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Biden's Campaign Begins Where It Ended

- February 18, 2015

BIDEN WILL BE VISITING HIS SECOND EARLY 2016 PRIMARY STATE IN AS MANY WEEKS

Today, Biden Will Visit South Carolina To Tout Infrastructure Spending. "Biden plans to visit Owen Steel in Columbia on Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to speak about infrastructure investments as part of the agency's Grow America Tour. He'll also stop by the state's Port of Charleston earlier that day." (Ben Kamisar, "Road Funding Push Takes Biden To SC," The Hill, 2/17/15)

  • Just Last Week Biden Was In Iowa, The Home Of The First Nominating Contest In The Presidential Primaries. "Biden will travel on official White House business next week to Des Moines, Iowa where he will deliver a speech on the administration's economic policies, his office announced Friday. And one close supporter told CNN that some in his loyal circle of friends and advisers in Iowa got the heads up about Biden's visit before the Des Moines Register broke the news Friday." (Jeremy Diamond and Dan Merica, "Biden Heads To Iowa, Fueling 2016 Speculation," CNN, 2/6/15)

BUT AS BIDEN RAMPS UP, HIS WOULD-BE CAMPAIGN IS HEADING IN A FAMILIAR DIRECTION: A TOTAL GAFFE FEST

Yesterday, Biden Remarked That He Has Close Relationships With The Somali Community In Delaware Because "There's An Awful Lot Driving Cabs." "Vice President Joe Biden says he has strong relationships with Delaware's Somali community because 'there's an awful lot driving cabs' and he's made friends with them at the Wilmington train station. … After mentioning the Somali community in Minneapolis, he said there's a 'very identifiable Somali community' in his home city of Wilmington, Delaware. 'I might add if you come to the train station with me you'll notice I have great relationships with them because there's an awful lot driving cabs and are friends of mine,' Biden said." (Eric Bradner, "Biden: I'm Friends With 'An Awful Lot' Of Somali Cab Drivers," CNN, 2/17/15)

  • "Then, He Added: 'For Real. I'm Not Being Solicitous. I'm Being Serious.'" (Eric Bradner, "Biden: I'm Friends With 'An Awful Lot' Of Somali Cab Drivers," CNN, 2/17/15)

Throughout His Many Campaigns And Years In Public Office, Biden Has A Long History Of Making Insensitive And Off-Color Gaffes

Biden Referred To Lenders Of "Bad Loans" To People Serving In The Military As "Shylocks," A Derogatory Term For Jews. BIDEN: "'That's one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year,' Biden said, 'that people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being...I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas.'" (Ashley Killough, "Jewish Group Chides Biden For Using 'Offensive' Term," CNN, 9/17/14)

  • Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League National Director: "Shylock Represents The Medieval Stereotype About Jews And Remains An Offensive Characterization To This Day. The Vice President Should Have Been More Careful." (Ashley Killough, "Jewish Group Chides Biden For Using 'Offensive' Term," CNN, 9/17/14)

While Recalling A Meeting With The First Prime Minister Of Singapore, Biden Referred To Him As "The Wisest Man In The Orient." "'On the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient,' explained Biden in his remarks at a kick-off rally for the Nuns on the Bus 'We the People, We the Voters' bus tour." (Sean Sullivan, "Joe Biden Pulls Off A Gaffe Hat Trick," The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog , 9/17/14)

  • The Word "Orient" Is Not Just Outdated But Is Seen As Offensive When Used In Reference To People. "The word 'Orient' is considered widely outdated and could be perceived as offensive, or insensitive, especially when used in reference to people." (Shushannah Walshe, "Joe Biden Refers To Asia As 'The Orient,'" ABC's The Note Blog, 9/17/14)

Speaking To A British Newspaper, Biden Said He Was "A Little Worried" That Everywhere Prince Harry Went Biden's Wife Accompanied Him, Asking The Reporter "You Know What I Mean?" "'No, not just the vote tomorrow,' he said. 'But my wife was with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games. And I read in the Guardian, or one of them, and it says - I'm paraphrasing - everywhere Prince Harry went, he had this blonde woman on his arm. The vice-president's wife! I'm a little worried here, you know what I mean?' The vice-president, everyone in Washington knows, has a propensity to put his foot in his mouth." (Paul Lewis, "Joe Biden: 'My Wife Was With Prince Harry. I'm A Little Worried - You Know What I Mean?," The Guardian, 9/17/14)

  • According To The Guardian, Biden's Comments Hinted "At Harry's Reputation As Something Of A Cad." "Vice-president tells the Guardian's Paul Lewis about his wife's weekend with the prince - and hints at Harry's reputation as something of a cad." (Paul Lewis, "Joe Biden: 'My Wife Was With Prince Harry. I'm A Little Worried - You Know What I Mean?," The Guardian, 9/17/14)

