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. Open Your 3rd Eye

    ANYONE WHO FALLS FOR THIS BULLSH_T DESERVES 8 MORE YEARS OF THIS HYSTERIA.

    IT'S PURE NON-SENSE.

    MCPANDER CHOSE HER BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMAN, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

    THERE'S NOTHING MORE TO IT FOLKS. GIVE SOMEONE THE PRESEIDENCY BASED ON THAT AND YOU DON'T DESERVE A COUNTRY LET ALONE A DEMOCRACY.

    AND TO THINK, SOME WOMEN ARE WILLING TO UNDERMINE THEMSELVES FOR THESE 2 CHARACTERS.

    THAT'S SCARY.

    MY DAUGHTER WILL BE SMARTER THAN THAT!!!!

    September 8, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Jim in Orlando

    The "change you can believe in" is with those who have already demonstrated it. And its not the empty suit and same-old-Joe.

    September 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. jon

    Show me the Trig Palin birth certificate why hide it in the governors pic in feb she was not preg as per the photo hand out show it like barack did

    September 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. ENE M DIAZ

    PALIN- MC CAIN TICKET FIT VERY ,VERY WELL TO ALL USA CITIZENS, PLACING THE COUNTRY FIRST. ON THE OPPOSITE WAY, OBAMA, SUPPORTERS AND CORRUPTED POLITICIANS, THEY USE MEDIA, INTERNET SITES,RADIO.AND CELLPHONES IN BAD FAITH,TO MAKE FUN. DISTRESS AND AIM FRAME OF PALIN.- MC CAIN TICKET.

    September 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Alan

    Obama had the primaries to introduce himself, his upbringing, his family etc. Palin is doing this on the fast track and being ridiculed for it. She's about to turn her attention to the issues and debates full time and the dems had better be prepared. Take her lightly and you'll be gutted like a moose.

    September 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Kiah G.

    What Biden is doing is both brilliant and strategy. One he's making it clear that Palin IS NOT the only woman in politics contrary to what Reps seem to think and two that debating women is just like debating a man. The media and their obvious Palin bias is trying to paint Biden as confused on the issue thereby making it appear the Palin succeeds regardless of her actual performance.

    This levels the playing field b/c after all don't women want to be treated as equals.

    Obama/Biden

    September 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Ray

    THE REPUBLICAN POWER OF RIDICULE

    The Republicans are really masters at trivializing everything about Obama. They have effectively done this in his:

    • Harvard education ( it’s almost shameful to say that Obama went to Harvard because he’s an “elitist”)

    • Popularity home and abroad ( The “biggest celebrity in the world”)

    • Convention stage ( “Roman columns”)

    • Inexperience ( “Community Organizer”)

    • Patriotism ( He and his wife had to prove again and again that they love America)

    • Faith ( He’s not a Christian )

    • Policy ( He will surrender to terrorists )

    The Democrats and Obama on their part have trumpeted and highly praised John McCain as the ultimate “American hero” for his “service” to the nation. Indicating that he truly loves his country more than any other mortal.

    Obama has insisted not to talk about McCain’s age.

    As for McCain’s inexperience VP Sarah Palin who came on the national stage with a very pregnant teen, Obama said "off limit"! when that could have been used to ridicule the "family values" of the Republicans. The Republicans wouldn't have said "off limits" if it had been the other way round.

    Palin has been praised as “a star is born.”

    The Republicans have effectively used ridicule to neutralize Obama with every of their ad and McCain saying: “I am John McCain and I approve this message”.

    Looking back, Gen. Wesley Clarke was very right about the so-called military "heroism" of McCain. Gen. Clarke tried to set the tone on how to nuetralize the Republicans and he was sliced off by Obama!

    Now it's clear Gen. Wesley Clarke was right about McCain's military "scares" for readiness.

    The choice is left to Obama and the Democrats to make. Are they going to ridicule the Republicans on everything or not? From the woeful failure of the economy, Bush, and shameful foreign policy, etc.

    If they don't strike hard, before long there won't be much supporters like me left in the camp of losers who seem not to have the spine for a fight.

    Joe Biden is running around saying that Sarah Palin is a better debater! Pathetic.
    I truly miss Hillary Clinton. She would have done a better job than Joe Biden. Joe Biden is inept.

    Ridicule! Ridicule!! Ridicule!!!

    September 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Leslie

    Joe,
    Time to take off the gloves! Go get her! You are the original Bull Dog! We have to hit them hard and keep hitting. I know you are a gentleman but it is time to get tough!

    NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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    September 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Dreanna, IN

    I guess the country hasn't suffered enough. Who in their right mind would even think about another Republican Administration? I don't get it.

    O/B 08

    September 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. mel from Ohio

    I just saw a video of the "pit of bull" speaking in AK about another woman who was running for an office and "whining" about being treated unfairly as a woman. Palin suggested that she should stop whining and work harder to get ahead!!! Hope Obama incorporates that into an add so she can choke on her own words.

