Biden: Hillary Clinton “might have been a better pick”

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. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend, 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. But she’s first rate, I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate, so let’s get that straight.”

Spokesman Ben Porritt offered this response from the McCain camp: “Barack Obama’s most important decision of this election and Biden – the candidate he selects – suggests himself that he wasn’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: