Sunday, June 05, 2005

Biden: "Dean Doesn't Speak for Me"

On "This Week", Delaware senator Joe Biden was just asked about Howard Dean's comments this week at a conference in which he suggested that Republicans don't "make an honest living." George Stephanopoulos asked Biden if he thought Dean was helping the Democratic Party. Biden: "Not with that kind of rhetoric. He doesn't speak for me with that kind of rhetoric." He went on to say that he didn't think the majority of Democrats, elected or otherwise, believed those things, and added that such nastiness "needs to stop."

I quite agree, senator. Glad to see this kind of independence and candor, no matter what side of the aisle it comes from.

[Update: Say Anything points out that Senator Edwards also responded unfavorably to Dean's comments on Thursday, telling the AP yesterday "The chairman of the DNC is not the spokesman for the party. He's a voice. I don't agree with it."

And on "Meet the Press" this morning (which I missed this morning since my local station didn't air it), RNC Chair Ken Mehlman said of Dean's remarks "I'm not sure the best way to win support in the red states is to insult the folks who live there. I think that a better approach might be to talk about the issues you're for." -- 1:30 p.m.]

5 Comments:

At 1:30 PM, Blogger utopian007 said...

I see the only real problem with Dean is that he is so blunt. As opposed to the sneaky underhanded way things were done in the last election. Or the sneaky and underhanded way that Delay is attempting to get out of harms way. Reminds me of 72-74.

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger UrbanRepublican said...

So he is blunt and you are saying that if DeLay is guilty sneaky and underhanded than so are all republicans? The majority of our party contrary to what democrats believe are middle class americans with families and Jobs and not crooks and not people who do not work.

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The majority of our party contrary to what democrats believe are middle class americans with families and Jobs and not crooks and not people who do not work."

Oh? Bush's largest margins were among those making over six figures--that ain't middle class unless you're raising a family of more than 3 or 4.

 
At 1:58 AM, Blogger Andrei Berman said...

Biden isn't actually displaying political courage. He is simply trying to distance himself from a party leader, that, in actuality, came to power without broad support. Essentially, Biden's further confirming that Dean doesn't speak for the Dems, but rather that he represents a vocal minority of grass roots activists. I like Biden quite a bit, but to say he is exhibiting "independence and candor" is a bit much. If anything, separating himself from an increasingly sovereign and fringy DNC is a wise political move. Especially if he plans to run for President in '08.

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger EG said...

When asked for a comment on CNN by Wolf Blitzer, Senator Dodd skipped over Dean's latest comment and said he was a fine leader. Dodd was considered a dark horse in 2004.

Biden could have responded in the same manner but decided to distance himself from Dean (again).

 

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