August 26, 2008 |
THERE were things I didn't like about Sen. Joe Biden when I worked with him and his staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden was the chairman. I thought he compromised too easily and was too deferential to the committee's Republicans. But the qualities I didn't much appreciate then may be just what is necessary now if Barack Obama is to reach out and win over the voters he needs to prevail in this election. The choice of Biden for the second slot on the Democratic ticket has been greeted with much praise, including from several GOP senators.
September 21, 1987 |
Sen. Joseph Biden, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, misrepresented his university record in a videotaped campaign appearance, Newsweek said in an article published yesterday. The magazine cited a videotape (shown on April 12 on the C-SPAN cable network) of an informal session in New Hampshire in which the Delaware senator talks about his performance at Syracuse Law School. Newsweek said the videotape shows Biden telling the group he attended law school on a full academic scholarship and graduated in the top half of his class.
September 18, 1987 |
Calling the actions "dumb mistakes," presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., yesterday admitted past use of material written by others without crediting them for it. Colleagues and other political observers said they did not think the admissions damaged Biden's credibility and expressed confidence in him. At a news conference called to answer press charges, Biden admitted that during his first semester of law school at Syracuse University...
September 8, 1988 |
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. flashed a bright smile as he walked briskly through Union Station to Capitol Hill yesterday for his first day back on the job in seven months. And, as colleagues greeted him warmly, the Delaware senator frankly acknowledged that the early failure of his presidential bid probably saved his life. Biden, 45, had spent the last year fighting plagiarism charges that forced him out of the presidential race, two near-fatal aneurysms in the brain and a blood clot.
September 27, 1987 |
For those who knew him as good old Joe, he was a man of compassion, a man of few frailties. He didn't smoke and didn't drink - but Joe surely did talk. Some considered it his only vice. So it was that when Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. talked his way out of the 1988 presidential race with a series of damaging gaffes, there was sympathy in his home state of Delaware, where the young Democratic senator's strengths were treasured and his weaknesses tolerated as part of the personality of good old Joe. "He's always been known in Delaware to have expanded his speeches and to speak too long," observed Samuel Shipley, a Biden supporter and chairman of the state Democratic Party.
May 15, 1987 |
There were the curious who came to the sweltering room on the University of Pennsylvania campus, and then there were those who looked at it as history: the chance to hear a presidential candidate in the early going, maybe to say years later, "I was there. " Sen. Joseph R. Biden, a third-term Democrat from Delaware who officially enters the Democratic presidential primary on June 9 in Wilmington, last night got attention as a serious candidate. With Gary Hart out of the race, Biden is positioned, along with Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts and former Gov. Bruce Babbitt of Arizona, as one of the leading candidates for the nomination.
May 7, 1988 |
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware has been moved out of intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his condition is satisfactory, a hospital spokesman said yesterday. Biden had surgery Monday to correct an aneurysm on his brain. According to a statement read by hospital spokesman Peter Esker, physicians "are satisfied with the senator's progress and have transferred him out of intensive care and into a regular room. He has been out of bed for brief periods and is on a regular diet.
July 25, 1986 |
Ever since Walter Mondale's landslide defeat in 1984, Democrats have been performing autopsies on his campaign. And while no one ailment has been isolated as the cause of that political disaster, many establishment Democrats have fingered Mondale's inability to "handle" the Rev. Jesse Jackson as a major contributor to the presidential nominee's public image of weakness. In the last two years, many Democrats have suggested that the proper course the next time around will be to treat Jackson just as if he were any other influential Democrat - with respect for his strength but without kowtowing or sparing him of criticism when it is warranted.
September 20, 1987 |
There are important differences, as well as similarities, in the recent troubles of Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. and former Sen. Gary Hart, two ambitious politicians whose White House dreams have been shadowed by questions about their personal integrity. The most obvious distinction is that Hart's problems with the 'A' word - adultery - quickly knocked him out of the race for the Democratic nomination. Biden's difficulty with the 'P' word - plagiarism - has wounded but not destroyed him. For Hart, it was sudden death; for Biden, slow bleeding - though many political professionals say his candidacy is now odds-on to end in the snows of Iowa and New Hampshire next winter.
September 23, 1987
At a time when educational excellence is becoming a national obsession, it would be nice if the next president could back inevitable exhortations to tomorrow's leaders with some proof of excellence in his or her own past. Americans are an easy-going people and don't demand that their presidents rise from the ranks of A students; they just hope that, like the children of mythical Lake Wobegon, they at least be "above average. " Delaware's Sen. Joseph Biden must have understood that yearning when he told an audience in Claremont, N.H., last spring that, after a poor start at law school, he pulled himself together and went on to finish in the top half of his class.