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. Tom in Delaware

    Come'on Dems...isn't it supposed to be the Republicans who are 'slingin' out the scare'???

    At least there's finally SOME change coming from you guys, instead of that same old 90% crap.

    BTW-there's nothing hypocritical about bringing a Down Syndrome child to term and then not supporting stem-cell research, in fact, it's called walking the talk.

    Something the Democrats know nothing about.

    September 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. roger

    Be careful Joe you know you can not say the least little critical thing against the GOP's new china doll or you be called a sexiests (she will make Dick Cheney look & act like Barbi) I love how the right wing christian conservatives (extremests) will support anyone regardless of their character & experience etc they just have to be willing to spew out there right wing views & be a republican. EXAMPLES: Gingrich, GW, Cheney, Craig, Vitter, Foley, to name just a few.

    September 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Republicansare2faced

    That's right Joe, the Gov speaks from both sides of her face! And as for the VP debate, let's see how well she does without a teleprompter!

    September 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Franklin, CA

    Wait, how is this an attack? If the republicans cared about the developmentally disabled, why aren't they interested in finding a cure? That sounds like a "question", not a "personal attack".

    September 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. superfly

    Repub idea of pro-life is that as long as you're homo sapien and agree with us, than we won't blow you to bits. If we can't blow you to bits, then we'll force homo sapiens that agree with us to put their life on the line to kill you hand-to-hand.

    September 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    I'm not sure I want to use EMBRYONIC Stem Cell either. There's a new report that just came out and scientists CAN CREATE STEM CELLS using our WISDOM teeth.

    So, this is REALLY good news that will satisfy us all!! Babies are babies you shouldnt kill them.

    Thank God for people like Palin and for others. We do need them otherwise, people wil throw babies out in trash bags.

    September 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. KJM

    Decisions on some pretty gut level issues like abortion and stem-cell research.. People should realize that this election will affect their children and their children's because of the three seats coming up on the bench.

    September 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Issues Sue

    I love when the Obama camp speaks on "issues."

    CHANGE education: Let's take a look at Chicago, where our illustrious candidate spent some time "in the trenches" of the community. Their inner-city schools are so bad, that the Harvard graduates send the little O's to private school. I guess Obama's solution is trick the American people into dumping more money into a failing system? Sounds like More of the Same, to use some Harvard rhetoric.

    CHANGE the economy: His administration promises to be More of the Same of his campaign, except instead of asking for our money they'll just take more of it.

    CHANGE healthcare: By adopting Hillary Clinton's plan, because she's smart with ideas, and Obama's good with words.

    The country will be a joke if we vote for this ticket.

    September 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. American For Real Change

    Hang it Biden. You are in over your head! The Barracuda will eat you a live.

    September 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Candy West Virginia

    McCain=War – great point! And may I add they are pro life except when it comes to hunting also, then they are blood thirsty!

    September 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. GO Obama!

    A REAL VP candidate talking about REAL issues.

    Thanks Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama for your sanity.

    September 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Nancy From Va

    I have one question for the American people. If you are fixing your car and the wrench is broken do you keep using that same broken wrench. You may not be sure if the new wrench will do better but doing the same old thing gives you the SAME RESULTS!!! Come on America get with the program!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. This will be fun

    As Obama said- such moral certainties are above the pay grades of EVEN our politicians.

    Meaning ONLY God knows and can judge what is RIGHT and WRONG.

    The answer on stem cell research- is not for man to know. We each come to our own decision on it.

    Who is to say which position is "right in God's eyes"? I don't think Biden had any cause to believe HIS position is any more moral or better than HER position.

    September 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. USA Citizen

    Well, this man is not going to influence us regardless of what issues he talks about. We know what he is getting at and it is not going to change our minds. For one thing I respect Sarah Palin on her beliefs and you would thing the media along with all the other brown nosers
    would drop personal issues regarding someones family. I doubt very seriously this subject would not have been brought up had there been no medical issues any place. Besides there is the HIPPA LAW. What happened to that If a person does not want to discuss this, it is no one else business. People think they are being such big shots trying to pull people and their families down. Well, it does not always work and will surely backfire.

    September 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Chris in CT

    The MEDIA brought up the kids, NOT BIDEN

    September 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Barbara W. Turner

    Dear Joe: I am very proud that you are taking strong positions. We desperately need specifics to convince those to whom we speak if we are able to make the impact we need to win.

    You have my full backing and my support. You are so important to this ticket and I am pleased that you agreed to be Vice-President. You are a stellar voice in the midst of so much sarcasm and outrage from Palin. Please keep it up.

    Barbara Turner, Ph.D.

    September 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Veterans for Obama

    I would love to hear Palin try to counter Biden's argument. First she would have to turn off the snowmobile and put down the mooseburger though.

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Republicans don't believe in science. That's the problem.

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    > 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?

    Well you are going to have a very long wait then. She specifically said in her speech that she would be an advocate of parents of children with specific needs. How is suggesting funding medical research "attacking"? Or is that more Republican back-talk to cover up the fact that you have no real solutions, no policies to institute and just a lot of prayer and the mantra of "change"?

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. J from DC

    Yes John McCain is switching his colors and talk to match Obama's. Conservative Republicans are running as Democrats now. But be not fooled. This is not the reason for his recent poll bumps.
    Stop looking for dirt on Palin because she is clean, maybe vindictive at best. The hard reality is that women identify with her because she looks and feels familiar to them. The problem is that they really can’t see how different she is from most of them. When they switch the Supreme Court next year, pro-choice goes out the window with it. But not for 4 years, but for the next 20 years. That is the wool being pulled over women’s eyes.
    Problem is, women are not carrying this critical issue (their right to choose) in the forefront of their minds. They won’t get it tell it’s too late, and after the price for Palins seat proves too expensive in personal rights.

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. FJ from Atlanta

    Don't be fool america! McCain/palin ticket is a joke.

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Bryce Beamish

    America take note: Joe Biden isn't afraid to talk to you. He's not afraid to answer your questions.

    Joe Biden is tackling the issues while Sarah Palin is hiding in her hotel room reading history books and rehearsing her rhetoric.

    Wake up.

    Vote Obama / Biden 08!

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. someone who cares

    She wanted the job. She uses her kids in this campain. So they are fair game to any one else. The boy going to iraq as well as the baby are all fair game.

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Wayne

    America is going to get what it deserves. For more years with McCain should completely destroy any chances America has for recovery. Its what we get for killing 100,000 Iraqis for nothing.

    McCain/Palin=KARMA

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    Let's not talk about Palin's kids. WE should talk about issues.

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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