    September 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Michelle from DA Bronx, NY

    Joe, we will see who will be joking after the debate. Just like a grocer's daughter from England came onto the world stage almost 30 years ago, Sarah Palin will demonstrate that even without an ivy league education, women are just as capable as holding public office as men are–even conservative women. Go Sarah Go!
    For the record democracts, George Bush is not running in this election, John McCain and Sarah Palin are. For all the talk about John McCain voting with Bush 90% of time, without democratic votes in Congress, Medicare Prescription Bill, No Child Left Behind, Authorization for the War in Iraq would not have gotten anywhere. That would mean that the dems voted with Bush 60-70% of the time.

    September 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Spin Masters

    I support OBAMA and BIDEN and think we are doomed if they do not win the white house. That's why they need to step up their game on these attacks and false 'maverick' claims coming from the GOP.
    It's one thing to stay away from negative attacks but another to actually praise McCain and Palin. DEMS PLEASE STOP COMPLIMENTING PALIN. She's a puppet and a pure political trick and if you let the lies continue and appear to support those lies then you can kiss the election goodbye. Obama said the GOP must think we're stupid. The truth is that YES, some americans are STUPID and will believe the palin hype.

    September 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Celeste

    It is time for the Democrats to play hardball. This is serious. Obviously a vast number of the American people have not learned a lesson from the past 8 yrs of Republican rule and are prepared to give them another term. WAKE UP AMERICA!!! WAKE UP!!!

    Sen. McCain is running as though he is a third party candidate and not part of the Republican establishment, which he is. He is the incumbent Candidate, he represents the administration!!! He is trying to swift boat the American public, 'he is no maverick, he is George Bush's sidekick'. He is no different from the hardliners in the Republican party and, God forbid, if he gets in the White House he will continue on the same path.

    September 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Ron from Baltimore

    David Axelrod: EARN YOUR MONEY. Where the have you and youir team been, what are you doing, I barely saw a few minutes of you this entire weekend, and have not heard enough good stuff from Obama or Biden to justify your keep.

    SO MANY missteps by McCain-Palin, so many unanswered lies and misleading implications.....how do you respond?? As we learned last time, we cannot simply 'remain above the fray." Obama can, Clinton to some extent (her husband as well), but not Biden, Kaine, Schumer, Pelosi, a handfull of both male and female senators and governors.....
    what's holding you up in responding? You are losing points and time and opportunity......get to work now!

    September 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Nik

    Be careful, Joe. They will raise the sexism card. You are allowed to say only good things about Gov. Palin. Don't question her record and don't question any of the talking points the McCain campaign shoves down our throats about Palin.

    September 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Elizabeth

    Let Palin continue her sarcastic remarks. The more she belittles Obama and throws her 'punches', the less likely anyone is going to cry foul when she actually gets a tough question. Equal pay for equal work – how about equal scrutiny for the same job. Joe Biden was quoted statements he made years ago and asked to square them with recent statements. Fortunately for Sarah Palin, she has no record to review on any substantive issue. Stop crying sexism – it only hurts women who take pride in their work.

    September 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Denise

    CNN Jack secion was closed but I just wanted to let him know that I'm sorry for loss.

    Jack be strong our thoughts and prayers are with you all the way here in the Virgin Islands.

    Love you Jack my Lord bless and comfort you.

    September 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Dana from the Chi

    Joe Biden is absolutely correct,

    When women find out that she is against women rights, anti-abortion even in incest and rape, and she is against equal pay for women. She is also against universal healthcare for women. Palin might look good on the surface to the repulicans but start digging into the pile!!

    Hilary needs to blast her because she is taken women for granted!!

    September 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. jon

    Show me the Trig Palin birth certificate
    why hide it in the governors pic in feb she was not preg as per the photo hand out show it like barack did US Politics & Gov't (tags: Sarah Palin, Trig Palin, Alaska, hospital records, birth certificate, Republicans, RNC, Campaign 2008 )

    Blue
    - 3 days ago – examiner.com

    From the April 18, 2008 Anchorage Daily News: Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth to her fifth child at 6:30 AM ... The online record for births at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center on April 18, 2008 show two births, neither a Trig Palin.

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    September 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. dee

    Palin would shoot the Panda!

    September 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Patty

    Seems like someone with true Scranton roots would be a hunter and outdoorsman, not live in upscale Greenville, known as the home of Dupont horse country.

    September 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Noelle, TN

    Why do I get the feeling the GOP, especially John McCain is laughing at us. John looks like-you suckers, everytime he give us a phony line, and he gets an applause he laughs. I won't be able to take that for 4 years. Not only will he lie to us, evade tough questions, but he will send us to another war, appoint Supreme Court Justices, and continue to laugh. And we will deserve it, because we will have been hoodwinked, yet again.

    Wake up America, don't be duped by big hair and lipstick.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Terry

    Love Joe Biden and Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Jerry---Illinois

    There are a lot of dumb people in this country, didn't
    George Bush get elected two times.

    September 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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