Joe Biden Talks ’08 Politics

On Fox News Sunday, Joe Biden spoke with Chris Wallace and answered some questions about his 2008 presidential aspirations.

WALLACE: And, finally, Senator Biden — finally, we’ve got about 30 seconds left, but I can’t let you go without some politics. As we’ve mentioned, you’re in South Carolina right now, on the campaign trial. Thirty seconds or less, what kind of a chance would a Northeastern liberal like Joe Biden stand in the South if you were running in Democratic primaries against southerners like Mark Warner and John Edwards.

BIDEN: Better than anybody else. You don’t know my state. My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth-largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a Northeast liberal state.

So what we have here is Biden attempting to paint himself away from the “Northeast liberal” label to the “southern Democrat” label. Because, as we all know, the John Kerry “Massachusetts liberal” mantra was pounded by Republicans in 2004 across the heartland. Wallace sort of insinuated that the same label may be applied to Biden. As if to try and gain some credibility with minorities, Biden attempts to brag in a way that his state fostered hatred so he can emphasize with the African-American vote.

Senator Biden in his own words: