DNC Notebook: Biden slams McCain, Tennessee Dems enthusiastic

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 1:08am
Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, wave to supporters with presidential nominee Barack Obama on Wednesday. Reuters

DENVER – Sen. Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nod, and then threw some political red meat to the party faithful, going after Republican nominee Sen. John McCain.

Biden came out swinging on foreign policy, the topic where his experience is suppose to buttress the Democratic ticket.

“As we gather here tonight, our country is less secure and more isolated than at any time in recent history,” Biden said, accepting the nomination before a national television audience. “The Bush-McCain foreign policy has dug us into a very deep hole, with very few friends to help us climb out.

“Now, after six long years, the Bush administration and the Iraqi government

are on the verge of setting a date to bring our troops home. …John McCain was wrong. Barack Obama was right.”

Biden’s comments stayed on point with the Democratic message this election season, linking Republicans to dissatisfaction over the war in Iraq and a struggling economy. He used his experience campaigning during the Democratic presidential primary against Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama to make his point.

“You can learn an awful lot about a man campaigning with him, debating him, and seeing how he reacts under pressure,” Biden said. “You learn about the strength of his mind. But even more importantly, you learn about the quality of his heart.

“I watched how he touched people, how he (Obama) inspired them, and I realized he has tapped into the oldest American belief of all: we don't have to accept a

situation we cannot bear. We have the power to change it.”

Tennessee Democrats appeared pleasantly surprised by Biden’s speech, saying it continued the momentum for the convention gained earlier in the evening by Sen. Hillary Clinton moving to acclaim Obama the nominee.

“I thought it was inspirational and substantive,” State Sen. Jim Kyle said. “Clearly it began the process of differentiating Obama and McCain in a tasteful and relevant way.”

“I thought Biden hit a homerun,” 5th District U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper said. “I was especially touched by his comments about his mother. Also, it’s nearly impossible to follow Bill Clinton but he did it. After today, all divisions in the party have been healed.”


In a day full of surprises, Democrats got one more in that Barack Obama showed up in the arena.

Presidential nominees typically never show up until the last night of the conventions. Obama’s entering the room was met with an avalanche of sound that shook the Rocky Mountains.

“I thought the roof was going to come off the building when Obama came out,” Kyle said.

Hillary Angst

A breakfast for the Tennessee delegation to the Democratic National Convention had its own moment of angst over delegate loyalties Wednesday.

Just after a delegation breakfast, Tennessee’s Hillary delegates convened to discuss their options for the roll call vote. That is when things got heated.

Tennessee Hillary delegate whip Betsy Reid said that Clinton was going to speak to her delegates about how they should vote during the roll call.

Reid then said that, after hearing Clinton's speech last night, she would be voting for Barack Obama. As soon as she finished that sentence, there were calls from other Hillary Tennessee delegates for her to immediately resign as a whip.

Reid said she would not do so, which was countered by various delegates saying they would not forget her switching her vote after all the promises made during the primary season.

Former State Rep. Bill Owen, also a Hillary whip, jumped to the podium and said that each person should vote their conscience and that he was still going to vote for Hillary. Interestingly, Owen said the day after the last primary in June at a gathering of Democrats at Swett’s Restaurant that he and all the Clinton supporters would be throwing all their weight behind Obama.

As he was speaking, one unidentified delegate rose and interrupted Owen to say that they were all Democrats, that they all need to support the Democratic ticket, and that they need to be united.

“This is an open meeting and it’s being recorded,” the delegate added, a reference to the presence of press in the room.

CCA courts Tennessee Democrats

One Tennessee company that has been in the news a great deal lately, Corrections Corporation of America, held a reception for the Tennessee delegation Wednesday with some high-profile attendees.

CCA has recently launched a public relations campaign targeting bad press it has received over a series of incidents at its private prisons as well as the stalled nomination to a federal judgeship of its lead counsel, Gus Puryear.

Tony Grande, CCA’s executive vice president and chief development officer, said that receptions like the one here in Denver are nothing new and pointed out that they held a similar event four years ago at the Democratic Convention in Boston and will be holding another one next week for Tennessee Republicans in St. Paul.

“We are in 20 states, about half of them have Democratic governors and the others are Republicans,” Grande said. “This is a way to show our support for our state partners, and, frankly, Governor Bredesen deserves recognition for what he has done no matter what state he was from.”

CCA’s CEO and chairman John Ferguson was on hand as was Nashville Star finalist Lance Miller, who crooned for attendees.

