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In Fla., Biden Bridles at Being Prompted


Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally at Embry-Riddle University on Nov. 2, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

By Perry Bacon, Jr.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- One Biden, at least, can follow a teleprompter.

After joining her husband on the road Friday morning, Jill Biden spent the weekend reciting the same speech, line by line, at every event -- extolling her husband's taking the train to Washington each day, his closeness to his kids and his accomplishments in the Senate.

On Sunday, when that man stepped to the lectern at a rally at the University of Florida, Joe Biden rambled a bit about politics now compared to when he was first elected to the Senate at the age of 29, and about how he was being overly managed.

"I am even more passionate now.... I believe the possibilities for this country are absolutely amazing -- and stop moving the prompter," the Democratic vice presidential nominee suddenly complained to a crowd of several thousand. Referring to the twin teleprompters that are set up with the speeches that both Bidens deliver, Joe Biden added, "There is a prompter that I hardly ever read. They put it up to make me sound disciplined."

While reporters and Biden aides laughed, the audience here seemed more impressed with his other ad-libs.

Referring to Vice President Cheney's praise of McCain in a speech Saturday in Wyoming, Biden added, "Dick Cheney has been wrong about everything else for the last eight years. The man's on a roll."

He also received loud cheers when he repeated a frequent cheer at rallies that his wife attends.

"John McCain's got 'Drill, baby, drill.' I"ve got Jill, baby, Jill," the Delaware senator said.

Posted at 6:27 PM ET on Nov 2, 2008  | Category:  Joe Biden
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The family of the truck driver who was innocently involved in the horrible accident with Joe Biden's first wife and family has been forced to live through Joe's falsely accusing their father/husband of driving drunk during two seperate election cycles. During the first time, when Biden was running for president in the 80's, the former assistant DA on the case, who is now a Delaware superior court judge, came to the man's defense publicly, and Biden wrote a letter of apology to the man's family. AMAZINGLY, Joe started this plea for sympathy again earler THIS year, with the same result. The superior court judge called him out and he again stopped the lie.

Given this unfortunate set of facts, I believe it would be best for everyone if Joe Biden should continue to play the marionette.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 11:29 AM

"How can anyone who is not a millionaire cheer John McCain, who has said he wants to extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest instead of returning the tax for them to what it was during the Clinton administration, as Obama proposes?"
BettyW1

Betty, I know ten thousand or more coal miners in West Virginia this morning who are waking up to read the Spectator and none are millionaires, yet all are questioning any support they may have had for Obama.
Bill Clinton said in 1988 that removing the cap on social secutity taxes was "regressive...no one wants to." THAT'S Exactly what Obama wants to do- it will hurt small business. Obama cleverly claims that 98% of small businesses make under 250k and therefore won't be hurt. He conveniently leaves out the fact that ALL SMALL businesses are included in his figure- EBAY sellers who work at home by themselves, for example. 50% of all small business INCOME will suffer additional heavy taxes due to Obama's unprecidented move.
His "most aggressive cap and trade policy"- his words- will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work across the country- New Mexico, Colorado, W. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginis. WHO WILL EMPLOY THESE PEOPLE? THE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE BEING MORE HEAVILY TAXED?

The NY Times last week covered the horrible jobs picture in Rhode Island- 8.8% unemployment as the state with the highest cumulative business taxes-

Wake up Betty, don't cut off your nose to spite your face, by voting for Obama in order to "stick it" to Exxon/Mobile and in turn ruining the entire job creating small and medium sized business sector in our great country.

Millionaires, like Penny Pritzker and Barbara Streisand can AFFORD to support Obama Betty- we can't.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 11:28 AM

A little advice for Tina Fey: We want to make sure you are holding onto that Sarah Palin outfit because you are going to need it for the next four years. You will have job security.

Not only Tina Fey but more Americans will have job security with McCain-Palin than if Obama is elected. Obama and his Ivy League Team have never ran anything before in their lives and they cannot run America successfully.

Unlike if Obama is elected, under McCain those who depend upon coal as their source of income, can be rest assured that McCain will not bankrupt the coal business!

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 3, 2008 9:55 AM

Gator-ron, I am from there and Gainesville does not support Obama. 99% of the Correctional Officers do not support Obama. Many of the Florida State Prisons are in the Gainesville area. We support McCain. We see enough Obama supporters when we go to work every day, behind the fence!!

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 3, 2008 9:16 AM

thecannula:

Are you still lying about being a small business owner who will punish his employees with job cuts to punish them even if it is not based on company profits. Or are you now only lying about the missives you post, direct from you distorted Republican narratives.

You seem to prefer to ignore my posts hoping that I will disappear. Well frankly for this cycle I am tired of calling you on your misinformation. But every once in a while I feel compelled to inform the readers of your blatant disrespect for the truth.

Though you are quite rigid in your stands, Sen Obama is quite flexible. If the technology can insure security from nuclear contamination Obama will not obstruct the nuclear industry.

But mindless posts by you of industry stooges will not be taken seriously. The reality is that Mr Obama will acquiesce but he won't be willing to thrust it down the throats of NV citizens.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 2, 2008 11:17 PM

Are you still lying about being a small business owner who will punish his employees with job cuts to punish them even if it is not based on company profits. Or are you now only lying about the missives you post, direct from you distorted Republican narratives.

You seem to prefer to ignore my posts hoping that I will disappear. Well frankly for this cycle I am tired of calling you on your misinformation. But every once in a while I feel compelled to inform the readers of your blatant disrespect for the truth.

Though you are quite rigid in your stands, Sen Obama is quite flexible. If the technology can insure security from nuclear contamination Obama will not obstruct the nuclear industry.

