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Joseph R. Biden Jr (D) US Vice President

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Joe Biden - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2003
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Biden unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1988. He again ran in 2008, but withdrew after the caucuses in Iowa on January 3, 2008. Obama announced Biden as his running mate two days before the beginning of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, at which the nominations of Obama and Biden are expected to be ratified.

Joseph R. Biden Jr (D) US Vice President, 1.0 out of 5 based on 431 ratings
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  1. My3Sons_NJ
    My3Sons_NJ says:

    Without question, Biden would be a FAR superior presidential candidate than the treasonous felon our party put forth and the Cheetos clown that the Republicans selected.

  2. oportosanto
    oportosanto says:

    I think Biden teams up well with Obama, so most likely he will be the wing for the next democrat president, considering they win the elections. He will still be an influential figure.

  3. nytegeek
    nytegeek says:

    I don’t really have a problem with Biden. It is interesting that he didn’t make a run for president with Obama’s term being up, but he probably wouldn’t have had a shot anyway. He seems to suffer from foot in mouth syndrome and comes off as ignorant at times about stuff people would expect him to have a better understanding of.

  4. Norjak71
    Norjak71 says:

    I was never a fan of Joe Biden’s despite my love for President Obama. I think it was the right move to keep him on board as if he sought someone new during the 2012 campaign it would have hurt his continuity among his voter base. I remember one time he was giving a speech and said the wrong city he was in. He seems very spacey and out of touch. One thing I will say though he is great at debates, he is very clear and concise in attacking the opponent and really beat Paul Ryan bad.

  5. tskier01123
    tskier01123 says:

    I know I’ve seen that face somewhere. I’m sure I’ve heard the name. Biden…Biden…Biden…hmm, nope can’t think of who that is.

  6. DancingLady
    DancingLady says:

    I hardly hear anything about the VP Joe Biden. I would say that’s probably a good thing, at least he isn’t causing trouble worthy of mention in any of the news sources I have easy access to and frequently check. I don’t really know all that much about what the VP does, but I think he is doing a decent job in his role.

  7. GreenEggsAndSam
    GreenEggsAndSam says:

    A figurehead and spokesman for cancer research would be a far better job for him than Vice President. He seems to act like he knows best, instead of listening to the issues and gaining a consensus among the parties. Hopefully he will go into the private sector after this administration is over.

  8. MarkOfDavison
    MarkOfDavison says:

    At least he is honest about his feelings. Too bad I do not agree with some of his feelings. His get a shotgun comments disgusted me, why does he think he knows best how I should keep my family safe. I respect that he wants to help cure cancer, and he should stick to that cause.

  9. zod93
    zod93 says:

    I like that Biden is working hard and hardly in the tv or papers. It looks like that he is doing his job, whatever happens and not that kind of politician who is everywhere.

    This shows real professionalism.

  10. mistermagoo
    mistermagoo says:

    He looks like a nice gentleman, with white hair and everything. I do not know much about him, because he’s just a figure head. I was once listening to the radio, though, and I heard that he’s pretty inconsiderate of his Secret Service people, and never lets them know in advance when they’ll have to pick up and travel with him. They don’t have normal lives.

  11. Esperaholon
    Esperaholon says:

    A 1 out of 5? Me thinks this site skews Republican/Tea Party like wow. I mean Biden is in no way worst than Dick Chaney. He hasn’t shot anyone in the face, and then had them apologize to him. He hasn’t started off-shore wars and then had companies he profits from reap billions from them. The man still drives a regular car, doesn’t take kick-backs, and has been a decent man of his word for decades… I honestly don’t understand.

    Biden is a wonderful vice-president who also happens to be hilarious. Honestly he’s the main reason I wasn’t completely disgusted with having to vote for Obama and his flip-flopping political stance. Oh well. What can you do?

  12. jliggins2002
    jliggins2002 says:

    I think Joe Biden has done a good job of staying out of the light and getting his agenda across behind closed doors. The one thing that does worry me about Biden is that he does not want us to have gun rights either. He also believes in a heavy military force. What I do like is that he will speak his mind no matter what. I will always be able to tolerate someone who is always going to tell you what they are thinking. This is probably the main reason he stays out of the media also. lol!

  13. shenwil
    shenwil says:

    It’s when a man knows his limits and can back down when necessary. He was a bit too old to be running for president anyway. I think Vice President was an okay post for him. Not that he has to much during his run but he hasn’t done any bad that we know of either.

  14. Alexa
    Alexa says:

    I’m glad finally he announced he wouldn’t be running for President. He could have done it a lot sooner and given the party some stability. The fact he has lost before, his age, the recent death of his son, and the fact a former First Lady is running all goes against him. I never thought he would run and if he did, he wouldn’t have won again.

    Better to leave on a higher neutral note than be remembered for losing .

  15. black avenger
    black avenger says:

    Sherrif joe has NEVER been on the right side of any subject and I mean right vs wrong! Mr gaff a minute joey would be more then welcome to run against Trump when billary gets thrown under the bus by hussain obama. The only cadidates Democrats have are old white people,,,,just the same thing they accuse Republicans of being. Ironic that it is the Republicans that have an indian-American, woman, cuban Americans, young, old cadidates while democrate have a socialist, pathalogical LIAR woman, and 3 others that do not have enough ratings to get up to 2%. Remember the last 2 elections when democrats lost over 700 offices? This is going to be even better!!!

  16. cpefley
    cpefley says:

    I find it hilarious that Joe Biden’s rating is lower than Dick Cheney’s! I’m completely indifferent to the man, but still gave him a 3 on principle. He reminds me a lot of Al Gore in his days as Vice President. I’m curious as to what the future holds for Joe after his term is over.

