WBEZ | Vice President Joe Biden http://www.wbez.org/tags/vice-president-joe-biden Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Biden wins (Yes, he did) http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/biden-wins-yes-he-did-103099 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6395_BidenRyanDebates-scr.jpg" style="height: 260px; width: 620px; " title="Biden and Ryan were both effective in the VP debates" /></div><p>Vice president Joe Biden did what he had to do Thursday night: Energize the base.<br /><br />His job was just that narrow.<br /><br />And, frankly, Paul Ryan, his GOP opponent, also did what he had to do last night: Not screw up. Look grown up. Hold on.<br /><br />His job was equally laser focused.<br /><br />But in the end, I&rsquo;ll give the win to Biden for two reasons:<br /><br />1. He affected the people he needed to affect. He may not have edged Ryan by much in the insta-post-debate polls, but he moved Democrats out of a significant depression. That&rsquo;s no small thing considering the damage President Barack Obama brought on the ticket last week.<br /><br />2. Everyone in GOPlandia today is talking about Biden&rsquo;s teeth, rudeness, laugh, etc. In other words, no one&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;even on the red team &mdash; is pretending their man Ryan won on points. And no one is proposing Biden blew it on substance. They&rsquo;re saying their man held his own &mdash; which he did&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;and Biden laughed at him&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;which he most surely did.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 04:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/biden-wins-yes-he-did-103099 During Vice Presidential debate, Biden, Ryan spar over everything http://www.wbez.org/news/during-vice-presidential-debate-biden-ryan-spar-over-everything-103091 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP524325480572.jpg" style="height: 368px; width: 620px; " title="Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, right, watches as Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP/David Goldman) " /></div><p>At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled&nbsp;debate. &quot;That is a bunch of malarkey,&quot; the vice president retorted after a particularly tough Ryan attack on the administration&#39;s foreign policy.</p><p>&quot;I know you&#39;re under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don&#39;t interrupt each other,&quot; Ryan said later to his rival, referring to Democratic pressure on Biden to make up for President Barack Obama&#39;s listless performance in last week&#39;s&nbsp;debate&nbsp;with Mitt Romney.</p><p>There was nothing listless this time as the 69-year-old Biden sat next to the 42-year old Wisconsin congressman on a stage at Centre College in Kentucky.</p><p>Ninety minutes after the initial disagreement over foreign policy, the two men clashed sharply over steps to reduce federal deficits.</p><p>&quot;The president likes to say he has a plan,&quot; Ryan said, but in fact &quot;he gave a speech&quot; and never backed it up with details.</p><p>Biden conceded Republicans indeed have a plan, but he said if it were enacted, it would have &quot;eviscerated all the things the middle class care about.&quot;</p><p>The&nbsp;debate&nbsp;took place a little more than a week after Obama and Romney met in the first of their three&nbsp;debates&nbsp;&mdash; an encounter that has fueled a Republican comeback in opinion polls.</p><p>With Democrats eager for Biden to show the spark the president lacked, he did so.</p><p>Unprompted, he brought up the video in which Romney had said 47 percent of Americans pay no federal income tax, view themselves as victims and do not take responsibility for their own lives.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s about time they take responsibility&quot; instead of signing pledges to avoid raising taxes, Biden said &mdash; of Romney, Ryan and the Republicans.</p><p>The serial disagreements started immediately after the smiles and handshakes of the opening.</p><p>Ryan said in the&nbsp;debate&#39;s&nbsp;opening moments that U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens had been denied sufficient security by administration officials. Stevens died in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11.</p><p>&quot;Not a single thing he said is accurate,&quot; Democrat Biden shot back.</p><p>Republicans and Democrats alike have said in recent days the presidential race now approximates the competitive situation in place before the two political conventions. The two men are generally separated by a point or two in national public opinion polls and in several battleground states, with Obama holding a slender lead in Ohio and Wisconsin.</p><p>Both the president and Romney campaigned in battleground states during the day before ceding the spotlight to their political partners for the evening.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP743673234903.jpg" style="float: left; height: 202px; width: 310px; " title="Moderator Martha Raddatz watches as Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP/Michael Reynolds)" />In Kentucky, Biden and Ryan seemed primed for a showdown from their opening moments on stage, and neither seemed willing to let the other have the final word. They interrupted each other repeatedly &mdash; and moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC as well.</p><p>With Democrats eager for Biden to show the spark the president lacked, he did so.