Advice from Biden: Don’t underestimate O’Donnell and Palin
The only Democrat who has run against, and defeated, both Republicans Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin says don’t sell either of them short.
“Take them both very seriously,” Vice President Joe Biden said Monday in an MSNBC interview.
Biden, a former senator from Delaware, defeated the state’s Republican Senate nominee in his last senate race. He also went head-to-head with Palin in 2008 when the former Alaska governor was Republican John McCain’s vice presidential running mate.
“Treat them with respect and don’t get diverted by all these silly things that they may or may not have said that have nothing to do with policy,” Biden said when asked what he could teach Democrats about how to campaign against the two “Tea Party” favorites.
Since winning the Delaware Republican primary, O’Donnell’s past television appearances have come back to haunt her. And she’s been parodied on Saturday Night Live, just as Palin was during her vice presidential run.
But there’s no time for such distractions, Biden tells fellow Democrats.
“What we should be doing, the Democrats, is focusing on what they are offering and those who agree with them and what they are against and compare it to what we are for and what we’re against,” Biden added. “When we do that, we’ll do just fine.”
Biden said O’Donnell’s win in Delaware was a wake-up call — and not just for Republicans.
“Well this is a wake-up call for Democrats, we have to show up and make our case and focus on the differences, not the personalities,” he said.
The vice president may be thinking beyond 2010. The speculation is that Palin might run for president in 2012. But she’s keeping her options open — for now.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (Biden in Baghdad, Sept. 1 2010)