Biden chosen as Obama’s running mate – Is he a friend of the Latino community?

August 23rd, 2008 · 12 Comments

Readers, you are going to have to bear with me, but I am going to be updating the blog a lot this weekend. It has been a very busy week for me to say the least.

As most of us knew last night before Obama’s text message even went out, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware was selected as his VP running mate. What many probably don’t know, unless they are big political junkies, is that Biden’s campaign manager when he was in the race for president was a Latino named Luis Navarro.

Biden also voted for The DREAM Act, which would have given undocumented youth a chance to gain legal status. He also has voted in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and does not support making English the official language of the United States, appropriately citing that the New Mexico state constitution requires that many documents be provided in both Spanish and English and that the states should determine which languages will be used to inform their constituents.

As for the border fence, Biden voted in favor of it, but he received a low rating from the U.S. Border Control, an anti-immigration lobby. Biden’s score from the U.S. Border Control indicates that he has an open-border stance according to their scale. However, recently Biden has voted against amendments to increase border security funding, leading me to believe that he does not want to militarize the border and may want to utilize various technologies to help control the flow of people migrating or give the states more input in determining how the “fence” will operate.

Biden also has made some insensitive comments about various minorities, so I’m sure that the media will be looking for the next inappropriate comment. When Biden entered the race, he described Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” In New Hampshire, he also said, “you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” I am hopeful that Biden will not make any more of these remarks. We all have our own preconceived notions and prejudices, but now, he’s working with the clean, nice-looking guy. And he has worked with Latinos in his campaign before, so I’m hoping that he will have a more successful working relationship with Patti Solis Doyle than did Senator Clinton.

One more thing, Biden is a Catholic, so this may resonate with Catholic Latinos, and this should help Obama with working class Catholics on the East Coast.

McCain is expected to name his VP running mate soon, so it will be interesting to see how Biden faces off with whomever is chosen on the Republican side.

Photo Credit: from Senator Biden’s website

Tags: Hillary Clinton · Immigration · John McCain · Patti Solis Doyle · Presidential Elections · Sen. Joseph Biden

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ted // Aug 23, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Biden — the perfect foil for Palin!

  • 2 Anthony Castro // Aug 24, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Excellent job on this. I am impressed at the depth in which you tackled this topic in such a short amount of time. Kudos!

  • 3 xxxicana // Aug 24, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Thank you for providing this info. My heart sank a bit when I heard that Biden was selected . . . but your blog helped pick up my spirits. I’m glad to see that Biden has had progressive ideas and actions towards Latinos. I’m feeling better now.

  • 4 reenee // Aug 24, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Joseph Biden is a good choice. Yes, he has said some dumb things, but who hasn’t? Yes I was deeply disappointed when his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings didn’t prevent this weasel from getting the job. However, if this man is going to be judged and condemned for a few instances of verbal buffoonery, or for not punching out Thomas for being such a jerk, then we had better give equal and detailed time to the Keating Five scandal, the temper tantrums and the pet names that Cindy McCain has been given by her husband.
    Additionally, considering the disastrous eight years we have endured, and since ANYONE at all would be better than McSame, we should be happy that two intelligent people are on the Democratic ticket.

  • 5 theKaiser // Aug 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Now the next sixty days are crucial. For the last twenty-eight years, Corporate America has exclusively dictated policy to Washington, attempted to disband and destroy all the unions, stripped the middle class of its purchasing power, fleeced the taxpayer over and over again, infused mythology into public education, and turned 90% of America into the debt ridden consumer monster that it is. If these two men and their future administration can’t reverse this political trend, we will witness a debt ridden America economically subservient to Red China. McCain will just continue the policies of the Bush.

  • 6 Irma // Aug 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Joe Biden would make a better president than
    Barak Obama. He is smarter than Barak Obama and has the experience that Obama lacks.

    That being said, Joe Biden is not the Democratic nominee. Indeed, his presence on the ticket, guarantees exactly 3 electoral votes , his home state of Delaware. As I recall, Biden is a bit of
    a male chauvinist – he attacked Anita Hill like she was Hester Prynne.

    He is the penultimate Washington insider – so his presence on the ticket makes Barak Obama
    a hypocrite. Is this a surprise to anyone ?

    Hilary 2012′

  • 7 webmaster // Aug 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm


    Why is it ok for Hillary Clinton to be a hypocrite but not Barack Obama? All politicians have some sort of hypocritical behavior, especially if they have been in the game long enough.

