Friday, August 22, 2008

BREAKING: Obama picks Biden as his VP

FoxNews is reporting Obama has picked Joe Biden, 65-year-old Senator from Delaware, as his VP. Will dig this weekend and let you know some scoop next week!

Biden evidently originally voted to authorize the war, but was against the surge. Hmm. See Senate page here.

In the meantime:

Basics on Biden (Wiki)

FoxNews report (breaking)

** Update ** 11:04pm PST: Biden voted for the Iraq war but against the surge, known for being candid and direct (gee guess Obama took the hint after the Saddleback fiasco): Biden speaks his own mind (Yahoo).

Anyone else notice the comments about his two brain aneurysms? The media had a coronary when McCain showed up wearing a Band-Aid, I am curious to see if they will show the same scrutiny over Biden's health challenges...

Also curious to see if the media holds Biden's personal tragedies and challenges up as potential 'mental challenges' the way they have shamefully attempted to discredit McCain...

** Update ** 12:16 am PST: Biden evidently was (gasp) critical of Obama's lack of experience. Duh.

Biden "never lost touch with his Irish Catholic roots" (so Obama is going after this vote five days after saying abortion is 'above his paygrade.' Interesting...), BUT his record says otherwise:

From On the Issues - follow link for all issues. Some snippets, will organize in the morning. Rather flip-floppy, dontcha think?!?

Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006) !!!??
Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998) ??!?
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)

** Update 12:26 am ** Oink oink! Biden had $119 million in earmarks last year ALONE.

**Update** Interesting comments on this blog, see quote from Biden about Obama (D'oh!). Yes folks THAT is why McCain shouldn't pick Romney or Huckabee. Eep.

** Update 12:30 am** more "on the issues":

Family and Social Issues

Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay rights stance. (Dec 2006)
Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)

Rated 32% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)

National ban on smoking would reduce chronic illnesses. (Sep 2007) ?!!!?

There needs to be performance-based pay for teachers. (Aug 2007)

Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake. (Jul 2007)

Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)

Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)

Fought for Family and Medical Leave, up to 12 unpaid weeks. (Sep 2007)

Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)

Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)

Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)

Start paying for universal health coverage with $100B in redundancy. (Sep 2007)

Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996) ??!?

Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22's. (Dec 2007)
Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps. (Dec 2007)

Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008) !!

Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006) !!!!

Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)

Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)

Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

" has not changed politics." (Sep 2007) !!?!!?!!!??

1988: plagiarized law school paper, but not malevolently. (Jul 2007) !!didn't inhale??! this killed his Presidential bid in 88 and was brought up again in 2008

1988: suffered aneurysm requiring brain surgery. (Jul 2007)

Apologized for saying Barack Obama was clean and articulate. (Apr 2007) ? why, is he dirty and stupid?!?

Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Troops out by 2013 if no political reconciliation. (Sep 2007)
Patraeus report is wrong strategy; draw down troops now. (Sep 2007)
Changed mind on Iraq pullout, not about political solution. (Sep 2007)
Worth losing election to protect our troops. (Sep 2007)
Leaving Iraq will cause generation-long regional war. (Aug 2007)

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