourcing, both in business and as governor of Massachusetts. Biden tailored his latest campaign pitch to a heartland audience, telling a crowd at a Davenport, Iowa, engineering plant that the Obama policies have not only revived American manufacturing, but spurred ancillary growth in the communities around those production hubs.
April 12, 2012 |
Joe Biden, who's been the Obama campaign's lead attack dog for weeks now, sharpened his rhetoric Thursday to label Mitt Romney as out of touch, and accuse him of supporting a tax structure that was "out of step with American values. " The vice president went to Exeter, N.H., where Romney had delivered a major speech on the economy before the state's leadoff primary, to continue the administration's push for a so-called Buffett rule to ensure the wealthiest Americans were paying at least as much in taxes as the middle class.
January 20, 2013 |
Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in for a second term early this morning in a low-key ceremony at his official residence in Washington. Since inauguration day fell on a Sunday, Biden and President Obama chose to follow tradition and be sworn in privately today. They will reenact their oaths at Monday's public inaugural ceremony at the Capitol. Biden chose to be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and agreed to an early morning ceremony to allow Sotomayor to attend a book signing for her new memoir this afternoon in New York.