September 8th, 2008
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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. KD

    Biden is trying to say he will be the underdog at the debate because he doesn't debate very well. He's had 25+ years in debating with the big dogs in DC, so why is he trying to pull off this underdog act? Because he already knows he's going to lose the debate so he's trying to ease the pain.

    September 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Brooklyn

    Wow. Funny Senator. Is that really the best that you can come up with?
    Lost my vote.

    September 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Substance

    No substance in her speech and the McCain campaign won't even let her out by herself! Reason being the teleprompters won't be there and she will have to think for herself.

    The reporters better not ask her what the VP of the US does because she herself said she doesn't know.

    September 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Debby

    Its funny Biden didn't mention Hillary in that list of women because he debated her for the Pres. bid and lost. hahaha

    September 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Mike, TX

    Biden is so lame.

    September 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Candace

    Biden should not have to go easy on her...she is skilled make-believe politician. She is definitely not off limits...she sure know how to throw a punch and I really dislike when people call this sexism. WHO cares we are fighting for the White House and we are going to have to minimize her affect on undecided voters. I just think she is going to wash away in about a couple of weeks and we will focus on the issues and not the style...we need some substance...I don't care what she looks like and her sarcasm should be a turn off to every American.

    September 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Tony

    The Republicans think 99.9% of all americans are stupid and too ignorant to get the facts, do the research required before making the biggest decisions of their lives.

    That is one thing the reublicans have always had on their side.

    Apathetic america!

    September 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Registered Republican

    Olympia Snowe? A smart woman? Is Joseph Lieden feeling alright.

    September 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Saunders in Canada

    I read the Anne kilkenny letter and was shocked . Will never understand how americans can fall for this lady,

    September 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Jann, Denver CO

    If Palin thinks she can play with the Big Boys than she better learn how to take it like a Big Boy. I can't wait for Joe to chew this heffer up and spit her out like the stupid cow she really is.

    September 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. zo owen

    Love Biden....he has got this right....sexism is really NOT going
    after a VP candidate because she IS a women.
    Wasn't it Hillary Clintron that quoted Truman in her campaign,
    "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

    She didn't say..."Don't pick on me because all the stay at home moms won't like you"....but she did saym "I am a pit bull with lipstick", and that's OK...I am a woman.

    A Mom of 5, Grandmother of 4 ...and we all think Biden is our best chance out of this GOP econmic diaster

    September 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. jimmy


    September 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Registered Republican

    Obama's Lyin 08

    September 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Forget about Palin.........McCain is the "target."

    September 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. rae

    Go get her Joe, if she wants to play with the big boys, she has to take it like a big boy. Wouldn't we all love to see what Hilliary would do to her in a debate!!! This woman is a disgrace to all women who actually take the time to read and listen.

    September 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Steve

    I hate to be the one to break the news to the Dems but they need to look around and start realizing the race is all but over. It truly is laughable to see the left, Obama and Biden tucking tail and just wishing they could run and hide. Go McCain-Palin!!!

    September 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Mccain is a Liar and Palin is Dick Cheney's Mistress

    Obama Biden are the Crystal Clear CHoice this Election. Mccain and Palin are full of lies and they try to use the Women card every chance they get Obama and Biden are the Clear Choice in this Election they are the Ones actually talking about day to day Problems and giving us solutions on How they are going to fix them all republicans Know is War, Drill, Taxes this is 2008 not 1958 Time for Change is NOw!

    September 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Scott Tucson

    I smell fear among the democrats?

    Obama should have swallowed his pride and picked Hillary. If he can't get that decision right than how can we expect him to deal with real national and world problems?

    September 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. JB

    If Hillary thinks by minimally campaigning and not taking on Palin that she still stands a chance in 2012.....she is dead wrong. Her only chance is to replace Biden in 2012 is as VP. Certainly she of all people has to realize that the Black vote would not come out and vote in 2012 if Obama loses due to a percieved lack of involvement by either Hillary or Bill. I still blame her for Bush's election in 2000 when she and Bill essentially failed to campaign for Gore.

    September 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |

    oh by the way CNN, FOX, MSN, MSNBC, etc etc...... STOP THIS MESS!!!
    All of ya'll kill me in prasing this WOMEN, her child, pregnant teenager lies etc.. etc... Do ya'll want her as ya'll little darling or something!!!!! YOU aND THE REST OF THE LIARS CAN GO TO...... BEFORE THE REST OF aMERICA JOIN YA'LL IF MCOLDCRAP/PALIAR wins!!!!!!!!

    I am so DISGUSTED and ANGRY in continuasly seeing this WOMEN on every MEDIA Outlet!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Bob

    Why isn’t CNN playing Sarah Palin’s minister’s words over and over?

    September 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. georgia independent

    Looks to me like she plays rough with the boys and can handle a real talk. If she can cut up a moose, she should be able to debate.

    Joe – do what you do best – tell us what you've done, challenge her to tell us what she has done. If all she can do is wave a flag, her church, her children, her lipstick, and her lies – the public will thank you for it.

    September 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Barbara

    September 8th, 2008 11:21 am ET
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    Joe – the republican machine is going to call you sexist no matter what you do. Rove's pick, Schmidt, at work.

    First Rove runs the WH – Schmidt next?

    September 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Oh Boy!!!???

    The US lives in the land of TV where everything is served on an easy to understand platter. It does not matter if it is a lie. If it is easy, the public will go for it because they don't have to think.

    America is full of very stupid people. That is a fact.

    In the meantime we will see many of those flashy, easy to believe, big statement, big emotion, no plan ads.

    We will have many ads to endure before we get to hear her speak for herself, or at least away from a script or a screen to read from.

    Think for yourselves, America. Read a newspaper, look up some facts, if you believe everything you see on TV, you'll never believe the mess you'll be in for the next four years.

    September 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Tony

    Mere jokes are not blogger fodder? Guess CNN is doing everything it can to not report that Gallup has McCain ahead of Obama. Your days of celebrity are numbered, Obama.

    September 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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