Present were Tennessee State Employee Association president Zoyle Jones, former deputy governor Dave Cooley, newly minted Obama Tennessee chair Jerry Martin, and a slew of legislative members like Reps. Brenda Gilmore, John Hood, Randy Rinks, Speaker Jimmy Naifeh and State Senators Thelma Harper and Jim Kyle.

“Black Bloc” and “Sleeping Dragons”

A memo obtained by The City Paper and being circulated to area law enforcement demonstrates just what police and security have to contend with in Denver this week. The memo does not give any security plans but rather details what they have deemed to be security threats in the area on Aug. 25.

Much of the concern from law enforcement here seems to be on protesters, with references made to different types of protest techniques, including the use of urine and feces to possibly throw at police.

The memo mentions “Black Bloc” techniques that are used by a loose group of anarchists and anti-capitalists that protest dressed all in black with covered faces to hide their identities.

It also mentions “Sleeping Dragons” or weighted devices such as pipes or paint cans with concrete chained or locked to protestors to make them more difficult for police to cart away.

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By: eastnashville37207 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hillary is loyal to Hillary and her party but not to Obama.Voting because she is a woman or Obama because he is black and not on the issues tells us more about the mentality of where our country is heading.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It is obvious that this “delegate” process has gotten out of hand and that egos have stepped up to bat. Hillary has as much said unit the party and support Obama. It really can’t be much easier than that to understand. Any other vote by the delegates is just stubbornness and shows that some people are not aware of the world around them.

By: sidneyames on 12/31/69 at 6:00

revo-lou the demorats appear to be scattered and confused. Michelle Obama was long faced and sorry looking during Hillary's speech. She looked like a woman who was thinking "good grief, this woman is more experienced and smarter than Barack". Then we have Biden, a Catholic, who is backing a baby killer - abortion - OGodma! Thank God that the Archbishop has told Biden he can no longer take communion. After all, true Catholics do not believe in abortion. I would have voted for Hillary -- not because of her gender, but because of her brains. And I'm not even a demorat! O'Godma is scarey. Now he's copying Abraham Lincoln. He copied Kennedy with the Berlin thing. He has no original material. And he's never held a real job. I would love to know why he didn't stay in the corporate job long enough to gain some real experience in corporate management. Anyway, race or gender are not legitimate reasons to vote for someone, but I bet we're gonna have a lot of that this year. I've heard people actually say so!

By: caholt on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"I would have voted for Hillary" Sidneyames, you are either a liar or a hypocrite, or possibly both. If you are truly anti-abortion, then you could never vote for Hillary as she is definately PRO-CHOICE! Reading your post,with all your insults and name calling confirms my first impression that you have very few original thoughts to express here in this forum.

By: AJ714 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Needless to say, Hillary Clinton's followers are loyal to the end. A lot will vote for McCain or not vote at all so they can let "their voice be heard" that they are not happy that their candidate didn't win. This coming despite Hillary's public support at the DNC for Obama & request for her followers to support Obama. They cease to become followers and are simply bitter & mad that their candidate was not elected. I say this to them, go ahead, do what you want. You think you're mad now, wait until John McCain wins the election in part because you were spiteful, hurt, and mad. 4 more years of 'George Bush Politics' will take you to a whole new level of mad. Yes, you may think of yourself as a Hillary Clinton follower to the end, but it will be a bitter, bitter end.

By: sidneyames on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I suppose I should clarify that if given the choice between O'Godma and Hillary, I would vote for her because of her intelligence and experience. I'm not a liar or a hypocrite - just an optimist. And I do't think I call YOU a name such as you call ME. But I forgive you. I only called O'Godma and the "demorats" a name. And AJ714, as I said before (this is an origignal thought caholt): Hillary'ss voters are not just numbers or little bitty statutes sitting on a shelf. The media and O'Godma talk about them as if they can switch on and off like light bulbs. They are actually feeling, thinking, breathing human beings who are rightfully so - disappointed and shocked at the fact that O'Godma won. So, give them some credit and some space. Maybe O'Godma's people can switch on and off, but most people can't. And when everyone wakes up to the "teleprompter" that Barack is using, then they will see that he's just reading a prepared speech. Anyone can do that. Any actor can do that. BUT when you get him in front of a camera without notes, he studders and stammers as much as McCain and yes, even Bush. I'd rather have a down to earth president who is less than eloquent. O'Godma reads his lines well.

By: Funditto on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Very well said AJ. I can't imagine why on earth anyone (in their right mind) would put choose four more years of what has been a proven failure in every way.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Absolutely right AJ, those that choose not to exercise their vote for Obama because Hillary didn’t win, have totally missed what Hillary said at the convention.

