HolyCoast: Biden Bungles Interview, Campaign Blacklists Station

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Biden Bungles Interview, Campaign Blacklists Station

All day long Michelle Malkin has been calling it the "best Biden interview ever". Political Punch has more:

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., got asked some rather interesting questions from Orlando TV reporter on Thursday.

You can watch it HERE.
(ed. Oh no you can't.*)

The questions are:

If Biden is "embarrassed about the blatant attempt to register phony voters by ACORN," since Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., worked with the organization in the past;

If Obama's comment about wanting tax policies that "spread the wealth" is "a potentially crushing political blunder";

"You may recognize this famous quote: 'from each according to his abilities to each according to his needs.' That's from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?";

Regarding Biden's comment that the world would test Obama and the Obama-Biden administration will need the support of Americans since it might not be immediately apparent Obama did the right thing -- "Are you forewarning Americans that nothing will be done and America's days as the world's leading power are over?"

"What do you say to the people that are concerned that Barack Obama will want to turn America into a Socialist country like Sweden?"

Biden seems quite taken aback by the anchor's questions, at one point asking her, "Are you joking? Is this is a joke? Or is that a real question?"

The interview prompted the Obama-Biden campaign to cancel a subsequent interview with Jill Biden.

*The video stream has been pulled from the TV station's website. It's unknown whether the campaign pressured the station to remove it, or if they're just getting too many requests. Certainly Obama doesn't dare have something this embarrassing out where just anybody can see it.

Just wait until they have some real power. No dissension will be tolerated.

UPDATE: A YouTube version is still available:

Here's more on the story, including the campaign's decision to blacklist the station:
WFTV-Channel 9's Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday. A friend says it's some of the best entertainment he's seen recently. What do you think?

West wondered about Sen. Barack Obama's comment, to Joe the Plumber, about spreading the wealth. She quoted Karl Marx and asked how Obama isn't being a Marxist with the "spreading the wealth" comment.

"Are you joking?" said Biden, who is Obama's running mate. "No," West said.

West later asked Biden about his comments that Obama could be tested early on as president. She wondered if the Delaware senator was saying America's days as the world's leading power were over.

"I don't know who's writing your questions," Biden shot back.

Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate's wife.

"This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election," wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.

McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was "a result of her husband's experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West."

Central Florida is the big battleground in the state. McCain pretty much owns the north, Obama the south. Treating a Central Florida TV station this way can't help the Obama campaign.

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