DEERFIELD BEACH, Florida (CNN) - Joe Biden responded to questions on the news that GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s daughter is pregnant by telling voters “children are off-limits,” just as running mate Barack Obama has done.
Biden was speaking at a Florida town hall meeting when an audience member asked what he really thought about the 17-year-old’s pregnancy.
“With regard to the stuff that you’re talking about, I have a simple proposition: children are off limits,” he said. “We’ve all been through things with our children, and it’s about common decency. Just treat people with common decency.”
The audience, a group of retired residents of Deerfield Century Village East, met the answer with resounding applause.
Democrats have begun assailing Palin for what they call insufficient executive and foreign policy experience, but Biden refused the opportunity to bite.
“I don’t know the governor,” he said. “Everything I know about her, there’s no reason not to respect her and believe she’s qualified to be the vice president. I’m not going to make that judgment. That’s the people – for you all to make.”
He also echoed Obama’s comment that Palin is a “compelling” person, and he said he takes her “on face value.”
“She’s the governor, that’s no mean feat, and she seems to have a strong personal story,” he said.