The streets are closed surrounding the University of Washington Tacoma campus, where Biden will rally support for Patty Murray from south sound Democrats at 10:30. The biggest question on everyone's minds: will he say something that ends up hurting Murray's chances on November 2?
"It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy," he declared on a 2008 campaign visit to this state. Generally implying that if is elected, some tragedy like a terrorist attack will be inevitable, isn't considered good strategy.
A few other great Bidenisms (courtesy of TIME):
"I'm told Chuck Graham, state senator, is here. Stand up Chuck, let 'em see you. Oh, God love you." Yeah... Graham is confined to a wheelchair.
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man," Biden said of Obama while both men were still seeking the Presidential nomination in 2007. That Obama still chose him as his running mate is a testament either to Obama's strength of character, or the overwhelming pressure to get an old white guy on the ticket to soothe our latent racist tendencies.
"In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking," Biden said to a prospective Indian American supporter in 2006.
Of course despite all this the guy is still in the White House--maybe its just that killer smile. But we'd still bet that the Murray campaign asked to review his speech before he grabs the mic in Tacoma this morning.