The Washington Times - August 29, 2008, 04:13PM

MONACA, Pa. I’m the pool reporter today in the Obama bubble, and just sent out this report from a stop at a biodiesel plant.

Verbaitim Obama, as Biden stood to his right:

“I haven’t met her before. She seems like a compelling person … with a terrific personal story.
“I’m sure that she will help make the case for Republicans, unfortunately the case is more of the same, and so ultimately John McCain is at the top of the ticket.”

He referenced speech last night to say he made the point, “He wants to take the country in the wrong direction, I’m assuming Gov. Palin agrees with him and his policies.”

“But the fact that she … will soon be nominated … is one more indicator of this country moving forward … one more hit against that glass ceiling. I congratulate her and look forward to a vigorous debate.”

“I’m pleased with my choice for vice president, Joe Biden. I think he’s the man who can help me guide this country in a better direction and help working families.”

I asked about contrast between complimentary joint statement and campaign inexperience statement.

Obama response: “I think that, uh, you know campaigns start getting these uh, hair triggers and, uh, the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments.

Biden chimed in: “I’m looking forward to meeting her.”



Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times


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