September 15th, 2008
08:28 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden to sharpen attacks against McCain

Biden is planning to go on the attack Monday.
Biden is planning to go on the attack Monday.

WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) – Flying largely under the radar since John McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Joe Biden is set to make a splash Monday morning as he delivers what the campaign is describing as a major speech in Michigan that will sharpen their attacks against John McCain.

Aides say Biden will use his standing as McCain’s decades-long Senate colleague as a backdrop in the “just the facts” speech to further accuse the Arizona senator of being a “sequel” to President George W. Bush’s two terms.

“We’ve seen this movie before, folks,” Biden will say according to excerpts provided by the campaign. “But as everyone knows, the sequel is always worse than the original.”

“If you’re ready for four more years of George Bush, John McCain is your man,” he adds. “Just as George Herbert Walker Bush was nicknamed 'Bush 41' and his son is known as “Bush 43,” John McCain could easily become known as 'Bush 44.'”

This speech on domestic issues will be one of two framing speeches Biden will deliver before the fall’s debates, the second will be on foreign policy next week. Both will make the case that McCain has changed and is out of touch.

“Whatever happened to the guy, who once denounced tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in a time of war, as 'immoral'?” Monday’s speech will ask. “Whatever happened to the guy who wanted to do something about climate change? Not anymore.”

“When someone running for election changes his views to satisfy the base of the party, that’s not change, that’s just more of the same Washington game.”

Biden will also address the negative tone the race has taken in recent days, arguing that it is because the staff McCain has hired is the same team Bush used against McCain to launch “unconscionable, scurrilous attacks” in the 2000 race.

"The campaign a person runs says everything about the way they’ll govern," the speech reads. "John McCain has decided to bet the house on the politics perfected by Karl Rove."

The excerpts make no mention of Sarah Palin. Biden spokesman David Wade says that until she comes out of her “hermetically-sealed” environment, the campaign will assume she holds the same positions as McCain and will focus on him.

UPDATE: After the speech McCain-Palin spokeman Ben Porritt responded, saying Biden's comments are "more ridiculous comments that are not credible and stand in complete contradiction to their record."

"It’s salesmanship not leadership for Barack Obama and his running mate to tell families in Michigan that they have plans to aid the middle class when they recently both voted in favor of higher taxes for Americans making as little as $42,000," writes Porritt in an e-mail. "And they both persist in opposing sensible energy policy that will relieve our dependence on foreign energy.”


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  1. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Looks like thats a nickname for McSame that will stick! I mean Bush 44. You know, at first I wasn't too impressed by Biden, but he has really shown good judgement, and great character. All in all he is a good honest man that look out for us all.

    Obama/Biden 08'
    RonPaul 2012!

    September 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Nando, Florida

    MCLAME IS A DISGRACE TO WAR VETERANS LIKE MYSELF

    September 15, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Brooke

    Biden giving a speech? Is this one he's lifted? I don't see how the Obamabots can attack McCain for his "years in Washington" when their VP nominee is a man who has never held a real job outside of being a Senator.

    September 15, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. markymark22

    Sounds like more desperation from the Obama campaign... tell us what you're going to do instead of this tired rhetoric about a "Bush thrid term"

    September 15, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Thomas

    This is good. The Democrats need to focus the attacks toward McCain. Palin is just a diversion to take attention away from McCain.

    Focus on McCain.

    September 15, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Brooke

    ProudDemocrat September 15th, 2008 10:15 am ET

    Americans are ignorant people.

    I think it says a lot when a Proud Democrat and no doubt, Obamabot, would say this about America. If you or Michelle Obama or whoever isn't proud of this country or thinks this country is ignorant perhaps you would enjoy living somewhere else.

    September 15, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Robert

    All the koolaide drinkers that have their comments – hummmm – well, all I can say is that the only executive 'experience' Senator Biden has is being in the US Senate since he was 27 years old. That is less experience to be President than what Palin has. And by the way – how do all the Dems feel that they can claim that McCain may not make it through his first four years as President? Obama may not make it thru the four years if he were elected President. Just because you like Joe Biden does NOT make him a better VP nominee. Get a grip and lay off the kooaide ok?

    September 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Anonymous

    It is good to know that Biden is continuing to talk about the issues and put the focus back on McCain. I also think it was odd that CNN Revealed interviewed all the candidates but Palin. If she does not want to be available to the media like her opponents, the media should not spend so much time focusing on her and get back to covering the real issues.

    September 15, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. pat C.

    AFTER WATCHING JOE BIDEN LAST NIGHT AND COMPARING HIM TO SARAH PALIN THERE IS NO COMPARISON. JOE IS STRONG AND KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT OUR GREAT NATION. HE IS SO MUCH INTO HIS FAMILY AND HAS NEVER LET WASHINGTON COME BETWEEN HIS JOB AND THE NEEDS OF HIS FAMILY. HE IS THE MAN THAT I WANT IN THE EVENT SOMETHING HAPPENS TO OUR GRAT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN THE GREATEST OFFICE ON EARTH....OUR WHITEHOUSE.
    GO OBAMA/ BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT 2008!

