iPol: Joe Biden's Speech at the Polk County Democrats Spring Dinner
Excerpted from this post at iPol
Joe Biden was the last candidate to address the crowd, and took the stage to robust applause. Every election cycle, he said, America puts up a job description for president. The job description changes from cycle to cycle, but this time, according to Biden, the job description is: restore America's place in the world, restore the middle class, and put an end to the politics of polarization. In today's America, Biden said, there is not a single problem that lends itself to a solution supported by 51% of the people and opposed by the other 49%. In order to prevail in the general election, Biden said, the Democratic nominee will need to not just win the same tier of 20 or so "blue" states won by Al Gore and John Kerry in the last two cycles, but also be competitive in at least 9 or 10 traditionally "red" states as well. Establishing his thesis for the night, Biden said, "I'm not running for the exercise." Biden characterized the current political climate as the politics of false choices. Iraq, he said, cannot be passed on to the next president, or abandoned by the United States, without any idea about what comes next.