    Hillary Clinton criticized hedge funds, yet she raised her only child to work for one. Hillary Clinton pandered to the Latino community, yet she took money from dubious corporate donors that aren’t necessarily “friends” of the Latino community. Hillary Clinton voted for the war, but subsequently changed her mind.

    I don’t know what the next four years will bring, but your beating the drum for Hillary Clinton in 2012 does not help her cause. What if Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to run in ’12? What if she becomes a grandma and wants to enjoy her years as a senior citizen? What if she becomes ill and doesn’t want to become president any more? Or what if Bill Clinton has another dick out of pants episode? I think that it is too premature to make this assumption that she’s going to run again and that she would even be a viable candidate.

    From what I hear, some wonder if she will be so easily re-elected again in the Senate, especially after the damage she and her husband did to their relationship with the black community.

    Hillary Clinton brings more baggage to the table… now more than ever. I don’t understand why you won’t let up on the Hillary issue. She lost, and now she’s backing the Dem ticket. If she realizes that supporting the Dem ticket this year will help advance progressive causes in the legislature, why can’t you?

  • 8 Michaelr // Aug 25, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    What planet are you from…Irma?

  • 9 reenee // Aug 25, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Thank you for bringing sanity back to the discourse when someone drops what turns out to be an insignificant bomb while having a pity party.

    You’re indeed a deep thinker with all of your posts, but thanks for cracking me up just as often.

  • 10 theKaiser // Aug 25, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    This Irma character is either in denial of pre2007 historical Hillary, or is delusional to her actions at the Rose Law firm, when she advised Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, and a host of other Corporate American clients who exploited, violated labor laws, and then covered up labor abuses and deaths to Latin American working migrants. Or maybe this Irma person is impressed with the 20 pieces of legislation Hillary Clinton introduced in her seven years in the U.S. Senate. Fifteen of which; were the naming of parks and post offices. Or Irma maybe only sees what so many of the angry white women see? The hateful and racist mentality displayed by Geraldine Ferraro that resembles so much of the same language as the white men. Or maybe Irma isn’t even a woman? And her/his views represent that of someone whose hatred and fear of African-Americans is so extreme, they are willing to put the female George W. Bush back in office. Or maybe Irma is Loretta Sanchez? And we all know who Loretta Sanchez is…Loretta Brixey, the Republican congressional representative from Santa Ana.

  • 11 Irma // Aug 26, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Barak Obama is not qualified to be the President of the United States. He has no executive experience at any level (state or federal) . He isnt even an expert on the Constitution. He went to law school, taught classes for 12 years at a law school ( as an Instructor not a Professor) and never once published a legal opinion on the law.
    “Scholars” write books, articles etc. Barak Obama only reads other people’s work and talks about other people’s work. And he has the audacity to make a disparaging comment about Clarence Thomas . And no, I do not support
    Clarence Thomas’ votes in the Supreme Court, but Joe Biden seemed to hold him in high regard – at least he liked him better than Anita Hill.

    Barak Obama is a hypocrite – but claims to be for change. Sorry, Joe Biden is not change.

    Is it okay for Barak Obama to be a hypocrite?

    I guess so, his suporters dont seem to care if he
    goes back on almost every promise he made during his campaign. Granted, there werent too many of those , the man never actually said anything except paraphrase other people’s
    speeches, ideas etc. Still, what he did say –
    is constantly being “refined” to the point it sounds like (WOW! ) the other side.

    Yes, Hilary will keep her seat in New York.
    As for the anger toward Bill Clinton’s supposed
    racism. Nobody really buys it . It is a myth
    concocted in the Obama camp. or perhaps the media. People love Bill Clinton , even all the hard core Obamites that I know, love Bill Clinton. Skirt chasing ? Please –
    at least he didnt invite Chelsea to sit through
    his liasons. And since when did Latinos become so Victorian ? Even the President of France has/had a mistress.

    Barak Obama on the other hand,
    took his CHILDREN to a racist church all for the purpose of bolstering his CV as an African American. The thought of that kind of
    selfish ambition is truly nauseating.

    I hope Hilary runs for President in 2012,
    if not maybe there will be someone.
    A dynamic Latino perhaps ? Surely,
    we have someone who is the real thing, not the
    imitation of the real thing that is Barak Obama.

  • 12 Bearguez // Aug 27, 2008 at 9:11 am

    A dynamic Latino politician…who? Until the concept of public service is fully engrained and openly practiced in the public behavior of Latino politicians, there will be no dynamic Latino politician. The last Latino politician who fully understood this and practiced it to a tee was Congressional Representative Henry B. Gonzalez of Texas, and he’s long gone. So keep those comments and dreams floating from way out in left field.

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