September 4th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden lowers expectations in upcoming debate against Palin

Sen. Biden said Thursday that Republicans are distorting Sen. Obama's record.

Sen. Biden said Thursday that Republicans are distorting Sen. Obama's record.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (CNN) - Joe Biden warned supporters Thursday not to expect him to unleash “one-line zingers” in his debates with GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin — even if she does.

“I will be unrelenting in my debate with governor, the governor of Alaska in terms of the positions she has taken,” Biden said. “But I will not do what she is able to do so well, and many others–not bad. I am not good at the one-line zingers that go at, you know, that’s not my deal. So if that is going to be the measure of how these debates go, then I’m not going to do very well.”

Palin attacked the Democratic ticket in her speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday, belittling Obama’s experience and charging he cares more about his career than about achieving victory in Iraq.

Biden broadly condemned “distortions” from Republican opponents at a campaign event Thursday, but took only a veiled swipe at Palin.

“[You’re] seeing distortions from opponents — this thing of 'country first,' this awful line about Barack Obama being more concerned about his career than winning a war,” Biden said. “I thought we were beyond that.”

A voter in the audience asked the Democratic senator to “please promise us that you will go at her” when the two candidates meet at a debate in October.

Biden warned her she might be disappointed, but promised to press Palin on the issues.

“If that is the measure of the debates are, me stating forthrightly about me and Barack Obama and what we’ll do to change the country, I think you’ll be proud. At least I hope you will,” he said.

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  1. Bill

    A reply to "If you like Bush"......
    Perhaps you aren't aware but.....
    McCain (President)/ Palin (Vice President)
    Obama (President)/Biden (Vice President)

    If you want to vote on the Vice President, you're going to be waiting a long time.

    Oh and Obama was sworn in as US Senator on January 4th, 2005. He started running for President on February 10th, of 2007. So he was a senator for all of 25 months before running for president. Either way you look at it, It's not 4 years.

    How many times did Palin vote "Present"? Why would you vote "Present" anyway? People elect you to represent them, don't they? If people just wanted to know you were there, and not vote, they could do that themselves.

    September 4, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Are you Kidding me?

    Joe you are so going to get beat up at the debate it is not even funny. You might want to just not show up.

    And to the foolish people attempting to compare Obama's "experience" to Palins get a clue. The best you can do is compare a Presidential Nominee to the Vice Presidential nominee of the other party. How obtuse are you? Obama's VP has more experience then him.

    You make a far better case not to vote for Obama then a vote for him by doing so. So by all means compare your over-hyped canidate to a person who actually has executive experience.

    Deeds not words win elections.

    September 4, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Jill American

    Palin did not smear community volunteers as a whole .. what she did say was that Obama's community service did not give him the experience to run a country.

    Sorry .. but it's true. I'll never vote McCain but, like it or not, Palin hit the nail on the head more than a few times in her speech.

    So the Dems call it 'shrill'? That's it, just keep alienating the women voters ... playing right into their hands. I'm sure at some point Obama will calll her 'Sweetie' too. The DNC just keeps looking more and more foolish every day!

    September 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Breck

    Sarah Palin would quite possibly be the worst VP ever. She believes in censorship if the book in question offends her religion, she believe the Iraq War is a mission from God, she believes drilling is the solution to our problems, she likes chasing animals from a helicopter until they collapse before killing them, she misuses her power for personal reasons, and she is just another extreme rightist who wants to impose her beliefs on the nation. How can anyone say she is qualified to step in for Bush, excuse me, McCain, she has no experience above state level, and the population of some cities exceeds that of her state.

    Those saying Obama has done nothing are lying, he has worked with A REPUBLICAN to stop nuclear weapons from entering the hands of terrorists, he was on the Illinois State Senate for 7 years, he has voted for and sponsored several bills, Republicans are just trying to delude you. Furthermore, the greatest Republican President in history, Abraham Lincoln, was as inexperienced as Obama with no notable accomplishments other than opposing the Mexican War.

    Don't vote for lies. Don't vote for hypocrisy. Don't vote for religious extremism. Don't vote for more wars. Don't vote Republican!

    September 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Bryan

    Look at the issue they support, That is what is really at stake here. Seems to me Palin showing us what she is really about. Angelical Christian are rallying "Wake up America".

    September 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. from Maryland

    All Sarah Palin showed Americans was that she is sarcastic, nasty, can lie like the rest of the Republicans, and be their pawn. She has no foreign policy experience and her executive experience is extremely limited. She tries to show how she is just like most Americans, but her husband is an oil executive. She is governor but only for 1 1/2 years. She is interested in her career over family. This is an ego trip for her.This whole thing reflects poor judgment from John McCain.

    September 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. MIKE

    Americans lets us pray for this election year. Global terrorism is not only against America its against all other coutries in the world. We are taking it too personal Like everyone else is again us. Pls God help us.

