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Biden Gaffe Featured in Conservative TV Ad



By Ed O'Keefe
Some of Joe Biden's recent comments about Sen. Barack Obama have found their way into the latest TV commercial produced by Let Freedom Ring USA, a conservative group set to spend $5 million by Election Day on a series of TV and radio ads in five battleground states.

On Sunday Biden spoke at a Seattle fundraiser and suggested that if Barack Obama is elected president, "We're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

The new ad features former Reagan Administration official Frank Gaffney saying: "When we see candidates taking positions that unmistakably convey a determination neither to use military power nor to ensure that they have it at their disposal should it be necessary, they are conveying to our enemies weakness, and weakness invites aggression."

It then plays the audio of Biden's comments at the fundraiser.

Asked about the new spot, Let Freedom Ring director Colin Hanna raised concerns about Obama's readiness in the event of a "crisis" like Biden described.

"What's the international perception of testing an Obama versus testing a McCain?" asked Let Freedom Ring director Colin Hanna. "I think that Obama invites testing. I think that McCain is tested." Hanna is perfectly fine with the suggestion that Gaffney's comments have nothing whatsoever to do with what Biden said. "We believe that the voter is not only capable of connecting the dots, but in fact wants to connect the dots. Particularly the swing voter. The swing voter does not need to be told how to think. But the swing voter responds positively to an invitation to think."

The latest TV ad is just one of at least eight ads produced by the group and currently airing in Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. Some of the ads will also air nationally on CNN and Fox News Channel. The group's $5 million radio and TV ad campaign began on Oct. 13 and continues through Election Day. Roughly 80 percent of the ad budget will be used to air the ads during early morning and late night local news shows on broadcast television stations in the five states, Hanna said.

Some of the other ads raise questions about Obama's stance on abortion, energy, taxes, his voting record as an Illinois state senator and relationship with William Ayers.

"I think we have such a strong story and there's no one else out there with our story," Hanna said. "On social policy, I think he would be a disaster. On economic policy, which is where a lot of people are giving him undue credit at this point, I think he would return us to the era of Jimmy Carter."

This item has been corrected. It initially spelled Hanna's name as "Hannah."

Posted at 5:50 PM ET on Oct 23, 2008  | Category:  Channel 08
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I don't understand why this is being interpreted as a Biden gaffe. We live in a serious world that needs serious people. While McCain and Palin are busy spreading their narrow rhetoric on socialism and taxes, Obama and Biden are anticipating future challenges.

Doesn't it show the wisdom and forward thinking of a possible Obama administration? We certainly know that the Bush administration was not anticipating 9/11 when they ignored the now infamous "Bin Laden determined to strike in US" memo. McCain certainly thinks highly of himself if he thinks that threats like Al Queda will not strike simply because he is elected president.

By making this leap of logic it actually McCain and Palin that are exposing their arrogance and committing the "gaffe."

Posted by: StoptheSpin | October 26, 2008 10:59 AM

Obama's economic policies will by necessity return to those of Clinton.
Success imitates success, not failure.

Jimmy Carter's economics , while dismal, never produced a 9.0 on the Recession Richter Scale like Bush and the Republicans have.

The damage will not be apparent for months.

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 11:50 AM

Of course, if there is no terrorist attack then:

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER COMES AT LAST CLINTON ECONOMIC POLICIES RETURN!!

NO MORE BUSH/MCCAIN AND IT'S NORTH TO ALASKA FOR PALIN AND HER KLAN!
(My sympathies to that state)

OBAMA IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!
(I can hardly wait)

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 11:32 AM

Of course, if there is no terrorist attack then:

CHANGE FOR THE BETTER COMES AT LAST CLINTON ECONOMIC POLICIES RETURTN!!

NO MORE BUSH/MCCAIN AND IT'S NORTH TO ALASKA FOR PALIN AND HER KLAN!
(My sympathies to that state)

OBAMA IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!
(I can hardly wait)

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 11:29 AM

The software must have hit a pothole.