By: WickedTribe on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I actually hope McCain wins so the bitter Hillary supporters will have to lose their abortion rights and reap the consequences of their irrational hatred. It almost convinces me to vote McCain, since he'll win TN regardless of how I vote.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

George Bush's performance has guaranteed unfortunately a democratic victory in November. I never thought however that we would elect a socialist whose only platform is "change,hope and a chicken in every pot." The have nots and never wills are going to have a temporary hey day. Unfortunately they do not realize that no matter who is elected that in the long run they will remain as always,broke,cynical and wondering what happened.

By: SirKnight on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It's pointless to debate in this forum, as I have yet to see anyone responsibly explain why Pres. Bush is a "failure". Most of you just hate the man and his party and paint wild exaggerations of what is really happening. If he really was as bad as you make him out to be, the Democratic Congress would have impeached him a long time ago. Your disillusionment is sad and pathetic. Life ain't as bad as Pelosi, Biden, Clinton and Obama say it is!! I am not happy with GWB, either, but he is certainly is not a failure. Sorry you see McCain as another failure waiting to happen. It must be hard on you guys being pessimistic all the time.

By: Funditto on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Mr McCain is no more capable of stopping abortion than was Mr Bush and those before. If you hate abortion, just don't have one. If you're a guy and hate it, stop having sex unless you want a child. Consider using your loud mouths to promote that idea instead of bashing others who don't think like you.

By: Kropotkin on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"One Tennessee company that has been in the news a great deal lately, Corrections Corporation of America, held a reception for the Tennessee delegation Wednesday. CCA has recently launched a public relations campaign targeting bad press it has received over a series of incidents at its private prisons as well as the stalled nomination to a federal judgeship of its lead counsel, Gus Puryear."That's it. Rather than withdraw the doomed nomination, they'll push their multi-million dollar lobbyists in DC to get Puryear confirmed. Neither will they clean up their prisons, but instead will continue to hire ex-offenders to run their programs and their prisons. They're ultimately using tax revenues to do it."Tony Grande, CCA’s executive vice president said that receptions like the one here in Denver are nothing new".Right. Time to buy those pols, cheaply if possible, with booze and food on toothpicks.“We are in 20 states, about half of them have Democratic governors and the others are Republicans,” Grande said.Actually, they're in 19 states, having hurriedly left Nevada years ago, after demonstrating they couldn't run a women's prison. “This is a way to show our support for our state partners, and, frankly, Governor Bredesen deserves recognition for what he has done no matter what state he was from.”The other way to show support is to send them millions of dollars in campaign contributions, and industry standard tactic for getting the ability to loot public treasuries.

By: morpheus120 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hillary's far more intelligent than her supporters are.If Obama loses by a slim margin and there's even a whiff that Hillary's die-hard "supporters" have affected the election and handed over the White House to the Republicans, Hillary's career in the Senate is over.SHE will be blamed by the press and by the rank-and-file Democratic Party base for having spoiled the election and there will be payback on her. She will be stripped of her committee assignments and she'll be denied any leadership assignments... all because of her so-called "supporters". And any talk of her running for President again in 2012 will be met with a sneer by the press and outrage by both the rank-and-file and the Party establishment. She'll be lucky to finish in third place again in Iowa.Hillary Clinton will become to the Democrats what Ralph Nader and Joe Lieberman are now... loathed.And she'll probably draw a primary challenger to her Senate seat when she's up for re-election, ala Rosalind Kurita. And make no mistake, the Democratic grassroots will rise up to take her down and the only people to defend her will be the corporatists with a lot of money... but no voters.Hillary's hardcore cultists simply haven't thought all of this through and haven't figured out that by threatening to spoil the election, they will have sealed her fate and ended her career.

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

“Sir” – I am sorry that you cannot see the short comings and outright failures of Bush. But, since it is pointless to debate it here, we shall just say thankfully, he will be gone and forgotten in a short while.Well maybe not forgotten, as he will leave behind a legacy of debt that we will be paying for over the next 50 years.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

By every measure Bush is a failure. Depressed economy? Yep. Loathed by our allies? Yep. Massive Federal deficit when he inherited a surplus? Yep. Scandals and corruption? Yep. Circumventing the Constitution and moving towards facism? Yep. Crumbling infrastructure, wallowing in debt to the one nation that can take us down, mired in an unecessary war entered into under false pretenses, energy policy written by big oil, disastrous environmental policies also peddling to oil and coal interests that paid for his campaigns, liars and scoundrels throughout his administration....

