In a perfect world, Vice President Joe Biden would headline fundraisers every day. Since he doesn't, we can take comfort when he does, like on Tuesday night when he joined former Vice President Al Gore and Vicki Kennedy in a fundraiser at Esther Coopersmith's Washington home for Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey, vying this month to fill the open Senate seat in Massachusetts.
President Obama delivered a statement at the White House late Tuesday night praising Congress for passing a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Flanking him was Vice President Biden, the man who hammered out that deal.
It was a signature moment for a vice president who's experienced a roller-coaster first term. And it solidified Biden's standing as a key player in two of the administration's most immediate legislative priorities following the 2012 election.
Vice President Biden’s facial expressions and body language didn’t hinder his message at Thursday’s debate, his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Sunday morning.
“Look, I’m happy to defend my dad,” Beau Biden said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “I don’t think he needs any defensiveness. Any time the other side — Karl Rove or folks on the far right — are going after my father for smiling too much, you know that’s a victory. My father spoke clearly to the American people about the facts, and you saw him do that for 90 minutes straight.”
The one and only vice presidential debate is in the books a day after Vice President Biden and Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) squared off over Libya, Medicare, Iran, taxes, abortion and a host of other issues during a 90-minute sparring session in Danville, Ky.
Unlike last week’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, there didn’t appear to be a clear-cut winner in the minds of viewers, as snap polls from CBS and CNN revealed a split. The post-debate wrangling over which side entered Friday morning with more momentum will rage all day, but in the meantime below is a look at a few figures from Thursday’s debate that mattered (Missed the debate? Check out the complete transcript here and watch the debate in two minutes below):
The topic of abortion came up toward the end of Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate, as Vice President Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) were each asked about their Catholic faith, and how it informs their position on abortion.
Biden, who is for abortion rights, said he accepts his church’s judgment on the issue, but added: “I just refuse to impose that on others, unlike my friend here.”
Ryan made clear the Romney/Ryan ticket’s position on abortion, saying the ”policy of a Romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.”
Lloyd Bentsen famously told Dan Quayle in a 1988 presidential debate that he was “no Jack Kennedy.” The former president’s name came up again at Thursday night’s debate between Vice President Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.).
The two candidates sparred over the Republican ticket’s plan to cut taxes. Ryan mentioned Kennedy as an example of someone who has made cuts in tax rates work.
“Jack Kennedy lowered tax rates, increased growth,” Ryan said.
“Oh, now you are Jack Kennedy?” Biden asked Ryan sarcastically.
Vice President Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan sparred over the future of Medicare on Thursday night, with the Republican aiming to personalize his push to reform the entitlement.
”Medicare and Social Security did so much for my own family,” Ryan said.
“You are jeopardizing this program,” retorted Biden.
It’s no secret that Vice President Joe Biden has a tendency to stick his foot in his mouth. And looking ahead to Thursday’s debate, one of the big questions has to be whether Biden will steal the spotlight for saying something controversial.
But before looking forward, it’s worth looking back at Biden’s previous debate performances — of which there are plenty to choose from. There are moments Biden can reflect on with pride, and others he might want to forget. Below is our rundown of his five most memorable debate moments (and for more on Biden’s debate tendencies, check out this video from the Post’s Karen Tumulty):
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, sought to lower expectations ahead of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, saying Sunday he expects Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) to do well, but noting repeatedly that Vice President Biden is a talented debater.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) suggested Sunday that his previous criticism of Vice President Biden might have been a little over the top, but reiterated that he has real concerns about Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail and labeled the vice president “a joke.”
“Joe’s a laugh riot on Jay Leno; he’s not a vice president,” Giuliani said on NBC’s “Press Pass.” “He’s a joke.”
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was only the fourth most popular pick among Fix readers in the Veepstakes pick ’em pool we ran last month.
High-fives all around for the Fix Veepstakes pick ‘em contest winners.
Sens. Marco Rubio (Fl.) and Rob Portman (Ohio) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty were all favored over Ryan in our informal poll, and no o ne correctly guessed Ryan would be named to the ticket on Aug. 11.
Is Sen. Rob Portman the odds-on favorite to become Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate?
That certainly seems the be the emerging conventional wisdom in Washington, where a recent informal poll of insiders by National Journal showed 58 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of Republicans thought Romney should pick the Ohio senator.
But while insiders know plenty about Portman, many of you probably don’t. In that case, we urge you to check out BuzzFeed’s great list of “15 Genuinely Interesting Things About Rob Portman.”
Political campaigns are getting started earlier than ever these days, so why should the vice presidential vetting process be any different?
All of the top early contenders for the Republican vice presidential nomination have seen their records put under a microscope in recent weeks.