Joe Biden is confused and women are stereotyped: The dumbest political quotes of the week

Taylor Bigler
September 14, 2012

Each week, the Daily Caller picks the dumbest political statements and ranks them (just for Yahoo! readers) on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the worst). Who do you think said the dumbest thing? Vote in our poll below!

Sometimes, when you are in a new place, you just simply forget where you are. Happens all the time, right? No? It doesn’t really happen that much? Fair enough.

Well, it certainly happened to Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign stop at an Ohio college Wednesday.

“Ladies and gentlemen, middle class families need help,” Biden said as he addressed the crowd. “That’s why, for those of you struggling to send your kid to school or to college or to keep your kid in college, whether it’s a community college or Wayne State University…”

Biden was not, however, at Wayne State -- which is in Michigan -- but was in fact at Wright State University.

The audience shouted back “Wright State!” and Biden corrected himself, before saying that the kids at Wayne State and the people at University of Delaware need help, too.

Cringe Factor: 1/5


Count on televangelist Pat Robertson for some good old fashioned marriage advice.

During a segment on his television show Monday, a caller asked Robertson what he should do about his wife who insults and doesn’t respect him.

Robertson, who campaigned along with Mitt Romney over the weekend, gave some sound advice.

“Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her,” he said, in a joking tone of voice. “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”

You don’t think we condone wife-beating these days, Pat? For the record, we don’t condone it in any instance.

Cringe Factor: 4/5


Everyone knows that all the average woman does is sit at home doing laundry all day. So why were people up in arms when Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that political candidates’ wives do the same thing?

"It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official," he said at a Romney campaign stop in Columbus. "You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right?”

Of course, women don’t just sit around doing laundry. Kasich knows that as well as everyone else, and later in his speech he said that politicians’ wives are “heroes.”

Those stereotypes don’t just sit well with people these days. Perhaps he should have led with the whole “heroes” thing and skipped the 1950s stereotype, and he could have avoided all the backlash.

Cringe Factor: 4/5