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 11:06 AM

sometimes Biden talk when he should be listening. Sometimes he talksto fast watch funny videos http://www.frizle.com

Posted by: roverfind | October 24, 2008 11:04 AM

A REPUBLICAN HALLOWEEN TRADITION
THE OCTOBER SURPRISE

Race innuendos, terrorist stew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil win or will it fail?
Karl Rove schemes with his vile chums
And something wicked this way comes

In 2004 Al Qaeda produced a video of Bin Laden that Kerry credited with swinging the election to Bush. Bush was viewed as more anti-terrorist than Kerry.
In this election, the economy is uppermost in the voting public's mind and it will take more than a video to change that.

This is what worries me about Biden's statement because he is privy to information from intelligence sources that the press cannot access.
If Biden's statement was more than a rambling mind and was meant to soften the blow from a terrorist attack before the election, it won't work. McCain, like Bush, is viewed as being more anti-terrorist than Obama.

So whether an attack is real or manufactured to appear related to Al Qaeda, it will still have the effect of jolting the voters back to the 2004 mindset of fear that worked so well for Bush.

McCain has shown that there is nothing that he will not do,
nothing he will not say to get elected.
A man of Honor?

Corporations First, Country Last.


Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 11:02 AM

A REPUBLICAN HALLOWEEN TRADITION
THE OCTOBER SURPRISE

Race innuendos, terrorist stew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil win or will it fail?
Karl Rove schemes with his vile chums
And something wicked this way comes

In 2004 Al Qaeda produced a video of Bin Laden that Kerry credited with swinging the election to Bush. Bush was viewed as more anti-terrorist than Kerry.
In this election, the economy is uppermost in the voting public's mind and it will take more than a video to change that.

This is what worries me about Biden's statement because he is privy to information from intelligence sources that the press cannot access.
If Biden's statement was meant to soften the blow from a terrorist attack before the election, it won't work. McCain, like Bush, is viewed as being more anti-terrorist than Obama.

So whether an attack is real or manufactured to appear related to Al Qaeda, it will still have the effect of jolting the voters back to the 2004 mindset of fear that worked so well for Bush.

Mc

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 10:56 AM

A REPUBLICAN HALLOWEEN TRADITION
THE OCTOBER SURPRISE

Race innuendos, terrorist stew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil win or will it fail?
Karl Rove schemes with his vile chums
And something wicked this way comes

In 2004 Al Qaeda produced a video of Bin Laden that Kerry credited with swinging the election to Bush. Bush was viewed as more anti-terrorist than Kerry.
In this election, the economy is uppermost in the voting public's mind and it will take more than a video to change that.

This is what worries me about Biden's statement because he is privy to information from intelligence sources that the press cannot access.
If Biden's statement was meant to soften the blow from a terrorist attack before the election, it won't work. McCain, like Bush, is viewed as being more anti-terrorist than Obama.

So whether an attack is real or manufactured to appear related to Al Qaeda, it will still have the effect of jolting the voters back to the 2004 mindset of fear that worked so well for Bush.

Mc

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 10:56 AM

A REPUBLICAN HALLOWEEN TRADITION
THE OCTOBER SURPRISE

Race innuendos, terrorist stew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil win or will it fail?
Karl Rove schemes with his vile chums
And something wicked this way comes

In 2004 Al Qaeda produced a video of Bin Laden that Kerry credited with swinging the election to Bush. Bush was viewed as more anti-terrorist than Kerry.
In this election, the economy is uppermost in the voting public's mind and it will take more than a video to change that.

This is what worries me about Biden's statement because he is privy to information from intelligence sources that the press cannot access.
If Biden's statement was meant to soften the blow from a terrorist attack before the election, it won't work. McCain, like Bush, is viewed as being more anti-terrorist than Obama.

So whether an attack is real or manufactured to appear related to Al Qaeda, it will still have the effect of jolting the voters back to the 2004 mindset of fear that worked so well for Bush.

Mc

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 10:56 AM

A REPUBLICAN HALLOWEEN TRADITION
THE OCTOBER SURPRISE

Race innuendos, terrorist stew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil win or will it fail?
Karl Rove schemes with his vile chums
And something wicked this way comes

In 2004 Al Qaeda produced a video of Bin Laden that Kerry credited with swinging the election to Bush. Bush was viewed as more anti-terrorist than Kerry.
In this election, the economy is uppermost in the voting public's mind and it will take more than a video to change that.