  17. michaelrydell
    michaelrydell says:

    With Hillary’s recent political woes it seems the Democratic Party needs another option, just in case the bottom completely falls out. If Hillary can’t keep the top spot, I don’t expect her to just fade away from politics. Biden could be her ticket back to the White House, with Hillary as VP, and a pooling of resources would make for a tough ticket. Voters who don’t entirely trust Hillary at this point may accept the prospect of her playing the more supporting role of VP. This could provide the training ground to prove or redeem herself as worthy of President in a future election, 2020 if Biden steps away due to age/health/personal reasons, or 2024 which would be her absolute last shot.

    I personally have never supported any Biden Presidental or VP ticket (1988, 2008, 2012), but I get the concept of why he has had success in politics. If Trump goes all the way on the Republican side, Biden might be the only option the Democrats have to stop him. Biden is an older Caucasian male, a familiar face, confident, outspoken and likes being on camera… in these ways similar to Trump. But unlike Trump, Biden knows how and when to play the sweetheart. If Trump is deemed too risky, Biden would appeal to voters as a safe bet. If the experience in politics becomes an issue, Biden would play this card hard (as would Hillary). Biden and Hillary have many decades worth between them (VP, Senator, Secetary of State, First Lady), and although we already know that you don’t have to have a lot of experience to become President, some voters are shy to elect one with zero.

    Versus someone like Jeb, confidence and emotional intensity would be in Biden’s favor.

    It will be interesting to see what part Biden will play in the election next year. And if he doesn’t run, I am curious who he will endorse, if he will retire, or if there’s a different job in his future (such as Secertary of State).

  18. IamTheShrike
    IamTheShrike says:

    Man, I love seeing the comments here from 2008 about not having more poor leadership. Wow, these past 7 years have been rough for everyone including those most hopeful about Biden and Obama. I always thought Obama used Biden as a “useful idiot” to distract from his real plans.
    Biden seems to be totally in love with himself, but I don’t know him. I feel bad for him about his son dying recently, however that does not mean I want this man to be president.

    Also, remember when people were complaining that McCain would be too old to be president? He would have been 72. Biden will be 74 in 2017…#DoubleStandard?

  19. Liv6
    Liv6 says:

    I believe that he has his moments where he speaks out of turn and the situation does not turn out well diplomatically, but I also think that Biden is doing his best in the Middle East, which I appreciate. Albeit, there are absolutely times that I wonder if he has the capacity to know when to keep his mouth shut (e.g. when he cussed in answering a student, when he attempted to make a joke out of one of Theodore Roosevelt’s quotes). Like Bonzer said, he has been active in educating the future of the country, and that is a definite positive to add to his legacy. I don’t think that he deserves only one star.

  20. michwest14
    michwest14 says:

    I feel like there’s not much to say about Joe Biden except that he is always entertaining. He is always in the background of Obama’s picture looking super happy like they are best friends. Honestly I’m glad nothing has happened to Obama though because I really don’t think Biden would make a good president. I like his honesty though.

  21. dharris18
    dharris18 says:

    I honestly can’t even stand to look at Joe Biden, much less listen to the man speak. If he has been involved it is not well known. I feel like there were plenty of other people to be Obama’s VP that could’ve done a much, much better job.

  22. Diane Lane
    Diane Lane says:

    Regardless of how I feel about Joe Biden personally, I am sure he and his family are in a great deal of pain right now, over the loss of his son. Cancer is a scourge, and I hope someday, we have a cure. Prayers for the family.

  23. Salami
    Salami says:

    He is a wall flower. No strong opinions whatsoever. What has he done in the past 7 years but draw a paycheck?

  24. bonzer
    bonzer says:

    Hé’s been pretty vocal on teen abortions, teen pregnancy and a policy of educating teens. He voted Yes on the use of contraceptives in preventing teen pregnancies. He’s pretty pro-active on various issues. I don’t understand how Hillary would have made a better VP.

  25. Ruth Martin
    Ruth Martin says:

    I like what Stacy says about Joe Biden. I’m not sure I agree 100%, but if he really is who he say’s he is, and that is not changing, then at least he will do as he says, and not turn around and do something totally different once he gets elected.

  26. Stacy
    Stacy says:

    God Bless Joe Biden and his honest answers. I like that he is very tongue and cheek. he tells us what we feel and not what we want to hear. Joe Biden is one of the few politicians that are real. he is never going to chaneg and that makes him a man I respect!

  27. Zoey
    Zoey says:

    I like Joe Biden, he is feisty and speaks his mind, however, Obama should have picked Hillary , you can tell that there is still ‘bad blood’ between Obama & Hillary, they still hate each other. Hillary is only pretending to support Obama, deep down , her & her very staunch supporters will end up voting for McCain ): LOL.

  28. WinstonG
    WinstonG says:

    He has said some dumb things in my not so humble opinion. They better not mess this one up, the country can not possibly take another 4 years of poor leadership. I still cant get over the Gore and Kerry losses. I am definitely a sore loser after those elections. I did not even think i would make it these past eight years. thank goodness they are over. Im surprised george w bush has not managed to blow up the entire earth yet. and people though there would never be worse president than Clinton, ha….

  29. Gary from Indiana
    Gary from Indiana says:

    this guy has been caught saing some silly stuff before….and i dont think they stand much of a chance anyway.

  30. Phil
    Phil says:

    Biden seems like the best candidate for the VP spot, hopefully they will have enough time to get on the same page and rev up the campaign.

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