    GOP has shown us that you sent them into Iraq to waste our money..when you precisely said in you word that...He that doest not take care of people of his own household is worse than an infidel..

    September 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Ron democrat turned independent

    description of an Obama supporter – - – cry cry cry

    laugh when you dish it out - cry when it's done to you.

    September 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Lynne in MO.

    I hope you will do exactly as you say. I found her speech to be very EMPTY of any so-called MEAT!!! How SAD that this person and her running mate, MR. McCain, NOT take this election and all the ramifications of it, for this country, it's citizens, SERIOUSLY. It is a SAD JOKE, ie: NOT FUNNY, INSULTING to the INTELLIGENCE of all it's people, and shamefully sad to see those present applaud and hoot and hollar for anyone playing to them.

    She was contradictory when she said "More Govt. Programs, More Govt. telling you what to do" if the Democrats get in when both she and he would, in a minute, do all they could do to take away THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE ie: CHOOSING FOR YOU.

    And as far as PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST, she did not address one "people" issue in the entire speech. It doesn't take much to act like a PIT BULL WITH LIPSTICK, folks. It takes ALOT to be a community organizer every minute of the day. With so little respect for the people whom, MOST OF WHOM , make up this nation THIS IS THE TICKET OF WHICH TO BE REALLY AFRAID!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Party Of Distortions - GOP

    As Republicans would falsly claim, no one from Obama camp or Joe Biden camp ever attacked Palin's family. It was media just reporting the facts about her family.
    Obama made it very clear that Candidate's families are Off limits especially children !
    So Republicans, who are in self deniel mode, once and for all stop this B** S*** that Palin's family was attacked by Dems.
    I definitely realised one fact from yesterday's speech by Palin that she is made exactly in the mould of a hardcore Washington politician, which means more of the same from her !!

    September 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. D

    I hope Joe asks this question in the debate: If her standard for judging a candidate's qualification for President is whether the candidate has "executive" experience, shouldn't she be shouting "zero, zero, zero" to John McCain too?

    September 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. VA Voter

    Imagine that – Joe Biden plans to debate the issues and not fire off one-line, bold-faced lies at his opponent. Shocking!

    I can't wait to watch this debate. It will be epic in how awesome Joe looks and how poorly the governor from Alaska will look.

    I also noticed that Sens. Obama and Biden don't refer to her by name, so I won't either. Who is that governor from Alaska, anyway?

    September 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. andrea

    nice polo joe (in the pic) ...really working for those blue-collar votes in a $100 shirt.

    September 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Jerry in Mpls.

    Joe Biden knows his way in a dabate,you watch Joe's gong to show her how it gets done.Old school! At this time I would like for everyone to remember the name "Brady Eyestone" the next Minnesota Giant of the Democratic party.

    September 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. MIKE

    maynard hopkins wi
    sahara Palin?

    September 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Oleg

    She blatantly lied almost all time. So, all that remains to do is to list each of these lies in detail, and ask questions about the details.


    September 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Trent

    "Napoleon Complex"

    You hit it right on the head!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    BK September 4th, 2008 2:06 pm ET

    Wow! I didn't hear any Obama followers talking last week when Obama and Biden attacked McCain. Remember "John McCain said he would follow Bin Laden to the gates of hell. He won't even follow him to the cave he lives in.' Like Obama would. Oh but thats ok because Obama said
    Have you been paying attention at all? During one of the debates, Obama said that he would stike Al-Queda in Pakistan if there was intelligence and the Pakistani government would not act. What happened? Bush followed Obama's lead and one of the Al-Queada folks was killed. This is but one of the instances where Bush has followed Obama's lead and things were successful. Too bad Mccain/Palin have no new ideas. If you had any doubts, take a look at the RNC this week.

    September 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. The Lady

    Biden give the pit bull all your respect.

    September 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. The BOTTOM Line......

    its'll go like this:




    September 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. andrea

    I'm sorry did someone on this comment section just compare Obama to Jesus Christ?? You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Solo

    Just wondering.....Was that the same "Bridge to No Where" that Palin used to get her over the Alaskan river to the governorship???????

    September 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Tim

    You Dems must really be worried. Finally a proven ticket with candidates that voted yes or no to real issues. Way to go Huck and Rudy! You lit it up last night and the next Vice President of the USA capped it off. What a night. President Elect McCain will finish it off tonight!!!!!!!!! Great ticket.

    McCain/Palin 2008 all the way.

    September 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Shannon in California

    Smack the lipstick right off of that pit bull !!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Palin is a hunter who has shot wolves from planes. She comes from a state that prides itself on rugged self-reliance. That cockiness and smugness was well on display last night.

    However, that harshness is not going to serve her in the long run. At some point you need to be able to bring people together, not tear them apart.

    "Snarky" is not exactly a term of endearment.

    September 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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