This is what worries me about Biden's statement because he is privy to information from intelligence sources that the press cannot access.
If Biden's statement was meant to soften the blow from a terrorist attack before the election, it won't work. McCain, like Bush, is viewed as being more anti-terrorist than Obama.

So whether an attack is real or manufactured to appear related to Al Qaeda, it will still have the effect of jolting the voters back to the 2004 mindset of fear that worked so well for Bush.

Mc

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 10:56 AM

A REPUBLICAN HALLOWEEN TRADITION
THE OCTOBER SURPRISE

Race innuendos, terrorist stew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
But something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil win or will it fail?
Karl Rove schemes with his vile chums
And something wicked this way comes

In 2004 Al Qaeda produced a video of Bin Laden that Kerry credited with swinging the election to Bush. Bush was viewed as more anti-terrorist than Kerry.
In this election, the economy is uppermost in the voting public's mind and it will take more than a video to change that.

This is what worries me about Biden's statement because he is privy to information from intelligence sources that the press cannot access.
If Biden's statement was meant to soften the blow from a terrorist attack before the election, it won't work. McCain, like Bush, is viewed as being more anti-terrorist than Obama.

So whether an attack is real or manufactured to appear related to Al Qaeda, it will still have the effect of jolting the voters back to the 2004 mindset of fear that worked so well for Bush.

Mc

Posted by: seemstome | October 24, 2008 10:56 AM

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW EDITORIAL-
The Race for President: King Obama
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Crude oil prices rise and gasoline prices quickly follow suit. But when the price of crude drops, gas prices seldom seem to fall in any like proportion. As with gas and oil, so with liberal Big Media and the presidential polls.

Democrat Barack Obama, long measuring for White House drapes, was elevated to something exceeding messiah status among the major newspapers and TV networks when polls suggested his lead over Republican John McCain had surged into the political ionosphere.

That double-digit lead was all the confirmation required that the election essentially was over. But a funny thing happened along the route to King Obama's coronation: More recent polls have suggested the race has tightened; some even point to a statistical dead heat.

But those numbers certainly haven't received the same coverage as ones that suggested a President Obama was a foregone conclusion. Even Sen. Obama now is worrying about the risk of a "carried away" media being the precursor to his being "spanked" on Nov. 4.

Voters supposedly elect presidents. But this election cycle, it seems Big Media and its liberal enablers are hellbent on taking over that function. Just as that passenger-side mirror cautions how objects are closer than they appear, Sen. McCain is closer to Obama than Big Media are reflecting.

And such a distortion isn't very becoming of one of the great pillars of such a grand republic.

Posted by: thecannula | October 24, 2008 10:17 AM

Curious ads. Aside from the obvious -- every US president is tested, by our friends as well as by our enemies -- I've never understood what the right wing considers to be McCain's experience.


Crashing four planes before his final shoot-down? Being elected to Congress numerous times in Arizona with Cindy's money ? Tanking repeated Presidential campaigns before Cindy came in to re-do the books and hire Rick Davis?

What in the world does that have to do with the legitimate perfomance of the office of the Presidency?

Posted by: thaimex | October 24, 2008 12:13 AM


DIDN'T THE BIBLE ALSO PORTEND 'THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL'...

OMG! Even the paid disinfo trolls have gone all bitter and sullen and morose (but still menacing and threatening...)

You see, in America, constitutional democracy does rule. The vox pop won't even give you the couple of weeks you need to accomplish your dirty tricks and attempt to cover your tracks.

The good people on the inside, the true patriots who honor the Constitution, know the deal. They're not going to let your "End of Days '08" schemes decide this election.

Better clean up your house right this minute, you who wield the DEW (unititiates, look it up) and the bureaucratic programs of personal destruction and the remote computing software hacks... it's not going work. Not this time, not this year.

And if you're still tempted to go all extreme, just remember... they're on to you and they're not going to let you get away with it.


WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1
OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 23, 2008 11:31 PM

Sen. Biden nailed it last night. Sen. Obama will be tested by an international crisis. Luckily, there will be the old hand Joe from Scranton to steady the ship and let Sen. Obama rest his head on his shoulder. We are indeed doomed. Vote Obama/Biden the Titanic ticket.

