Add Fox News host Mike Huckabee to the list conservatives who are feigning astonishment at Joe Biden’s aggressive demeanor during Thursday night’s vice presidential debate.
“I thought that Joe Biden came across as a guy that you meet at a cocktail party or some political event, an obnoxious drunk who is loud and boisterous and interrupts every conversation,” Huckabee told Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Friday. “He is just the kind of guy you want to get away from as quickly as you can.”
“It was just boorish behavior for the first half,” the former Arkansas governor added. “I think at some point during the debate, he took Ritalin and he started calming down in the end. But it is not the kind of thing that is very helpful to Joe Biden and his image with voters in the heartland of America who are taught to be polite. And he just wasn’t.”
Hemmer suggested that Biden had started to feel entitled because he could “walk into any room in D.C. and the waters part for you.”
“I think Joe Biden was coached,” Huckabee explained. “I think he was coached to try to come across that he was the statesmen, that he was the elder and Paul Ryan was not ready for primetime. And I think he overplayed it.”
“It was so over the top that it was as if he was programmed that no matter what Paul Ryan said, he was to snicker at him, to make it look like the answers were small and unimportant. And the way it came across particularly about the Iranian situation, I was thinking, there’s not one family in Israel putting their kids in bed who are laughing about the idea of being vaporized by an Iranian nuclear device.”
Biden has been candid in the past when explaining why he has never taken a drink in his life.
“There are enough alcoholics in my family,” he said in 2008.
Watch this video from Fox News’ America’s Newsroom via Think Progress, broadcast Oct. 12, 2012.