In October 2012, At A Restaurant In Florida, Biden Asked A Patron, "Are You Indian?" "According to the pool report, a man came up to Biden as he was greeting patrons shouting, 'You've got to get a picture with some guys!' Biden turned to the group of guys, then, according to the pool report, Biden asked one of them, 'Are you Indian?' 'American!' the man responded. 'No, I mean first generation,' Biden replied, 'with the further explanation of what he was saying being inaudible to the pool.'" (Zeke Miller, "Joe Biden: 'Are You Indian?' Man: 'American!'" BuzzFeed, 10/31/12)

Campaigning In Iowa In 2012, Biden Introduced Himself As "Joe Finnegan" To A Woman With An Irish Last Name. "Karen Foley, 35, approached and introduced herself, saying, 'Hi, nice to meet you.' VPOTUS chatted for a minute or two with her. Later Ms. Foley told pooler that VPOTUS jokingly introduced himself, saying 'I'm Joe Finnegan' because her own last name is Irish. 'I said, 'No you're not. I know who you are.' He said, 'You're very pretty.' After Ms. Foley said she was a state employee in the Department of Human Services, she said, 'He said he didn't want to keep us from our lunch and soak up taxpayer money.''" (Alexander Burns, "From Bidenopoulos To Finnegan," Politico's 44, 10/4/12)

Visiting A Restaurant In August 2012, Joe Biden Greeted Greek Americans By Saying, "I'm Joe Bidenopoulos." "The vice president strode into a local restaurant here with a message for the Greek-Americans enjoying their lunch: 'I'm Joe Bidenopoulos.'" (Jennifer Epstein, "VP: 'I'm Joe Bidenopoulos,'" Politico's "44," 8/31/12)

In January 2012, Biden Imitated An Indian Accent When Talking About Call Center Jobs. "In a speech in New Hampshire on Thursday, while talking about call center jobs, United States vice president Joe Biden appeared to slip into an 'Indian' accent before thinking better of it and stopping in mid-sentence." (Heather Timmons, "Oh No, Joe! The Indian Accent Comes Again," The New York Times' "India Ink," 6/5/12)

In 2011, Biden Endorsed China's One Child Policy, Which Includes Forced-Sterilization And Abortion. "Vice President Biden has emphatically backed away from his apparent endorsement of China's one-child policy. …The one-child policy has rested on coercion, including forced sterilization and abortion, as well as incentives." (Editorial, "Mr. Biden Stumbles In China, Twice," The Washington Post, 8/24/11)

During A Debate In 2007, Biden Said He Traveled To The "Black Sections" Of His Town To Promote AIDs Testing And Condom Use. BIDEN: "I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town, holding rallies in parks, trying to get black men to understand it is not unmanly to wear a condom, getting women to understand they can say no, getting people in the position where testing matters. I got tested for AIDS." (Sen. Joe Biden, PBS All American Forum At Howard University, Washington, DC, 6/28/07)

  • "At That, Obama Shot Biden A You've-Got-To-Be-Kidding Glance." (Michael Finnegan and Peter Nicholas, "Democrats Court Black Audience," Los Angeles Times, 6/29/07)

The Day Biden Announced His 2008 Presidential Bid, He Called Obama "The First Mainstream African-American Who Is Articulate And Bright And Clean And A Nice-Looking Guy." "Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., the loquacious chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who launched his presidential campaign today, may be experiencing an ailment not entirely unknown to him: foot in mouth disease. Biden is taking some heat for comments he made to the New York Observer, in which he said of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., a rival for the nomination: 'I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.'" (Jake Tapper, "A Biden Problem: Foot In Mouth," ABC News, 1/31/07)

  • Biden Was Forced To Defend His Statement Immediately After Announcing His Bid For The White House. "Biden got right to the matter that has threatened his candidacy before it even gets off the ground. The Delaware senator spent his first day as an official candidate …explaining his statement that Obama is 'the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean,' raising questions about how he viewed other blacks (sic) candidates." (Nedra Pickler, "Biden Tells Dems He Regrets Obama Remark,"The Associated Press, 2/3/07)

As A "Potential 2008 Presidential Candidate," Biden Faced Criticism For Claiming "You Cannot Go To A 7-Eleven Or A Dunkin' Donuts Unless You Have A Slight Indian Accent." "Facing criticism, potential 2008 presidential candidate Joe Biden has been forced to explain his recent remark that 'you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.' On a recent edition of the C-SPAN series 'Road to the White House,' the Delaware senator is shown shaking hands with a man and boasting about his support among Indian-Americans. 'I've had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking,' Biden said." ("Biden Explains Indian-American Remarks," The Associated Press, 7/7/06)

  • Weeks Later, Biden Bragged That His "State Was A Slave State." BIDEN: "You don't know my state. My state was a slave state, my state is a border state, my state is the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a northeast liberal state." (Fox's "Fox News Sunday," 8/27/06)

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