September 6th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin: Biden isn't an agent of change

Gov. Palin said Sen. Biden isn't capable of transforming Washington.

Gov. Palin said Sen. Biden isn't capable of transforming Washington.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attacked her Democratic counterpart for the first time on Saturday, accusing Sen. Joe Biden of being a creature of Capitol Hill incapable of transforming Washington.

“You know, the choices that presidential nominees make for running mate they say a lot about them,” Palin told an audience of 12,000 flag-waving Republicans who had gathered in a jet hangar here.

Watch: Palin says Biden isn't an agent of change

“When our opponent made his choice, he went for a fine man,” she said. “A decent man. Sen. Biden can claim many chairmanships across many, many years in Washington, and certainly many friends in the Washington establishment. But even those admirers would not be able to call him an agent of change.”

Meanwhile, she said, “Sen. McCain has called the two of us a team of mavericks. John McCain knows that we’ve done some shaking up in Alaska.”

Palin ventured briefly into the world of economic policy during her remarks, calling for reform at mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are now facing the prospect of a government bailout. Palin has largely avoided policy discussions on the campaign trail thus far, instead focusing on her own biography and emphasizing her reformer credentials.

“John McCain has been calling for years to reform things and cut bureaucracy, even at the lending agencies that our government supports,” Palin said. “The fact is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they’ve gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers. The McCain-Palin administration will make them smaller and smarter and more effective for homeowners who need help.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Charlotte

    Clearly all McCain had to say to the media was "back off" and they were all too willing to do so. (So much for the "liberal media.") Since the mainstream media isn't going to mention anything like, say, the Palin team trying their hardest now to thwart the Troopergate investigation, why doesn't somebody in the general public start a petition (there are many sites online to do this) that Palin actually go on a REAL news interview show (NOT on Fox!) where she will have to answer questions, not read from a script?

    September 6, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. applecrispbetty

    Palin is the personification of vapidity.

    September 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Scott L


    JOB - LOSSES - UP - 6.1%


    September 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. John


    September 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Bill From Florida

    I can't wait for a debate between Biden and Palin. Biden will nail
    that soccer mom to the wall.

    September 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Did she really just make this argument WHILE running as McSames VP?
    Momma always said "stupid is as stupid does"

    September 6, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. fixthebroken

    Let's get serious. Palin was told to say something about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She just didn't intelligently come up with that off the cuff. This is horrible because the McCain campaign is trying to make Palin this person with broad national and foreign knowledge when in reality all of this is scripted stuff. I really hope the people understand that.

    September 6, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Franky're right, he's not. Which why I'm not supporting him, my boy...

    September 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Tainopower

    Yes 12,000 flag that the democrats throw in the trash during there convention .and McCain save them

    September 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. McCains food taster

    uh-oh...I think I've been Pois.......

    September 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Pennsylvania Voter

    So let me get this straight:

    McCain has been in Washington for decades but he's an agent of change. Biden has been there for just as long, but he can't possibly do it.

    Palin has more experience than everyone as Governor of the 47th least populous state in America

    Palin can bring real change with her extreme right-wing views but Obama cannot. She gives good speeches and should be praised but when Obama does it it's just a cloud of rhetoric.

    My head hurts from all the spinning. It's like the Republicans are trying to mirror the Obama campaign completely.

    September 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Jorge

    If she's so smart, why won't she come out and face the press?

    According to McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds,"Gov. Palin was fully vetted as previously described and we are no longer commenting on the vetting process, She was selected, is qualified and is ready to serve."

    Apparently being "ready to serve" doesn't mean answering questions and defending her record and positions and the party platform.

    September 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Becky

    I bet the Washington crowd is shaking in their loafers at the thought of a podunk mayor with a bad attitude telling them what they are going to do....Where is Bill Clinton with his fairytale line?

    September 6, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Ken, LA California

    What shaking up has she done in Alaska, sold a plane on E-Bay for a profit?, which is a lie anyway, she sold it to one of her biggest campaign distributors at a loss, that is corruption not shakeup, the entire rethuglican party is full of Lobbyist. They want to privatise everything, Health, Social Security, next up Police Departments, can you imagine private police, they only serve you if you pay up. Eight is enough.

    September 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Justin

    No he is not a change agent, but he isn't a political gimmick either.

    September 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Mrs. McIntosh

    Why is Palin not meeting with reporters? I would like to hear about ideas on substative issues and CEASE belittling. I, as a voter, am tired of listening to her attack the democrats.

    September 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Bill

    Mrs. Palin, you lied sofar about all your stories, america can't afford you as a VP or president (if you should have that in mind)

    You are done
    Sarah will your lies, finnito – kaputt ok?

    Your dream is over.

    Have a nice trip back to alaska.

    September 6, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Dill

    Mrs. Plain, doesn't seem to represent what women really want. Her ideas from what I have read will send women backwards not forwards.

    September 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Barbara

    You go Hillary – teach her what diplomacy and decorum mean. Just a tidbit of information from NC (supposedly a red state)

    Registered voters in NC as of 9/6/2008

    Democratic: 2,689,359 Republican: 1,941,651 Libertarian: 923 Unaffiliated: 1,301,921 Total: 5,933,854

    I'm one of the unaffiliated that will go DEM this year. The repubs would have to get ALL repubs and more than half of the Unaffiliated. Think that is likely?

    September 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Darlene

    Why is it I can't beleive a word this woman, Palin, says? She's all for blasting the oposition but she says nothing on the issues. I would be scare to death if perhaps she were to become the head of our great nation, if God forbid something happen to John McCain! I hope people think on that. I really don't think the woman can be trusted.

    September 6, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. fixthebroken

    To Scott L (and your many other aliases):

    1. Stop using all capitals
    2. Stop using dashes (you look very foolish)
    3. You act like the Democratic Congress that has been in office for less than 2 years is responsible for all economic messes. Let me "learn" you something - the Republicans controlled Congress for 12 years from 1994 – 2006. From 2000 until now, our economy has started to falter in a big way. So that is 6 years that the Republicans had control with a Republican President.
    4. And you want to know why the Democratic Congress can't get anything done. It is because they don't have a super-majority to avoid the constant filibuster and veto threats that come their way.

    So you can stop posting the same tired lines now. Thank you.

    September 6, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. BOJO '08

    Are you kidding me? Palin has absolutely no business criticizing Biden. She has no business criticizing Obama. I'm still trying to fathom how she can even have her name on the same ballot in november with the likes of Obama, Biden and McCain.

    And yes I just gave McCain a compliment...

    GO BOJO '08

    "No Way, No How, No McCain-Palin" - Senator Clinton

    September 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Palin for Prez!!!

    So Sarah Palin should eagerly embrace the same liberal, biased press-corps that up until a couple of days ago smeared her relentlessly about her family? She doesn't owe the liberal media ANYTHING

    September 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Tyree

    Niether Are You, You Fraud.
    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 6, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Derrick

    When I read these blogs, it seems that the commentors know more about this woman than the media does (or is willing to report)

    Way to go, America!

    September 6, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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