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. Tyler

    I can't wait until she debates

    It is not gonna be pretty....maybe it will be pretty for Biden....

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Rick, Centennial, CO

    PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

    THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Vince

    McCain VP choice is a disgrace to women. He could have have selected a qualified and experience woman as his running mate. Instead he went with Sarah Palin who is just reading scripts and criticizing her opponents and not suggesting any substance on the issues the country faces. Why hasn't she given an interview since she's been selected?

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Indiana Mom

    I fear for our country if we choose to elect McCain/Palin! I think we are fools if we elect them.

    The Republicans must think Americans are stupid since they have picked a "hockey mom" to be a hearbeat away from the presidency. As a "soccer mom", I certainly hope that we have enough sense to send McCain back to the senate and Palin back to the governor's office in Alaska!

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Jim

    Gov Palin – Meet the Press

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Matt

    He is very well an agent of change. He has so much experience and can bring the change the world needs with Obama. Together it is the best ticket possible. Everything the repubs say about Obama is a lie. They just want attention.


    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Alan

    Palin is a coward. Hold a press conference! Be brave enough to answer the numerous questions about you without a filter or spin!

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Kathy a woman on a mission

    I don't see any unity with her! McCain said he wants to unit the parties, and she is taring down the parties on the left.

    You too need to sit down and talk.. Because I will never vote Republican ever! Unless Colin Powel runs for President.!
    Whats the odds of that!

    Anyway, Sarah, go home back to Alaska and get your family in order
    it only shows you spend more time in your office when your daughter ends up with a baby at 17

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Peachy Keen

    "What exactly is it the VP does'....Sarah Palin quote

    "I don't know much about Iraq. I haven't been following it". ...Sarah

    This woman probably didn't even know who Joe Biden was. She has been cloistered in her igloo for years and knows nothing about the lower 48. Every word coming out of her mouth has been coming from someone else's mind. I frankly cannot believe how stupid John McCain thinks we are.

    "She sold the jet on Ebay.....And made a PROFIT'.....John McCain
    She didn't sell the jet on ebay and she lost $650,000 when a broker sold it.

    Any you know she HAD to ask them what Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac were.

    So much crap. Please America, pay attention this time.

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. john

    She doesn't talk like any good christian woman I've ever met. Same old nasty politics that has gotten us to this point. She certainly knows how to make enemies right away. It won't be as easy to bully people in Washington as it was in Wasilla. The loudest bully on the playground is usually the biggest coward. What church is she from?

    September 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Sara

    Biden seems like a decent person to me. So does Obama. Unlike McCain, they've both only been married once and I haven't heard of any rumors that either have had an affair (while McCain has admitted he's had several). Biden seems to try to be environmentally responsible and set a good example by taking a commuter train instead of driving (unlike McCain, who I heard had a 9-car motorcade go with him to buy coffee at Starbucks!).

    McCain and Palin seem nasty to me, and really hypocritical.

    What was it McCain said earlier in this campaign? "That's not change we can believe in."

    Senator McCain and Gov. Palin: Change for the sake of change isn't enough, and I don't think America WANTS your kind of change.

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. GOP for OBAMA

    McSame, Russia called!!!!!!
    They thank you for not repeating *their* "Cross in the Sand Story" recently. They appreciate you cooperation in respecting and honoring copyright laws.

    Ohhhhh....did Sarah FOOL you, too about the eBay thing?

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. interesting

    Keep getting under Barack America (I mean) Obama's skin

    Governor Palin

    PUMA 2008!

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. J.C.

    Biden and Obama are both good men and so is McCain.
    We need change for the better, not just change.
    We need to know more about the policies for issues that we care.

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Jonathan

    Her political approach is based on bullying her opponents in front of friendly crowds. The GOP can't make it through until November on that alone.

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Janet- New York

    Do we even know who this woman is besides a hockey mom and a pit bull????? This whole thing is absurd!!!! I feel like I am watching one big soap opera!!!! If America doesn't see that the only stability here is the Obama/Biden ticket, then we truly are stupid!

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Brian

    This lady scares me to death. I would bet that 2 weeks ago she did not even know what Fanny May or Freddie Mack are.

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. J. Sully, New York

    You're right. You can tell a lot about a person by who they pick as a running mate. Desperation led McSame to pick you and did he make a BIG MISTAKE. Palin is wrong on the environment, her only interest being hunting more caribou and moose and DRILL, DRILL, DRILL. Her payoff to hunters who shoot wolves from planes is pathetic.... and that picture of her and her little girl in front of the bloodied animal makes me sick. If that were me at nine years old, I'd be sick at heart for days. Yuck. Go back to Alaska you right wing nut!!

    September 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. LL

    Do an actual interview Palin, if that is your real name, that is not on Fox and is not about your family!!!

    September 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Annette, Washington, DC

    You know, they have given her a playbook scripted with bashing and slashing their way into the White House. I guess it looks better that a woman should bash and slash with no substance. A lot of grit, but no butter.

    September 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. McCain = Bush





    --–AND---A--–PAWN--–OF---THE--GOOD OLD


    September 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Debbie H

    Commentors like Scott L make me laugh. We've been losing jobs for 8 years. The Democrats have had a slight edge in Congress for the last two (a far cry from being in control!). What do you expect – an overnight Miracle because the Dems gained a few seats in 2006? Give us a break – use your brain!!!

    September 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Rachel Smith

    Barbara 'the unaffiliated', i as an indepedent voter in NC made up my mind to vote for Sen. McCain this fall.

    Did you know that obama stopped airing his ads in our state. he realized, his chances are as good as madonna winning sainthood.

    September 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Jen, Gainesville

    McCain is an agent of change: (1) he changed his position to win the Republican nomination, and (2) he just changed his campaign strategy from "experience" to "change" to win a election. These are not the changes we need!

    September 6, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Kevin

    Obama called out McCain/Palin on their BS today. Obama: "They must think you're stupid." And those of you who buy McCain's and Palin's lies must be.

    September 6, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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