September 9th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
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Biden questions GOP disability advocates on stem cell research

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COLUMBIA, Missouri (CNN) – Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that advocates for people with disabilities should “support stem cell research” - a remark that follows repeated pledges from Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, the mother of a baby with Down Syndrome, to parents of children with disabilities that she would be “a friend and advocate in the White House.”

When asked about the issue at a Tuesday rally, Biden did not mention Palin’s name, but seemed to direct a question to her.

“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy…and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect,” he said. “Well, guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”

Related: McCain camp says Biden 'sunk to a new low'

Biden told voters “the disability issue is not a new issue for us” and said he and Barack Obama would support stem cell research — a political hot potato that Sarah Palin does not support because it involves the use of human embryos.

In an illustration over the controversy of stem cell research — a key issue for some conservative voters — the Republican ticket is split. John McCain supports the practice.


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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Candy West Virginia

    Keep talking Biden, and teaching Sarah. She has a lot of learning to do in such a short period of time.

    September 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Mr. Eko

    "...a remark that follows repeated pledges from Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, the mother of a baby with Down Syndrome, to parents of children with disabilities that she would be “a friend and advocate in the White House.”

    All that she meant was she'll pray for you. Beyond that, you're screwed and on your own.

    September 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Spencer from VA

    Joe Biden= A real VP talking about issues

    September 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. MIKE

    So he thinks that Down Syndrome babies should not exist...the world should just be filled with perfect people?

    well...at least he is in sync with his running mate who thinks down syndrome babies can be aborted after they are out of the womb too.

    This is disgusting....now they are attacking this ladies down syndrome kid...that somehow he is not perfect enough to exist in this world and we need to change him?

    Disgusting Pigs...both of them

    September 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Kirsten

    why would she be an advocate of stem cell research when its already been proven that scientists can use other cells than stem cells for research?

    September 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. I'm dumb founded again

    How can the Presidential nominee support something and his running mate doesn't? This is what I mean that McCain only choose Palin to get the women vote. The republican party should be ashamed for using this woman and to the women voters shame on you for voting gender. Don't you care about this country and your right to choose? Obviously you don't!!!

    September 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. brian

    Nice to see a real issue come up! Surely McCain/Palin will respond with "what does a celebrity know about special needs?" Then they'll say "neener neener" and talk more about Paris Hilton.

    September 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. DMD, New York

    I think we should get this message out: catholics (and I suppose other christian denominations) are NOT against stem cell research. They ARE against EMBRYONIC stem cell research. Scientists can get stem cells from sources other than embryos. I personally support stem cell research, as long as it is not from embryos. This is a fine point that I think has been disregarded in the entire ethical argument regarding this topic.

    September 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Jeanne Beans

    Right on, Joe!

    September 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. McCain=War

    Notice how the republicans are pro-life when it comes to embryos, but don't care how many young adults die in senseless wars?

    That's not being pro life, it's being a hypocrite.

    September 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. No vote for Osama BIn laDEN

    I can't wait for Palin to eat your lunch in the debates Biden. Do you really want to present this issue to a mother of a child who has a disability? Can't wait to see you get a verbal butt kicking.

    September 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. I thought women were smarter

    I thought women were smarter to vote for a candidate based on what they believe that candidate can do for them, their families and the country. I was all for women backing Hillary but to switch to McCain and Palin overnight. That confussed me, McCain and Palin share NONE of Hillary's views. Which just goes to show your only voting for gender. GOD HELP US!!!

    September 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. African AMERICAN

    That's right...Repugs. put your money where your mouth is! Either support the search for a cure through stem cell research or provide financial aid to families of special needs children for their special care. Seems logical to me.

    September 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Mercedes

    Thank you, Sen. Joe Biden for bringing this issue to the table. It needs to be cover because something is to you to some pep rally like the republicans are but not know what exactly they are ralling on. Maybe its because they resemble them somehow.

    September 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Jeffer65

    Wow someone who is acually talking about the issues. Good for you Biden. CNN you need to keep reporting on the issues like this and the economy, etc. Enough of the Palin heroine worship.

    September 9, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. 60 yr old white woman

    Thank you, Joe. As someone who suffers from advancing progressive multiple sclerosis, I've been through the entire realm of 'disease altering' medications, including a form of chemo. My options are used up until stem cell research can find a cure. Of course, I'll be dead by then at this rate. I cannot understand why people oppose the use of something that is to be discarded anyway, something that may answer so many mysteries and help millions of people. I was a very productive member of society until stricken with this illness and believe me when I say, I'd rather be working and productive than in the condition I am today.

    September 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Just Sayin...

    explain that one GOP hypocrites...

    September 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Jeff, AL

    Wow. Seems Obama/Biden are grasping at anything they can to try and raise questions about McCain/Palin. I guess they have no choice but to do so given the fact they are quickly falling behind in this race.

    September 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Touche'.

    She does not support sex education is pubilc schools either because she feels it is the responsibility and the duty of the parent.

    She supports teaching creationism in schools, not evolution.

    She does not believe in global warming, nor the fact that much of it is created by man.

    The lady is one with some rather extreme views, and she wishes to reform mine. No thank-you, Sarah. I believe and support the constitution of the United States. The one that separates church and state and guarantees my freedom of religion.

    September 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Rebecca

    Call the GOP on their Hypocricy. The media sure hasn't been doing it like they should be.

    The GOP was very harsh in their attacks on teen pregnancy and bashed parents until one of there own came along. Now they are fully supportive of teen pregnacy all of a sudden. They can't have it both ways. It's wrong for all others but ok if it's one of them.

    September 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. DisenfranchisedHills for McCain

    It doesn't make sense to save a life at another life's expense. The danger there,is that our government could actually start encouraging abortion for selfish reasons,rather than the mental and physical health of the mother. It might also encourage cloning human beings,which is virtually the same thing,one life sacrificed for another. Just because a life form doesn't have a parent,per se,doesn't mean it is not a life form. If they can extract cells without harming a fetus,it might be a different matter for some,but who's to say?

    September 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Lone Star Wolf

    Joe Biden might have some good points if he could just get someone to listen to him. McCAIN/PALIN 08

    September 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Sammy

    Well if the republicans raise a family privacy issue.... keeping in mind that Palin's name was not used nor was her family mentioned... then just what can democrats talk about? I suppose it would also mean pro-choice vs. pro-life cannot be talked about either. As always, supporters are going to complain and it would be the same if a statement referred to Biden's life instead.

    September 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Brent

    Palin would support stem cell research, just not EMBROYONIC stem cell research. Biden wouldn't support embroyonic stem cell research if he was a true practicing Catholic. All talk no walk in the faith...

    September 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Pedro

    That's the stuff Biden!! Bring on the issues so that everyone sees how shallow and out of touch with reality Palin really is!
    She's just a pretty face, or as someone else put it: a VILF. And you can see that on the polls. Women don't like her while men do.

    September 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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