The Complete Bidenisms
Collecting the vice president's gaffes and head-slappers.
"I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town, holding rallies in parks, trying to get black men to understand it is not unmanly to wear a condom, getting women to understand they can say no, getting people in the position where testing matters. I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS."—putting the spotlight on his Senate colleague during the third 2008 Democratic primary debate, Washington, D.C., June 28, 2007
"Since 1994 with the Gingrich revolution, just take a look at Iraq, Venezuela, Katrina, what's gone down at Virginia Tech, Darfur, Imus. Take a look. This didn't happen accidentally, all these things."—blaming Republicans for having "wallowed in the politics of polarization," New York, N.Y., April 19, 2007
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."—discussing Barack Obama during interview with the New York Observer, Feb. 4, 2007
"I'd rather be at home making love to my wife while my children are asleep."—Describing his relative level of interest in a presidential run to young supporters at his leadership PAC, Washington, D.C., June 22, 2006
"You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."—not joking around in C-SPAN's Road to the White House series, June 17, 2006
"There's nothing I can do about any other candidate in the race, I can just be the best Biden I can be."—Describing his early campaign strategy for the 2008 presidential primaries, Galivants Ferry, S.C., May 1, 2006
"The idea that we're not building these new Humvees with the V-shaped things is just crap, man. Kids are dying that don't have to die. Second thing is we're going to shove it down his throat."—proposed response to then-President Bush's decision to veto Iraq funding bill, Columbia, S.C., April 27, 2006
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