Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008 and found no hint of former aide's allegation

  
Via:  john-russell  •  4 weeks ago  •  42 comments

By:   David Axelrod (CNN)

Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008 and found no hint of former aide's allegation
Had any credible issue been raised, you can be sure Biden would not have been the nominee. Obama would not have tolerated it, even if he and Biden were close then, which they were not, writes David Axelrod.

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David Axelrod, a senior CNN political commentator and host of "The Axe Files," was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. View more opinion articles on CNN.

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When it became clear that Barack Obama would be the nominee of the Democratic Party in the spring of 2008, he commissioned a team of lawyers to begin an in-depth vetting process of potential candidates for vice president.

Dozens of women and men under consideration were reviewed. Those who rose on the list of contenders were subject to a deep-dive investigation of their strengths, vulnerabilities and, of course, any disqualifying defects. At the top of the list of those contenders was Senator Joseph R. Biden of Delaware. The comprehensive vet certainly would have turned up any formal complaints filed against Biden during his 36-year career in the Senate. It did not. The team would have investigated any salacious rumors of the sort that travel far and wide in Washington. There were none. While I was not on the vetting team, as senior strategist to the campaign, I was briefed on their work and potential problems. Read More Through that entire process, the name Tara Reade never came up. No formal complaint. No informal chatter. Certainly, no intimation of sexual harassment or assault from her or anyone else.

The team of investigators, expert in their work, would not have missed it. We need to talk about Tara Reade Reade did not surface her allegations of a criminal sexual assault when Biden was a candidate for president in 2008, nor did she offer them confidentially to the Obama vetting team when Biden emerged as a principal contender for vice president later that year. Had any credible issue been raised, you can be sure Biden would not have been the nominee. Obama would not have tolerated it, even if he and Biden were close then, which they were not. Their friendship grew only after Biden joined the ticket and through their eight-year partnership in the White House. At that time, they were distant Senate colleagues and most recently rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. Our society is just now confronting a long, sordid history of disregarding accusations and silencing women who were sexually abused or assaulted. Women who come forward deserve to be taken seriously and treated with respect, and Tara Reade's story should be heard and thoroughly investigated. Get our free weekly newsletter

But it is striking that when an experienced vetting team put Biden under a microscope before he was chosen to be second-in-line for the presidency, neither her allegations, nor anything resembling them in Biden's history, showed up.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

It appears Tara Reade never told anyone or took any action that would have brought this alleged incident to light, until recently. 

Some people are wondering if this sudden push to expose Biden's alleged sins isnt being ginned up by right wing media in order to take attention off of trump's sorry handling of the coronavirus catastrophe. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
1.2  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 weeks ago
It appears Tara Reade never told anyone

Don't we already know that's not true from the Larry King show?

 
 
 
MUVA
2  MUVA    4 weeks ago

Believe all women unless it is bad for a democrat  is the new motto of some on the left.# abusing women is ok if you are a democrat

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @2    4 weeks ago

so says the trump supporter

 You know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.  Donald Trump
 
 
 
MUVA
2.1.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    4 weeks ago

What does that have to do with Creepy Joe pushing up on women.

 
 
 
MUVA
3  MUVA    4 weeks ago

Is this the same team that didn't find any corruption in the IRS scandal?

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
3.1  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  MUVA @3    4 weeks ago
Is this the same team that didn't find any corruption in the IRS scandal?

yepp, and the same obama who tried to illegally remove a duly elected president.

the notion that we are to take traitorous team obama's word for anything is ludicrous.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

So how much is she being paid?  It really wasn't necessary because Trump's method of deflecting from his own culpability for his ignoring the warnings he was given and his two month delay, allowing for the astronomical numbers in the USA, by putting all the blame on China is working on the easily-infuenced non-thinking for themselves naive Americans.  China is not innocent in its initial cover-up and delay in providing information, but Trump was actually NEGLIGENT - what a leader, eh?

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1  MUVA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    4 weeks ago

It was to late when China  told the truth by then the virus had spend maybe China should have stopped travel from their country and not just inside their country.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MUVA @4.1    4 weeks ago

Too late for your exalted POTUS to do anything effective until March after he was advised in January?

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1.2  MUVA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1.1    4 weeks ago

Travel ban in January by then infection was already here and spreading our problem is our bureaucracy and life politicians failed I put more blame on them than Trump or China.  

 
 
 
dennis smith
4.3  dennis smith  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    4 weeks ago

Buzz, why don't you try to clean up the government in the country you live in instead of deflecting to another country

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dennis smith @4.3    4 weeks ago

I already explained to you elsewhere, and I'm not a citizen of either country.  I happen to be married to a Chinese woman, I have been treated exceptionally well by Chinese people so it's true I might be somewhat defensive of them when their safety is threatened by an asshole in America. 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
4.3.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.1    4 weeks ago

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Buzz of the Orient
4.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @4.3.2    4 weeks ago

Anyone with a brain could see that my comment REPLIED to dennis smith's comment where it was blatantly obvious he was referring to China and the USA, and my reply was correct,

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
4.3.4  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.3    4 weeks ago
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dennis smith
4.3.5  dennis smith  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.1    4 weeks ago

Do you live in China?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.3.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @4.3.4    4 weeks ago

LOL.  Yes, and I can read and understand what I read.  

Permit me to TRY to educate you:

dennis smith used the words "the country you live in".  That country for the past almost 14 years is China.

dennis then went on to use the words "deflecting to another country".  Obviously I have not been deflecting to Canada, so he assumed, and was correct, that I was deflecting to the USA. 

