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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  1. Todd

    Rudy NYC, Talk about being uninformed!!
    1. She supports teaching abstinance...Only 100% way not to get pregnant or get diseases, and she should know!
    2. Supports teaching creationism along side evolution – but I guess making sure that all sides get a voice isn't a Liberal way of thinking.
    3. Touche on the Global Warming thing – guess you walk to work!!
    4. I am shocked that a Democrat would think a Republican's views were extreme! OMG, what is the world coming too? Oh, by the way, have fun joining Obama's Muslim religon!!

    September 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. RW

    he he he NO Bama in 08

    September 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    The democrats have been the vicious vitriolic divisive ones in this election.

    They have piled on to attack the female candidates- they have been vulgar and vile in their insults.

    They have resorted to double standards and sexism.

    i think it is a farce for the DEMS to pretend to have the moral high ground after all their bigotry and nastiness.

    September 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Pat Riot

    You're kidding? The Democratic Congress is pushing the National Debt to $407 billion and you liberals want to spend more money? You want your the hard working wealthy to pay more taxes so you can what? Get free health care? This is getting out of control. The government can't and shouldn't solve all of your problems. It's only function is to protect your freedom so that you can solve your own.

    September 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. MB

    People need to get over the celebrity aspect of Sarah Palin and start looking at what she actually believes (as here). THEN the luster might start to wear off.

    OH, but that would involve her having to answer questions and that would be picking on her !

    September 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Can anyone say Parkinsons? Cancer?

    Stem cell research and education are the bigger issues at stake. This election is about so much more than whether Palin forgot she wanted the bridge, whether she really is a maverick or just another Republican, or if she likes her moose tartare or well-done...

    This topic has much bigger consequences for individuals than most in this election.

    Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent or Anarchist – we all will have someone we love (or maybe ourselves) who may benefit by stem cell research. The religious rhetoric sounds great – "pro life" – who isn't pro-life? But isn't there another component to life than just at the beginning? What about the middle and the end? What about finding a way to make an abortion – a terrible, but sometimes necessary choice – have some small benefit?

    How will you feel when you find out that had you been a little more educated about science and had supported basic research including stem cell research that you or your mom, dad, child, mentor might have lived a little longer? In a little less pain? With a little more hope?

    But instead you voted for a ticket that painted itself as "Maverick" enough to make sure that American citizens won't have the best research and science in the world?

    Sad.

    September 9, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Oh Boy!!!???

    If not for stem cell research, would special needs kids efforts be a special interest group.

    I really don't have a problem with special needs kids getting well deserved help, but not just these kids. Why not ALL kids like Obama is suggesting?

    I'm not for every special interest group, but isn't being for one (that affects you), and being against all others (not thought of by yourself) a bit hypocritical?

    September 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    > Concentrate on what is working and not on what is not working.

    Guess what? Palin doesn't support stem cell research of *any* kind. I guess you would have to actually believe in science to fund medical research.

    September 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Tamarra

    It is funny that Barack Obama is being accused of all talk. Well He is the only one talking about the issues. He is the only one talking about his plans. What is the McCain talking about? Nothing but ebay and planes. He is talking about pork barrow spending that Palin already spent on a town she left in debt. So the choice is obvious. Vote on the issue or vote on lies.

    September 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Greg

    That's what VP should do, talking about real issues. Palin? Come on... What she did so far just mocking, trashing and telling lies about Obama/Biden. I am not an American citizen, but I live in the US and I love America. Come on America.. time to get smart. Don't be fooled by crazy lunatic McCain/Palin. It is time to reconstruct this country from idiots who only think about themselves like Bush&McCain.

    Go Obama, Go Biden... Go America

    September 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Steve

    Do any of you suggesting the use of "other" stem cells have a science background? There is a reason embryonic stem cells is crucial to curing many of our illnesses! Embryonic stem cells, unlike other stem cells, are undifferentiated and can, therefore, have the potential to become any cell in the human body. Do you know how many lives could be saved?

    Really, the solution here is simple: People who don't support embryonic stem cell research should just decline any treatment derived from these stem cells for their illnesses while supporters benefit from the research. In this way, we all win. The religious folk won't be affected by the research and can stop dictating how the rest of us live our lives!

    September 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Susan

    Gidget – the Republican pawn. This woman scares the hell out of me! The government has no business in my private life, period. To try to stop new medical advances to help cures diseases is insane. And for the BOZO that said Biden doesn't think downs babies should live, thats crap, and another right wing looney tune that you alll kike to spout.

    September 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. PHIL TEXAS

    I have a disablitiy and I am against stem cell research. We should not be playing God.

    September 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. JS

    Riposte:
    Palin – "I support adult stem cell research"

    Biden fails again while putting a spotlight on how he says once thing with regard to his faith and practices another.

    The Democrats have aptly demonstrated in the past week that they exist in a political zugzwang. Best bet for them is simply to be quiet.

    September 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I don't know what McCain and Palin stand for because I haven't heard anything of sustance. Obama and Biden have drawn out their plans on the issues that Americans care about. How anyone could possibly have a clear understand of what McCain and Palin stand for is unclear to me.

    September 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Get Real

    Stem Cell is not Embryonic Stem Cell!
    Joe is right!

    The Republicans are so hypocritical.

    THey are not pro-life

    September 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Rich and Greedy

    Trust me, I'm not alone – there are enough of us to put Palin/McCain in the White House (~5% of voters in 2004 election). Frankly, we only care about ourselves and will vote for Republicans because they always care about us – we are making > $250,000 and simply don't want to pay more taxes under Obama/Biden. Furthermore, Palin/McCain promised us even more tax cuts!

    $Palin$/$McCain$

    September 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Mark Wagner

    What I don't understand, and no one has ever been able to explain to me, is that how the GOP can be against stem cell research but have no problem when thousands are thrown away everyday because they weren't used.

    So, it's ok to throw them away, but don't you dare use them to advance medical research.

    September 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    I support CREATIONISM And EVolution. It's not fair that you should teach one and not the other.

    Evolution is a fraud. God does not approve of the message. Evolution is a concept that Hitler embodies.

    My friends once told me that the President of the US, does not have to have a relgion. He can be an atheist. I told all my friends that if that is true, then Hitler can be our President.

    The mission and vision of the church is to help the needy.
    The mission and vision of Evolution is the strong survive.

    It's two opposites. Without a relationship with God, anyone can be a Hitler any day.

    September 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Chickens coming home to roost

    It has been 7 days of FEAR for the democrats.

    They played dirty thinking This election was a shoo in for ANY democrat- even the least qualified, totally inexperienced, do-nothing orator that they installed over the better qualified candidate.

    They thought this year they had the luxury of being politically correct instead of going with the BEST and most qualified candidate. They did not think that anything mattered but the Big D.

    So they tossed out the rule book, subverted the democratic process and selected and installed the least likely candidate to win.

    Now they see the folly of not allowing fair campaigns and forcing the feel-good politically correct- albeit unqualified- candidate on America.

    I smell the fear in every insult and attack and lie the democrats throw out there.

    September 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. TyWebb

    You can't spell Sarah Palin without L I A R.

    September 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. maddie

    As on many issues, Governor Palin is going to side step. Other than ranting and raving about "nonissues," she doesn't appear to have a concise view about anything. Please, may we hear about Alaska's educational system, teenage pregancy rate in her state etc. etc.

    September 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. KATHLEEN

    People get ready! McDraft is going to win.
    People get ready! McRove chose Padin!
    People get ready.! McNOBIG GOVERNMENT means you are on your own. SWIM or DROWN!
    People get ready! McNOEDUCATION If you have a complaintabout public education, pay
    for a better education for your child.
    People get ready McNO CARE about entitlements.
    People get ready McNO to MINUMUM WAGE.
    PEOPLE GET READY! McWar wants your kids, female or male .
    People get Ready! Ride on the McTRAIN to extinction of the Hard
    Working Man or Woman. NO JOBS.
    People get ready! He will take your soul if you let him!
    People get ready! Vote for McHypocrite that will run the country
    under Bush and Rove.

    September 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Debra

    Before Sarah Palin had a special needs child, Palin killed a bill that would have supported children with special needs. How convient that she is now for it. Same with the Bridge to Nowhere. She supported it until she realized it was political suicide. Such a barracuda.....right. But Sarah will pray for you, especially for homosexuals and thier conversion to hetrosexual.

    September 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. bridgette

    Wow imagine that Obama/Biden talking about the issues. This is election contrary to what McCain's campaign manager may think will be on the issues. That is what this will be about. Because we will make them be about it. That $404 billion dollar deficit so far this year guess who's paying for that. We are so stop letting all of this media outlets not focus on the issues. We have heard nothing from McCain/Palin campaign but slogans. And the average American is not feeling this duo no matter how much phony and made up statistics they are coming out with.

    September 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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