Biden says he doesn't fear Palin -- 'I like her'
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Vice President Biden became the latest White House figure to weigh in on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, during an interview Wednesday night on "Larry King Live."
"I like her... I do, I like her," Biden said when queried about his 2008 campaign opponent. "She's an engaging person. She has a great personality. I don't agree with what she says, and I think some of the things she says are not, well, I..."
"What were you going to say?" King interjected.
"Well, you know, it's sort of like, some of the comments made are just so far sort of out there, I just don't know where they come from. But she, if you met her, she's an engaging person. I understand why people like her," the vice president said.
Asked if he feared her politically, Biden replied. "No, I don't."
"My sense is that Sarah appeals, Governor Palin appeals to a group of people who are generally frustrated, feel disenfranchised, are very conservative," he said. "Not all of them..."
"Tea Party people?" King prompted.
"Tea Party people, but beyond that," Biden replied. "She has appeal beyond that as well. But I don't know that it represents anything approaching a significant portion of the population."
A Washington Post-ABC News poll out Thursday shows that 71 percent of those surveyed do not believe Palin is qualified to be president, up from 60 percent in a November survey. The percent of those surveyed who have an unfavorable opinion of her has increased from 28 percent in September 2008 to 55 percent this month -- her highest negative rating since Post polling first asked about her.
For more on Palin, see The Fix: "The Sarah Palin surge (and why it's overblown)."
February 11, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency , Joe Biden , Sarah Palin
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