August 25th, 2008
06:37 PM ET

Joe Biden's biggest problem?


Editor's Note: Now that Sen. Barack Obama has chosen his vice presidential nominee, some republicans are saying that Sen. Joe Biden's biggest problem is that he's not Hillary Clinton. Today on American Morning, Former Hillary Clinton Press Secretary, Lisa Caputo weighed in on the issue. Here are her observations:

Lisa Caputo
Former Hillary Clinton Press Secretary

On Rudy Giuliani’s reaction to Joe Biden getting the pick from Barack Obama:

“I think the republican party is grasping at straws. Clearly, I find it fascinating that Rudy Giuliani is out there lauding Hillary Clinton, his political nemesis… They have a history. I'm sure this has a lot to do with Joe Biden's great one-liner in the debates in the primaries where he said that Rudy Giuliani was known for three words, one of which is 9/11, I and 9/11, which is to say that Giuliani didn't have a lot of depth and a lot of substance. So I think they're scrambling because Biden is such a solid pick for the democratic party.”

On polls showing Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain tied, even after selection of Joe Biden:

“I expect a bounce coming out of the Democratic Convention for Senator Obama. He must not only define himself but he must define himself in relation to Senator McCain. So he's got to do two things, he's got to define McCain and define himself and show America what the differences are between the two of them.”

On the reaction to the Democratic Presidential ticket:

“I think in the end democrats will unite around Barack Obama as the leader of the democratic party going into this election. Democrats want to get rid of the McCain-Bush era and I think it's fair to say that going into this convention you're going to see the democratic party highlight the strengths of the ticket. What Joe Biden brings to this ticket? What Barack Obama brings to this ticket? In change, Biden bringing the experience, an appeal to women voters as a sponsor of, an author of the Violence Against Women Act. Very pro-Israel, Joe Biden, which will help with Jewish voters… If you look in today's "New York Times" however you'll see that there is a poll out saying more than half of the delegates, the Clinton delegates, are for Obama. And I think in the end you will see absolutely Hillary Clinton do the right thing. On Wednesday she is convening her delegates. She is going to talk to them and ask them to throw all of their support against Barack Obama. So I think that democrats will absolutely unite. It's Barack Obama's convention and it's Barack Obama's day.”

On John McCain’s new ad with former Hillary supporters saying 'I can’t go with Obama':

“I think he has nowhere else to go except to try and grasp at a straw here and take the tact of why didn't he pick Hillary Clinton? The fact of the matter is Biden was a very strong pick and even as Ed has said, you know very strong resume, and he is going to appeal to swing voters. He's a Catholic. He's from a working class background, reared in Scranton, Pennsylvania near my hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. And so I think Biden was absolutely a strong pick and I think the McCain campaign is scrambling to figure out, gee, now what do they do because Obama picked such a credible number two.”

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Kent, Illinois

    I doesn't matter who Obama picked for his VP. Doesn't matter at all. If you are doing better now than 8 yrs ago then I can understand why you will vote Republican. Honestly, that % is very small. But, Republicans don't care about everyone........or the little guy. Except when it is an election year. THEN they want your votes. And, unfortunately, then they forget about you for another 4 yrs.

    Obama/Biden 08.................. not McCain/War 08

    August 26, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  2. John Eblen

    Do you Republicans really believe that Hillary's supporters are going to cast their vote for McCain who has said he will take womens reproductive rights away?

    August 26, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  3. Obama Girl

    I watch Fox News often to see what, let think of a nice word to call them, oh yeah "conservatives" think about Obama. You know one of them fools tried to state the case that black people were only voting for Obama because he is black. Like we are racist! It is very scary because some idioit watching the show will actually believe that crap. As a black woman I don't know another black person that has ever voted for the GOP. Mostly all black people are Dems and vote Dem no matter what because they are the only ones that ever address our issues. We don't care if the person is a man or woman OR black or white. Maybe one day we might vote for the GOP if they ever acknowledge we exist. I listen to a black radio show every morning and during the entire primary season McCain never spoke on the show and the show was open to everyone. Barack and Hillary was on there at least once a week.

    This is why everyone is feed up with the entire GOP. This is just another way to divide us as a people. It's downright shameful.

    August 26, 2008 at 10:02 am |
  4. Sue

    I knew during the primaries in the end it would be between Obama and Hilary as to which would be the democratic nominee for president. But I really liked Biden during the debates. He actually had some plans on how to deal with various issues.

    A lot of people say Obama made a mistake in not choosing Hilary as his running mate. Maybe, maybe not – but I don't think she wanted it or would have accepted it anyway. I think Biden is a good choice. Yes he was probably chosen because of his experience in foreign affairs. And I say GOOD. He's smart and I believe will be a good adviser to Obama who doesn't have much experience in that area.