As I am not a citizen of either China or the USA, and in fact no more than a guest in China, I am not in a position to "clean up" its government, and in fact I believe in obeying the laws of any country I am in so as not to get myself in any trouble*.  If you, or dennis smith, want to come to China and get up on a soapbox with a bullhorn in a busy square and criticize the Chinese government, be my guest. 

*In fact when I was 16 years old I inadvertantly drove the wrong way down a one-way street in Palm Beach, and the police just happened to be at the end of the block.  I was driving a big new Chrysler Imperial owned by the owner of the Miami Beach hotel where I was staying with my parents, and he had asked me to drive his car to the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach to pick up his niece and bring her to his hotel. The police opened the trunk and there was a set of Michigan plates in it and when I saw that I thought the next place I'd be sleeping would be a Palm Beach jail cell.  However, a phone call to the owner of the car solved the problem and they just let me go.  That is the only time I broke any law in the USA and I can't count the very many times and places in the USA I have been from the time my parents took me in a basket to visit relatives in Baltimore, until I attended my son's wedding in Baltimore 12 years ago (the only time I have left China since coming here). 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.3.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dennis smith @4.3.5    4 weeks ago
"Do you live in China?"

Yes, since August of 2006.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
4.3.8  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.6    4 weeks ago
Permit me to TRY to educate you

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Buzz of the Orient
4.3.9  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @4.3.8    4 weeks ago

I taught English in a high school for 6 years, and privately thereafter.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
4.3.10  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.9    4 weeks ago
I taught English in a high school for 6 years,

OK fine, when I need to know what a dangling participle is?  I will look you up.

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dennis smith
4.3.11  dennis smith  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.6    4 weeks ago

I believe in obeying the laws of any country I am in so as not to get myself in any trouble*.

You have stated in prior articles that you find alternate sources to get info because you are not allowed to access certain media sites in China. That is nothing more than skirting the law of the land

For your sake, I hope you are not being monitored by a country that does exactly that to people who live in China?.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.3.12  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dennis smith @4.3.11    4 weeks ago

I'm not afraid of the Chinese government, and I have never been afraid of Communism or Communists for reasons I may post one day but not now.  I am not a Communist, and I have supported the Conservative parties of Canada and Ontario for more than 40 years and still do.  If the sites are available to be seen and read or watched here in China the government does not stop anyone or punish them for doing so.  How could I possibly be reading all the negative and hateful remarks on NT and still NT has not been banned nor have I been detained for reading them, or even for the criticixms that I have posted on NT myself.  People get VPNs that enable tham to watch banned sites, but I've never heard of anything happening even to them.  I've been checking out alternate sites since I got here almost 14 years ago, and if anything I have friends among the police and government officials.  I think you're just dreaming up things.

 
 
 
dennis smith
4.3.13  dennis smith  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.12    4 weeks ago

I have not said anything about communism and don't know why you feel the need to bring it up.

Watching banned sites does not  mean you are not being watched and monitored.

I am a law abiding citizen and do not live in an environment that relies on friends in the police or government officials.

All in all I wish you well but think living in China is fraught with much more danger than Canada.

.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.3.14  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dennis smith @4.3.13    4 weeks ago

You keep expanding on what I say to feed your own narrative - I don't RELY on friends in the Police and Government.  I just said that to underline the fact that I have no fear because I am a law-abiding peaceful visitor to this country.  I would be more concerned if I were an American living here, or even, in fact, in the USA.

 
 
 
dennis smith
4.3.15  dennis smith  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.14    4 weeks ago

No fear while living in China?

Good luck with that.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.3.16  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  dennis smith @4.3.15    3 weeks ago

Your comment is xenophobic - I feel sorry for you.

 
 
 
Ender
4.3.17  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.16    3 weeks ago

The funny thing is, some of these people think the US government doesn't spy on its own people.

 
 
 
Ronin2
4.3.18  Ronin2  replied to  Ender @4.3.17    3 weeks ago

Oh, we know they do. Obama proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt.

 
 
 
bugsy
5  bugsy    4 weeks ago

Probably used the same team that found Russia and Ukraine collusion with the president for 3 years s/

 
 
 
MUVA
5.1  MUVA  replied to  bugsy @5    4 weeks ago

I think you are right team Obama corruption at its finest. 

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
5.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  bugsy @5    4 weeks ago
Probably used the same team that found Russia and Ukraine collusion with the president for 3 years s/

yepp,

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Sean Treacy
6  Sean Treacy    4 weeks ago

Oh.. good point. The democrats sure accepted all the clean background checks of Kavanaugh as proof of his innocence.

Or not.

 
 
 
Tacos!
7  Tacos!    4 weeks ago
The team of investigators, expert in their work, would not have missed it.

Because investigators never miss anything. (Would this qualify as a no true Scotsman fallacy?)

Isn't this an argument we heard in defense of Kavanaugh? After all, it wasn't the first time he had been investigated, either. That wasn't good enough, though. Heck, we knew quite a bit about Trump by the time he was running for office, but every terrible revelation about him was accepted as absolutely true.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
8  Thrawn 31    4 weeks ago

No matter how you look at it, the choice is between a guy who has been accused of sexual assault(maybe he did maybe he didn't) but has supported and championed many women's right's bills/movements... or a multiple accused rapist who has bragged on camera about sexually assaulting women and how easy it is and has simply launched personal attacks and lawsuits against any accusers and would no doubt rage against Title IX as an assault against super big dicked men like him just getting their fuck on!!!

That is the choice when it comes to this issue. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
9  igknorantzrulz    4 weeks ago

What a bunh of frckn hippocritters

 
 
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