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. jennie

    hey folks, instead of screaming about yet another question,

    JUST ANSWER IT!!! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT STEM CELL?

    YOU CAN'T AVOID EVERY QUESTION ABOUT EVERY ISSUE FOR 56 MORE DAYS....OR CAN YOU?

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

    Well McCain should know about low . He's the lowest of them.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Robert

    Sounds like Biden hit a nerve and the Republican response is to call it a "personal attack". It is a contradiction in policy just like Palin's statement that her daughter "chose" to continue her current pregnancy. Now she wants you to elect her and McCain so your family won't have that same choice.

    At least some issues are coming out.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Republican Voting for Barrack

    Every democrat should get out and volunteer. Organize your neighbor. register your neighbors to vote and donate to Barrack's campaign. That will help us towards the march of victory. For many years we have sacirificied for this momnent. NOT this time
    NO WAY NO McCAIN NO PALIN.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. MR AMERICA

    Can't take the heat, McCain camp?

    Please....it's a valid issue and valid argument. Lose the cry towel and let's talk about the tough issues, please.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Biden is right!!

    Why don't you, you care so much about children with disabilities. But this is just another vote for me tactics that the republicans have been using all week. It sickens me that the American public has sunk so low as to make this an American Idol contest instead of whats best for Americans and leadership in the world.

    Of topic but what about Palin charging the governors office for per diem when she stayed at home? Typical politician but you hockey mom, moose lovers won't research or hear that. SHEEP!!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. common sense

    This guy's not too bright! NoBama must cringe whenever Biden talks off the cuff. Nice going Joe... can't wait for the debates!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. NO WAY NO HOW

    Palin is disgraceful & a poster child for what is wrong with politics in this nation. How can she stand up and proclaim that she will fight for children with special needs and their parents when as mayor/governor of Alaska she cut funding to special needs programs by more the 50%!!!!??!?! Wake up! Don't let religious fanatics that think America THROUGH war is doing Gods will be our leaders. If you like what's going on now then vote Mc-Insane/Palin.
    No way, no how, no McCain nor Palin

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. PA Voter

    Ouch. The truth hurts doesn't it, Republicans?

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Reinaldo Vazquez

    This is one of reason why I stop washing CNN on TV, all they talk about is this lady that I don't know who in there right mind with the problems we are facing today, we keep entertaining the fact what she really had was a very smug speech. And why CNN we should send the republicans to fix there mess. I must be stupid.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. S.M

    Biden is only asking those who claim to be advocates for people with disabilities why they don't support stem cell research. The Republicans took a swipe at Michelle Obama and she isn't even running for president. Now, all of a sudden they want to cry foul over something that isn't what it seems? Give me a break! The truth of the matter is that the Republicans don't have a plan to fix the toy that they broke, therefore, they attack a person's character.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. MICHIGAN STILL HAS HOPE

    I guess it's like adoption – just because YOU (insert politician's name here) have an adopted baby everyone else should be against abortion or YOU (insert politician's name here) have a DS baby so every one else should be against stem cell research. Why can't the McPalin camp see that two things aren't always mutually exclusive. You known there is the REST OF THE COUNTRY who has issues in their lives as well, and we don't want what their personall choices are to override my freedom to decide what I choose to do!!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. A Woman In California For Obama:

    No McWar this is the meaning of the word "low" for you and your play thing.

    1. Leaves disabled wife for a younger richer more attractive woman;
    2. Leaves children of disabled wife and starts family with rich woman; and
    3. Claims he "has the scars to prove it." (Most of those were self-inflicted by his reckless behavior once he left Vietnam.

    Palin:
    1. Promotes teenage pregnancy;
    2. Uses her disabled son as a way to garner votes;
    3. Pathological liar.

    These are just a few examples of the word "low" for both of them. If I were either of them, I would think twice before I called anyone low.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Bitter in Texas

    Biden said advocates for people with disabilities should support stem cell research.

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

    Yep, playing politics is just the Repugs style...Saint Palin cut aid to to families with disabled children by 50% in Alaska...now she wants to support those same families from the White House...do ya think the Repugs are serious about any of the "real" issues???? NOTA!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. M. ELIAS

    THANK YOU JOE BIDEN, FOR POINTING OUT THE DIFFERENCES
    BETWEEN YOU AND SARAH PALIN. IT IS TIME THAT EVERYONE
    STARTS TO UNDERSTANDS WHAT SHE IS ALL ABOUT. AND
    ALSO, CATCH HER ON HER LIES.................

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

    I predict John and Sarah will be even worse than Bush and Cheney.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Copperfield

    I think Biden raised a perfectly reasonable arguement. Is talking about the real issues "sinking to a new low" to conservatives? The GOP is still trying to make this a popularity contest while the American people are struggling to see through the hazy politics and to the issues...

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Carla

    What's curious to me is why is it so out of line for Biden and Obama to question Palin? She can handle the heat obviously and likes to attack (with lipstick) any chance she has and has made her children a very public part of her campaign. These are not personal issues – but policy issues. If she can't handle the questions, how will she potentially deal with foreign leaders, terrorist issues, strikes, members of Congress demanding answers?

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Sid

    Joe, you are hitting the opposition right where it is hurting them. Good job. I thinks its a low for McBush who is crying every instance he gets, instead of speaking about his plan

    Good job Joe

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Mary Katherine

    Typical RNC response from the Rove playbook..."how dare you attack" to spin up the right wing. Biden was right on target with his analysis. We need to advance math and science.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. the real Abby

    Biden hit a nerve, i see. Go get em!

    OBAMA BIDEN 08

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

    Hocky patootie!

    Here we go. How many subjects are going to be off-limits because the hockey mom says they are?

    It's not offensive and it's an issue we all deserve to hear the truth about from the candidates as to where they stand and create an open dialogue. Just because Sarah chose to have a special needs child does not make it off-limits for discussion.

    I for one say, way to go Joe! And this woman, feminist, 50-something, white small business owner and Democrat will be voting for Obama!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. paulie_nj

    The Bridge to nowhere comments are closed but I just had to chime in on that topic. When Palin was running for governor what she said about the project was, "I will not stand in the way of progress". Later, once she learned how much the bridge would cost ($400 mil) she opposed it and replaced the bridge with a $2 mil ferry. Also, the vote for that project included an opt out to have the money redirected for Katrina relief. Both Barack Obama and Joe Biden voted to appropriate the funds for use on the bridge over snding the money to help with Katrina recovery. How about them apples...

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. NORA, FLORIDA

    I don't think anyone was playing politics with the answer that Biden gave. As a COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKER who works with SPECIAL NEEDS children/adults, that was a fair and debatable comment.

    Why is Palin afraid to answer it? McCain always coming to the rescue. I want Palin to stand on her own two feet without McCain and camp pulling strings. This crap about her being a women is irrelevant to me and should be to other professional women who are mothers.

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. rs

    did the tempature just go up a few degrees!? the vp debate is gonna be vicious!

    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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