Obama campaign cuts TV stations cord over Joe Biden grilling

October 27th, 2008 - 12:42 pm ICT by ANI  

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Orlando, Fla, Oct 27 (ANI): Barack Obamas campaign has pulled the plug on a Florida news stations access to the presidential candidate after an anchorwoman angered Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden with uncomfortable questions during a satellite interview.

WFTV-Channel 9 anchorwoman Barbara West quizzed Biden about Obamas intention to spread the wealth, referring to the Democratic White House contenders comments to Joe the Plumber.

She compared Obamas comments to the socialist doctrine of Karl Marx then asked Biden, How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth?

Biden paused momentarily, grinned, then asked, Are you joking? Is this a joke? Is this a real question?

He defended Obama by saying he hoped to spread the wealth by giving the middle class tax breaks. Its a ridiculous question, Biden concluded.

But West wasnt finished as she asked Biden about his comments that Obama could be tested early on as President. She wondered if the Delaware senator was saying Americas days as the worlds leading power were over, the Boston Herald reported.

I dont know whos writing your questions, Biden shot back.

After Thursdays interview, the Obama campaign canceled a scheduled interview with Bidens wife, Jill, according to the stations Web site.

This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election, wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.

McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was a result of her husbands experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West.

Mr. Biden didnt like the questions, said WFTV news director Bob Jordan. We choose not to ask softball questions. (ANI)

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