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McCain Slams Biden for Saying that “We’re gonna have an International Crisis” if Obama is Elected

October 21, 2008

 When Obama selected Joe Biden as his running mate the left only had one concern, the fact that Joe Biden is gaffe prone. Every time that he gives a speech the Democrats hold their breath hoping that he doesn’t say something that will hurt the campaign.

 Up until this weekend Biden had made a few gaffes, all of them of the funny rather than harmful variety. That changed over the weekend when during a speech Joe Biden said the following.

“Mark my words,” Biden was quoted as saying. “It will be not six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember, I said it standing here, if you don’t remember anything else I said: Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

“And he’s gonna need help,” Biden said about Obama. “And the kind of help he’s gonna need is…we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”

  This was a major gaffe, or at least it would be if it was reported. He went on to guarantee that if Obama was elected this “crisis” would occur, he also stated that it may come from the middle east. What do you suppose that means? The stupidity of Biden to refocus the campaign on national defense when Obama has made his gains on the economy is astounding. He has shifted the debate right back into McCain’s corner. It may be too late but McCain stands to benefit from this.

 Joe Biden admitted that Barack Obama may be tested by our enemies because of his youth and inexperience, he also admitted that Obama’s response may not appear to be correct. This does bring me to one point, if Obama is going to restore America’s standing in the world, if the world is going to rejoice the ascension of Barack Obama to the presidency than why would there be anyone out there who would attack us? I thought by merely electing Obama all of the world’s problems were going to end.

That gaffe plays right into McCain’s hands, and he went on the offensive today.

 Just last night, Senator Biden guaranteed that if Senator Obama is elected, we will have an international crisis to test America’s new President. We don’t want a President who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars,” McCain said.
“What is more troubling is that Senator Biden told their campaign donors that when that crisis hits, they would have to stand with them because it wouldn’t be apparent Senator Obama would have the right response.
“Forget apparent. Senator Obama won’t have the right response, and we know that because we’ve seen the wrong response from him over and over during this campaign. He opposed the surge strategy that is bringing us victory in Iraq and will bring us victory in Afghanistan. He said he would sit down unconditionally with the world’s worst dictators. When Russia invaded Georgia, Sen. Obama said the invaded country should show restraint.”

 This was a stinging responce to Biden’s remarks. Joe Biden has opened the door and now John McCain must hammer this point home all the way until election day if he stands any remote chance of winning. Barack Obama will try to steer the campaign back to the economy but McCain can not let go of this issue.

 Joe Biden has committed the gaffe that McCain and the Republicans have been hoping for, but did he commit it a week or two too late? It is possible that the Obama campaign kept Joe Biden under wraps just barely long enough from costing Barack Obama the election.

 But there is one more angle to Biden’s comment that deserves attention. Both campaigns were briefed by the whitehouse last week to make for a smooth transition into the new administration. Joe Biden guaranteed that if Obama won he would be tested with an international crisis. He said mark my words, this is going to happen. He spoke as if he knew something, could it be that he now has intelligence to back up what he said?

 Let us assume for the sake of argument that during the briefing it was brought up that no matter which person is elected, the enemy will test the mettle of the new president. (Although Biden’s comment made it sound as if this would happen only if Barack Obama was elected). That gives me another concern about an Obama/Biden administration.

 He recieved information just last week about possible terrorist threats and he couldn’t keep his mouth shut for even a few days. Do we need somebody like this in such a high position? Can we trust him with national security? Can we trust him with national secrets?

 This was a gaffe that should help McCain if he continues to hammer away at it the way he did today. But it is more than that. It is a gaffe that should leave all Americans wondering, can we really trust Obama/Biden to not only keep us safe but also keep our secrets secure?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Bankston permalink
    October 21, 2008 11:44 pm

    I”m not sure that I agree there will be a crisis within 6 months. Looking at the mission statement on this website, you can see that getting Obama elected is just another step in their plan to take over our country.


  2. October 22, 2008 2:21 am

    I cannot believe how often Biden sticks his foot in his mouth, unbelievable.


  3. October 22, 2008 4:45 am

    The other times Biden stuck his foot in his mouth it was just funny, but this time he really stepped in it.


  4. mukker permalink
    October 22, 2008 6:52 am

    thats cool!!


  5. October 24, 2008 12:59 am

    I referenced this article in a blog post discussing Biden’s international crisis comment as a potential publicity stunt.


  6. October 24, 2008 4:57 am



  7. Mari permalink
    October 24, 2008 2:03 pm

    Vote for change?

    That’s all you’ll have left–change, no dollars–if Omaba wins.


  8. Mari permalink
    October 24, 2008 2:05 pm

    Vote for change?

    That’s all you’ll have left–pocket change–if Obama wins.



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