BIDEN
Joe Marquette  /  AP
Senate Foreign Relations Committee co-chairman, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.
updated 3/16/2004 7:08:08 PM ET 2004-03-17T00:08:08

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) tells MSNBC’s Chris Matthews he would support a John Kerry-John McCain presidential ticket tonight on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” 7-8 p.m. (ET). Biden also stated that foreign leaders have also told him they would like to see a Kerry administration in the White House. 

Following are excerpts from tonight’s interview, which will telecast in its entirety on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” 7-8 p.m. (ET). A full show transcript will be available tomorrow at www.tv.msnbc.com.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me ask you.  Do you think McCain is seriously - and I mean this professionally - flirting with the idea of accepting a second place on the ticket with John Kerry, and creating a fusion ticket to run against the President.

SEN. JOE BIDEN:  Well, let me make it clear, I am prejudiced here. I go back a long way with John McCain.  When the President of the United States was trying to imply that he was unstable, I called him.  He was out West, and I said where do you want me.  He was in the middle of the Presidential campaign, and I wanted the Democrat to win, but I said, tell me John where you want me.  I’ll hold a press conference.  I can make the case for you, overwhelmingly clear.  And he’s thanked me.  And he’s said, no no.  I guess I would’ve hurt him more than I would’ve helped him.  So that’s where I come from, number one.  Number two, I think that this is time for unity in this country, and maybe it is time to have a guy like John McCain - a Republican - on the ticket with a guy he does like.  They do get along.  And they don’t have fundamental disagreements on major policies.

MATTHEWS:  Would you support that ticket ... for President?

BIDEN:  I would.  Yeah.  If John Kerry said that’s who he wanted, and McCain - I’d encourage McCain to say yes.  I doubt whether John would do it.  I doubt whether John McCain would do it.  But, you know, we need some unity here, man.  The red states and the blue states - we got to have something to coalesce around here. 

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BIDEN (discussing Kerry’s campaign for President): “I have had world leaders, heads of state, make it pretty clear to me that they’re hopeful that there is a change in the Administration.”

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