September 8th, 2008
07:00 AM ET
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Biden jokes about Palin's sharpshooting

Biden Joked about Palin's sharpshooting Monday.
Biden Joked about Palin's sharpshooting Monday.

KALISPELL, Montana (CNN) – Joe Biden joked Sunday that GOP nominee Sarah Palin should be held to the same standard as other candidates for the White House—except in one area where she’s clearly got the edge. “It's not whether Sarah Palin can aim an assault rifle and hit dead target - which she probably can, and I hope it's not me,” he joked at a campaign event in Montana.

Palin’s speech to the Republican National Convention was peppered with references to her rural Alaskan upbringing, including time spent fishing and snowmobiling.

But Biden said she needed to talk more about issues. At a media availability, Biden cited Palin’s noticeable absence from the Sunday morning talk shows earlier that day. Biden, Barack Obama and John McCain all gave sit-down interviews.

Biden said Palin should do the same.

“Somewhere along the line…she will start to stand before the nation and the public and you know, determine whether or not her views, her breadth of knowledge, her record, is one that people say ‘yeah I want that person as vice president, a heartbeat away from being president,’” Biden said.

He also disagreed with pundits who say he’ll have to approach with caution the upcoming vice presidential debate, saying “they’re in a time warp.” Biden and Palin will meet on October 2 at Washington University in St. Louis.

“It seems like the only people in the room that think that debating a woman is going to be fundamentally different are people who don’t hang around with smart women,” Biden said. “I mean, you know, the idea that I’ve not debated tough, smart women. Come to the Senate man. Take on Barbara Mikulski. Take on Olympia Snowe. You know, take on Dianne Feinstein. Take on Barbara Boxer. Take on you know, the list goes on.”


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  1. Ron from Baltimore

    Dear "Anonymous"--really standing up for our convictions, aren't you? Who is this, Cindy?? Todd? Bristol??? O'Reily????

    The best thing I've heard from you guys was the line from Bill Hemmer, I believe it was, saying he was surprised the Obama visit with O'Reily looked like two Irish folks couldn't seem to agree. Ha ha! Let's thank them for at least that bit of wit--

    September 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Steve, New York, New York

    America – how can you expect this person to occupy the SECOND MOST POWERFUL POSITION ON THE PLANET, when she's too much of a coward to appear on the Sunday talk?

    Wow – ultra-right wing, white judeo-christian female from small-town America: the GOP is saying that it's more important WHAT SHE IS, than her qualifications (7 years to finish college?? Wow)!

    September 8, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Ms. D

    The republicans want to groom and train Palin before she answer questions. She will be scripted up by the end of the week by the time her interview take place. If you listen to Palin she has nothing new to say. She has been saying the same script every rip. She has not talked about where she stands on economy, healthcare, or education. It is the same of the Mcsame-Bush failed policies!! The republicans think that her looks and being a women will do it!! NOT!!

    September 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Fazio

    Doesn't strike you as unusual that Palin has been silent with the media thus far after delivering her speech at the RNC convention?

    I think that her handlers are nervous – and working hard to "educate" her on the issues. Or something...

    I look forward to the day when America sees her for her true colors – an extremist, out of synch with mainstream America, and a very frightening individual.

    You can run, Sarah, but you can't hide. Your wierdness will show soon enough.

    September 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Ruth-VA

    If the presidency was to be won by how much degrading comments you can throw at your opponant, She wins.Sad for her, the American public is a bit smarter than that.Except for those who part take of the Jerry Springer show by viwing it or being on it. She appeals to that audiance. Family values are the last thing on her agenda, power, greed and self grandization is what she is after. She will take it with a smile on her face if we let her; the scary part, she believes it was God's will that she is where she is., Just like Gorge Bush did. I have a question for her and McCain so will they "lay off" the exacetive chef, drivers, and put Air Force 1 on e-bay too? since they both believe it is a waste to have them.

    September 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Peter Voisin

    Take a deep breath everyone.

    The Parties and the Lobbyists want us at each other's throats!

    The Media wants to drive out public servants and encourage politicians to chart America's future.

    It's time for a change.
    THE MEDIA is never held to account with their stories about the character of our elected officials. The MEDIA's "facts" are rarely challenged.

    Sara said that she is going to Washington not for the MEDIA's approval but to serve America.

    John said he is not his own man but his country's!

    As an independent voter, I don't trust the parties, the media, or the lobbists.

    I do trust small town Mayors, PTA Presidents, Kindergarden Principals, Veterans, most Pastors, Ministers and Rabbis, and my Mother.

