[Guest post by DRJ]
Vice-President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill appeared today on Oprah Winfrey’s show and it turns out he’s not the only one who is gaffe-prone:
“Appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s show this afternoon, Jill Biden, wife of Vice-President elect Joe Biden, made a verbal gaffe that could land the Obama Administration in some hot water. Mrs. Biden let slip that her husband Joe was offered a choice of either the Secretary of State’s position or the Vice-Presidency.
The potential problem for the Obama Administration goes far beyond the obviously embarrassing revelation that Hillary Clinton was actually the second choice for Secretary of State, however. Promising an appointment to a federal office by a candidate in exchange for support is a crime.
If Jill Biden is telling the truth, and from Joe Biden’s reaction, quickly shushing her, she apparently is, somebody in the Obama campaign has some questions to answer. Who offered Biden the positions of Secretary of State or Vice-President? Did Barack Obama know about the offer or make it himself?”
The federal law in question is Title 18 Chapter 29 Section 599 of the United States Code. It requires that the promise be made “for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy,” which I assume would not be the case if the discussion occurred at a time when Biden already supported Obama.
If not, I suggest the ‘dumb blonde’ defense.
Video at the link.