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JOE BIDEN IS JUST A HOMETOWN GUY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IS THIS WHY THE REPUBLICANS FEAR HIM?

BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/07/05 13:28:21
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Vice President Joe Biden turned a Fourth of July celebration into a campaign stop to stress his deep roots in Pennsylvania, which has become a battleground state in this presidential election campaign.


After signing autographs for youngsters at the Little League field where he once played baseball, Biden went downtown to regale hundreds watching in camp chairs and blankets on a warm, sticky Tuesday evening with childhood stories.

He called the blue-collar, northeastern city of Scranton the "grit, sinew and soul of what freedom is all about."

"This county, this city, has gone through some tough times. It's had its heyday. It's come back," Biden said. "So many sons of Scranton have been knocked down, but they've gotten back up, time and time again."

He didn't make a reference during his 10-minute speech to his boss, President Barack Obama, or presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The event itself wasn't organized by the campaign _ Biden crashed Scranton's annual holiday celebration on a park dedicated to military veterans in between the federal and Lackawanna County courthouses.

Regardless, Biden tried to score points with voters in familiar territory, in a state that once again is seen as competitive in this fall's election _ even though Pennsylvania hasn't gone Republican since backing George H.W. Bush in 1988.

Obama is scheduled to campaign in Pittsburgh on Friday, his second trip to Pennsylvania this year. The visit coincides with the Obama's campaign release of a new TV ad in Pennsylvania this week that criticizes Romney's economic philosophies.

Biden on Tuesday was joined by another Scranton native, fellow Democrat and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, who is also running for re-election. There was no mention of the economy by either Biden or Casey _ but plenty of talk about the vice president's Scranton ties.

Also joining Biden onstage were his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, and son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. Wearing khakis and a light-colored dress shirt unbuttoned at the collar, the vice president spoke on a humid night under menacing gray clouds

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  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/07/05 13:45:51
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    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +12
    FEAR????? LOLOL

    No one in any party any where in the entire world fears Joe; he is, however, very very entertaining - His gaffs (or more rightly, his absurdities ) are priceless. Rather like ones crazy uncle talking hence the universal words applied to Joe by both parties in US; "That's just Joe" accompanied by a horse laugh

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  • TheTailor The Ele... 2012/07/05 16:37:00
    TheTailor
    +3
    How so? Remember when Biden said we have to spend more money so we won't go into bankruptcy?
  • SoCalEx... The Ele... 2012/07/05 16:41:32
    SoCalEx-Dem
    +2
    Good lord go look up his record, the man is a serial liar.
  • schjaz 2012/07/05 15:46:21
    No, they don't how to deal with him
    schjaz
    +4
    Hahahahaha....Biden is feared? No way. He is a phony.
  • PoliticallyIncorrect 2012/07/05 15:45:41
    Undecided
    PoliticallyIncorrect
    +5
    Poor Joe Biden is comic relief. He's like the uncle everyone likes but they know he's 2 bricks short of a load. He makes irrational statements, doesn't understand a whole lot, and he's allowed to roam because no one actually thinks he will harm himself or anyone else.
  • newhon63 2012/07/05 15:43:37
    Undecided
    newhon63
    +3
    Joe Biden may have been "Just a hometown guy" at one point, but he sure is not hurting like us now. His boss, King Obama, is not doing anything to help the nation and someone woke Biden up to go on the campaign trail. He couldn't stay awake to hear anything while they were talking about issues of importance.
  • Southern Man 2012/07/05 15:31:52
    Undecided
    Southern Man
    +8
    Fear Joe that's a joke ... Joe Biden has put his foot in his mouth so meany times it's not funny ( wait yes it is ) I love it when he opens his mouth cause ya know something stupid is about to come out of it Dumb joe biden
  • TheTailor Souther... 2012/07/05 16:38:53
    TheTailor
    +2
    Biden is lying with a false image of his brain size.
  • raine 2012/07/05 15:21:36
    Undecided
    raine
    I don't know anything about him really have no interest..
  • Boris D. 2012/07/05 15:08:46
    Undecided
    Boris D.
    +6
    This is laughable. "Open mouth, insert foot" Biden is complete joke.
    He makes Bush look like Stephen Hawking.
  • carolynb 2012/07/05 15:04:47
    No, they don't how to deal with him
    carolynb
    +3
    Some of Joe's gaffes have been truths, and that is why I like him. He has not learned what politically correct means, and I find that so refreshing.
  • The Ele... carolynb 2012/07/05 16:10:01
    The Electrician
    +3
    He's more like Bill Maher, The GOP just can't handle honesty.
  • carolynb The Ele... 2012/07/05 17:15:40
    carolynb
    You forgot integrity, compassonate, doing unto others as you have them do unto you. They never learned any of those things.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/05 14:56:13
    Undecided
    jackolantyrn356
    +3
    Like most drunks who can make rude jokes when he's "lit" Biden can't take a 'comeback
    without being VILE, He;s an embarrassment to America
  • bob h. jackola... 2012/07/05 16:52:09
    bob h.
    I guess that's why they told Bush to stay home on his 500+ hangover days.
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/07/05 14:47:25
    Undecided
    Elaine Magliacane
    +2
    Nobody is afraid of Joe Biden.... in fact I think if I sat down with him for beer and conversation I'd probably like him... don't agree with his Marxist boss, or their view of the world... but don't FEAR him at all.
  • The Ele... Elaine ... 2012/07/05 16:18:54
    The Electrician
    +2
    Marxist boss ? you're showing how antiquated your mind is. Get a grip on reality, people have been spouting that nonsense for 60 years, it isn't going to happen. Change your thinking and incourage others to "think" with the times, otherwise nothing changes and America can't get ahead.
  • Walt 2012/07/05 14:45:43
    Undecided
    Walt
    +5
    With the name "Joe Biden" in the header, as I read this I kept waiting for the punchline. Republicans more accurately associate Joe Biden with gaffes, jokes, and funny pictures than real political opposition.
  • BoomLover 2012/07/05 14:42:05
    Undecided
    BoomLover
    +5
    Out of 22 votes so far, there is one "Yes"...was that you, Big Bad John R? Sorry, there is really nothing to fear from Biden, he is really great for gaffs and laughs, tho! The other category you should have added would have been, "Why do the Democrats fear him?"
  • micha77 2012/07/05 14:34:40
    Undecided
    micha77
    +7
    Biden is the court jester of the Obama regime. A total buffoon and an embarrassment most of the time.
  • Wretha S 2012/07/05 14:20:39
    Undecided
    Wretha S
    +8
    Hometown guy? More like the village idiot... what a joke LOL