    I am willing to give the McCain/Palin ticket a shot.

    What about you?

    Peter Voisin
    Independent VFoter
    Hendersonville, NC

    September 8, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. ree

    Obama will use anyone to get what he wants. Look how he is using the Clintons. Look how he is using his race.

    We need someone with experience in the White House. Well, I guess that's why he picked the "good old boy" Biden.

    No Way, No How Obama

    September 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Carol

    I was singularly unimpressed with Palin. Her looks seem to be the card that she plays and I don't think she is particularly attractive. I found her to be most unpleasant. Her speech came across snarky and so negative and arrogant as to be grating. Her vocal tonality is annoying also. She may be smart but I think she has a very hard heart. Ambition can be very ugly. McCain should watch his back.

    September 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. JIMBISCIELLO

    THIS IS ALL GETTING TOO RIDICULOUS AND REALLY INSULTING TO ANYONE WITH INTELLIGENCE.
    NO, THE DEMS SHOULD NOT ATTACK PALIN, THEY NEED TO EXPOSE HER FOR WHAT SHE IS; NAMELY A WOMAN WHO IS NOT QUALIFIED TO HOLD THE NATIONS SECOND HIGHEST OFFICE.
    SHE IS MORE QUALIFIED TO BE A MASCOT FOR A HOCKEY TEAM OR A SCREENER FOR JERRY SPRINGER- NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS

    September 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Janet, USA via Canada

    Biden is right! All Issues that concern all American People!

    As a 63+ White Catholic Female, I don't hate Palin for her own beliefs, she just has to understand that there are over 300M Americans, not just White Skin, Right Wing Fundamentalists, predominately populated Oil/ Military employees which are the focus of Alaska, no offense PLEASE!

    But, Palin comes across as a Bush in lipstick and nylons, with extremely less experience than other Female Member of the Republican Party, in other states with double or triple the population!

    Therefore, is McCain thinks the Female Gender is going to be blinded to vote for him, in which, McCain and Palin only mirrors Bush and Cheney, after the disastrous eight years of the worst economy this country has seen. Well, guess again!

    September 8, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Nancy

    I think Bidden is bidding his time. I truly believe that the gloves will come off during the VP debate. He is going to chew her up and spit her up.

    September 8, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Nice Try Dems

    For all of you who are saying Palin doesn't have the experience – she's been to the Middle East more than Barrack...of course she didn't travel with the vast entourage and the network news following behind yipping like the little lap dogs they are. Maybe if she would've written a couple books before then, or followed Barrack's work ethic of work as senator for 4 months, dream about being president for 3 years! I think most of the people who've posted here are just a touch scarred. Let's just drop the act and say what you all are really thinking: Boo hoo!! She...(sob)...that mean Mrs. Palin is a mean bad girl. Boo hoo.

    Here's a flash for you – Palin's never asked about being on Oprah! It was HER staff that said she should be on the show because she is a positive image for women. But Oprah, after she had to re-glue her eyelashes, nixed it. She doesn't want to hurt her boyfriend.

    Palin will mop the floor with Biden. She'd mop the floor with Obama. And in 2016 (or 2012 if McCain only does 1 term), she'll mop the floor with Hillary.

    What's the difference between a Democrat and Republican? Republicans honor their strong women.

    September 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. dee

    Because Palin isn't available for the press, WE GET TO SPEAK FOR HER:
    1. PALIN DOESN'T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING!
    2. PALIN DOESN'T BELIEVE IN BIRTH CONTROL!
    3. PALIN DOESN' WANT TO PROMOTE GREEN ENERGY IN FRONT OF OIL DRILLING.
    4.. PALIN DOESN'T BELIEVE POLAR BEARS ARE ENDANGERED (BECAUSE IT WILL INTERFERE W/ OIL DRILLING.
    5. PALIN'S GOVERNMENT IS TOO BIG: BUT SUPPORTS MORE WAR, THE DRAFT, STOPS A WOMANS RIGHT TO CHOOSE, CUT FUNDS TO HEALTH CARE, AND LIED TO HER OWN PEOPLE ON THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. dee

