The earliest candidate for 2008?
- I think other senators, governors, etc have been
flirting with the idea, but Biden seems to now be more
definite about his intentions than the rest of them.
Anyone's thoughts on him? What sort of senator has he
been, what sort of president might he be? I know that
a few weeks ago he called for the closure of the
Guantanamo prison. Anyone already got their heart set
on a different candidate or a different party?
Biden Intends to Seek Presidency in 2008
Sun Jun 19, 3:40 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting
record), D-Del., said Sunday he intends to run for
president in 2008.
But Biden, who also sought the nomination in 1988,
said he would give himself until the end of this year
to determine if he really can raise enough money and
attract enough support.
Going after the nomination "is a real possibility," he
said on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"My intention, as I sit here now, is, as I've
proceeded since last November as if I were going to
run. I'm quite frankly going out, seeing whether I can
gather the kind of support," Biden said.
Biden said he was taking his "game on the road,
letting people know what I think."
He added, "If, in fact, I think that I have a clear
shot at winning the nomination by this November or
December, then I'm going to seek the nomination."
Biden dropped out of the 1988 presidential race after
a series of disclosures that he had liberally borrowed
from other politicians in his stump speeches and after
questions about his law school records.
- Daily Kos the anti-establishment Deanie doesn't like him. Al Franken
said he's cool with Biden. My opinion is that he's too boring as a
presidential nominee. I like him personally though. He has been a
decent Senator in all these years.
- I also like Biden. A friend of mine on another list had some criticism
"Biden has been outspoken in his criticism of the Bush administration
and the handling of the Iraq war. I have written to him several times
in his capacity as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
protesting US foreign poliicy. I've never gotten a response and his web
page is very clear about "Delawarians" will get responses from him,
which I guess is fair. On the other hand, he was one of the first last
week to distance himself from DNC Chairman Dean, saying "Dean doesn't
speak for me," after Dean had the gall to say bad things about the
Republicans in public. And, he was one of the Demcrats who voted for
the new Bankruptcy Act. He represents Delaware, where many credit card
companies are headquartered, including MBNA, which basically wrote that
(terrible piece of) legislation. I listened to an NPR report while that
legislation was still in committee and he was actually very rude to
some of the witnesses who wanted to testify against that bill.
So there you have Joe Biden, the Senator from MBNA, as he's known at
some message boards I visit. In the end, another corpo-Democrat, I
think. For more on Biden, check this (also has a very old picture of
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ram Lau" <ramlau@y...> wrote:
> Daily Kos the anti-establishment Deanie doesn't like him. Al Franken
> said he's cool with Biden. My opinion is that he's too boring as a
> presidential nominee. I like him personally though. He has been a
> decent Senator in all these years.