ABC News’ Matt Jaffe reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., today traveled to the Pacific Northwest for a rally before 11,500 supporters in Tacoma, Wash., touting former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as the answer to any questions about Obama’s readiness to be commander in chief.
"Today we’re proud, and I mean this sincerely, very proud to add another critical voice in American public policy and military affairs for the past 25 years to the endorsement list of those who have joined endorsing our ticket, Colin Powell!” the Democratic vice-presidential nominee said as the crowd erupted. “Thank you, Colin!
“From the very beginning, this Republican party has tried to suggest that Barack Obama, Sen. Barack Obama wasn’t ready to be commander in chief,” continued Biden, who noted that he’s been friends with Powell for 25 years. “Ladies and gentlemen, with all the three and four star generals, with the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the former national security adviser, the former secretary of state, one of the most respected men who have ever worn the uniform endorsing Barack Obama over John McCain today, no more questions! Barack Obama will be a commander in chief we can all respect!”
On the same day Obama received the endorsement of Powell, a Republican and former member of the Bush administration, Biden noted that the Democratic presidential candidate’s proposal on Iraq has earned the support of President Bush, leaving McCain “the odd man out.”
“George Bush, after six painful years, has finally figured out it’s time to transfer responsibility to the Iraqis, draw down American forces,” said the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. “Well, guess what? George Bush is about to sign an agreement with the Iraqi leadership saying we’ll have all combat troops out of the cities in Iraq within seven months, and we’ll have all troops out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2009. So folks, folks, John McCain talks about leadership. Let me remind you. Whose idea was that? Barack Obama’s. John McCain’s the only odd man out now, along with Gov. Palin.”
But the draft of the Status of Forces Agreement calls for U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.
Speaking at Cheney Stadium, home of the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A farm team Tacoma Rainiers, Biden said that Democrats were “temporarily changing the name from Cheney Stadium to Obama-Biden Stadium for the day.”
“Besides, if it was Cheney Stadium, we’d be at an undisclosed location.” Biden quipped in a dig at the man he hopes to replace as vice-president. “You’d never be able to find us.”