Sunday, January 07, 2007
Sen. Biden announces intent to seek presidency
Democrat from Delaware tells ‘Meet the Press’ he’ll file paperwork in Jan.
Richard Drew / AP
Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) on Sunday told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. “I am running for president,” he told “Meet the Press” anchor Tim Russert. “I’m going to be Joe Biden, and I’m going to be the best Joe Biden I can be.”
Biden, who is the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is considered one of the Democrats’ most experience spokesmen on international affairs.
Biden has been one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush’s policy in Iraq, saying Thursday that he believed top officials in the Bush administration had privately concluded they had lost Iraq and were simply trying to postpone disaster.
“I have reached the tentative conclusion that a significant portion of this administration, maybe even including the vice president, believes Iraq is lost,” Biden told The Washington Post. “They have no answer to deal with how badly they have screwed it up. I am not being facetious now. Therefore, the best thing to do is keep it from totally collapsing on your watch and hand it off to the next guy — literally not figuratively.”
Biden expressed opposition to Bush’s plan for a “surge” of troops, and said he had grave doubts that the current Iraqi government had the will or capacity to help implement a new approach.
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I don't know what Joe Biden's chances are, but I'm in agreement with him about Bush's "surge." If he can lead a coalition of Democrats to confront Bush and his current strategy, it would go a long way (for me) to considering him for president in 2008.