August 31st, 2008
05:15 PM ET
10 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. Daggone In NC

    I agree, she is good-looking. But more importantly she seems like a good person and I agree with her views.

    August 31, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Joshua, Los Angeles

    CNN needs something else to cover aside from the hurricane now that the RNC is being scaled back.

    Take it easy on CNN, everybody, it's the best they can do! Or is it?

    August 31, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Michael

    What Biden said about Palin being good looking was an arrogant sexist, male superiority comment. Explains totaly what happened to Hillary. Democrats just pretend to support women to get their votes.
    What Biden said will be in an Republican attack ad comming your way soon.

    August 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. JiminAtlanta

    If they captured all the air that Obama and Biden spew, we could all heat our homes this winter.

    August 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. McPanderer

    This ain't American Idol, folks. McCain nominated someone with zero foreign policy experience to be a heartbeat away from the front lines of decision-making against the terrorists. Does this make you feel any safer?

    August 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. cindy

    She might be good looking.

    But she is not prepared to take over for McCain, if somethng were to happen to him.

    August 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Lee from FL

    CNN is trying to give this story some legs to discredit Mr.Biden

    Shame on you CNN!!!!

    August 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Rick

    t least the GOP inexperience isn;t at the top of the ticket. Besides, at least Palin has run something – has executive branch experience. Obama has none of it.

    August 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Dadaba for OBAMA/BIDEN

    This comment of Palin being good-looking is so not sexist, and the people who are trying to make it so need to really get a life! Yes, politics is serious business, but it can also be funny as heck.

    It is a fact – she is a beautiful woman. She entered pagents for crying out loud! Obviously she did that because she knows that she's beautiful.

    Biden merely stated the obvious!

    August 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. me

    Then do you believe the Clinton's are racists the way Obama's campaign made them out to be?

    August 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. dian

    "Joking and laughing is good for the soul". It's fun for us too. Barack and Biden are top-notch candidates and will serve our county well.


    August 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Give Me A Break!

    Since you Repugs and PUMAs think shes so great, maybe she'll run against Hillary in the future and win.

    August 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. still love Hill

    I would not necessarily be offended by Biden commenting on Palin's attractiveness in proper context, but as the first public statement he makes about his rival???? Come on.

    Wow, for Senator Obama to suggest Palin ran for Governor to thwart the progress of equal pay for women..what a pig you are, Sweetie!

    Is it any mystery to anyone why their biggest fans are young people?

    GrownUps for McCain/Palin

    August 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Jessica

    For all of you ignorant fools that think that comment was not sexist, just try and convince anyone that Gov Pawlenty would have garnered the same comment. Case closed... True colors have just come out, and ob the record.

    August 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Lisa

    This statement was hardly sexist or chauvinistic. It was complimentary, not demeaning in anyway. It would have been sexist if one of them had said that her looks were all she brought to the Republican ticket. I hope Palin herself isn't as prickly as some of those commenting on this. She's in the big league of politics now and better be able to take shots like that because she's going to get far worse over the next few weeks; this isn't about her or her looks or anything else, it's about us.

    August 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. I used to be a Democrat

    More sexism from the Democrats... sigh.

    August 31, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Lim

    When it comes to political sexism, the DNC really has
    it all cornered for themselves up and down the line.

    Hillary, I feel your pain!

    August 31, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. RYAN

    God forbid, i will never vote for McCain and his ill experience and under qualify beauty glamour VP. McCain is gambling with 300 million peope for his political and selfish gain.

    August 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Rudy

    McCain should've picked Ann Coulter as his running mate!

    August 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. RealDeal

    I'm shocked and appalled McCain chose this person as his VP. McCain is 72 years old. He seems mentally confused, disorganized, and forgetful. He has an undisclosed psychiatric history and very serious medical problems. It is very, very unlikely, if elected, he would finish his first term. This means that his VP nominee, Palin who attended Hawaii Pacific College 1 year in 1982, transferred to North Idaho College for 1983-1984 school year, transferred to the University of Idaho in fall of 1984 and graduated from there with a journalism degree in 1987. Notice it took her five years to get a Bachelor's degree.

    McCain's VP choice would be president of the Senate. How does that make sense when she has no national or foreign policy experience? That means a POW with no foreign policy experience and a VP with no foreign policy experience would be running our country. And taking on state legislators is the not the same as taking on US Congress. At that level alliances are very, very complex.

    But more importantly, McCain has confused Obama's outstanding leadership skills with celebrity. He doesn't get it. Obama is not popular just because he's an extraorinary orator. He's popular because his oratory is backed by his policies and his actions.

    Given McCain's age, medical problems, and his mental status, it shows his reckless disregard for America in choosing such a person as his nominee. Just totally bizarre and crazy.

    August 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. DrMan

    What a surpise, the libs don't think it's a sexist comment and the righties do. Do you think CNN puts this stuff out there just to get people to comment??

    August 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Bill - FL - Independent

    Funny how for a few days everyone in the R party has been saying she looks good, but when Biden says it he's suddenly sexist, even when he does so in a self-deprecating way.

    I imagine he would have more time to discuss her foreign policy views if she actually had some.

    August 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Proud Dem in Ohio

    Palin is not fit to iron Hillary Clinton's pantsuit

    Go OBAMA BIDEN!!!!!

    August 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. ralph

    How is good looking a sexist commont when it can be applied to men as well as women?

    August 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Mike

    And Republicans were supposed to be sexist? Pfftt. Yet another sign that our nation is not ready for "change you can believe in." Obama and his running mate are elitists. Attention moderates: Obama is on record as being the most socialist Senator in the Senate. Please look it up before you cast your vote.

    McCain/Palin '08....NObama..ever.

    August 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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