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. edweena

    WHATEVER! The GOP and their fake outrage makes me nauseating!

    What did Joe Biden say that was so outrageaous? He asked a clear question that needs to be answered? And just so we're clear, Joe Biden NEVER attacked Palin for not caring enough about her child! So far, Palin has been the GOP's running clown around town to give their base a good laugh, but she never really gave any opinions on ANY ISSUE! Why shoudn't the democrats questions her motives in whatever the hell she says?

    The GOP are trying so freaking hard to paint the woman as a model of virtue and are twisting whatever people say as some freaking attack on her good persona!

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. But I am always right

    What a moronic comment. This is as bad as the other side claiming that people who do not support the war are against fighting terrorism. Please Biden, let the other side be the side that sinks into the gutter.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. DMC - Michigan

    How has Biden gone to a new low? By talking about real issues? Is the GOP afraid that McCain and Palin will be forced to talk about something that voters care about?

    The GOP makes me ill in how they attack, attack, attack and then go and cry every time someone says something about their positions.

    America needs to stop being ashamed of having intelligent people run our country. Being smart doesn't make you an elitist, it just means you are not Palin!

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Jon in CA

    The McCain camp is disgusting. That comment covers hundreds of Republicans in all levels of government who are against stem cell research.

    Had he said something like, "you don't love your children unless you support stem cell research" I would have said that's "an all time low". But to simply state that being an advocate for something, when you don't support finding a cure, comes across aschasing your own tail is in no way offensive.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. tg

    Let's not forget Palin herself cut spending by 62% for children with special needs program....she herself is stating she doesn't care. if you would allow her to MEET THE PRESS, sorry cnn, but Yes, do interviews we would learn a whole lot more about Sarah Palin....stop hiding her behind the podium giving nonsense speeches full of attacks and let her ANSWER Questions.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. GO stem cells GO

    To not support potential life saving cures for political ground or 'personal' beliefs is frankly, retarded. How dare you think you're so important or special to hinder medical breakthroughs. Stop thinking about yourselves and start thinking about all the sick people.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. David Orbach, New York, NY

    I look foward to the day when Palin actually speaks for herself on this issue. Actually, I look forward to the day when Palin speaks for herself in a way that reaches a wide audience on any issue at all.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. NT

    Typical Biden nastiness. Another slim ball from Washington, DC.

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

    Please spare me! Is everything that the Democrats are now going to say an affront to palin? She wants to be VP then learn to take it like a man and enough of this baloney of taking everything so personal. I wonder what she would do, if, and let's hope not, she gets elected VP. You think the leaders of the world are going to treat with kids' gloves and care about her personal problems?

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Daniel

    If these people know their bible, they should know that it is the TRUTH and the truth will "set them free". Why are they sooo scared of the truth.

    I guess that is why they pedal lies in their campaign ads despite factchecks which expose these LIES.......

    I will continue to pray for EVANGELICALS who hide behind pro-life to vote for people that destroying the quality of life of the living Americans.

    We waste money on irresponsible wars. Money that could have been used to find a cure for CANCER/AIDS/AUTISM etc. and they call themselves PRO-LIFE. These are more like PRO-LIES ..........

    A word is enough for the wise!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08'

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. masterhurrikane

    Biden's comment is logical.. why wouldn't you support everything possible to help people that need it especially your own child.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Jayne, Midlothian, VA

    McCain's camp is unbelievable. Who started playing politics with special needs children, John? You're so out of touch you're pathetic.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. cjp123

    There was nothing "low" about Biden's remark. I would want to hear both McCain and Palin defend their position against stem cell research. If it's a moral opposition to it in the face of science, then fine, but they should speak about the issue instead of acting like two-year old being picked on. Where is the direct attack on Palin's child here? Where is the sexism in questionning her experience? Is it racism to question Obama's experience?

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. GEORGE MCCAIN/SARAH POWLENTY '08

    Go Joe, the Republican religious fascist cannot handle the truth!

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Jeff in Portland

    This criticism coming from a lady who paraded around her special needs baby on stage like a prop at the Republican Convention.

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

    The McCain campaign picked the perfect candidate. The other side can't say anything that in some way isn't offensive to her. Can't talk about women. Can't talk about teen pregenancy/abortion/abstenance, can't talk about special needs kids. All they can talk about is her lack of experience. And even then they get blasted because she's the executive of "The largest state in the Union." What a load....

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Foreign observer

    Biden asks for the issues. He is not satisfied to see Miss Take presenting herself and saying nothing about her convictions.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Will in Richmond, VA

    I say it's a fair question.

    Explain why exactly you don't support stem cell research if the results of that research will be a cure for a disease or a drastically improved quality of life for an affected person?

    Seems very fair to me.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Eric

    McPalin offers religious ideology rather than the scientific approach to SCIENCE! The McPalin camp is lashing out at Biden? Truth hurts don't it? Let's just pray our way out of all our problems. Her own child could benefit from such hedonistic research, God willing.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. M

    Way to go, Biden. lol. Did you forget her kid was born with Down Syndrome?

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Sonja, Carrollton, Ga.

    Any accusation by Republicans/conservatives that anyone is playing politics with the issue of stem cell research is beyond hypocritical.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Sara

    What the Democrats love to neglect is the fact that Conservatives do INDEED support stem cell research. Just not EMBRYONIC stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research will soon be a thing of the past as great strides are being made by scientists which allow fantastic results from stem cells derived from alternate sources.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. ruffdeezy

    This just shows that Republicans are in la la land. Time to wake up and be introduced to the 21st century.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. JP

    The Republican standard response is to feign outrage!

    If a Democrat expresses outrage then the Republican response is ‘What’s the matter, can’t you take a joke?’

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Chuck

    Go Joe!!!! We really do not need Sarah's stand on research for medical break throughs. Let her return to the "dark ages".

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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