August 31st, 2008
05:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden: Palin's good-looking

Biden and Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday.
Biden and Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday.

TOLEDO, Ohio (CNN) – Joe Biden says there are obvious differences between himself and fellow vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, but they’re not just on policy. She’s good-looking.

“There’s a gigantic difference between John McCain and Barack Obama and between me and I suspect my vice presidential opponent,” Biden said at an outdoor rally Sunday, getting ready to hit the GOP ticket for their economic policies.

“She’s good-looking,” he quipped.

“You are gorgeous!” a female supporter in the audience shouted out. Biden asked her to repeat it into the microphone so his wife at home would hear.

“I haven’t heard that in a long, long, long time,” Biden said as the audience laughed. “Being around this lean young-looking guy is making me feel pretty old, you know what I mean? I thought I was in pretty good shape until I hung out with this guy.”

At the rooftop rally, both Biden and Obama commented on Palin for the first time without prompting from reporters. Obama joked he’s now considering going to Palin’s home state of Alaska – the only state he says he hasn’t visited – but chose to focus his comments on her position on equal pay for women.

“John McCain’s new VP nominee seems like a very engaging person, a nice person. But I’ve got to say, she’s opposed – like John McCain is – to equal pay for equal work. That doesn’t make much sense to me.”

Palin spokeswoman Maria Comella called Obama's comments a disgrace and "an absurd accusation."

Obama later made sure his running mate realizes he's good-looking as well.

“You see, she thinks you’re gorgeous too Joe,” said Obama. “Jill goes back home and look what happens!”

“This is worth the run,” responded Biden.


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  1. me

    I guess if Biden isn't sexist, then Hillary and Bill Clinton need to be given an apology from Obama for him calling them both racists......

    "It's unfortunate that Biden chose those words...." Remember BO's remarks??????

    The sexism continues. I guess it wasn't just aimed at Hillary, the Obama campaign has a problem with ALL intelligent experienced women.

    August 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. David Johnson

    What can you say about the Bush-Cheney-McCain machine! Going after Joe Biden for a joke...if you folks were really interested in sexist candidates you'd be running from McCain for his comments about his own wife!

    August 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Sara Guernsey

    Hmmm. (I taught Women's Studies & am a life-long feminist with daughters.)

    Don't let facts get in the way or your decisions, ladies. Joe Biden and Barack Obama have advocated for women's rights all their lives. Palin is not only ant-choice, she's anti-birth control of any kind. Moms, if you already has children, and were raped or the pregnancy would kill you, or you young daughter was raped, are you telling me that abortion is wrong, always wrong? What about the children you would leave motherless?

    And can you really imagine Vladimir Putin sitting across the table from "Pres. Palin?" Really? Do you really think this woman is as experienced as Hillary Clinton? Or as smart?

    If you really believe that women actually have brains, then, ladies, you must use your brains. Look at the issues rather than a comment. Palin does not even believe in equal pay for equal work.

    August 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Ms. RDS

    Oh please quit with the sexist remarks. As a women I'm not even offended by this. Remarks have been made about Obama being attractive and I never heard anyone say anything about that. He didn't question her competance for the job based on her looks. I already knew this was going to happen every comment will be made to look sexist. There seems to be more comments being made by republicans based on her looks than anybody. Look forward to the McCain campaign coming out with the sexisms claims.

    August 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. wilfred

    What a sexist pig Biden is. Do anything you can Joe to slime the
    opposition.What about Michelle , Joe ? Any comment on her looks ,
    or you dont want to insult your running mate.
    I would of expected that comment from Bill Clinton.

    August 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. dr.mimi de la cruz for OBAMA/BIDEN

    MCWORSE PICK FOR VP HAS LEFT ME WITH NOTHING

    TO SAY THAT CNN WILL NOT MODERATE TO DEATH.

    August 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Mark G

    You forgot to mention that she lacked any experience, and does not inspire confidence in a country that is saying WTH is going on? I'm sorry, but my life and my family's well being is more important than this crap. Don't play games when we are supposed to be taking this election serious. We need serious people who will take our problems seriously. Obama and Biden are the only ones who seem to be taking this seriously, not that I think a woman cannot serve as President or Vice President, I was prepared to vote for Clinton should she have won...and I am not really a democrat. No more stunts...let's get to November so my family and the country can benefit from the Obama/Biden ticket.

    August 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Michael

    All she said is that Obama's accusation is "absurd"? How about answering the charge with something of substance? It was a legitimate gripe with Palin and McCain's mutual position, it's pathetic to see her responding as though she's been victimized by negative campaigning.

    August 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Well, isn't this 'special'!! Who cares about issues; let's talk about looks.
    (for the ones, who can't decipher.......this is sarcasm.)

    August 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Denise P Quinton

    Great comment about Palin being good looking, and intelligent, and a woman....what a shame you were not on the ticket with HILLARY but not the DNC they had their hidden agenda and now we are stuck with OBAMA......no OBAMA ever for this Democrat....MCCAIN/PALIN 08

    August 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Tennessee

    Umm didnt Rush say we have the Democrats our made because we have the BABE on our ticket??? No one said anything now this. Come on people . . .

