Joe Biden Collapses Under Tough Question About Being A Marxist From WFTV Florida News Anchor

The Dems are so used to getting a pass from the media that one could have predicted Joe Biden’s response when finally asked a tough question. WFTV Channel 9 news anchorwoman Barbara West asked just such a question to Joe Biden. In response, Biden shyed away rather than actually answer the question.

From Sky News:

During a fiery interview, Florida anchor-woman Barbara West also asked if Mr Obama’s comments that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” meant he was going to turn the United States into a socialist country.

The Democratic nominee made the comments during his now famous campaign chat with an Ohio voter known as ‘Joe the Plumber.’

West said:”You may recognise this famous quote: ‘from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs,’ that’s from Karl Marx.

“How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?”

After a short pause Senator Biden replied: Are you joking…is this a joke…or is that a real question.”

The newsworthy item here is not that Joe Biden thought the whole thing was a joke. The newsworthy item is that it is a legitimate question given Barack Obama’s stated socialist positions on economic issues and Joe Biden had a meltdown over it.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Barbara West had this to say:

“I have a great deal of respect for him. I have a great deal of respect for Sen. Obama. We are given four minutes of a satellite window for these interviews. Four precious minutes. I got right down to it and, yes, I think I asked him some pointed questions. These are questions that are rolling about right now and questions that need to be asked. I don’t think I was rude or inconsiderate to him. I think I was probing and maybe tough. I can’t believe that in all of his years in politics, and all of his campaigning and such, that he hasn’t run into some tough questions before. He’s certainly up to it in giving good answers.”

But Joe and the Dems aren’t used to getting tough questions from journalists. They are used to softball questions from supporters like Chris Matthews and Charles Gibson. One tough question and they instantly go into whine overdrive and complain that no one likes them.

In response to the interview, the Obama campaign said they would no longer cooperate with WFTV but would rather talk with media outlets that ask easy questions.

You can access the complete article and blog entry on-line here:

Joe Biden In TV ‘Marxist’ Row
Sky News
October 28, 2008

WFTV’s Barbara West On Her Interview With Joe Biden: “I Don’t Think I Was Rude Or Inconsiderate To Him”
Orlando Sentinel
October 24, 2008

You can watch the interview on-line here:

WFTV Interviews Joe Biden
October 25, 2008

2 Responses

  1. Surely you aren’t implying that Senator Biden’s entire answer to that question was the short bit you quote here, right? You’re going to let your readers know that he followed that perfectly understandable request for a clarification with an intelligent explanation of just how Obama’s tax plan will help the middle class, aren’t you? Because what you want to do is really educate and inform your audience, not mislead them, right?

    Yeah, I thought so.

  2. Campbell,

    You missed the point. Biden was asked a tough question and rather than answering it right off the bat, he got huffy and arrogant. Later, the Obama campaign declared that since WFTV wasn’t asking softball questions like their surrogates on network TV, that the campaign would no longer cooperate with that TV station.

    BTW, the plans for redistributing wealth will only hurt the middle class. The only thing that is going to be spread around in poverty.

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