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. Staci-LA

    Well since we are not talking news...I think both Obama and Biden are fine! i told my husband when Biden ran on stage last week..."I hope you look as good at 65" Please people don't make me have to look at McCain for 4 years!!

    August 31, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. B. Thompson

    CNN, I have been a very strong supporter of yours but lately with some of these stories I feel as though this is the FOX Network. Please post the issues at hand. This election is entirely too important to have you side track on these NO ISSUES.

    August 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Billy

    This but not a word on Palin's credentials or anything about her ongoing abuse of power investigation.

    CNN = tabloid journalism.

    August 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Dan J

    Cheesy pandering. That's all I heard.

    August 31, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Sheree

    So it starts, they sure can't take a woman seriously. It is all about her looks. It is truly insulting, focusing on her looks instead of focusing on her ideas and platforms. This will show women where we still are in the scheme of things. Stay out of the spotlight, or we will talk about your looks, because women have nothing of substance to really talk about. Disgusting. Obama lost my vote, and hopefully every other intelligent "good looking" woman.

    August 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Disenchanted

    Unfortunately, yet another example of how Sexism is more acceptable than racism. Comments about the beauty of another running mate is just downright condescending. Elitism and bigotry from the Obama campaign folks, this time in print, quoted by the nominees themselves. I hardly think this is how you make a good impression with over 18 million votes out there up for grabs.

    August 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Poetic Justice

    Lighten up! No matter what they do they are attacked by some ignorant part of the Republican machine. It is McCain who should be questioned regarding his loyalty to his wives and his penhant for beauty queens, no matter how much substance they lack!

    August 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Citizen Watch

    This is best CNN can do with all of the critical events occuring right now. This is currently its lead story on the PT. Playing the racism card is political suicide, but playing the sexism card gets a few gaffes from the good ole boys. Chuckle, chuckle, wink, wink. Why is Palin's life story not just as powerful and deserving of our respect as Michelle's or Hillary's. Michelle got all kinds of acclaim for showing her "family" values. Criticizing those same values in Palin is clearly hypocritical,

    August 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Realist

    Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio chat show host, exulted, “We’re the ones with a babe on the ticket”

    And so the person who cornered McCain into this choice couldn't find somthing LESS SEXIST to say????

    August 31, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Mike

    Rush Limbaugh called her a babe. But Biden's self-deprecating joke is sexist.

    OK, sure.

    August 31, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. RyanD.

    Rush and the rest of the GOP'ers have spent 2 days calling Palin a "girl" and a "babe", yet WATCH as the TROLLS crawl in here and accuse Biden of sexism for making a self-depreciating joke.

    So predictable.

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. lynn

    These guys and CNN will say ANYTHING now to try and get the woman's vote. Before Mc Cain's ACTION, (not just phony words) they were the same sexist pigs that they have always been and this kinda of exchange proves it.

    This is exactly the same style of of dismissing Palin as not being a valid choice, that they did to Clinton. Keep it up you sexist jerks and watch Sara Palin walk away with the job that she has earned. In today's world it really is easy to verify the BS that gets posted by you and your CNN mentor's lies and slanted PR pieces.

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Richard, FL

    McCain used all of his "experience" from more than 20 years in Washington and his "country first" approach to select a running mate with ZERO experience in federal government and less than 700 DAYS experience in state government.

    It's just another example of McCain's lack of judgment.

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Steve - southern Illinois

    It doesn't matter what he says about Palin. Someone will brand it as a sexist remark.

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Judith

    Obama and Biden:
    Do not go there – there is no way discussing a woman's looks can end well for you, no matter how much humor or self-deprecation might be mixed in. Drop the topic.
    Believe me – women in the workplace do not want to hear it, whether favorable or not, whether intended in some way as a compliment or not.
    I want you to win. No comments about her looks, just focus on capabilities and judgment.

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Chris Durham North Carolina

    Some of the people posting on here are way too extreme! It's ok to be sensitive to sexism, but it's completely wrong to say that every statement made about any woman is such... The McCain/Palin agenda is completely sexist, but some of you guys don't even recognize this, instead of looking at the people look at the policy and you'll see some real life discrimination! Get it together and become an informed citizen and not just an angry have to balance your anger with understanding, ingnorant wisdom is no wisdom at all! Get it together!

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. me

    Stacey, the Obama campaign threw racism around for a year.

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Mo, NC

    Geez, it was just a little lighthearted bantering!

    August 31, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. wow!!!!

    good looking!.....that's about IT

    August 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Rick K

    McCain called Palin his "soul mate" on TV this morning. (See Politico)

    If references to Palin's female-ness are newsworthy now, where's this 'story?'

    Biden was attempting to be self-deprecating, and while I think this will be treated as a trap throughout this highly partisan process, in governing, humor like this will do less to hurt this country than humor about bombing other countries or killing their civilians with cigarettes.

    As a people, do we or don't we want our politicians constantly tip toeing? Do we want them to lighten up, but reserve the right to be offended by any attempt to put a smile on our face?

    ...or do have we already made up our mind, and every single thing that comes out of their mouth either makes our point or is discarded?

    August 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. LA

    We are in the middle of a category 5 hurricane, and this is news?! This is why corporate media is the worst!

    August 31, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Cheerio

    Joe Biden wrote the Violence Against Women Act, which has helped countless women get a second chance at life.

    John McCain voted against Equal Pay for Equal Work. And he called his wife the c-word.

    Now, who is sexist?

    August 31, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Sexist? Biden?

    There is a good probability that is why she was chosen to be VP. She seems to be proned to the second level VP now, Ms. Alaska then. What is going on here? McCain chose her to equalize many things but could we get some credible news worthy stuff here people!

    August 31, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Suzy from Ohio.

    WOW. The title makes this story out to be something it's not. Hopefully people will actually read the story.

    Cnn, go back to journalism school.

    August 31, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Lili, FL

    This is Biden talking down to women!

    Nobama 08

    August 31, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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