September 9th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
6 years ago

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. Lin

    Leave her kids alone ,what is wrong with you? Ok you want to put her in a I got you position.Stop using her baby for your political gain because all that is comming is a backlash. What is it with Obama democrats since the primaries, misogyny has nothing to do with hope.

    September 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Michael Fournier

    Palin is a wonderful friend for people with Disablities... As Governor, she cut state aid to schools for children with disabilities by over 50%. What a pandering hypocrite...

    September 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Chris in CT

    I think it's important that people get THE FACTS on stem cell research before they weigh in- also, get the FACTS on how Palin killed a bill in AL that would SUPPORT kids with special needs, before she had one.

    September 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. dkp

    Hi,

    First of all, I'm all for stem cell research. We've made great gains using adult stem cells and further progressed should be pursued vigorously. What doesn't seem to be working in rats or humans is embroyonic stem cells which are the center of ethical debate. Concentrate on what is working and not on what is not working.

    September 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Tim, mississippi

    wait a minute,

    sarah's god told her to ban stem cell research, while

    mccain's god is yet to speak to him about anything yet.

    hmmm, grid lock within the ticket anyone?

    September 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Unempressed

    Palin/Johnny – "If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”

    September 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. PUMA PALIN

    They do support stem cell research... even Bush does...

    spin it joe... spin it...

    It's sad to watch people sink...

    September 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Jack

    Hmmmm... let's see here on one hand we have a 30+ year senator that has done absolutely nothing in 30+years. He is running with a guy that has been there, about 10 days (outside of campaign time) and he has wrote 2 books about himself.

    On the other hand we have a 30+ year senator that has served his country in uniform for 20+ years worked with Democrats on several pieces of legislation, had the guts to stand up to his own president, had the guts to make a choice of a VP that really could have hurt him but really was the only real reformer out there to pick from....

    I think this will be the first time that i vote republican in my life.

    September 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. demwit

    Doofus Biden is confussed agian...., oldtimers perhaps?? Obama's should replace him with Hillary.., NOW!!

    September 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Double standards

    How come it is okay for democrats to make sarcastic and snide references to things said by their opponents, but not okay when the republicans do the same thing?

    September 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. IS YOUR MORTGAGE CURRENT? HAVE YOU LOST YOUR HOME?

    GO JOE!!! WOOFWOOFWOOFWOOFWOOF!! KEEP IT COMING! CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE DEBATES!

    September 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Amber

    Joe Biden is so boring. Who cares.

    Should've picked Hillary. Oh well. NOW we get her in 2012 instead (and at the top of the ticket, no less). Hip-hip-hooray!!

    September 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. MN2000

    This is a really interesting point that Biden makes.... I never really thought of it that way before.

    McCain/Palin campaign strategy:

    "DOWN WITH REPUBLICANS! VOTE REPUBLICAN!"

    September 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Kristina, Seattle

    Thank you Biden! Let's bring the focus back to the issues - and away from how much lipstick the pit bull does or doesn't wear.

    September 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Timber

    The Obamaphiles are getting desperate and digging up and making up whatever they can to throw at McPalin. Aaaah, how lovely to see them squirnimg after what they did to Hillary. Bad kharma..

    September 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. JAY

    People fear stem cell because of the great possiblities it will bring. If people volunteer their embryos their shouldn't be a problem.

    September 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Reason

    Guys we don't want another Republican in office. No way no how no McCain-Palin. Vote Obama guys!!!

    September 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Randy

    Are we talking about embyonic stem cell research? He does not say. That makes a huge difference and he does not seem to grasp the significance. That is our respect for human life needs to impact how we approach the question of research on human embryos.

    September 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Where's the Beef GOP?

    How can the GOP claim any authority when they won't support early childhood education for early detection and intervention, cut funding on research in universities/science; no new policies; appoint judges who won't allow science to take place. What kind of gov't does the GOP offer? More of the McSame.

    September 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. shannon

    the do support stem cell research...
    just not ebc research.

    Joe needs to learn the details.

    September 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Reagan

    So Biden who is for forced segregation, and also believes that anyone working at 7-11 is Indian, now want's Palin and other parent's with children who have special needs to use their children as stem cell research experiment subjects?

    Why doesn't Biden drop out now and save Obama's campaign run? Shouldn't he be at home supporting his own son who is being accused of fraud and stealing millions?

    September 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Anna

    I am for anything that would help this country. Right now, we need all the help we can get.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. JAY

    Only way to make progess is to take risk and study new theories. If their is a cause their is a effect. For every illness their is a cure, I really believe that, their is that opposite to all things.

    September 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. HIllarySupporter

    Palin is a joke only uneducated woman will support her radical views and beliefs that she is trying to impose on people.

    September 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. K.NIX

    GET'EM JOE
    CHUUURRCH!!!!

    September 9, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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