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. F in SC

    If Hillary was Obama's VP choice, you can bet she wouldn't be saying
    anything like that about Palin.

    August 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Bill from California

    So many people here are concerned that Palin is not ready to take over for McCain if something happened to him, yet she has more executive experience than Obama. Such stupid people in this country. Can democrats not see it is THEIR party who allowed our country to be attacked in the first place beginning with Carter's wimpiness!! Palin has more guts than any previous Democrat politican!!

    August 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. les

    There's really no story here, is there CNN? As newsprint journalist I see the ugly writing on the wall again, CNN, like other media, has to stir the pot again to "make" news. And lest we forget, Palin once did compete in beauty contest. Now, talk about sexist.

    August 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Tara

    There's nothing sexist about this at's funny! Some of you need a sense of humor! God forbid people for laughing and having a good time.

    August 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    Sarah doesn't pretend to be qualified on foriegn affairs at this point in time. From what I've heard about her she is a quick study. McCain is the foreign affairs expert. What she adds to the ticket is the change in Washington, Obama keeps preaching about. He talks of change and then selects one of the longest serving Senators in the Senate. I like Biden, preferred Hillary though. Obama chose Biden to bolster his lack of experience. He chose Biden and ignored half of the democrats, not good judgement if you ask me. Sarah impresses me as a person who will be dedicated and she doesn't need a teleprompter when she speaks. Oh, and she is attractive and smart.

    August 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. David from San Diego

    Any woman who enters herself into a beauty contest isn't in a position to complain about someone calling them pretty, unless she wants to be called a hypocrite.

    She's a female version of George W Bush, just not a complete idiot. She however is one of these crazy religious nut cases who see Jesus on a potato chip or a moth wing.

    She's pretty all right, pretty scary!

    August 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Susan, Bridgeport, WV

    Senator Biden, you are a heck of a lot better looking then Palin and a lot more experienced in world affairs, government, and people policy.
    You have good looks and brains. Best to you and Senator Obama.

    August 31, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. interesting


    Keep on talking. Please keep on showing your sexist views on the trail. It really helps your boy.


    PUMA 2008

    August 31, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. MVinAZ

    McCain, with his pick of Palin, has turned this campaign into a joke. I can't imagine Palin didn't see all this criticism coming. Thus, she offered herself up as a GOP sacrifice, a woman willing to be used and abused. Republicans can't possibly believe she is capable of running this country. My goodness. Mayor of a town of fewer than 10,000 people? I live in a town of 20,000 or so. Could our Mayor be President? It's absurd. And the notion that her time in public office has somehow lent itself to making her a more experienced candidate than Obama is even more absurd.

    Whether the motivation for choosing Palin was simply foolish or calculated AND foolish, it trivializes the importance of the issues our country faces.

    August 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Jay

    First of all, I will be voting for Obama/Biden without a doubt. Secondly, the choice of Palin, a former beauty queen is hardly a surprise given McCain's history. Third, it is my belief that Hurrican Gustav is the answer to Dr. James Dobson's prayers for "unspeakable rain" intended for Obama's speech. Now sadly it comes to New Orleans instead of St. Paul for the RNC opening.

    August 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Joe H

    Being an outsider from Canada, although my mother is American, I follow the news closely. I love my country of Canada as much and as furiously as do Americans love theirs. My Grandparents were strong Democrats, and being of Irish descent loved JFK and RFK, but following the Blog’s and the messages that are placed for everyone, all I seem to read is the hate the people show towards either candidate and supporters. The worst seem to be from those that support Obama/ Biden. Maybe it is the fear that there is a chance that a once in a lifetime opportunity for an African American to hold the most powerful office in the world could slip away. All the name calling and put-downs only serve to awaken those Republicans who may not have taken the time to vote last time and to get out this election.
    I think everyone would be better off if you forget that someone is black or white, was rich or poor, male or female, young or old, but rather they are “Americans” who care for the country, and believe they can help make it better. Listen to the solutions to questions put forth, not the spiels and jargon which most politicians hand out. It is easy to say "I have a plan" but what you need to hear is what is the plan is in detail. I think Biden as usual was way of line with is comments on Palin, I found then to border on sexist and he should apologize immediately. These are the things that can go to hurt Obama's chance.
    Stop the hate mongering and name calling, instead of putting down the opponent try just praising yours. Be the bigger person as they say.

    A Canadian prospective but as your hearts do declare, “God bless America” and good luck.

    Joe H

    August 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Hello!

    It's funny that Palin can ALREADY spend a whole speech on her ACCOMPLISHMENTS.....I'm still waiting to hear Obama's.
    She's done more in 2 years in Alaska than the DO-NOTHING DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS.....nancy p. is a joke.

    August 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Emily in NC

    Get a sense of humor. What he said wasn't sexist at all. He said the same thing about Obama. Geez.

    August 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Sacha

    He is a champion for women. Lighten up! Look at his record.
    Not to knock Beauty Queens, but I am sure that she is used to people calling her attractive and NOT taking offense to it.
    Obama 2008-2016

    August 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Hanky

    Wake up America!!!
    Please learn the difference between taking a pot-shot at oneself than a sexist remark.
    McCain calculated that many women would side with Sarah Palin just because she is a woman. I think admiration is in order, but do you want to vote for a woman who could become our next president with so little NATIONAL experience?
    She is residing over a state that has less people than the city of Jacksonville, Florida. 1 1/2 years executive experience means little to me over such a small state and no NATIONAL political experience.
    Obama has eight years of Chicago legislative experience and four years of national political experience, not to mention that he sees and understand Washington and picked an experienced running mate who can take over seamlessly just in case.
    This VP has no foreign policy experience, no national domestic policy experience and has blown up her thin resume.
    Abraham Lincoln had the same amount of experience as Barack before taking office, but his judgment was eerily similar.
    As far as plans, in many ways McCain is too vague and he supported the war in Iraq and lacked the necessary vision Obama has.
    Obama has been running an excellent campaign and tried to be civil. His campaign, many consider one of the best ever run. That goes to jugdment and decision making.
    While McCain has shown bipartisan tendencies in the past, his straight talk, maverick ways that endeared him to so many is absent.
    His campaign has represented much of what he really is not, until that pick of Palin, which seemed like desperation and pandering.
    I understand it has high risk, high reward, but is too dangerous to put our country in such hands if necessary.