But mindless posts by you of industry stooges will not be taken seriously. The reality is that Mr Obama will acquiesce but he won't be willing to thrust it down the throats of NV citizens.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 2, 2008 11:17 PM

The West Virginia Record
11-2-08

The senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama's comments "unbelievable."

"His comments are unfortunate," Chris Hamilton said Sunday, "and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally."

Hamilton noted other times Obama and vice presidential candidate Joe Biden have made seemingly anti-coal statements.

"In Ohio recently, when Joe Biden said 'not here' about building coal-fired power plants -- this is exactly what will happen," Hamilton said. "Financing won't be directed here. It will all go aboard for plants elsewhere in the world. The United Sates is importing more coal today from Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia than we ever have.

"If we're going to create a situation where coal-fired power plants are at that much of a disadvantage, there will be new ones built. But as Biden said, just not here."

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's state director said Obama's statements are troubling, especially for West Virginians.

"I think this clearly shows the attitude the Obama-Biden ticket has toward coal," Ben Beakes(Chief of Staff, WV Secretary of State's Office)said Sunday. "Rhetoric is cheap, but behind closed doors what they tell their supporters - that's what we have to take as gospel.

"They're definitely not friends of coal."

Beakes noted other examples of Obama and Biden making seemingly anti-coal statements, such as in February when Obama said he'd like to tax "dirty energy" such as coal and natural gas.

"And their cohorts in Congress make similar statements," Beakes said. "(Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said this summer that 'coal makes us sick.'

"This is an attitude and view that, to me, shows their hatred of coal. And therefore, their view would cost West Virginians thousands upon thousands of jobs."

Beakes touted McCain's view toward coal.

"John McCain has embraced coal," Beakes said. "He doesn't agree with everything in the coal industry, but his view of coal is positive. He will make it part of his energy policy. He's met with leaders in the coal industry and let them know that. He's sought advice from coal industry leaders.

"McCain understands that coal supports about 49 percent of our electricity in this country. He'll continue to make coal important. He wants to reduce our foreign dependency on oil."

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 10:37 PM

Pennsylvania and Virginia are the two major coal producing states which do not have early voting...wonder how Obama's boasting, that his, the most aggressive cap and trade policy will bankrupt coal plants, will go over on Tuesday, given that it's bad for jobs, bad for energy independence, bad for affordable electricity, and bad for Virginia's and Pennsylvania's families?

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 10:36 PM

Wow, the average American really is for Obama. The real-life average American, the nation's most statistically average man or woman discovered after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search's website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | November 2, 2008 9:18 PM

Palin is a me-first-er. Have you heard the one about Todd and a few of his construction friends building it? ...bout the same time the Wasilla Sports Complex and Ice Rink was built and the project was over budget.

Then Branchflower reports she abused her authority and she claims the report says the opposite. Someone can't read or doesn't want to own up to it.

Posted by: NeilSagan | November 2, 2008 9:16 PM

John McCain became a Marxist communist when he was a POW. The Manchurian Candidate (McCain) is controlled by a small chip in his head.

The handlers made him intercede by Federal Bank Regulators in 1990 to keep them from investigating the fraud at Lincoln Savings & Loan. The owner was a friend of John and Cindy, a contributoer to John's campaign and a business associate of Cindy's.


McCain is not to blame for being one of the Keating 5, his communist handlers made him do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiwS1XIpuIc

Posted by: NeilSagan | November 2, 2008 9:12 PM

The family of the truck driver who was innocently involved in the horrible accident with Joe Biden's first wife and family has been forced to live through Joe's falsely accusing their father/husband of driving drunk during two seperate election cycles. During the first time, when Biden was running for president in the 80's, the former assistant DA on the case, who is now a Delaware superior court judge, came to the man's defense publicly, and Biden wrote a letter of apology to the man's family. AMAZINGLY, Joe started this plea for sympathy again earler THIS year, with the same result. The superior court judge called him out and he again stopped the lie.

Given this unfortunate set of facts, I believe it would be best for everyone if Joe Biden should continue to play the marionette.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 8:41 PM

Ohhhh! Such a Shame that Syria is cutting relations!

For the last few Years, that was Biden's Christmas Hang-Out!

Yep, seems Biden's on some good terms with Iran's Hezbollah Crowd!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 2, 2008 8:39 PM

LET'S TALK COAL- OBAMA'S AGAINST IT AND McCAIN'S FOR IT- (anything else?)

Sunday, November 02, 2008
Gateway Pundit
EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO-- Obama Promises San Francisco Audience He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry!!

OBAMA TOLD A SAN FRANCISCO AUDIENCE THAT HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY!!!

ATTN: Coal states Virginia , OHIO, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Indiana, guess what Obama told San Francisco about you?

OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY:

from his talk to the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008:


"Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It's just that it will bankrupt them."


This goes hand-in-hand with what he's said about nuclear energy.
His preconditions make it impossible to expand nuclear energy at this time.
From The Wall Street Journal:


On nuclear power, Sen. Obama says he's open to expanding nuclear energy, which now provides 20% of the nation's electricity, as part of an effort to increase power sources that emit little or no carbon dioxide. But he also has said there is no future for expanded nuclear energy until the U.S. comes up with a safe, long-term solution for disposing of nuclear waste. He opposes the Bush administration's plan for storing waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 8:34 PM

Just Joe being Joe. Obama's lucky that he hasn't really gone off the rails while off the prompter...

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 2, 2008 7:52 PM

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c
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The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Virgina etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 2, 2008 7:06 PM

I was canvassing for Obama on did not go over to Gainesville. He is a nice guy but never did anything for me. But he is competent and informed and that speaks well for Obama. When those who speak of McCain as having good judgment, when I think of Palin their advocacy for McCain says more about the advocates decision making.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 2, 2008 6:54 PM

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