    August 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Lorna, NY

    I thought the remark was funny. People need to lighten up about this and start seriously thinking about McCain's VP pick. People should be afraid, very afraid. This is a woman who becomes president if the old geezer drops dead. this scares me more than some stupid remarks. Is America filled with as much IDIOTS as I think?

    August 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Keith in CA

    Come on, CNN. Your headline is very misleading. Sen. Biden was clearly making a self depricating joke, not a sexist remark as your headline implies. Stick to accurate news headlines and leave the overt anti Obama bias to FOX.

    August 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. godfrey

    Joe hit the nail right on the head – there could not have been any other reason for McCain's childish choise. Trying to get Hillary's well informed women voters does not necessarilly call for such an uninformed pick. This will back-fire on senator McCain. I'm sorry he just doesn't get it.....

    August 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. sharon

    got to love cnn's gossip hour.

    August 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. miami hurricane

    IF THE MEDIA HAD ASKED THE "ARE YOU QUALIFIED" QUESTIONS ABOUT GOVERNOR PALIN TO OBAMA WHEN HE FIRST STARTED HE WOULD NEVER HAD MADE IT PAST IOWA. INSTEAD THEY GAVE HIM (AND STILL ARE) A FREE RIDE PAST HILLARY AND ALL THE OTHERS. SHAME ON YOU CNN, MSNBC AND THE REST OF THE SO CALL IMPARTIAL MEDIA FOR NOT DOING YOUR JOB. WE NOW HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN AN 18 MONTH GOVERNOR / MAYOR OF A 9,000 PEOPLE TOWN WITH NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE AND A HALF TERM SENATOR /EX CEO OF THE LOCAL SOUP KITCHEN WITH NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE. WE GET WHAT WE DESERVE.

    August 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. judy, Wisconsin

    Comments a "disgrace" and "absurd"? Oh for goodness sake, get a backbone, wait till they ask her about policy positions on world affairs-she said she didn't know much about it and wasn't interested. Suppose the media won't ask any hard questions as usual.

    August 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Carol

    What's the matter CNN, don't have the drama anymore since the Democratic party is unified you got to try and stoke or imply sexism.

    CNN you're quickly becoming Fox. – Now lets see if you post this. You've stopped posting any of my comments since I criticized you before.

    August 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. ps

    Atleast McCain had the guts to pick a woman running mate. Obama had a very qualifying VP in Clinton, and he didn't pick her because she's woman. So...GO McCain/Palin...

    No Way..No How...No 'Bama – Hillary in '12

    August 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Kris

    It's interesting how the Democrats jump on Palin and say "she's got no experience"... well, she's held executive office... no one else on either ticket has that. She's been Command in Chief of the Alaskan National Guard... again, more experience.

    It's interesting how Democrats dismiss Palin as "McCain just wanted to get the Hillary votes". Maybe it could be he wanted a fresh face and someone who's not afraid to cross party lines.

    It's interesting how Democrats say "Palin is anti-woman"... what the heck does that even mean??? Pro-choice doesn't mean anti-woman... it means she has convictions and not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.

    This Presidential just got more interesting by added Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket.

    Kris

    August 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Doris,Memphis,TN

    McCain's advisors are going teach Palin the different between
    "Sunni" and "Shea".

    August 31, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. JCH Philly Democrat

    Another Biden gaffe??? Or is it really a gaffe, when he is actually saying what he thinks. We all know deep down Biden probably thinks Palin is just a dumb woman with no intelligence or qualification to dare challenge him as a VP candidate. I mean after all, she only runs a large and important state in terms of energy and our economy (and, oh by the way, has the exact same experience as Tim Kaine, who Dems fawned over just 2 weeks ago when they thought he could help deliver VA).

    Biden's arrogance is a liability. I want to hear more from her as a candidate and give her a chance before I form opinions, instead of just dismissing her as "good looking" woman.

    August 31, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    The best of Sarah Palin:
    1. Made a statement that she is opposed to inter-racial marriages
    2. Believes that creationsim should be taught in public schools
    3. Doesn't believe in equal pay for the sexes
    4. Opposes any form of birth control (including those for married couples)
    5. Is (allegedly) under investigation for abusing her power to try to get he ex-brother in law fired
    6. Said that she doesn't know anything about Iraq other than they are "very bad people"
    7. Drove the state debt from 2% to over 6% in just over 18 months!!!!

    Hillary was a candidate of substance and we all agree that her candidacy did face sexism from the media (most notably Fox). Palin is very different... about the only thing she has going for her is that she is photogenic.

    August 31, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Chris

    this comment is not sexist at all, but here come the sexism charges again...what a joke. try to focus on the issues and not the silver shiney object placed in front of you.

    August 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. steve

    McCain laughs when a supporter calls Hillary Clinton a bit*h but Biden is the sexist? Republicans are so desperate right now, they're reduced to this. Is Karl Rove running CNN these days?

    August 31, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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