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. Woman from Texas

    Why not? The woman has a teen pregnant daughter but both her and McCain cut funding for programs for unwed teen mothers.

    God loves the truth and I'm gonna tell it!

    -Elizabeth; Dallas, TX-

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

    McCain-Palin spokesman Ben Porritt said. "Playing politics with this issue is disturbing and indicative of a desperate campaign

    Didn't Palin play politics with this in her speech when she said she'll look out for children with disabilities?? Or doesn't she play politics with her family every time she gives a speech... since thats all she has to talk about?? McCain would never drag his boys into politics the way she has. She should be ashamed.

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Benjamin

    We all knew it would only be a matter of time before Biden opened his mouth and said something stupid. This is just the beginning of the stupid comments. Obama, it isn't too late to dump him and pick up Hillary. You have already stolen all of her political ideas, you might as well put her on your ticket as well!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. GOP Woman for Obama

    Palin has turned me off...I'm squarely with Obama now!

    There are too many important issues at stake and the Republicians are trying to make it only about personalities! It's NOT...it's about issues!

    I've never voted for a Democrat in my life...but come November I will!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. cherie

    I dont know why Hillary is so supportive of Obama but who knows what line she punches when voting...she should have been his running mate....pretty soon she'll be tired of being used .... she has to be carful what she does it might hurt her in future elections I hope she knows that

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Hope the revolution is carrying pair of scissors..

    LMAO, come out come out Palin where ever you are.....

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. CW4Barack

    Sarah Barracuda....meet Joey the Shark!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Harvey in Va

    Biden who?? This seem more of an election of experience between Obama the president canadiate and Palin VP canadiate. BHO and Biden will say anything to win over votes no matter who they hurt. If not Hillary then!!!!
    McCain/Palin 08
    PUMA

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Thomas NY, NY

    I'm sure rather than discussing this absurd comment with Biden, Obama will just scream "PRESENT!!!".

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. kaygerard

    For crying out loud, now we can't talk about stem cell research because it might upset Sarah?! I will give it to the McCain campaign, they might actually succeed in exploiting this woman all the way to the White House. Unless the American people ever decide to use their collective brain.

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Bill

    Biden is correct and he better not back away from what he said. Stem cell would most likely benefit the DS child Palin has, but they are too blind to see the truth

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Larry Kincaid

    will she ever change her hairdo? Or is the only image the GOP want to project – that of a busy mother do it all (psycho) woman?

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Kevin

    This is actually a good way to put the issue out there for discussion. Biden is going to say some tough things every once in a while.

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Mercedes

    former hillary supporter now for Obama,

    You are just a bitter woman apparently acting like a child who won't be friends with those who don't give her candy. Shows how childish and uneducated you must be to politics. How can you have been a supporter of Hillary Clinton and turn around and vote for a pair of "MAVERICKS" who claims to have you views. You better wake up or when you do you may just want to jump off the ship but guess what you can't because its already SINKING!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Kristina, Seattle

    Ridiculous. So now we can't talk about fundamental ISSUES like stem cell reseach and pro-birth vs. pro-choice - because the Republican VP candidate's FEELINGS might be hurt?

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. We have brain, Palin & MacCain

    Here again, we are cosumed by the republican politics that mocks our intelligence. They think we are so stupid and be fooled. They would shamelessly say anything to win this election. MacCain & Palin must be so desperate to steal their oponents' ideas and slogans: "Change"

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. DAR

    GO BIDEN! We desperately need this research- it could very well save a life or correct disabilites!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Dave

    Absolutely disgusting and dirty politics. Joe should be ashamed of himself as should the democratic party. Spin it anyway you like but that was a direct shot at Palin and shows just how desperate Obama/Biden are.

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. SDunn

    Well isn't it the truth???? The stem cells that the Obama/Biden are talking about are from discarded embryos, so why wouldn't McCain/Palin or any Republican for that matter have an issue with that? Instead of McCain/Palin whining about an attack on their record which is the truth, how come they can't expand upon their platform and explain why they don't support stem cell research using discarded embryos? Is it because they don't want to debate the issues just personalities??? What a joke. Is it because they don't have a platform to discuss? What do they stand for anyway?

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    The Republicans BARK is BIGGER than their BITE!!! The are so QUICK to DOWN what we believe in – knowing they are OUTNUMBERED!!! So who cares what they think!!!

    OBADEN 2008-2016 – "YES WE "BARK" TOO"......LOL

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. OBAMA MUST ATTACK !!

    Attack...
    TAKE BACK THE HEADLINES THAT STEVE SCHIMDT HAS STOLEN FROM YOU!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Independents For McCain

    This from a man who was forced to dropout of a Presidential race in 1987 because he was caught plagerizing... Great role model......

    Biden should stay away from policies he knows nothing about. Sarah Palin is a mother of a Down Syndrome child and knows about the difficulties a special needs child will face. Biden is a politician who has been in Washington way to long and say and plagerizing anything he can to get in the white house.

    Go McCain/Palin

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Kate, Atlanta

    Give 'em hell Joe!!!!!!!!!! Obviously, they can't handle the truth – that's why they go out day after day and LIE.

    GO JOE GO!!

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

    The McCain Camp can go pray for itself. The GOP must have exclusive and divine rights to god.What abunch of selfserving bible thumping closed minded inbred wingnuts.

    September 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. JIMMY

    HIT THEM HARD JOE! The Republicans must be called out on their hypocracy!

    Obama 08

    September 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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