POLITICS AUGUST 19, 2008
Senator Joe Biden has a way with words. Lots of words. His verbal proclivities have alternately garnered him praise for frankness or landed him in hot water. Here are some highlights.
The first of Biden's characteristic speaking styles is forceful and frank. This is the Joe Biden that pundits praise for cutting through the spin and "telling it how it is."
Biden questions the abilities of some of his rivals at an AARP-sponsored health care debate in Davenport, Iowa. Sept. 20, 2007.
Biden drew the biggest laugh during the Democrats first debate of the primary with this terse retort to Brian Williams. April 26, 2007. Orangeburg, SC.
Biden has also shown himself to be an effective attack dog, a role Obama will likely expect him to play as a Vice Presidential candidate.
Biden riffs on Rudy Giuliani's three favorite words at a Democratic debate. October 30, 2007.
Biden responds to President Bush's assertion that those who disagree with him are appeasers. Hardball with Chris Matthews, May 16, 2008.
Biden opposes the surge and rips into President Bush's handling of the Iraq War. March 2007.
Finally, there are the gaffes. Biden's affinity for his own voice has let to some missteps over the years. His propensity for verbal gaffes could have Obama aides running for their BlackBerries.
Biden's now infamous Dunkin Donuts gaffe. July 7, 2006.
Eric Zimmermann and James Martin are web interns at The New Republic.
By Eric Zimmermann and James Martin