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Biden Talks International Crisis, Opens Door for Republican Attacks

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Joe Biden had been doing well on the campaign trail. But yesterday he made some odd comments which John McCain is jumping all over.

Here’s what Biden said:

Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy … The world is watching. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.

I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate … And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you – not financially to help him – we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.

Huh? A vote for Obama is a vote for international crisis? “It’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right?” Why not? What kind of controversial response is Biden anticipating from Obama?

Obviously the next president is going to be tested by an international crisis at some point or another. All presidents are. But why would Biden say that the election of Obama would directly lead to that crisis? Isn’t an Obama presidency supposed to soothe the global unrest rather than give our adversaries an excuse to act up?

Biden’s mouth often moves faster than his brain and he may come out with a reasonable explanation for this quote. But this is not the kind of messaging Obama wants right now.