    August 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. potter

    Dem's VP attacking dog shows its true color with one added label – sexist! Wondering if he thinks that having been sitting in a Senator's seat for a while he can get away with this. This will not help Mr O get the undecided votes he lost.

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

    This debate is hilarious. It would be one thing if Joe Biden was a greasy, ugly sleaze ball and said what he said - but he is extremely good looking himself, and surely knows that - so it's obvious he was just horsing around harmlessly. Palin IS good looking, so is Biden, so is Obama. Even McCain isn't painful to look at. So at least we don't have any victims of the ugly stick running around upsetting our electoral process with their gnarliness. What a relief that is. Biden's record on women's rights is equal to the best of them and puts most to shame. Give me a break. As a heart-broken Hillary supporter, I admit that I was looking for a reason to go to the other side, and abruptly stopped all thoughts of it when Biden was announced as the V.P. candidate. My sticking point was experience, and Biden brings it in spades. Can't vote against Joe Biden. Putting him on the ticket is the smartest thing Obama could have done. Hillary voters are not going to vote for McCain-Palin just because Palin is a woman. To us, unlike with the sexists who hate her, it's not about gender. And we love Joe Biden. Love him.

    August 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. OBAMA-BIDEN 2008/2012

    Barack Obama is very sexy and Joe Biden is pretty good lookin' himself!

    Palin doesnt look bad for her age, i guess...but NO one looks better than OBAMA-BIDEN!!!

    Obama-Biden '08/'12

    August 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Independent turn O/B ticket

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Republicans & Democrats.
    Republicans can pretend to be happy about Palin even though they don't know him. Republicans have succeded in actually brain watching people with fear. Macain with experience has been wrong with judgement especially in areas where he is supposed to be good-Foreign policy. Yet---
    And if Republicans are coming up with executive experience. What they are actually saying is that Palin has more experience than Macain who has only senate experience as Obama. Ignorance is a desease.
    Republicans are good in putting fear in people.
    Democrats lifts people up with positive encouragement.
    And for those who thinks that there is no money to do what Obama is proposing, Republicants have always said no money for health care but we can afford to pay 10b monthly in Iran. Where is common sense. I wil rather take a chance on Obama than same 8 yrs of experience of abuse of power.
    Independent for Obama.

    August 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Rudy

    Biden's behavior cannot be controlled and as an American seeking the Vice President of the USA he is a disgrace not only to women but the men who have deep respect for women - and Obama stands by and smiles. It is obvious that Biden and Obama are concerned of Palin's entrance into this race. It highlights the lack of experience of Obama when the Vice President candidate of the other party has more experience as a chief executive than the Presidential nominee of the Democratic party - and this lack of executive experience is so obvious. Obama's time in the U.S. Senate has been spent mostly campaigning - at taxpayers expense. He has no executive experience and no international experience. In fact Palin has more executive experience than all the three candidates put together. So Obama and Biden be careful, you have already raise an issue that will eventually be your undoing, especially when the American voters realize that your rhetoric has no substance. Yes, it is the popcorn theory - much noise but little substance.

    August 31, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. Dimslie

    Yes, but, is she "clean and well spoken"?

    August 31, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Kris

    Jeez - how are these publicans going to react when Biden starts commenting about her RECORD??? Calling someone who chose to be a beauty pagent contestant good looking is sexist? (Who traded on appearance first? Hmmmm . . . whenever it's convenient.) She's no longer running for "Miss Congeniality," y'know . . .

    August 31, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Lourdes

    Oh, please. It's not sexist to say a woman is good looking. Lots of people in the press say Obama is good looking and that's not sexist (AND publish pictures of him in a bathing suit...they could never get away with doing that with a female political candidate!) He didn't call her a degrading name or anything close. it's just the same as when he says Barack is better looking than him. I'm a feminist myself, but really, women do nothing for our cause by getting worked up over trivialities like this.

    It's FAR MORE SEXIST for McCain to think that he can oppose women voters by putting an unqualified woman up for VP and think that she holds a CANDLE to a woman like Hillary. Believing women candidates are interchangeable.... that's REAL sexism. The dangerous kind.

    August 31, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. John

    Biden best be careful what he says about her...People will perceive him as anti-female if he's not...They attacked Hillary and didn't get attacked a whole lot, but this woman is much more feminine than Hillary, who is perceived as a rather hard core politician

    August 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. fixthebroken

    Any objective person will know that Joe Biden is being self-deprecating. I hope America is not that stupid to think otherwise.

    Also, I am so tired about hearing that Palin is more experienced than Obama, and Obama is #1 on the ticket.....

    First, it is not true. Palin has more executive office experience. But Obama has more overall political experience than Palin.

    Secondly, Obama was *elected by millions of American voters* to be #1 on top of the ticket. He wasn't chosen by a singular person. Palin was *chosen by John McCain in his first executive decision* to be his running mate.

    Compare apples to apples here people - compare Palin and Biden, or Obama and McCain. But please, don't undermine my intelligence by comparing Palin to Obama and making misleading statements about experience!

    ...and p.s. JCH Philly Democrat, Tim Kaine has more overall experience than Palin by a long shot. Jeez, bring some facts here people.

    August 31, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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