Live Blog – Joe Biden

November 3, 2007 by  
Filed under News

Live from The Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, SC. We are awaiting the arrival of Presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden.

  • 13:30
    • Senator Biden is scheduled to arrive at 1:45pm, stay tuned for details
  • 14:00
    • Senator Biden did the coin toss at the local Wofford Terriers College football game
    • He should be here in a few minutes. Sorry for the delay
  • 14:20
    • November 12, Democratic party luncheon, top floor at Wild Wings
    • Also, young democrats will meet at Sonny’s Brickoven Pizza.
    • Still awaiting Biden
  • 14:22
    • Liz Patterson speaking (County Chairwoman)
    • Democratic Presidential Primary moved to the 26th of January
    • February 23 Precinct Organization
    • March 20 is County Convention
    • May is State Convention
    • We welcome anyone to run, unlike our counterpart.
    • It doesn’t cost $500
    • Also, elections are this Tuesday
    • What about Steven Colbert not allowed to be on the ticket
    • Reason given is that he did not show a interest over a period of time.
    • Joe Biden has arrived
  • 14:25
    • Small states have become more consequential
    • Since Iowa and New Hampshire are so early, we will know who the nominee is going to be.
    • I’ll return multiple times between now and the primary
    • Polling Data in Iowa and New Hampshire shows that over 70% of voters have not made up there mind
  • 14:30
    • I came here today to say thank you for giving us a chance
    • You cannot exaggerate the consequences of you participation
    • Why am I running for President?
    • This is the single most import election we have had in a while
    • We are so isolated today, never been a time when nations have respected our judgement
    • Next President has the discretion to keep on this track or turn us around
    • He must help maintain the middle class
    • 60K – 70K would have used to been a comfortable wage, but not today
    • Healthcare costs have gone up 70%
    • The burden is coming back to the kids
    • 400K kids qualified for college, but could not go because they couldn’t afford it
    • Internationally, the world is looking to America to return to its value
    • One international leader look to America is an idea, but you are in jeporady of losing the force of the idea of America
    • I have been a Senator since I was 29 years old, I have gotten to meet and know most of the world leaders on a first name basis.
    • Don’t let the republicans tell you we cannot afford healthcare, education
    • What are your priorities
  • 14:35
    • We are comminted to 1.4 Trillion dollars to the war so far
    • 28,112 are wounded from this war
    • More amputeees than any war since the Civil War
    • The price for this administrations failure is incredible
    • I go to Iraq every 6 months
    • I’ve ridden down the rode @ 85mph (in Iraq) with a kid wearing night vision goggles…It is scary
    • What are we doing about the issues in Iraq
    • The military refers to each of the dead as “Fallen Angels” (silence)
    • I got on the C-130 with all of these flag drapped coffins
    • The administration continues to hide the cost of the war
    • Only people paying the price are the troops and the families
    • We have to end the war
  • 14:40
    • My son’s going soon
    • And I don’t want him over there, so we have to get us out of there
    • As you choose the next President, you need to make sure they can reach across the aisle and create solutions.
    • We as democrats alone cannot solve these problems, we must get 20% of republicans to work with us
    • Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget and I’ll tell you what your value (quote from his father)
    • How can a tax cut for those who make at 300K something good
    • I will not take the back seat against these Republicans, and I am ready to debate them
    • Many know there is something wrong with healthcare, global warming, education
    • We should trust the people more, they understand what is going on
    • The American people are smarter than either party gives them credit
    • Tell them the truth
    • In Conclusion, some may think that I am a little naive b/c I believe the people are ready for change
    • When has the public ever let the country down
    • I cannot recall a time
    • Greatest opportunity since FDR
    • Bush will be judged harshly by history, not b/c of 9/11, but the opportunities he squandered to unite the nation and the world
    • His first address 9/11, I empathize with the lost then he said, continue to Fly and go to the mall, so the economy wouldn’t fall
  • 14:48
    • After 9/11 NATO invoked article 5, which says If America is attacked, we are all war.
    • Even Iran said they would help and allow airspace and pick up downed pilots
    • Great Presidents always take advantage of difficult times to make a change
    • Join me in making hope and history rhyme
  • 14:53
    • Questions
    • What can we do now to prevent us from waking up the next morning that we have bombed Iran
      • Country is making it known to Congress now
      • Second biggest mistake in history
      • 10 of 12 battalions are in Iraq now
      • President has no authority to do this under the Constitution
      • Congress shouldn’t be so timid
      • Congress should not have voted to say that a 1/3 of Iran’s army is a terrorist org. The price of oil has shot up to $96 a barrel
      • Risk factor went up by 23%
      • They voted this way so we wouldn’t look “weak”
      • I challenge them to debate me whether or not I have the gumption to defend America
      • I believe Gates has told the President that if we go to war with Iran, then I am finished (Biden’s interpretation)
      • By attacking Iran, all we do is delay the time frame to when they get a nuclear weapon.
      • There are 300 tons of uranium sitting in Russia
    • What is the best means of communicating to your Congressman?
      • Write them a letter
      • I get 60K e-mails a month, I cannot read them all.
    • How are you going to vote on Mukasey (Attorney General Nominee)?
      • I am going to vote no
      • I couldn’t put one in charge of justice system if he doesn’t know water boarding is torture
      • Presidents policy has created more terrorist than prevented (February 07)
      • National Intelligence Estimate stated that Al Qaeda is now stronger (Sept. 07)
    • What is your stand on Guantanamo Bay
      • I’m not afraid of using force
      • I was the first to call for it closing, b/c it creating more terrorist as it is dissuading

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