Do you like Vice President Joe Bidden and his role he is playing in this election campaign?
biden can make both men look like retail amateurs. the rich and the rest. tip o'neill had a saying all politics is local. biden prefers the municipal analog all politics is personal. michael shearer is a white house correspondent and our own ambassador to "time" magazine. always great to see you.
a great story, and some incredible turns of phrases, my friend. you know how to put a sentence together. the thing about joe biden , i can talk about the man at length, is what i don't understand in terms of demographics and the campaign trail, is his unfavorables remain high in swing states where that's supposed to be his bread and butter . a " usa today " gallup poll shows his favorable rating is 40% and unfavorable at 54%. what do you think accounts for that?
>> couple things. one, his favorables from the beginning have fallen with the president. people identify him with the president. if you don't like president obama , you don't likejoe biden . secondly, i think the fact that he's been out on the trail now for a month and a half, two months, attacking every day, pretty negative politician and that tends to hurt your favorability as well. there's not a lot of exposure to joe biden beyond the sort oflate night comedy routines which are basically every night someone is making fun ofjoe biden because he is so fun to make fun of. that plays a role too. in chicago at theobama campaign they aren't worried. he is a message deliverer and they are looking for him to connect with a very small subset of voters who joe biden i think hilariously calls ethnic voters by which he means catholic whites, jewish whites in the industrial midwest states, and in south florida . and to really talk in this populous old time religion tone which he does quite well and really he's the only thing out there going if you enjoy the theater of political campaigning . neither mitt romney campaign or the president are really offering much up right now.
>> there is nothing i think that compares to joe biden in terms of connectivity. david corn , you spend a fair amount of time at the white house . and michael has done reporting at the rope line with joe biden talking to firefighters. i have been assigned six states biden tells alex trebek . pennsylvania, my home state, ohio, iowa, believe it or not, new hampshire, florida, now talking about assigning me virginia, nevada or north carolina . we started off with michigan but we look like we're in pretty good shape in michigan. i love this idea of joe biden getting his orders and going out dispatched to states.
See Votes by State
News & Politics