Senator Joseph Biden: Obama 'clean and articulate'
By Stone Martindale Jan 31, 2007, 18:14 GMT
U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (Democrat / Delaware), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee EPA/MATTHEW CAVANAUGH
The New York Observer caught up with Senator Joe Biden, who had some cut and dried opinions of the current Democratic line up for presidential hopefuls.
Regarding frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and her position on Iraq, Mr. Biden says, would be “nothing but disaster.”
Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and is firmly in the "pack of third-tier candidates."
Biden expressed to the Observer that voters are "seeking someone with his level of experience to take the helm."
“Are they going to turn to Hillary Clinton?” Biden asked, lowering his voice to a hush to explain why Mrs. Clinton won’t win the election, reports the NY Observer.
“Everyone in the world knows her,” he said. “Her husband has used every single legitimate tool in his behalf to lock people in, shut people down. Legitimate. And she can’t break out of 30 percent for a choice for Democrats? Where do you want to be? Do you want to be in a place where 100 percent of the Democrats know you? They’ve looked at you for the last three years. And four out of 10 is the max you can get?”
Biden had comments about Barack Hussein Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Biden doubts whether American voters are going to elect “a one-term, a guy who has served for four years in the Senate,” and added: “I don’t recall hearing a word from Barack about a plan or a tactic.”
The Observer then noted that Obama proposed legislation that would require all American combat brigades to be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of March 2008.
Biden saved the best scorn for Senator Edwards, who "suffered from a perceived lack of depth in foreign policy in the Presidential election of 2004, according to the Observer."
“I don’t think John Edwards knows what the heck he is talking about,” Mr. Biden said, when asked about Mr. Edwards’ advocacy of the immediate withdrawal of about 40,000 American troops from Iraq.