"This campaign has now spanned 21 months and Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Joe and Jill Biden have done countless tough interviews and they've answered every single question. Let's be clear: This station's interview with Joe Biden wasn't tough -- it was just absurd."FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT
WEST: I know you’re in North Carolina now trying to help get out the vote but aren’t you embarassed by the blatant attempts to register phony voters by ACORN, an organization that Barack Obama has been tied to in the past?
BIDEN: I am not embarassed by it. We are not tied to it. We have not paid them one single penny to register a single solitary voter. We have the best get out the vote operation in modern history. We’ve registered the voters ourselves and so there is no relationship. So I am embarassed for anybody in ACORN who went out there and registered somebody who shouldn’t be registered. I’m not embarrassed by our campaign because we haven’t paid ACORN a single penny to register a single voter.
WEST: But in the past Senator...
BIDEN: Those are the facts.
WEST: But in the past, Senator Obama was a community organizer for ACORN. He was an attorney for ACORN and certainly in the Senate, he has been a benefactor for ACORN.
BIDEN: How has he been a benefactor for ACORN? He was a community organizer. John McCain stood before ACORN not long ago complimented them on the great work they did. Does that make John McCain complicit in any mistake that ACORN made? C’mon. Let’s get real here.
WEST: Okay, moving onto the next question. Senator Obama now famously told Joe the Plumber he wanted to spread his wealth around. A Gallup polls showed 84% of Americans prefer government focus on improving financial conditions and creating more jobs in the U.S. as opposed to taking steps to distribute wealth. Isn’t Senator Obama’s statement a potentially crushing political blunder?
BIDEN: Absolutely not. What the only person who's spread the wealth around has been George Bush and John McCain’s tax policy. They have devastated the middle class. We for the first time since the late 20’s, 1% of the american people make over 21% of all the income in America. That wasn’t the way before George Bush became president. All we want is the middle class to once again have a fighting chance. That’s why we focus all of our efforts on restoring the middle class and giving them a tax break. And John McCain doubles down on Bush’s tax cut and that's $300 billion in new tax cuts for the largest companies in America. and the wealthiest americans. We don’t think that’s the way to do it. We think give the middle class a break. That’s the way to do it.
WEST: You may recognize 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?
BIDEN: Are you joking? Is...is this a joke?
BIDEN: Is that a real question?
WEST: that’s a question.
BIDEN: (laughing) He is not spreading the wealth around. He's talking about giving the middle class an opportunity to get back the tax breaks they used to have. What has happened just this year, people making $1.4 million dollars average, the top 1%, good, decent American people, are gonna get an $87 billion tax cut. A new one on top of last year. We think the people should be getting that tax break are not redistribute the wealth up, we think middle class tax payers should get a tax break. That’s what we think. It’s a ridiculous comparison with all due respect.
WEST: Now you recently said “Mark my words. It'll not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama.” But what worries many people is your caveat asking them to stand with him because it's not going to be apparent initially that he's right. Are you forewarning Americans that nothing will get done and that America’s days as a world’s leading power are over?
BIDEN: No, I’m not at all. I don’t know who’s writing your questions but let me make it clear to you. The fact of the matter is that everyone has aknowledged, from Colin Powell on, that the next president of the United States is going to be tested, whether it’s John McCain and or, or it's Barack Obama. The reason is our weakened position in the world. We’re stretched thin throughout the world. Our economy is in freefall right now. And they’re gonna be tested every president is tested, and the point I was making is that Barack Obama is much better prepared to handle whatever crisis is going to be than John McCain be... John was wrong in Iraq saying we'd be greeted as liberators, we'd be out of there, wrong in afganistan saying we were already succeeded, worng in North Korea saying the president shouldn't negotiate. Barak Obamas' been right, John McCains' been wrong that was my point, Barak Obama is more ready than John McCain.
WEST: Getting back to the spreading the wealth question. What do you say to the people who are concerned that Barak Obama will want to turn American into a socialist country much like Sweden.
BIDEN: I don't know anybody who thinks that except in the far right wing of the Republican Party.
WEST: Okay Senator Biden thank you very much
Video Text From Uploader: DhimmiTube666, WFTV Channel 9's Barbara West puts Joe Biden on the hot seat over ACORN, voter fraud, and Barack Obama's "Spread the wealth" comments, and even asks if Obama is a "Marxist".
Joe Biden was so upset, that he had the Obama campaign cancel an interview the station had scheduled with his wife, Jill, along with all future interviews.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
"Why did Barack Obama's campaign cancel a WFTV-Channel 9 interview with Jill Biden, wife of Sen. Joe Biden? The campaign cited an unprofessional interview WFTVs Barbara West did Thursday with Joe Biden. In a statement Friday, Adrianne Marsh, Florida spokeswoman for Obamas campaign, said the station, in talking with Sen. Biden, was both combative and woefully uninformed about simple facts. Marsh said Wests insistence that Obama was an organizer for ACORN was 100 percent false. In a line of questioning that would make Rush Limbaugh proud, West even went as far as to quote Karl Marx, a Communist icon, in a disturbing attempt to associate Barack Obama with socialism, Marsh wrote. West said, "I think I asked him some pointed questions... I dont think I was rude or inconsiderate to him." From: DhimmiTube666 Added: October 25, 2008
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