Posted by: Wiel | October 23, 2008 11:15 PM

Biden is on TARGET! America is sitting in the cross-hairs of countries that want to destroy us. All the world is watching and waiting for the election results. The hope is for Obama to win. Should he win they will come after us with a vengeance. The expectation is that a democratic President and democratic Congress will not invest in keeping our military powerful enough to deter aggression. Its great that Colin Powell endorsed Obama but Obama's no Colin Powell...he's not G.I.Joe...or Private Joe Snuffy even. He's a civilian with zero military preparedness. In the times that we now live America is better off with McCain. We do not need a Jr. Senator, lawyer-type running the most powerful contry in the world. Biden has sounded the WARNING.

Posted by: TyroneJonessr | October 23, 2008 10:25 PM

DrainYou,

Now be nice, McCain just gets a little confused some times. You know, like Ronald Reagan did when he was reminiscing about the World War II bombing mission he flew. Ok, so it was a scene from a movie, but he believed it and that was all that mattered.

People used to call me crazy when I started saying he had the beginnings of Alzheimer's. Well now we know, he did.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 23, 2008 7:01 PM

Posted by: squawkker | October 23, 2008 7:00 PM

I can't wait for the DNC to use this McCain gaffe in an ad.


"Erratic"
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnE-YJ---GI
.


I can't tell whether McCain is flailing or unraveling. After watching that video of McCain it looks like he's doing both of these things at the same time.
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 23, 2008 6:51 PM

seemstome :

That's funny! I still think McCain's

"I couldn't argree with them [who said W. Pennsylvania is full of racists] more!"

See it here (watch Cindy's face...PRECIOUS!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 6:47 PM

Joe Biden an October surprise? Well Palin was a September gift which keeps on giving. thenotoriousflavio is 100% correct, Biden is a gaffe amateur compared to Palin.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 23, 2008 6:46 PM

seemstome :

That's funny! I still think McCain's

"I couldn't argree with them [who said W. Pennsylvania is full of racists] more!"

See it here (watch Cindy's face...PRECIOUS!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 6:44 PM

Not sure that this argument will fly with voters. After all, the "terrorist test" for presidents is bipartisan. Bush got 9/11, Clinton got WTC 1.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 23, 2008 6:44 PM

The October surprise has been sprung and it's Joe Biden.
Obama should get Biden a midget secret service agent and give him instructions to punch Biden in his nuts every time he starts to say something stupid.

Eleven days and counting.

Posted by: seemstome | October 23, 2008 6:26 PM

Palin gives GOOD GAFFE

Much better than Joe.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 6:18 PM

One should go deeper into the Biden comments to understand why one should have concern. Biden states that "you might not like Obama's initial response to the crisis but you should support him anyway".

This brings to mind several occasions during this campaign when an issue arose that Obama either hesitated to respond for days or his initial response was weak and after several days he finally settled on a stance.

When the nation is facing a crisis we do not need someone who hesitates and lets the crisis become worse. We need someone who can quickly reach a decision and respond!

Posted by: mwhoke | October 23, 2008 6:11 PM

One must go deeper into the Biden clip to understand the concern that a voter should have.
Biden states that the Obama response might not appear to be the right one to the American people but we should back him anyway.
This brings to mind that on several occasions during the campaign Obama has hesitated for several days, waffled and changed his positions before coming out with his final stance.
This we do not need in a President.

P.S. The media has not challenged him on his waffling and position changes because he is the "annointed one".

Posted by: mwhoke | October 23, 2008 6:07 PM

Calm, cool, collected Obama on the beach in Hawaii after Russia invaded Georgia..."why we will take this to the UN Security Council"...The Russians are still laughing at that gaffe...(given that Obama simply didn't know or 'spaced-out' that Russia has veto power on the UN Security Council).

After 2 years in the Senate and then 2 years running for President and he did not know that simple fact that any high school student should know.

I like Obama's thought process on the economy (I may not agree with him) but his foriegn policy credentials are slim at best.

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 23, 2008 5:59 PM

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