</p><p>Unprompted, he brought up the video in which Romney had said 47 percent of Americans pay no federal income tax, view themselves as victims and do not take responsibility for their own lives.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s about time they take responsibility&quot; instead of signing pledges to avoid raising taxes, Biden said &mdash; of Romney, Ryan and the Republicans.</p><p>But Ryan quickly turned to dreary economic statistics &mdash; 23 million are struggling to work, he said, and 15 percent of the country is living in poverty. &quot;This is not what a real recovery looks like.&quot;</p><p>Medicare was a flashpoint, as well. Ryan said Obama&#39;s health care plan had diverted $716 billion from the program for seniors and created a new board that could deny care to patients who need it.</p><p>Democrats &quot;haven&#39;t put a credible solution on the table,&quot; he said. &quot;They&#39;ll tell you about vouchers. They&#39;ll say all these things to try to scare people.&quot;</p><p>Biden quickly said that Ryan had authored not one but two proposals in which seniors would be given government payments that might not cover the entirety of their care. Otherwise, he said, the Romney-Ryan approach wouldn&#39;t achieve the savings they claimed.</p><p>Unlike Obama, Biden had no qualms about launching a personal attack on Romney.</p><p>After Ryan argued that Romney&#39;s plan would pay for reduced tax rates by eliminating tax loopholes for the wealthy, Biden noted that on a recent interview on CBS&#39; <em>60 Minutes</em>, Romney defended the 14 percent tax rate he pays on his $20 million income as fair, even though it&#39;s a lower rate than some lower income taxpayers pay.</p><p>&quot;You think these guys are going to go out there and cut those loopholes,&quot; Biden asked, addressing the national TV audience.</p><p>Across 90 minutes, the two men agreed precisely once.</p><p>That was when Ryan, referring to the war in Afghanistan, said the calendar was the same each year. Biden agreed to that, but not to the underlying point, which was that it was a mistake for Obama to have announced a date for the withdrawal of the remainder of the U.S. combat troops.</p><p>The fiercest clash over foreign policy came in the&nbsp;debate&#39;s&nbsp;opening moments, when Ryan cited events across the Middle East as well as Stevens&#39; death in Libya as evidence that the administration&#39;s foreign policy was unraveling. The Republican also said the administration had failed to give Stevens the same level of protection as the U.S. ambassador in Paris receives.</p><p>Biden rebutted by saying that the budget that Ryan authored as chairman of the House Budget Committee had cut the administration&#39;s funding request for diplomatic security by $300 million.</p><p>On the nation&#39;s economy, both men were asked directly when his side could reduce unemployment to 6 percent from the current 7.8 percent. Both men sidestepped.</p><p>Biden repeated the president&#39;s contention that the nation is moving in the right direction, while Ryan stated the Republican view that economic struggle persists even though Democrats had control of both houses of Congress during the first two years of Obama&#39;s term.</p><p>&quot;Where are the 5 million green jobs&quot; we were told would be created? Ryan said to Biden.</p><p>Obama campaigned in Florida during the day. Mocking recent changes in Romney&#39;s rhetoric, he told a rally in Miami rally, &quot;After running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney is trying to convince you that he was severely kidding.&quot;</p><p>Romney visited with 93-year-old Billy Graham in North Carolina before speaking to an evening rally in Asheville, N.C. &quot;Prayer is the most helpful thing you can do for me,&quot; he told the evangelist.</p><p>For Biden, Thursday night&#39;s&nbsp;debate&nbsp;was his first since the 2008 campaign, when he shared a stage with Sarah Palin, then John McCain&#39;s running mate.</p><p>Ryan spars frequently with Democrats during&nbsp;debates&nbsp;on legislation on the House floor and in the House Budget Committee, which he chairs, but not in a one-on-one encounter covering 90 minutes and a virtually unlimited range of topics.</p><p>For all their differences, the two men shared a common objective, to advance the cause of their tickets in a close race for the presidency &mdash; and avoid a gaffe that might forever seal their place in the history of&nbsp;debates.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP980091637349.jpg" style="float: right; height: 242px; width: 310px; " title="Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky. (AP/Pool-Rick Wilking)" />Romney&#39;s choice of Ryan as running mate over the summer cheered conservatives in the House, many of whom regard him as their leader on budget and economic issues. The seven-term lawmaker has authored a pair of deficit-reducing budgets in the past two years that call for spending cuts and changes in Medicare, blueprints that Republicans passed through the House and Obama and his allies in Congress frequently criticize. He also champions a no-tax increase approach to economic policy.</p><p>As a senator before becoming vice president, Biden was chairman of the Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees, and he has long experience in national security issues. More recently, he was Obama&#39;s point man in arduous, ultimately unsuccessful negotiations with Republicans on steps to cut the deficit.</p><p>Both Ryan and Biden held extensive rehearsals, with stand-ins for their opponents.