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September 19th, 2008
08:02 PM ET

Biden in hot water with some Ohioans

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

Joe Biden's off-the-cuff remarks on the trail have at times taken the Obama campaign off-message, but the Delaware senator's latest riff just may have landed him in hot water with voters — and die hard football fans — in a key battleground state.

Speaking to members of the University of Delaware football team Friday morning, the Democratic VP candidate said he thinks the Fightin Blue Hens (1-1 this season) could thrash a certain team from Ohio.

"I was out in Ohio," he said while fiddling with a football in his hands. "I told the folks in Ohio that we'd kick Ohio State's ass!" (It remains unclear if Biden actually ever told Ohio voters this.)

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  1. Lisa

    Awwww...come on folks that was obviously in fun. The good folks of Ohio understand this and could jab with Joe any day (and Biden would take it for what it is...good fun).Let us focus on the real issues at hand because we have some serious problems facing our country right now.If candidates are to be criticized, then analyze their comments and thoughts about the issues and their ideology.

    September 22, 2008 at 9:01 am |
  2. Ivor

    You should be outraged and reporting this story with much more vigor than you are. Do not waste time discussing trivial issues. Troopergate is less about the scandal than about what appears to be a convenient cover-up by the McCain-Palin campaign. It makes me wonder what kind of "change" we can expect from a candidate whose campaign is offering us so much of what's wrong with Washington now. Haven't we heard this soap opera before? Suddenly Troopergate is taking on echoes of the type of stonewalling practiced by the current White House. We are reminded of President Bush's unexplained dismissal and replacement of seven U.S. attorneys in late 2006—and repeated refusals by Bush political adviser Karl Rove and others to honor congressional subpoenas. This is more of the same.

    September 22, 2008 at 5:53 am |
  3. carmen

    What do the Palins have to hide? If you are innocent, and have nothing to hide you cooperate with the troopergate investigation. If you are guilty, and have something to hide you refuse to cooperation until after the election. Trying to blame the dems is ridiculous. There are 3 republicians and 2 dems on the board for the hearing so saying this is a biased hearing if just simply riduculous. The republicians will say and do anything to win. She and her husband need to cooperate so the american people can see her for what she truely is. She abused her power and thought no one would find out. Now they want to complain that the dems are goingt o alaska to dig up dirt. Why not, everyone eles dirt has been aired. What makes her different because she is a women? When she decided to accept the vp slot she became fair game like anyone else. Obama has been dragged thru the mud now its her turn. This is not unfair this is part of the political process. The republicians need to stop trying to make seem like she is being treated unfair. She's not she is enduring everthing that every other canadiate has gone thru......

    September 21, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  4. Don, WA

    Dear Ohio – The country is 3rd and long...we need a thinking quarterback – Obama Keep...right up the middle.

    September 21, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  5. Adaora Chukwu

    If Ohioans want to throw their future away three times in a row, they can go ahead and take that comment seriously.

    Adaora from Houston, TX

    September 21, 2008 at 11:23 pm |
  6. Gilby-HI

    Look, Old Joe is Old Joe. You have to take the good with the bad.
    He must have some real great features that Obama the most high can see that we can't.

    September 21, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  7. david voell

    Desperate times for Obama – I heard that on or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing
    health problems, and he will be replaced by Hillary. This is timed to occur
    after the VP debate on 10/2.

    There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed with this info.
    Generally, the feeling is that we should all go ahead and get it out there
    to as many blog sites and personal email lists as is possible. Some have
    already seen a few short blurbs about this – the 'health problem' cited in
    those articles was aneurysm. Probably many of you have heard the same
    rumblings.

    However, at this point, with this inside info from the DNC, it looks like
    this Obama strategy will be a go. Therefore, it seems that the best
    strategy is to get out in front of this Obama maneuver, spell it out in
    detail, and thereby expose it for the grand manipulation that it is.

    September 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  8. John

    This is ludicrous. When are the American people going to wake up. This election is about ISSUES; the war in Iraq, the economy, health care, the deteriorating quality of life. If all someone can be concerned about is idiotic rhetoric, don't bother voting. Learn the issues, take a stand, get involved, scrutinize the candidates and decide who is best suited to lead our nation because of their beliefs, policies and voting records and NOT BECAUSE OF STUPIDITY.

    September 21, 2008 at 9:47 pm |
  9. Judy

    At least Biden got to give a comment. Football is liked by all 50 states. I know Alaska is Alaska, but give me a break!!! Maybe Palin should walk her bridge to nowhere. Biden is a super man, we all say things that are taken the wrong way.

    September 21, 2008 at 9:43 pm |
  10. malcolm x

    why r we talking about this? R u kidding me?

    September 21, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  11. Dolly

    Much is made of McCain's age. Has anyone brought up the fact that Obama smokes and both of his parents died at an early age. Plus, Biden has had two brain aneurysms which could have killed him.

    If they both died while in office, that would leave Nancy Pelosi as president. That thought alone is surely a compelling reason to vote for McCain & Palin.

    September 21, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  12. Austin

    I'm from Columbus, OH and went to OSU, while this comment will not effect my voting choice...I guarantee it will effect at least one persons...not a great thing to say in a swing state with voters whom haven't made up there minds...someone needs to put a muzzle on this character

    September 21, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Fist it was WMD, then Security of our country and now football....wow, I guess they'll do and says anything to win again.

    September 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  14. William of Iowa

    Hot water? Cmon, the people of Ohio are not that shallow. The real question is why Biden chose the Buckeyes to inspire the Fightin Chickens or Hens or something. Careful what you say Mr. Joe, Ohio State just might show up.

    September 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  15. David Gelbuda

    Why isnt anyone talking about Joe Biden being a heartbeat away from death or surhery, God forbid but true...he has had two aneurysms and we dont know about a third...why is this not being reported.....

    September 21, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  16. Taaqiya

    I don't think its a sin to want your football team to win over another person's team. Its how we Americans are.. Competitive. I think all Ohioans can agree that Biden has a good sense of humor for that..

    September 21, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  17. WA

    He made a comment about Foot Ball! It's not treason!

    To: those who state they don't care what Biden has to say, and he didn"t receive enough votes in the primaries – I have this response –

    There are many, many, more who couldn't care less what Palin has to say, who can't even figure out why she has anything to say or why she's even a VP given her NO Experience, why her husband is receiving copies of Government emails – and along with that,why McCain would choose someone so inept to be in charge of his Nation should the need arise! And given his age and health and I think that is more than a fair concern!

    September 21, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  18. Midwest V

    LOL! Get a life!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  19. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    What planet are you guys and gals at CNN living on ? If you honestly think Ohioans are ignorant enough to put a football team ahead of the very serious issues facing this nation in this election we as a nation deserve an eternity of G W Bushs and Todd and Sarah Palins and John McCains as well the disasters they have and would continue to rain down upon this nation. Do you honestly believe that G W Bush and company has dumbed down this nation and it’s people this much ?
    If you do you should 'Praise the Lord. Pass the Ammo' and pray for the
    'end-times'. If there really is a God How could He/She/It allow this to happen to us I wonder .

    September 21, 2008 at 10:28 am |
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