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. Katie41

    And you don't think Palin standing on the podium with her pregnant daughter and son with Down syndrome isn't low.

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

    That is pretty low..not a clash of personalities? how transparent is that?
    you can be a proponent of disability right and healthcare/therapy for a disabled child without supporting stem cell research. And I do speak from personal experience

    September 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Paris

    Biden is sooooooooo sad!!

    September 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Woodgate

    What's the matter with debating a real issue? Stem cell research. she mentioned her down syndrome baby several times to draw sympathy but when we talk about a real issue it becomes "sinking to a new low"?????

    enough is enough

    September 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Bad mistake

    Bad place to go McCain Camp you know she did cut funds for disability children in schools...I would not go there if I were you. You may have just fallen into an obvious trap.

    September 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. No Palin Pitbull Lips

    Palin can't respond herself. She's in hiding from the media. Similar to Hillary protecting her daughter from the media, John McCain is protecting his VP from the media. I guess Palin is like his daughter and needs to be protected? She can't handle herself? Voters....what's up with that? You support someone you can't ask one question of? We look like idiots. Miley Cyrus might as well be VP. She's cute and very popular too.

    September 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Sue

    Finally – debate the ISSUES! Rethugs gave a typical response...smokescreens again and again. DEBATE THE ISSUES!!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Bruce

    Oh and research is sort of like you know science and she doesn't beleive in that either

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Ryan NC

    Biden's comment, if posed as reported, did not have any offensive connotation! If you care about the welfare of your child you should fight so that any possible cure is available to him/her. Why let your child suffer for the rest of his/her life when research could do much to help!
    I cannot believe that Palin did not even think about it. What is her position on this issue?

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Helene

    PALIN and McSame are sinking to new lows. They are fanatics who think that God speak to them, they support creationism, are anti-semitic and are stupid enough to think that stem cell research will not help fighting diseases, cancers AND down syndrome.
    What are these people ? Christian Talibans ?

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. rory ryan

    NO MORE OFFENSIVE THAN ANYTHING ELSE THAT HAS BEEN SAID BY McCAIN.

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Niel

    YEah.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.
    FOUR MORE YEARS.

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. scared

    I just want to comment on Education and the Republicans. Ofcoarse education will not be at the top of the list because Republicans want Americans to be stupid so they can be fools and vote for them all the time. Its all about brain washing the Americans,and letting them live in fear. Look at 'Miss Alaska'!! This shows you how stupid they think we are??????
    Obama08

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. lovinsun8

    Actually, Biden is right on! America isn't full of whiners – McCain is the WHINER!

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Que Quedas

    everyone has sunk to a new low except the GOP right......believe it if you want to America.......you homes your jobs, your salaries, your rights all these things have been on a swift decline.........but all the GOP can talk about is Bidens low......well someone should inform them that everything is at a low and if they wanna include Biden and change some of the other things as well...... great.....then do it

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. M in Maryland

    GO JOE!

    Seems like the GOP can dish it out but can't take it. McCain and Palin constantly suggest that Obama doesn't care about people...remember that comment about 'using change to boost a career'? .... finally Biden hits back on "same old, same old " about policies that need changing!!

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Ian

    I'm not surprised considering how many of the Republicans still believe the earth is only a few thousand years old. One step at a time I guess.

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Stike1

    Looks like the dems will have to issue a disclaimer statement for each remark about the anti republican agenda and send flowers to Pistol Packin' Palin, cause we do not want to hurt her feelings.

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. MCcain is a Liar and Palin is Dick Cheney with Lipstick

    This is getting good keep hitting them Republican Biden that is what we wanted you for GO Biden YOu Can DO all the Republican can do is try to use the Women card Pathetic. Biden keep going don't be scared Keep hitting that liar

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. JarJar

    remember this election is not about the issues, so when Biden brings up a matters relating to Healthcare, the republicans need to turn it around and blame us for bringing up ... issues!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. CNNman

    LOL, I knew this would happen sooner or later. Biden is going to run his mouth and sink the Obama ship. Not picking Hillary was the blunder that will cost Obama this election. LOL! HAHAHAHAHA

    September 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Linda

    I think the dems better come ouy swinging,or they will lose another one. Being nice and above the rest apparently doesen't work . The republicans say outright lies,and they must be answered. women or not she still lies without blinking.

    September 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. bernj

    More republican horse manure....or pit bull manure.....

    These folks are horrible. Anyone with half a brain can see thru the McCain-Palin lies.

    September 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Tammy - KCMO

    It's a valid issue and it's about time issues were being talked about. Don't expect a free ride for you or Palin through November. People want to know what you really stand for.

    From what I've seen it's just more of the same with a sharp right turn to suck up to the religous zealots.

    September 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. tornado1972

    A dose of your own meds

    September 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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