</p><p>Biden turned to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who is well-versed in Ryan&#39;s policy views from his tenure as senior Democrat on the Budget Committee.</p><p>Ryan&#39;s foil in rehearsal was former Solicitor General Ted Olson, a skillful courtroom advocate.</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Philip Elliott in Kentucky, Ken Thomas in Florida and Kasie Hunt in North Carolina contributed. Espo reported from Washington.</em></p></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/during-vice-presidential-debate-biden-ryan-spar-over-everything-103091 Vice presidential debate live chat http://www.wbez.org/news/vice-presidential-debate-live-chat-103075 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BidenRyanDebates.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image ">We&#39;re following the debates live, and featuring commentary from Chicago media&#39;s best and brightest, like <em>TimeOut</em>&#39;s Frank Sennett, WBEZ blogger Achy Obejas, writer Veronica Arreola, PR strategist&nbsp;Veronica Vera, <em>Chicago Tribune </em>columnist Eric Zorn and DNAinfo&#39;s&nbsp;Jen Sabella.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Vice Presidential debate pits current Vice President Joe Biden against&nbsp;Wisconsin U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, and will take place from 8 pm to 9:30 pm CST at Centre College in Kentucky, moderated by&nbsp;Martha Raddatz, a Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent at ABC News.</div><p style="text-align: center;"><a class="twitter-timeline" data-widget-id="253146859072266240" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BEZDebates">Tweets about &quot;#BEZDebates&quot;</a> <script>!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");</script></p><p><iframe browser="" class="ap-embed" code="" does="" frameborder="0" height="750" not="" scrolling="no" src="http://hosted.ap.org/interactives/2012/presidential-debate-2012/?SITE=(YOUR_SITE_ID)" style="border: 1px solid #eee;" support="" the="" width="100%" your="">iframe&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/code&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; HTML tag. Try viewing this in a modern browser like Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer 9 or later.</iframe></p></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/vice-presidential-debate-live-chat-103075 Vice President Joe Biden to visit multiple events on Navy Pier http://www.wbez.org/story/vice-president-joe-biden-visit-events-navy-pier-88138 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-21/Biden_Getty_Win McNamee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend a few events in Chicago this evening.</p><p>Biden will spend his evening on Navy Pier, beginning first with a re-election fundraiser at Riva Crab House. Supporters can get in for $5,000 a person. $10,000 for each person who goes to the pre-reception and wants a photo.</p><p>From there, he'll move further down the pier for another event. Illinois' Democratic governor and Chicago's mayor will join the vice president for the group Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. It's a group chaired by the wife of David Axelrod. He's one of President Barack Obama's top campaign strategists.</p><p>Meantime, Republicans have taken Biden's visit as an opportunity to criticize the administration. Pat Brady, the Illinois Republican Party chairman, said in a statement that the vice president is raising money to save his own job instead of focusing on putting unemployed Illinoisians back to work.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 19:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/vice-president-joe-biden-visit-events-navy-pier-88138 Photos of Rahm Emanuel's inauguration as Mayor of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/photos-rahm-emanuels-inauguration-mayor-chicago-86621 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/IMG_4646.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago welcomed a new mayor into office on Monday for the first time in 22 years.&nbsp; Thousands gathered at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to witness the swearing in of Rahm Emanuel as leader of America's third largest city.</p><p>Among those on hand was our WBEZ colleague Adnan Rashid, one of 14 Pakistani journalists selected to participate in a U.S.-Pakistan journalist exchange program through the International Center for Journalists.</p><p>This marks his first visit to the United States, and his first encounter with American political pomp and circumstance.</p><p>Here are his images of the festivities:&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 375px; width: 500px;"><iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1305584225053?width=500&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=375&amp;show_related=1" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 23:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/photos-rahm-emanuels-inauguration-mayor-chicago-86621 Rahm Emanuel becomes Chicago's 46th mayor http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-16/Rahm Emanuel Oath2_Getty_Frank Polich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Declaring that Chicago is ready for change, Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office Monday, becoming the 46th mayor in Chicago's history and the first Jewish resident to occupy the office.</p><p>Nearly all of Chicago's top elected officials were on hand for the occasion, as were Vice President Joe Biden and several U.S. cabinet secretaries.&nbsp; The event also featured the swearing in of Chicago's new City Council, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Stephanie Neely.