    September 15, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. McCain/Palin

    Joe makes 250,000 for 10yrs., 320,000 in 2006 and he thinks he's poor. Obama thinks your rich. He will raise your taxes. Comment on that.

    September 15, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. B.Travers

    What's this? Biden going after McCain while Obama goes afterSarah?
    These two guys need to get their act together: VP against VP etc. etc. etc..

    September 15, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. grace

    We are better than this Americans CNN you are complicit to the deception of the people. The networks looked the other way when Bush took us to war now you are looking the other way again while Mcsame takes this country down. The economy has tanked partly because of the policies of Bush and McCain,s economic adviser who said that we whinners. When will CNN start telling the people the truth? I am so dissapointed with CNN I expect this from Fox News.

    September 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Louis, Texas

    CNN, you need to start reporting and stop bein a fan of Sarah Palin, please inform the public about the issues and stop trying for media ratings if you report the fact i suggest to you that your ratings will be just fine.....lets not forget the beginning of the IRAQ war when instead of reporting to the public all that the media did was Cheer Leaded this administration and this country into an ill advised war.....se if you can avoid making the same mistake twice.....PLEASE REPORT ON THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR ISSUES and stop pushing all their distorted adds that you know to be false before you run them......INFORM THE PUBLIC PLEASE.........

    September 15, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Patrick

    If you say McCain is more George Bush than it is only fair to say Obama is more Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter. Neither comparison is fair or accurate and I hope people aren't dumb enough to believe it.

    September 15, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Undecided

    Hey Joe, its not you that worries me its Obama, he appears tobe weak in plain english, If Putin looks in his eyes, he is going tobe hard pressed not to bust out with a huge grin like the cat that ate the connary.

    September 15, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. SAVE AMERICA

    How Americans be to stupid? You people vote for because she a "Woman" she's a rich woman she no real working woman, she has servans working for her you dont...... Vote for Obama/Biden if you want to see progress .... use your brain not your emotion.

    September 15, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Rachelraye- MD

    Joe Biden knows exactly what he's doing. And whose desperate Senator McCain is. Wake up people and see he's telling one lie after another. All of his lies are going to come and bite him in the you know what. Not this time and not this year. I don't believe the polls that he's leading. It's just a matter of time and the truth will come out like um let's say November 4, 2008.

    September 15, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. SAVE AMERICA

    I think "CNN" is BIAS ............THEY CLEARLY DONT LIKE OBAMA. GUEST WHY PEOPLE? BECAUSE THEY ARE ANTI-OBAMA

    September 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Ron

    if Obama supporters want the real story about their candidate i strongly suggest you do not rely on cnn or any other time Warner controlled media. it would be interesting to know who pulls the strings and what his their beliefs are

    September 15, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Praetorian

    It's so funny watching a liberal try to talk tough.
    Especially when they talk of big special interests control of McCain (al la Bush) when the majority of his own campaign donations can be traced to large financial corporations and credit card vendors headquartered in his home state of Delaware.

    Talk about putting lipstick on the pig?

    September 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. A CANUCK

    ENOUGH OF PALEN .....NOW LET'S HEAR WHAT BIDEN HAS TO SAY
    .....AT LEAST IT WILL BE THE TRUTH !!!! YOU GO JOE AND TELL 'EM
    LIKE IT IS !!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN2008

    September 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. John

    Who Biden? I thought he threw in the towel, he said Hillary was a better pick and its the first time I agree 100% with the dems! They lost this one, however I can see a 2012 Palin vs Clinton with Palin the winner of course.

    September 15, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Anita from Arizona

    Palin = TV ratings. She and the McCain campaign know that. They think we are stupid and don't know the facts. Don't be sucked into their lies and misleading promises of reform. I don't trust McCain to change anything in Washington. If he stuck to his beliefs and his ideals before he started running for president, he would have gotten my vote. He was so easy to change his positions to match Bush just to appease his republican base. Maverick my big toe.

    September 15, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. K

    Wow the Bush thing is just really grating at this point! Wasn't one of your other stories on this blog about how incensed they are about the Republicans being so nasty? Since all of this will continue from both sides, can they please come up with something new to sling? Even you democrats have to be getting tired of hearing this same drivel out of their mouth every single day...
    Joey, how 'bout you get down to what you say you and yo bro' are gonna do and start talking about things that matter? If you're going to criticize the other side, don't do the exact same thing your criticizing them for, it makes you real small and petty...you know, like you guys say they are...hmmm...

    September 15, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Venus

    Joe

    It's time to bring them down!

    September 15, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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