    August 26, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  5. Pat

    Joe Biden doesn't have a problem. He is the best choice Obama could have made and not because he needed his experience but because he needed his integrity. He chose Biden because his views, ideals and dream for a united America are on track with Obama's. And he chose Biden because he knew Joe would tell him what he needed to hear not just what he wanted to hear (truth). And he chose Biden because he is a man who will work across party lines to unify but will not sell his integrity, values or compassion for a popularity vote! He choose Biden because they are both on the same page in restoring America and putting it back on track.

    Does that sound like a problem to you?

    And thank you J.V. Hodgson. Your views are also mine.

    August 26, 2008 at 8:33 am |
  6. Alex

    Is OBAMA too black for american people to see through him? I cannot understand why people are saying that they do not know enough about him, they do not think he can lead the country, they do not think he is one of us, they think he is unexperience, and some people are calling him names. Lets face the facts. I think OBAMA laid out everything about who OBAMA is, and some people just do not care. Would americans rather spend another 4 to 8 years of those republican bullies insted of electing a black man into the white house? If it is so, America will be doom.

    August 26, 2008 at 8:20 am |
  7. J.V.hodgson

    Dear all,
    What is the matter with you guys in the Media?
    The democrats are holding a convention wherein it is said a roll call will be made with HRC on the ticket and more to the point she will eventually ask her delegates to back Obama, resulting in his nomination by acclamation.
    Then you go into scandal mode as usual a la the republican style, repeat over and over again McCains attack ad on BO not selecting HRC and quoting Guiliani, as saying HRC would be better. He lost to HRC and will lose to Obama. Guilianni did a good job in NY after 9.11 that's it.
    McCain, yes a POW and Military man ( sorry but relatively low level)and certainly not on the inside of strategy for Vietnam, may be other wars to a small degree (Powell, Condi,Cheney Bush, Rumsfeld all key) and the reality is that unfortunately McCains judgment/ experience on international diplomacy (or war) is unquestionable?!!? Nonesense!! His patriotism is unquestionable, but that does not convert to judgment and experience in either War vs diplomacy, Economics health care, or any other aspect of governance. The Republicans problem is that Biden at least matches Mccains war credentials and beats McCain hands down on diplomacy, justice and the pulse of the majority of voters.
    So what do the republicans do? Hit all the points of historical difference including when HRC and Biden wanted to defeat Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination and failed at least since democrats decided they did not think that was the decisive factor. Republicans stick to the divide and conquer approach and that is what will lose them this election. The voters and masses have said enough of that , I believe, let's deal with the real issues facing America!
    Sorry but much as Wesley Clark was criticised he had it exactly right and you guys cannot pursue it because you think you may lose audience... so much for your integrity and balanced reporting!?

    August 26, 2008 at 2:08 am |
  8. Ding Duong

    May I suggest Conde Rice to be VP of Sen. McCain. She is tough and hard working public servant!!!! It will be nice to have her as lady vice president! I believe she is better than JOE BIDDEN.

    August 26, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  9. Tyrone


    There is so much talk about the white female vote . Also Hillary's white female supporters and how they are mad at Obama . During Hillary run there was talk of sexism .Which was a lie! That only started because Hillary was losing. She needed something to blame for her horrible running of her campaign. Never before in the history of the country has the loser's supporter been talk about. Like Hillary supporters! Does anyone remember there where also seven other candidates that lost to Obama. ALL WHITE MALES" 43 white males Presidents NEVER consider a woman for Vice President. BUT Obama is held to a different standard then those white males."BY WHITE WOMEN" Hillary was treated fairly and continue to be treated better then any of the other candidates that Obama was up against. And now FoxNews is trying it's best to make Michelle Obama look evil .By repeating a lie! Michelle has always said tht Hillary was a great leader.
    As for the black vote that has been reported daily . 92% of black Democrate are voting for Obama.. BUT 89% of black Democrate voted for Bill Clinton and 87% voted for Jimmy Cater. The reason I state that is because some people call the blacks voting for Obama as racism. So now those that have said that must explain Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter . BOTH WHITE MEN! Also they will have to then admit base on there way of thinking. That 43 white Presidents was because of white racism. CHANGE IS NEEDED! Obama 2008

    August 26, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  10. Tyrone


    Thousands of supporters were expected at a Saturday rally in Springfield, Illinois, to see the debut of Sen. Barack Obama and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as a presidential ticket.
    Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, announced his selection of Biden as his running mate with a 3 a.m. text message and a statement on his official Web site.
    "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee," the text message said.
    "Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois - the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago," Obama said in an e-mail sent to supporters Saturday morning.
    "I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone," he wrote. "We need your help to keep building this movement for change."Now stand by for all the hate and lies to start. Against Sen. Biden and as normal...OBAMA!
    Before the text messages were distributed, multiple Democratic sources confirmed to CNN early Saturday that Obama wanted the Delaware senator as his vice president. I'm waiting for the attacks that will have to come. There are the comments Sen.Biden said about Sen. Obama while he was a candidate for President and was up against OBAMA! The shameful thing is that the country needs Obama & Biden. FOR CHANGE!

