Dems Cringe as Gaffe Express Rolls Onward

VP candidate Biden largely drowned out by Palin, economy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 3:24 PM CDT
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., speaks at a rally in front of the Detroit Public Library in Detroit, Mich. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden’s freewheeling style makes him a big hit on campaign stops, and he usually draws front-page headlines in the towns he visits. But often, those stories carry word of the VP hopeful’s latest slip-up. Biden has lived up to his reputation as a gaffe machine, contradicting his running mate and misstating facts time and again, the Washington Post reports.

Most recently, Biden referenced FDR's TV appearance during the 1929 stock crash—even though FDR wasn’t president then and televisions didn't exist in the home. He’s also contradicted Obama on clean coal (Obama supports it, Biden doesn’t) and declared an ad attacking McCain “terrible.” But don’t expect Obama to rein in his pick. “Unlike other campaigns that sequester running mates,” said a Biden spokesman, “we'll proudly continue to unleash Joe Biden to be Joe Biden.”