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Biden talks economy in Fort Collins, Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colorado ” Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden says President Bush is leaving the nation “behind the eight-ball” in Afghanistan and bogged down in Iraq, ensuring the next president will face a foreign policy crisis.

Biden, campaigning in Colorado Wednesday, told the Fort Collins Coloradoan in an interview that Bush has left the country in a “considerably weakened position.”

Biden was responding to a question about his statement last weekend that if Barack Obama is elected, “we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy (Obama).”

Biden said Wednesday that he meant that whoever is elected will be tested.

“They’re going to be tested because of our considerably weakened position around the world ” our position weakened economically, internationally and quite frankly us being bogged down in a war we should be well beyond now and being put behind the eight-ball in another war of necessity in Afghanistan,” he said.

Republican John McCain, who has argued that Obama lacks experience, seized on Biden’s earlier remark to argue that Obama isn’t ready to be president.

“We don’t want a president who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars,” McCain said this week.

Biden said Wednesday that judgment is the true test of a presidential candidate, and Obama’s judgment has been tested just as much as McCain.

“The real test is judgment, and John’s judgment has been dead wrong,” he said.

“The other point I was making is that we already have a crisis on our hands, an economic crisis, and John continues to be sort of semi-paralyzed here,” Biden said.

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