September 9th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp says Biden 'sunk to a new low'

Was Biden referencing Palin in his comments about stem cell research?
Was Biden referencing Palin in his comments about stem cell research?

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign hit back hard at Joe Biden Tuesday after the Democratic VP candidate appeared to suggest Republicans who do not support stem cell research - like GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin - are lacking in their support of children with disabilities.

“Barack Obama’s running mate sunk to a new low today launching an offensive debate over who cares more about special needs children," McCain-Palin spokesman Ben Porritt said. "Playing politics with this issue is disturbing and indicative of a desperate campaign."

The sharp response, indicative of the increasingly heated rhetoric from both presidential campaigns as the election enters the final stretch, came shortly after Biden said advocates for people with disabilities should support stem cell research.

Biden did not mention Palin - the mother of a baby with Down syndrome, and someone who has said she will be a “friend and advocate in the White House" to parents of children with disabilities - but seemed to direct a question to her.

Election Center: Where the candidates stand on stem cell research

“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?”

Biden spokesman David Wade insisted Tuesday the Delaware senator's comments were not directed at Palin.

"This is a clash of policies, not a clash of personalities," Wade said. "We've heard not a dime's worth of difference between the McCain-Palin ticket and the Bush Administration on medical breakthroughs that millions of parents and doctors believe could save lives and transform the quality of life for countless Americans."


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soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. Brian

    The McCain campaign does not like the Obama campaign "playing politics" with a political issue? It's a fair point of debate, deal with it.

    Honestly, these people get sillier by the day.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. VALUES

    Wait the pain is surely coming Mccain........

    OBAMA....08

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. M-Denver

    Amen Joe!

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. fixbone

    if that is not the pot calling the kettle black

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Bill - FL

    This research will save thousands of lives, and Obama and Biden will make sure it comes to fruition. Obama has always been against our pointless Iraq escapade and Biden has apologized for his vote. Obama is pushing for all Americans to have access to top notch health-care.

    Who's the REAL pro-lifers here?

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. EM

    Words straight from the horses mouth....

    Opposes stem cell research. (Aug 2008)
    Decries "politics as usual" of attacking opponents. (Nov 2006)
    Supports state funding for Gravina Island bridge. (Oct 2006)
    Supported infamous "Bridge to Nowhere"; now criticizes it. (Aug 2008)

    Yet she cries when people attack her for the truth...

    information gathered from on the issues .com non partisan voting defense site

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. JC

    Keep it Real Biden. We know McCain & Palin have to Lie & Spin in order to get votes. WE NEED CHANGE. VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA + JOE BIDEN!!

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Thomas NY, NY

    Ol' Foot in his Mouth Biden strikes again...

    Good choice, Obama.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Bob - Maryland

    So the McCain campaign is accusing Sen. Biden of making stem cell research a political issue. It was President Bush that turned stem cell research into a political issue by restricting federal funding for stem cell research!

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Connie

    How do you like it McSenile when the worm turns. You go BIDEN.
    Connie from Indiana

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. NO MCCAIN NO PALIN

    LET TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTERS TO THE DAILY LIVES OF SO MANY PEOPLE.

    STEM CELL RESEARCH SAVES LIVES WHY NOT TALK ABOUT IT .
    REPUBLICANS JUST WANTS TO ATTACK AND OFFER NOTHING IN RETURN.

    WHAT DOES SHE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THAT? SHE HAS A CHILD WITH THAT CONDITION AND SHE SHOULD BE THE ONE TALKING ABOUT ALL THE TIME INSTEAD OF DEFENDING IT.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Richard

    Hillary supporter for McCain!!!!

    PUMA

    PUMA

    PUMA

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Bill

    Sinking to a new low is nominating someone as unqualified as Palin to serve as your running mate.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Ken Pittsburgh

    the rupubcan'ts getting bad about somthing keep up the good work.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Pucker

    Truth hurts ye GOP? Your lies and stupidity. Republican party made this election a soap opera with this drama queen. No debate on issues. Nothing substance. Flag pin & Hair pin. Old man getting excited about a woman.
    Ignorant and mocking the Contitutional Law and Community Organistion.
    We don't want dummies like you. You are taking the country backwards.
    Even Bush noticed how important it is to follow Obama's proposals .
    This mad team is not Change.It is a disgrace. It is a mockery team.
    the world is watching and feeling ashamed of this mad union.
    The people who are following this crowd. That should say something about them too.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Marik

    When I think of stem cells and disabilities, I think of Christopher Reevees, not down syndrome babies... This is a rorschach test, the Republicans are seeing in Biden's comments what they want to see. Silly Republicans, just because Sarah Palins babies are central to your campaign, doesn't mean they are what everyone else thinks of first when the word disability is mentioned.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Molly

    ooooohhh...sounds like the dems hit a nerve with the Palin-McCain ticket. Can't wait to hear what Palin will come out and say to this!

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Larry Kincaid

    Wah wah – he talked about my child! Wah wah wah

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Truth Hurts from Liberty Island ; )

    Joey is doing exactly what the press can't with Sarah-goodie-2-shoes.
    ...just revealing facts that voters have to take into consideration.

    As she's done nothing good in Alaska so far, the GOP have to transform what seemed to be wrong into sumthing right (i.e, the Bridge to Nowhere, or 'How a zero turned out to be a hero), typical!!!!!

    Dunt trust the poll-Mek sure u vote!
    0/B 08

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Ricky - Latino for Obama

    I mean it's true. Biden didnt say anything false.

    It's funny how thats a low but intentionally lying to the American people is ok??

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Abbey

    I don't see the issue....he never said Palin, just asking?

    You say your for supporting everything you can for people with disabilities, but yet you lack support for stem cell research. Explain. I don't get it.

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    No WAY no HOW no McCain/Palin-I fear for our country if they win.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Ovid

    It's a completely valid point to make. just like it is valid to ask why Palin would on the one hand oppose programs which don't teach abstinence only, and on the other hand cut programs for pregnant teens, no doubt the result of her brilliant sex education stance.

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Peggy in Ohio

    To Palin and McCain: The leaders of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia aren't going to give Palin a break because she is a woman. If she suggests that she should be in line for the Presidency, then she ought to be able to take the hits from Americans first! It's fair game.
    God Help us if the McCain/Palin ticket wins!

    Desperate for change from Obama and Biden!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Casey

    Biden was correct in what he said.

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. TONY

    they will cry wolf every time anything is said... let's her what she has to say without a script. Who knows who she really is... and plus JOE is right on... GO JOE!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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