    August 26, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  11. Annie Kate

    Joe Biden was one of my top picks when the primary season started and I was disappointed that he didn't "show" better. I'm glad Obama picked him because Biden is a very intelligent, experienced statesman. The rest of this election is going to be very interesting.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 25, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  12. lampe

    What's the matter Dem's, getting a little pissed-off because somebody, is finally standing up for the woman you threw under the bus?

    August 25, 2008 at 8:18 pm |
  13. Heather,Ca,US

    Joe Biden is one thing that most politicians are not,honest.Even if it makes others look bad.He is honest.

    August 25, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
  14. Sandy

    Did you really say that Hillary will ask her delegates to throw all of their support AGAINST Barack Obama rather than BEHIND him? It was probably misspoken, but it may prove to be the subliminal message of the convention.

    August 25, 2008 at 8:04 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Who should the republicans offered as their candidate? C'mon, if John McCain then who?

    BTW in 1988 Jesse Jackson & Mike 'The Tank' Dukakis 'encouraged' the DNP to go with a proportional sharing of delegates from a 'winner-takes-all' delegates as the republicans still do. Any idea who would be the presumptive nominee for the dems had it remained that way? Obama owes Jesse Jackson BIG TIME!

    Not all HRC supporters were/are women.

    August 25, 2008 at 7:56 pm |
  16. rosie

    This is exactly what makes me want to throw up. Just because the republicans make these kinds of statements does not mean it is trrue. Why isn't anyone reporting that she didn't want the V.P. position. SHE DID NOT WANT IT! All her supporters are having fits about her not being selected and if they were real supporters they would know that she had no interest in being the Vice President. She wants to be President. Barack Obama didn't pick her because he did not want to pick her and she did not want to stand on the stage and raise hands with him as the second in command. That would demean her and her husband. But she will half heartedly stand up and encourage her supporter to get behind Barack Obama so that she can save face and be ready for 2012 or 2016. If she really wanted to be V.P. she would have been. If Barack Obama could pick Joe Biden who criticized him strongly during the primary he certainly could have picked Hillary Clinton. SHE DID NOT WANT IT!

    August 25, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  17. Jim X. Palo Alto, CA

    This election is for the democrats to loose. And they have just done it with the selection of Joe Biden. Obama and Hilary ticket was the dream ticket that will secure the win for the democrats. Now Obama is leaving rooms for McCain to gain on. Big mistake here. Obama/Hilary means an united democrat front. Now, Obama/Biden means nothing. It's going to be a tough election for the candidates. And Obama just made it tougher for him and easier for McCain.

    Hilary would've been the "speaker for the poor", the female VP, the historical presidential candidate ticket, and the experienced person the Obama campaign is looking for. But now, Obama will be facing the potential lost of the votes from females, "blue_collars", and the strong Clinton lovers.

    Good job there sport(Obama). I guess you really don't play the "game". And this is how Obama will loose the presidential election.

    August 25, 2008 at 7:53 pm |
  18. Dennis

    Guess that Joe is probably skipping the convention so that he can stroll on over to stop those Sudanese rebels from attacking the Darfur refugee camps.

    August 25, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  19. Carole Kaplan

    Senator Joe Biden was my initial "pick" for the Democratic nomination. He knew he was a "dark horse." but I have followed his Senate career closely. When that didn't happen, I strongly supported Senator Clintor-volunteered hundreds of phone hours and contributed to her campaign. The Obama/Clinton ticket was a pipe dream. I was THRILLED when Obama choose Senator Biden as his running-mate. To me, it was the wisest choice he could have made. I know that many Clinton supporters have "hard feelings." However, only the seriously demented would use their votes to support John McCain who "soldiered" along with George Bush to place this country in the economic mess we're in, the Iraqi war which can never be "won" and who believes that "Americans are better off" than we were seven years ago. While I respect Senator McCain's service to our country and empathize with his years as a POW, he's an old man who doesn't know who he's talking about most of the time, totally out of touch with realities faced by most Americans and can't remember where he is, let alone how many homes he and his wife own. How the Republican party allowed this man to run, I'll never understand.

    August 25, 2008 at 7:43 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Joe has MANY problems none of which you even mentioned here. You can down the Reps all you want but by Obama picking Biden it just proves everyone's point that Obama knows he is in trouble and needed someone who is in the "IN" crowd to get voters to like him. But someone that he could tell what to do unlike Hillary. Hillary would have sealed the deal for him but he didn't pick her because she would always outshine him in EVERY way!

    Biden was only chosen because of his foreign policy experience. If you think otherwise then you are fooling yourself. But in the end it won't help him. He just gave the Reps a lot more to work with.


    August 25, 2008 at 6:47 pm |