</p><p>During his inaugural address, Emanuel praised outgoing mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife, Maggie, for their lifetime of service, but declared that serious challenges lie ahead.</p><p>"We must face the truth," he said. "It is time to take on the challenges that threaten the very future of our city: the quality of our schools, the safety of our streets, the cost and effectiveness of city government, and the urgent need to create and keep the jobs of the future right here in Chicago."</p><p>Emanuel placed schools atop his list of priorities and vowed to push for quick, effective change - even poking fun at his own high-strung reputation in the process.</p><p>"As some have noted, including my wife, I am not a patient man," he joked. "When it comes to improving our schools, I will not be a patient mayor."</p><p>As Emanuel went on to highlight challenges in reducing crime and the city's mounting financial difficulties, he vowed to work together with all of the city's many constituents.&nbsp; But he also issued a challenge.</p><p>"So today, I ask each of you - those who live here, and those who work here; business and labor: Let us share the necessary sacrifices fairly and justly," said Emanuel.</p><p><strong>The journey to today</strong></p><p>The inauguration ceremonies took place in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, a park which became one of the signature achievements of his predecessor, the retiring mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>Emanuel's inauguration capped a whirlwind - and largely unexpected turn of events - that began with an <a href="http://www.charlierose.com/view/content/10971">appearance Emanuel made on PBS' <em>Charlie Rose</em></a> in April of last year during which the then-White House chief of staff publicly revealed his interest in becoming mayor of Chicago one day.</p><p>The comment made national news and stirred the political dust in the Windy City, but the speculation soon dissipated as most seasoned political observers expected then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to seek a seventh term in office.&nbsp; Little did most people know that Daley would stun the political world in September 2010 by <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/chicago-mayor-richard-daley-will-not-seek-re-election">announcing his current term would be his last</a>.</p><p>Daley's decision not to seek re-election set off a scramble to fill the office he came to occupy for 22 years and created a political vacuum which Emanuel raced to fill.&nbsp; Within weeks, he'd stepped down as White House Chief of Staff and was given a presidential send-off that was carried live on local and national television outlets.</p><p>While the list of names of potential mayoral candidates stretched into the dozens, Emanuel's name was always on the short list of top contenders given his political and fundraising skills.&nbsp; In the end, just six candidates remained on the ballot, though it was unclear for weeks whether Emanuel would be one of them.</p><p>During much of the fall, Emanuel fended off a series of legal battles that focused on whether he was eligible to run for mayor.&nbsp; At issue was whether he met the minimum one-year residency requirement to be allowed on the ballot.&nbsp; The battle became a centerpiece of the election campaign until the <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-27/politics/emanuel.ballot_1_residency-ruling-elections-decision?_s=PM:POLITICS">Illinois Supreme Court ultimately ruled</a> in his favor, just a few weeks before&nbsp; the February municipal elections.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On Election Day, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/2011-02-22/rahm-emanuel-be-chicagos-next-mayor-82747">Emanuel won a sweeping victory, winning a majority of votes cast</a> and avoiding a run-off, reflecting strength in all corners of the city.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>A return to elected office</strong></p><p>The election not only marked a changing of the guard for Chicago, but it also marked a return to elected public office for Emanuel. &nbsp; Previously, he served for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the legendary 5th congressional district on the city's north side. While in office, he earned a national reputation as a key architect of the Democrats successful strategy to regain control of Congress in 2006.&nbsp; Emanuel then left Congress in 2009 to serve as Chief of Staff to newly-elected President Barack Obama.</p><p>The move wasn't the first time Emanuel left the Chicago area to serve a president.&nbsp; He worked as fundraiser and key advisor to Democrat Bill Clinton during Clinton's 1992 campaign for the presidency and for most of his two terms in office thereafter.&nbsp; It was his work in the Clinton administration on such projects as the passage of the NAFTA treaty that earned him a reputation as a highly effective and fearsome political operator.&nbsp;</p><p>But Emanuel's beginnings in politics can be traced back to the man he succeeds as mayor, Richard M. Daley.&nbsp;&nbsp; He worked as a fundraiser for Daley, helping him win election to office in 1989.&nbsp; That experience and those connections helped pave the way for his career since.</p><p>"I have big shoes to fill," Emanuel said Monday. "Nobody ever loved Chicago more or served it better than Richard Daley."</p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 14:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rahm-emanuel-becomes-chicagos-46th-mayor-86598