Biden shows frustration at being reined in
Speaking to students at the University of Florida in Gainesville Sunday, Biden appeared to stray from the text in front of him and took his eyes off the teleprompter.
What he said was not controversial — that he was more passionate about America’s prospects than when he first ran for the Senate in 1972 — but it was obviously not in the prepared script.
“I believe the possibilities for this country are absolutely amazing and stop moving the prompter,” he told his staff from the podium, referring to the teleprompter.
“There is a prompter that I hardly ever read. They put it up to make me sound disciplined,” Biden quipped to the crowd.
The usually loquacious Biden has been unusually disciplined during the campaign, avoiding wordy speeches and seeking to stay “on message” as Barack Obama’s running mate.
His biggest gaffe so far has been to say that if Obama wins, he will be tested in his first six months, a comment Republican John McCain seized on as he argued that the first-term Illinois senator is too inexperienced to be president.
Biden has had limited interaction with the small group of reporters traveling with him but insisted in an impromptu news conference on Friday that he had not been “muzzled” by the Obama campaign.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed. Biden and Obamappear at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, on Oct. 29, 2008.