Biden: McCain 'Doesn't Get It'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 10:01 PM CDT
Barack Obama and Joe Biden appear on stage together after Biden's speech.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden accepted his party's nomination to be vice president tonight, then took to the podium to pound the theme that John McCain will offer nothing more than a third Bush term, CNN reports. "John McCain doesn't seem to get it," said Biden, stressing his own humble roots and decrying the dire financial straits of blue-collar families. "Americans need more than a good soldier," he said, referring to McCain's war record. "They require a wise leader."

"The American dream feels like it's slowly slipping away," said Biden, and Washington has done nothing but sit back and watch. He also described as "abysmal" the GOP record on foreign policy. "America has been knocked down," he said. "We need to get back up." After Biden's speech, Obama made a quick appearance to say how "proud" he was of Biden. He also praised the speeches of his wife and President Clinton, and added, "If I'm not mistaken, Hillary Clinton rocked the house last night."