    Palin isn't available for the press, WE GET TO SPEAK FOR HER:
    1. PALIN DOESN'T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING!
    2. PALIN DOESN'T BELIEVE IN BIRTH CONTROL!
    3. PALIN DOESN' WANT TO PROMOTE GREEN ENERGY IN FRONT OF OIL DRILLING.
    4.. PALIN DOESN'T BELIEVE POLAR BEARS ARE ENDANGERED (BECAUSE IT WILL INTERFERE W/ OIL DRILLING.
    5. PALIN'S GOVERNMENT IS TOO BIG: BUT SUPPORTS MORE WAR, THE DRAFT, STOPS A WOMANS RIGHT TO CHOOSE, CUT FUNDS TO HEALTH CARE, AND LIED TO HER OWN PEOPLE ON THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. joseph

    maynard hopkins wi

    September 8th, 2008 11:25 am ET

    Biden can only joke about Palins sharpshooting. Joe Biden could not even hold a candle to Sarahas shooting….Or her knowledge about firearms or hunting,,,Joe Biden must be hurting real bad if this is all he has to offer today.

    _________________________________________

    I guess he would be hurting if the election was about sharpshooting, or hunting. What is her stance on any of the issues that face us today? Don't worry I won't wait for an answer seeing you can't possibly produce one

    September 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Nowhere Man

    To -> Tony September 8th, 2008 11:35 am ET

    "Palin will use anyone and anything to get what she wanst and most people are too ignorant to see it."

    As opposed to any other politician? Sheesh. You can replace Palin with Hillary or The Chosen One and the sentence applies. I remember hundreds of posts with Hillary's name with the same wording!

    Palin was not aspiring to be Prez or VP for years and years as opposed to McCain, Biden, Obama, Hillary, et al, ALL of them career politicans! To now say she will do anything, or use anyone, is absolutely ludricous!

    September 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. chiky, CA

    Can everyone please focus on issues and what Palin brings to the table. What are her world view and how they relate to mainstream America.

    It is trully distressing that Mccain and co have intimedated the Media to the point of stupidity. CNN what happend to asking the tough questions and let the public decide on their own...... And what about Dana Barsh coverage of Mccain Palin-she might as well get some POM POMs and cheer on. She is always cheesing and hoopla about Mcain-Palin. What about the journalistic objectivity- what a shame.

    September 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Kaching

    Palin is being kept on a pretty short leash by the McCain campaign. Eventually they will have to put her in the position of answering questions. I suggest these:
    1. Palin stood up to big oil, they say. Which oil company? How did she stand up to them?

    2. Palin commands the Alaska National Guard, and she has made tough decisions. Can we have four or five examples of tough decisions she has made about the Guard?

    3. Palin says she will be a friend to families with disabled children. What programs does she have in mind that will benefit them? What is her plan for child health care in America?

    September 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Tammy - KCMO

    If she's going to run than anything is fair game when it comes to questioning her judgement as VP and possible Presidential material.

    Have at it Biden.

    September 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. We Demand Our Country Back!

    A toaster should have been able to beat the Repugs this time around with no trouble. So, why is McCain leading by 1 point in the Gallup Poll? Because he was eclipsed by his celeb-status, gun-toting, anti-choice, religious zealot, snarky, transparent and inexperienced VP and the Dems are not fighting back because they seem to be afraid of being called sexist.

    Look, Palin lies, tells half truths and her insults towards community organizers make me sick! Let's look at the debt she left her city and the debt she incurred the state of Alaska during her SHORT stint as governor. Or just fact check her cute little speech from the RNC. Once the info gets around about her lies she will not be such a star. She’ll just be another out of control Repug.

    Please, Dems, go on the attack! They are not holding back on us and we shouldn’t on them.

    September 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Typical White Person

    Happy in Oregon September 8th, 2008 11:20 am ET wrote:

    Everyone needs to read the Anne Kilkenny letter and the newest article from the Guardian in England that shows Palin for who she really is, and it's not who we want for VP!

    So, you are basing your oposition on a letter written by someone in her hometown that doesn't like her?

    September 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. MFVJR

    The GOP VP nominee, for me, is until now still a very scary choice, in case the president is incapacitated, considering all the facts on the table.

    If she was vetted properly she could have prior knowledge of what the functions (or none function) of vice-president. The press could not have picked her remarks about the position?

    If she was vetted properly, she should be available to the media interviews at any given notice for the people to know her character, her depth of knowlegde and her stand on issues, domestic and international?

    If she was vetted properly, the party will not be scrambling, shielding her, giving her a crash courses OJT in 3 weeks? And only for release once ready and polished?

    Definitely, she is just a scary. Still does not resonate.

    September 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. John

    To everyone who has posted here and is an Obama/Biden supporter – make calls and get involved before it's too late. We don't want another November 5th like the past two elections. We have to get people to the polls, period!

    September 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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