Obama to Biden: Please quit talking!
You just have to wonder when the day of campaigning is done and Barack Obama nervously reviews what his running mate, Joe Biden, had to say on the campaign trail if he doesn't call him and do his best impersonation of Chris Farley saying, "I wish you could just shut your big YAPPER!"Skip to next paragraph
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With Joe Biden on the road, the hits just keep on coming.
No one can underestimate the influence of YouTube in the 2008 campaign. The online video sharing website is often the starting point for a political brawl. Sure, reporters can be emailed a statement alleging that a candidate said something, but when the YouTube video is embedded or linked in the email, it makes it a heckuva lot easier to just hit that play button.
Yesterday, we saw what one congressman coined, "Senator Biden's bizarre anti-coal rant."
The so-called "rant" was caught on video and spread around the Internet yesterday. It showed Joe Biden meeting with supporters after an event in Ohio Saturday.
Here comes Joe
A woman, identified as part of a "clean energy organization," questioned Biden about his support of clean coal technology when solar and wind technologies are "flourishing."
The woman followed, “So will you support wind and solar and alternate technologies?"
“Absolutely, before anybody did,” Biden said. “The first guy to introduce a global warming bill was me 22 years ago. The first guy to support solar energy was me 26 years ago. It came out of Delaware.”
Biden wasn't done yet. He was on a roll.
“China's gonna burn 300 years of bad coal unless we figure out how to clean their coal up because it's gonna ruin your lungs and there's nothing we can do about it.”
“No coal plants here in America,” he said. “Build 'em, if they're gonna build 'em, over there and make 'em clean because they're killing ya.”
Everyone seems to appreciate Biden's candor -- except his own campaign. The problem is that Biden's remarks contradicted what Obama said at the Democratic National Convention only a month prior.