    Wretha
  • 'Zedd 2012/07/05 14:15:11
  • Souther... 'Zedd 2012/07/05 15:40:12
  • Maddog 2012/07/05 14:10:31
    Undecided
    Maddog
    +6
    Fear him? He would only be dangerous if he had a brain!

    brainless biden
  • Headhunter 13 2012/07/05 14:06:14
    Undecided
    Headhunter 13
    +3
    It is hard to figure out how to deal with an idiot and clown. On one hand you laugh at him and on the other your pity him. As a Pennsylvanian I will, say he has no deep roots here. He was born here and left and we have enjoyed laughing at his ignorance and stupidity for decades. We always thank Delaware form taking him so we didn't have too.
  • Jeff Smith 2012/07/05 14:05:58
    Undecided
    Jeff Smith
    +2
    I don't know what the Republicans fear or even why it matters as a Libertarian myself I fear no man. Not liking the way things are being done by the now administration I will vote for anyone willing to put things right in DC. This is all our nation not theirs and theirs alone. I chose no side just the side on the side of Liberty. People need to wake up and don't let the media choose your candidates. Don't vote for someone because your friends are or because he' or she is a minority we already made that mistake once. Do we really need or want another four years of this?
  • mchappell2 2012/07/05 14:00:21
    Undecided
    mchappell2
    +7
    He is nothing more than an achoholic buffoon...
  • Racefish 2012/07/05 14:00:09
    Undecided
    Racefish
    +6
    Biden the Bumbler? Really? This guy has more gaffs than could possibly be intentionally written into a comedy. Fear him? You are way off.
  • Walt Racefish 2012/07/05 14:57:03
    Walt
    +3
    Biden's hometown put him on stage probably hoping to get a few good laughs out of it for the holiday.
  • Racefish Walt 2012/07/07 23:56:16
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/07/05 13:58:51
    Undecided
    TruBluTopaz
    +7
    Joe "Ted Baxter" Biden is a huge loudmouthed son of a millionaire car dealer. He is not particularly intelligent nor is he someone that Obama would have picked on his own. Watch as the White House leaks get blamed on him to remove him from the ticket.
  • Cognito22 2012/07/05 13:52:49 (edited)
    No, they don't how to deal with him
    Cognito22
    +7
    How to deal with him? . . .
    start with a sedative . . . it's then easier to slip him into his straight jacket.

    The guy is an embarrassment to this nation.
  • bill 2012/07/05 13:52:22
    Undecided
    bill
    +7
    The republicans should love this guy! He always has both of his feet in his mouth. He is great for tainting the current president!
  • Ashley 2012/07/05 13:48:29
    Undecided
    Ashley
    +6
    What is there to fear?
  • Hotcho 2012/07/05 13:48:11
  • Hotcho Hotcho 2012/07/05 13:49:18
    Hotcho
    +3
    And we don't need 2 idiots..One already in and one who will be in by default if the other one kicks off
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/07/05 13:45:51
    Undecided
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +12
    FEAR????? LOLOL

    No one in any party any where in the entire world fears Joe; he is, however, very very entertaining - His gaffs (or more rightly, his absurdities ) are priceless. Rather like ones crazy uncle talking hence the universal words applied to Joe by both parties in US; "That's just Joe" accompanied by a horse laugh
  • gr8punkin 2012/07/05 13:43:02
    Undecided
    gr8punkin
    +11
    I love Biden, every time he opens his mouth something monumentally stupid comes out, it's like he's the poster child for democrats.
  • Hotcho gr8punkin 2012/07/05 13:50:06
    Hotcho
    +2
    Dontcha wish he was President..Romney would be a shoe in
  • Racefish gr8punkin 2012/07/05 14:03:55
    Racefish
    +5
    Maybe after this term he'll be on the road hitting the comedy clubs. He might even be a headliner.
    I have yet to figure out how he figured that farmers were going to raise crops without earth, air, or water.
  • Damon 2012/07/05 13:42:15
    Undecided
    Damon
    +10
    Please, Biden has got to be the biggest buffoon that's ever been one step away from the presidency. Lord help us if anything happens to President Obama.

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