Obama plays it safe and chooses Joe Biden

Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his running mate. It’s a safe pick that helps sure up Obama’s weakness in experience and foreign policy. It’s similar to George W Bush’s pick of Dick Cheney in 2000. However, I still believe Obama has made a huge mistake in not choosing Hillary Clinton. The choice of Biden only ensures that this election will go down to the wire. Choosing Hillary Clinton would have ensured a comfortable victory in November. However, Obama has decided that he doesn’t need her and will take his chances with Biden. I think it was disappointing to hear that Hillary Clinton was never vetted and was never on Obama’s short list, even though he said she was. I think the decision to stiff Hillary Clinton will turn off a large chunk of her voters from Obama, who he has had trouble courting in the first place. I think as time goes, you’ll see more situations like the article below about Hillary Clinton supporters switching to John McCain. We’ll have to see what kind of “unity” happens at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

 

Salazar kin jumps aisle to support McCain

Rocky Mountain News; by Myung Oak Kim; August 22, 2008

Silverio “Silver” Salazar has been an active Democrat for decades, just like his cousins, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and U.S. Rep. John Salazar.

But for the 2008 presidential election, Silver Salazar is squarely behind John McCain.

Silver Salazar, who had served as a Pueblo precinct leader for 20 years, was a Hillary Clinton backer. So when Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination, he began to research McCain and liked what he read.

He chose McCain because of his experience and readiness to take office.

Now, Silver Salazar is working to convince Democrats and Hispanics to support the GOP nominee.

“I’m making history for myself,” said the 59-year-old retired steel company operations manager. “This is the first I’ll vote for a Republican president – or work for one.”

Silver Salazar has been publicly supporting McCain since early summer. He’s done national media interviews and attended campaign visits across Colorado. On Thursday, he spoke at a news conference in Pueblo with other Hispanics supporting McCain.

About a dozen Hispanic McCain backers also held a press conference in Denver.

Hispanics across Colorado and the U.S. typically vote Democratic. But President Bush took an estimated 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, up from 34 percent in 2000.

A recent Rocky Mountain News/CBS4 News poll of Colorado voters found that 57 percent of Hispanics support Obama and 36 percent back McCain. The poll of 500 registered voters was taken Aug. 11 through 13 by Public Opinion Strategies and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percentage points.

Salazar is still a registered Democrat. He’s in no hurry to change parties, but he said he’s supported some local Republicans in the past.

Getting connected to the McCain campaign wasn’t easy at first.

“I didn’t know how to do it. I got on the Internet.”

He found the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. “I e-mailed them and they never e-mailed me back.

“So then I called the state Republican Party and asked them where can I find some McCain people. . . . The state Republican Party was very receptive. They called me back and they gave me the names of McCain people and started inviting me to things.”

Silver Salazar said he’s gotten some heat for making the switch.

“I’ve had comments made to me. I’ve had phone calls. They say, ‘How could you do it? You’ve been such a good Democrat for so many years. What changed you?’ ”

He said he’s also gotten encouragement.

“We shouldn’t just vote Democrat just because our parents did.”

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One comment

  1. Biden is certainly the safe pick, for sure. One of the reasons I heard Biden was selected was because he can help Obama in the battleground state of Pennsylvania (Obama has a slight lead there in polls now) and because of his foreign policy experience.

    As for Hillary, yeah, I wish she were the VP pick, but I also understand that the Republicans would have been merciless in their attacks on her. Over the past 15 years or so, the Republican party has gotten very good at attacking the Clintons and they know exactly what buttons to push. Maybe the Biden pick will slow them down, a bit.

    -Dan Cheek

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