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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Says Joe Biden Sometimes Says 'Stupid Things'

Senator Claire McCaskill had what she called a "Joe Biden moment" when she was discussing Sarah Palin and Joe Biden with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she said Joe Biden "sometimes say things that are kind of stupid.”

In an interview about different issues, the Democratic Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill, discussed Sarah Palin saying the American people do not know much about her and suddenly she is thrust upon the stage and people are curious about her according to a report by ABC's Political Punch.

McCaskill then turns her comments to Joe Biden, the Deleware Senator and also the vice presidential running mate to Barack Obama and she states "has a tendency to talk forever and sometimes say things that are kind of stupid.”

She goes on to say "He a regular guy and … he doesn’t parse his words and he’s not hyper-careful," and continues on to call him authentic."

Realizing her "stupid" comment probably wasn't the smartest thing to say about her party's vice presidential candidate, she then goes on to make matters worse by saying "I was probably having a Joe Biden moment myself," referring to her previous comment.

McCaskill is not the first to imply Biden makes his share of gaffes, in 2007, when Biden was running against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for presidency, it was reported that he said "I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

As an older LA Times article points out, Biden also caused a stir when speaking to an American Indian, trying to be endearing and popped out with "you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."

On September 11, 2008, The International Herald Tribune headlined with "Biden living up to his gaffe-prone reputation," where they discuss some of his more recent "gaffes" like urging a a paraplegic state official to stand up to be recognized, or telling a crowd that Hillary Clinton might have been a better choice than he was as a running mate for Barack Obama.

Claire McCaskill should not feel bad, because other Biden supporters admit Biden's mouth often runs away from him as evidenced by James Baker, mayor of Wilmington, Delaware which is Biden's home town, who says, "He has overwhelming support here, he's well liked. We forgive him every once in a while when he says something dumb - 'Oh, that's just Joe."

Google search has a long list of pieces referencing Biden's gaffes and YouTube has a whole page of them, so it isn't like McCaskill let the cat out of the bag.