Biden to Orlando TV Anchor: 'Are You Joking? Is This a Joke? Or Is That a Real Question?'

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., got asked some rather interesting questions from Orlando TV reporter on Thursday.

You can watch it HERE.

The questions are:

  • If Biden is "embarrassed about the blatant attempt to register phony voters by ACORN," since Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., worked with the organization in the past;
  • If Obama's comment about wanting tax policies that "spread the wealth" is "a potentially crushing political blunder";
  • "You may recognize this famous quote: 'from each according to his abilities to each according to his needs.' That's from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?";
  • Regarding Biden's comment that the world would test Obama and the Obama-Biden administration will need the support of Americans since it might not be immediately apparent Obama did the right thing -- "Are you forewarning Americans that nothing will be done and America's days as the world's leading power are over?"
  • "What do you say to the people that are concerned that Barack Obama will want to turn America into a Socialist country like Sweden?"

Biden seems quite taken aback by the anchor's questions, at one point asking her, "Are you joking? Is this is a joke? Or is that a real question?"

The interview prompted the Obama-Biden campaign to cancel a subsequent interview with Jill Biden.

"The campaign cited 'an unprofessional interview' WFTV's Barbara West did Thursday with Joe Biden," reports the Orlando Sentinel. "In a statement Friday, Adrianne Marsh, Florida spokeswoman for Obama's campaign, said the station, in talking with Sen. Biden, was 'both combative and woefully uninformed about simple facts. ... In a line of questioning that would make Rush Limbaugh proud, West even went as far as to quote Karl Marx, a Communist icon, in a disturbing attempt to associate Barack Obama with socialism.'"

-- jpt

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