Joe Biden today admitted that, at this point, he believes Hillary Clinton might have been a better Vice Presidential choice than him. Of course, this was not exactly a welcome comment by the Obama campaign which seems to be struggling to find a footing this month.
The report from Political Radar:
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Barack Obama’s vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Wednesday said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, might have been a better pick for the position than him.
At a rally in Nashua, New Hampshire, a man in the audience told Biden how glad he was that Obama picked him over Hillary “not because she’s a woman, but because look at the things she did in the past.”
“Make no mistake about this,” Biden responded. “Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Letâ€™s get that straight. Sheâ€™s a truly close personal friend, she is qualified to be president of the United States of America, sheâ€™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. But sheâ€™s first rate, I mean that sincerely, sheâ€™s first rate, so letâ€™s get that straight.”
Spokesman Ben Porritt offered this response from the McCain camp: “Barack Obamaâ€™s most important decision of this election and Biden – the candidate he selects – suggests himself that he wasnâ€™t the right man for the job and that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. Biden certainly has a credible viewpoint on this.”
Talk about a gaffe! It seems that Biden said something which I’m betting a lot of Democrats are also feeling. Perhaps not even because of Sarah Palin, however, just for the fact that choosing Hillary Clinton would have done a lot to unite the Democratic Party and excite their base.
I have not seen the Obama campaign’s response on this and will post one if I find it.
Thanks to a commenter, video of Biden making the remarks: