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. daniel

    You just dont get it joe, leave it alone. Wouldn't "I will help you also" be a better answer to Palin's pledge?? You don't have to try and tear down and disagree on everything. Just like the last four years of nothing but "it's bush's fault "for everything, even when it rains. We don't care about these old tirads, you have beat it to death. The public is actually smarter than this, always has been. The biggest gimmick in politics today is blame it on bush not the gimmick of having palin as a vp. And that isn't working except in hollywood. Pretty soon it will be "Joe must go" so obama can pick hillary like he should have and it would have been game over. Three people show up to see Joe holler, thousands to see Palin.....you just don't get it Joe, they didn't care about your two pres runs, they don't see you as a vp. Could it be us reg folks have paid attention to your record??

    September 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Cathy in MD

    I expect that once Palin is finally released from training camp and is forced to answer some very important questions – as Senator Biden has done repeatedly and with such eloquence – we will see the polls shift yet again in favor of Barack Obama. Furthermore, I don't believe the polls are accurate since they exclude those energized young voters with cell phones - a large demographic for Obama. McCain is an out-of-touch politician who doesn’t quite have what it takes, but appears desperate enough to win this election by his willingness to gamble away the future of this country on a reckless, eleventh-hour whim called Sarah Palin. Now that’s a Bridge to Nowhere. I’d rather be left to fend for myself in the Alaskan wilderness – moose and all. Thanks, but NO THANKS!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Mrs.L

    I totally agree with I'm dumb founded again. Why is that every four years our brains totally turn to mush. The rich get richer the poor get poorer and we pretend not to see the elephant in the room.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!! BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!!

    Do you really think McCain, Palin have more in common with the common people of this country or do they represent the ELITE/ SILVERSPOONERS.

    Noone is jealous but call it like it is. Stop pretending that they are just normal people.
    How much longer are we going to allow these greedy liars to take take take.

    September 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Palin is a quick study alright... on Rovian tactics. She's wearing Trig on her lapel like a flag pin. Her kids are props for her campaign. I'm glad she kept Trig... he's a beautiful baby. Trig will have plenty of love and support. Not all babies are as fortunate. You cannot lump all situations into Trig's basket. And just because Palin has Trig, it does not mean she'll support others with her situation.

    Voting for Palin is truly a crap shoot right now. I really hope she reveals her true self before November comes around. I am really uncomfortable with the idea that people may vote for her simply because of a Trig pin. or a Track armband... and then later find out she's nothing like she's pretending to be. And then McCain steps down as President and all of a sudden.. we have a President Palin...

    September 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Maggie

    You democrats are running scared now. People are tired of Obama now and what he represents. I do not like or trust the man. I thought he said that he was not going to run a negative campaign but he is doing it more than McCain. Palin is like a fresh of breath air and because she is liked the democrats are all getting hot and heavy on her. LEAVE HER ALONE!!!! STOP TREATING HER LIKE HOW YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS TREATED HILLARY CLINTON. YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS DISRESPECTED CLINTON SO MUCH BUT I KNOW THE REPUBLICANS WILL NOT ALLOW THE SAME THING TO HAPPEN TO PALIN. NOBODY STOOD UP FOR HILLARY SO SHE WAS LEFT ALONE TO DEAL WITH LUNATICS BUT ITS NOT GOING TO WORK AGAINST PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter and I am very disappointed in you women and how you are portraying this woman (Palin). I am a woman first and I respect all women. This is why Hillary did not become the candidate because of you women. That's why women will never get further ahead because of your actions. We have strong, good women in this country and the abuse that is inflicted on them amazes me. Come on you women wake up and lets not disown our own gender because of what party she represents. If we had all stuck with Hillary, she would have been the democrat nominee.

    September 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. RH

    The joy of raising a child with a disability? Ok. It's really sad how everybody's been cowed into treating Palin with kid gloves for fear of being accused of sexism. You want to end sexism ladies? Honestly, I doubt you really do, but just in case, here's a tip: stop paying so much attention to gender!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Paris

    When Biden ran for the office he had less than 2% of the votes.
    Why does he think he is relevant now?

    Compare him to Palin 85% approval and what it has done
    for McCain and you see again what good judgment is and can do.

    September 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Barbara Gooch

    Stem cell is a little differant than someone being born with a disability don't you think? Biden keeps talking and trying to find fault with every thing the lady stands for, just keep going Dem. and you will hurt yourselves, as you already have. I think Palin is a very good candidate and she and McCain gets ny vote. Also if the Palin is praying that should be enough.

    September 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Understanding (Palin)

    I understand Sarah Palin's position on this issue and I agree with her and disagree with BIDEN. She understands that she's not GOD. She knows that she was put in this position for a reason. I LOVE HER!!!!!! I'll vote for OBAMA/PALIN. I think they'll make a GREAT TICKET

    September 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    I support Obama, but I was disappointed when he also embraced atheism and I wrote stuff to his site to inform him of the circustances.

    Basically, Mother Russia banned God from all daily walks of life. The politicians and Mother Russia woke up, and they have raised generations of evil men and women. Gorbachev FORCED them to open the doors of the churches. He FORCED the Communist regime to understand that there is no reason to persecute Christians who are the most law-abiding citizens.

    Apart from God, we Spiritually Rot to the core. Like the Bible says, we're like the stenches from graveyards.

    Abortion is killing and it should be done ONLY if you have to...

    September 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. karen-phoenix

    As a mother of a handicapped child, stem cell research is a God Sent to HOPE for my child!!!! Pelin just wants to blow up the world so Jesus will come back and all the "true" christians will be saved in Alaska!!! The women is NUTS!!!! First her judgement is just a bad as McCain–McCain threw his first wife under the bus and then screwed thousands of seniors out of their retirement–he should have gone to jail!! Pelin NEVER should have gotten pregant in the first place–she told NOT too!!! AND now she won't even fund special ed or homes for unwed mothers!!!! PRAY for Obama/Biden–they are the only the American people have!!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Debbie Joyner

    She support stem cell research, just not embryonic stem cells (but don't let the facts get in your way) By the way for those who say she cut special needs funds – check factbusters and politifact, who by the way has all webpage devoted to debunking "Sliming Sarah Palin" rumors – it is not true. And I don't know why I would expect CNN to check it's facts on McCain's position – but for those interested McCain supported embryonic stem cell research in congress when it was seen as the only technologically feasible method of stem cell research, now that stem cell research is progressing with non-embryonic stem cells, he does not support embryonic research, only research on stem cells from other sources.

    September 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Nel from Chicago

    "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."

    Thanks for saying this...it's SO true!

    September 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. McSame/Palin, some things never change

    "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."

    Uhh Lin, the baby's own mother is using him for political gains, parading him around out on the campain trail. If that isn't backwards I don't know what is.

    September 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Nancy

    First of all – I have a child with a rare chromosome disorder. Second of all – it is not all stem cell research that is not supported – it is "embyonic" stem cell research that is opposed – by Palin and myself. This is a common mistake – stem cell research from other than embryonic has had notable success. I do not wish that any cure/treatment for my son come from the destruction of embryo's.

    September 9, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Disgusted in Minneapolis

    Sarah Palin doesn't really know where she stands on anything. For the Bridge to Nowhere then against it AFTER Congress pulls the plug but keeping the money they sent and using where it was not "earmarked" for, against "pork" but taking per diems when staying at home, pro-life (against abortion) but willing to send her son to Iraq to kill someone elses babies, hockey mom but not a hockey mom (maybe a former hockey mom), the list will grow daily.

    What is the difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney? No it's not lipstick (they both wear it). Palin is a better shot and only Cheney wears panties.

    September 9, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Bitter in Texas

    I'm surprised that no one will ever admit that they helped elect Dauba for two terms and are probably the ones that have been screaming the loudest for the last eight years. Lord help us all if they elect McSame/Saint Palin...that should put the final touches on the Good Old USA. Ya know, God gave mankind a brain, we outa try using it every once in a while, but the Repugs must consider "thinking" a mortal sin. Oh I forgot, those of us that "THINK" are just liberals and that my friends is a dirty word.

    September 9, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Mike

    You liberal fanatics are no better than the right wing conservatives you denigrate. It is pathetic in every way to use Down Syndrome as a political tool. Many of you are only voting for Obama because he is black and you have the courage to attack women for supporting Palin as a female. You are everything that is wrong with this country– Own it!

    September 9, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Joe Cheesehead, WI

    Palin gave birth to her 1st born eight months after her wedding. I guess abstinence doesn’t work and Bristol and Levi are a true testament to that, they’re going to be 2nd generation shotgun newly weds. Now I understand what this "holier than thou" meant when she said life happens. Oh the pain of irony.

    September 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. alvino

    Sarah Palin is the darling of the Rep. Party. If you overlook her stand on stem cell research, troopergate,bridge to nowheregate, Alaska earmarksgate, pastorgate, e-bay gate and lobbyist gate, she becomes the answer in how to reform government in Washington DC.

    September 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Mike - Texas

    Biden is showing us how little he knows what is going on with stem sell research these days.

    The more energy that is put into stem cell research the more it is showing us that we do not need EMBRIONIC stem cell research.

    Biden is CLUELESS as ususal.

    September 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. John

    Not all stem cell involves human embryos.

    September 9, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Arden

    There is an article in the L.A. Times today written in by Gloria Steinem-Opinion "DEAD ON". Please, Please, Joe Biden and Barack need to read this and get it to the Obama Campaign staff. Everything in this article is so true and it could really slam-dunk the McCain/Palin Ticket.

    September 9, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. S. Shay

    Forget stem cell research let's just call it like it is – why would ANY KINDHEARTED, GENUINE, INDIVIDUAL with the power to effect change CUT spending for kids with disabilities in the first place? Why? Because before she thought she had the perfect kids and the perfect family and along comes Trig and now she is some kind of champion for women with diabled children? Who in the hell appointed her as God? Women everywhere should take offense to her attempts to have a monopoly on an issue that she IS against, I have seen no info that she reversed her cuts to these programs. It's called pandering folks, and it's the ultimate kind of panderring because she's using her family from her pregnant daughter to her disabled cute little baby to her son going to Iraq to masked the fact the she is a power hungry empty suit.

    September 9, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. KATHLEEN

    I think that OBAMA-BIDEN's theme song should be, YOU GOT A FRIEND! But, I am sure Obama's camp. will clear that with the
    artists.!!!!

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