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Reply to "Biden: Hillary might have been better VP pick"

Originally posted by EbonyRose:
September 10, 2008

Biden: Hillary might have been better VP pick
Posted: 08:00 PM ET

From CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN) "” Joe Biden told supporters at a town hall Wednesday afternoon that Barack Obama might have been better off choosing Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

"Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let's get that straight," Biden said testily when a voter told Biden he was glad the Delaware senator had been chosen and not Clinton.

"She's a truly close personal friend and she is qualified to be President of the United States of America, she's easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America and quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me," he continued.

"I mean that sincerely, she's first rate."

After dropping out of the presidential race in January, Biden refrained from endorsing either Obama or Clinton "” unlike most of the other Democratic contenders who followed. He told donors at a fundraiser in Boston Wednesday morning that after his withdrawal, Obama asked for his support but Biden declined because of his relationship with Clinton.

What I got from this article piece is that Biden wanted to emphasize to voters that as a woman, Senator Clinton is just as qualified to be vice president as he is qualified. And I believe that he is discussing this with voters because of all of the attention that Gov. Palin, McCain's VP choice, has been receiving from the media. Perhaps Biden thinks that if he publicly acknowledges Clinton's qualifications, then her supporters won't jump ship, thinking that the Democratic ticket is a "for men only" party. Essentially, Biden seeks to retain Clinton's supporters (within the party) by offsetting the attention that Palin is receiving. Biden is NOT doing this to ruin his chances of winning, and he's NOT doing this because he feels less qualified than Senator Clinton. In fact, Biden is making these statements in order to secure his chances of winning by retaining the support of Clinton and her supporters.

I agree with other members who have urged Biden to let the past be the past and expect voters to ACCEPT Obama's VP choice. What's done is done. If voters wanted Senator Clinton to be nominated for anything, then they would have voted to make Clinton the presidential nominee, because they certainly had the opportunity, but this time around, they didn't. So America is getting exactly what they voted for: Obama. And if America is truly ready for change, then they will choose the best person for the job, which is of course Obama.
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