“Make no mistake about this, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight,” Biden said testily when a voter told Biden he was glad the Delaware senator had been chosen and not Clinton.
“She’s a truly close personal friend and she is qualified to be President of the United States of America, she’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America and quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me,” he continued.
"I mean that sincerely, she’s first rate.”
Now, Biden didn't endorse either Hillary or Obama after his own bid for the White House came to an end. And he's currently Obama's running mate, which makes one wonder whether he realized that saying HRC would have been a better pick is a bit like questioning Obama's judgment in the matter.
But in reality, I think Biden's been trying to have it both ways; by not endorsing either candidate he might have hoped for a position in either administration, whether as vice-president or a cabinent member. And by going out of his way to say such nice things about Hillary, I can't help but think that maybe he's thinking ahead to 2012, should the Obama campaign fail to win the White House this fall.
Then again, this is Joe Biden, a master of the unfortunate comment or misplaced statement, so maybe I'm giving him way too much credit.