Joe Biden took some good shots at McCain, and overall the speech was pretty good. Frankly I was hoping for a little more. He’s just not as polished as the Clintons, and he could have drawn better distinctions. That said, he introduced some powerful themes about John McCain’s lack of judgement on national security. The delivery could have been better, but he made some strong points.
The best part of the speech was his authenticity and sincerity. Biden is a regular Joe with an inspiring family story, and that came across in the speech. He demonstrated how deeply he cares about the issues at hand.
Having Obama join him onstage was a great idea. Obama and Biden look very comfortable together.
Overall it was a good night.
Mike Allen just reported the following:
OBAMA/BIDEN CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES ‘ON THE ROAD TO CHANGE’ BATTLEGROUND STATE BUS TOUR — Tour Through PA, OH, and MI will be First Joint Bus Tour For Democratic Nominees — Today, the Obama campaign announced that United States Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden will kick off a battleground state tour dubbed “On the Road to Change” following the Democratic National Convention. Senator Obama, Senator Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will depart Denver Friday for Pennsylvania, the first stop on the bus tour. The “On the Road to Change” tour will make stops in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, and will mark Obama and Biden’s first campaign tour as the Democratic nominees. Obama and Biden will meet with voters to discuss America’s economic challenges and the Obama/Biden blueprint for change.
I was hoping they would do something like this. They need to lock up Pennslyvania, and they need to work hard to keep Michigan and flip Ohio. Biden was picked to help Obama with blue-collar voters, and this joint trip will help re-introduce Obama to those voters.
Media outlets are reporting that Barack Obama has selected Joe Biden as his running mate.
This is a great choice. Biden is a heavyweight, and he compliments the ticket. He’s also the kind of VP who can go after John McCain. The experience factor is also huge.
I think Josh has been getting a little too worried about the tightening of the race, but he makes a great point in this post.
Don’t ever demand someone stop attacking you. Doesn’t work. Don’t do it. Sounds weak. Sounds pathetic. And a lot else.
He’s right. Obama went after McCain today for attacking his patriotism, but he’s doing it the wrong way. He should be mocking McCain, the way he mocked Hillary in the primary campaign. He should be mocking McCain’s desperation – it’s sad to see a man of McCain’s starure and reputation sinking so low.
This is what Biden can bring to the campaign.
Obama will figure it out.
Jim Geraghty has a long list of comments made by Joe Biden over the years about John McCain, Barack Obama and the Iraq War.
The comments about McCain are not a problem. In fact, they give Biden more credibility when he levies the harsh attack that McCain has sold out all his old principles for the purpose of trying to get elected. He can say things like: “I don’t recognize this John McCain.” It will be effective because McCain has in fact turned his back on many of the positions that made him a “maverick” in the past.
As for the statements about Obama, none of those are very bad, and Biden can easily brush those off.
The toughest ones involve Iraq. He was behind the war, and he was against pulling out. He will have to explain those statements. Now, he’s come a long way, and he knows so much about the situation in IIrag and Afghanistan that he can turn any conversation to the mess the Bush administration made, but this will be the toughest area for him in light of Obama’s hard position against the war.
That said, his overall experience should help Obama with voters who worry about Obama’s lack of experience, and he’s the perfect attack dog against the ongoing attacks from the McCain camp. He would be a good choice.