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Kropotkin, CCA is a good example for those who think we should privatize schools as to why we should never go that route.They never had a better friend than Don Sundquist. That should also say something.

By: uncle-marcle on 12/31/69 at 6:00

sydney.... please. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but use correct names. Ranting about "OGodma" truly compromises any credibility. Actually, I'm surprised you didn't throw in a "DUH" or two. I do not support Hillary. I'm glad she lost. Just my opinion. McCain is out of touch and would continue the downward spiral this country is in after the last 8 years.

By: Funditto on 12/31/69 at 6:00

McSame's team sure is spending a good bit adversing right here on this page. Or are they?

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hey pinhedJR, what is a “lebs”? And we all aim to keep Bush and his failed legacy from continuing through McCain. Get it yet?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Junior, first, what's a "leb"? Second, McCain has not separated himself very well from the Bush Administration, and 95% of his votes as Senator has been in line with Bush. Thus, a vote for McCain is a vote for more of the same.I hope that helps you understand.

By: fanman22 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

You guys simply spew out liberal babble that you heard on the radio with absolutely no facts to back it up. IS president Bush fantastic? Nope. But the deficit is not nearly as high as it will be. Barack has said in 3 seperate interviews now, that his plan is to "levy higher taxes on big businesses to promote the growth of social programs". I know none of you that are backing him have any sort of background in econmics but I have a masters in it. But you don't even need that to figure out that raising taxes on big businesses will do nothing to stimulate the economy. It hinders the growth of big business and prevents entreprenuers from beginning businesses. The American dream is capitalistic. It always has been. And as soon as these taxes go into effect on big businesses do you know what will happen? They are not going to pay for them as is, so they will up the price of whatever it is they are selling and then you have "inflation". Brilliant concept. I seem to remember another time when things looked bad and a good 'ol Democrat came in and raised taxes and threw us into a recession that scared a lot of folks. Then Reaganomics came along and fixed everything so that the economy could ride the waves for the next 15 years. Well, the economy needs work but what is Barack Obama going to do about it. He has no new ideas. he says he is a proponent of change, but how? Tell us please! His only selling point to the American public is that he is not George Bush. That's it. He has no new ideas. When he does, we can have this discussion. By the way Dems, I thank you sincerely for picking Barack and (giggle) Joe Biden. You have guaranteed that you will not carry the South and no candidate has won without carrying the South since Kennedy. Joe Biden was the best thing that could have happened for Republicans.

By: RTungsten on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Obama is for REDISTRIBUTION of wealth. You like working hard so lazy people can sit at home and watch Oprah? Vote for Obama. If I want to go back to school and improve my life, I don't want some lazy couch potato living off my back. That alone is enough to vote for JOHN McCAIN.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Reaganomics, otherwise known as "trickle-down

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Yeah, but you don’t have a masters in economics, so there!

By: revo-lou on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Besides, it must have worked. Look at all the jobs it created for Americans, overseas. All we have to do is go to the countries where the jobs are! And the pay, oh the pay is so HIGH at all the remaining jobs here. That is why all the foreigners come HERE for jobs. Much more “Raygun-nomics” and I’ll be a millionaire!!

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"I know none of you that are backing him have any sort of background in econmics but I have a masters in it."That's the beauty of the internet, anyone can claim anything without the burden of proof.

By: SirKnight on 12/31/69 at 6:00


By: Funditto on 12/31/69 at 6:00

So you think anyone who stays home is "lazy?" Did your mom stay home with you or were you raised in day care (or by wolves, like Id)? Have you never met a disabled person? Should they just push their wheelchair on down the street to McD's so you can feed yourself? Do you have any idea of their plight and how bad things are for lots of hard-working people today? Once again the repelicans show their true lack of compassion and/or conscience. no surprise.

By: abrahamlincoln on 12/31/69 at 6:00

republican john mccain is no practicing, observant christian, he abandon and divorced his first wife for a younger wome, this are not christian family values, john mccain is no role model for our young people.Senator Barack Obama is married to one women and has never been divorced, this are christian family values.

By: dick658 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Some people are so blind that they too should be recieving aid from the GOVERMENT.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Trickle-down or more accurately 'trickled on' economics does not work for one simple reason-rich people are greedy! Either they didn't earn the money in the first place, have no clue how to earn more, so don't want what they have taken away (W) or they want to keep it all (W's campaign contributors). There are exceptions, and many wealthy people are concerned that W has gone too far and fear social instability. But supply side economics have been tried twice and failed twice in the last thirty years.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

fanman there is no 'liberal babble' on the radio unless you have satellite. Only pathetic, misguided right wing babble.