September 17th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden: McCain fell off his horse

Sen. Biden talked about the economy while campaigning in Ohio Wednesday.
Sen. Biden talked about the economy while campaigning in Ohio Wednesday.

MAUMEE, Ohio (CNN) – Joe Biden hammered John McCain on the economy at his first stop Wednesday in this battleground state, criticizing the Arizona senator for only now coming around to the idea of regulation needed to avert financial crises.

“All of a sudden it’s my goodness there’s greed on Wall Street, my goodness we need common sense regulation,” Biden said.

With polls showing Barack Obama has lost his lead in Ohio, Biden is embarking on a two-day bus tour of the state.

The Delaware senator told supporters at an outdoor rally that they have a choice between those who allow corporations and the wealthy to go "unfettered” and those who want “common sense rules” to protect transparency.

“Look, if John cares so much about this now, where was he a week ago?” Biden asked. “Where was he a month ago? Where was he 5 years ago? I’ll tell you where he was, he was bragging to the folks on Wall Street, to the executives who now he calls ‘greedy.’ He was bragging to them how we’re going to shred the regulation that fetters them, that ties them down.”

“So let’s take a look at John’s conversion here,” Biden later added, “Something happened on the road to Damascus, John fell off his horse but he got back up on the same horse.”

He went on to draw parallels with McCain’s health care plan, saying that there too McCain favors de-regulation that wouldn’t allow states to protect its residents from insurance companies.

“So John, you got back on the same horse, you continue to push a plan that’s designed to de-regulate the health insurance industry,” said Biden, asking the crowd to raise their hands if they trust insurance companies to take care of their needs.

“I got one person [who] raised their hand. I got also a bridge I got to sell you and guess what? It’s in Alaska and it goes to nowhere,” he said, echoing a line Obama has been using on the stump as well.


Filed under: Economy • Joe Biden • John McCain • Ohio
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. Go Sarah!

    How come the Best (worst) Political Team on Television are ALL REGISTERED DEMOCRATS? Why were ALL CNN Pundits covering the Republican Convention REGISTERED DEMOCRATS???????

    BTW, Biden who? is he the guy who yelled all morning yesterday and said he doesn't know of any economist that thinks raising taxes on small business and capital gains would be BAD for the economy now????
    Why are dems and liberals always so darn angry?

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Jerry

    McShameless simply can't get away with saying he's now the champion of market regulation.

    It's like saying George W Bush is a uniter and not a divider.

    To Republcans trying to get elected, up is down and black is white.

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Joe "HAIR PLUGS" Biden shouldn't talk about things falling off. Especially since he can't even be honest about being bald.

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Mike

    If the liar, pandering McBush was even half as honest as Biden. I might consider him as a real candidate. But McOil has proven time and time again that he is a liar and a cheat.

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. I Love my COUNTRY!

    I love Joe Biden, he calls a spade a spade. Everyone should go to MSNBC and read the article "A McCain lawyer scrambles to block a Palin ethics inquiry." They are trying desperately to delay this investigation until after the election because they know she is guilty despite Palin saying she will fully cooperate with it on national television with Charles Gibson. I honestly can't believe people are considering voting for this scandal ridden, horribly inexperienced pathological liar who will give us more of the same. She is Cheyney with lipstick.

    September 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. CR in WI

    Some real issues finally-
    Take him on Joe
    sitting ducks are they, to much lying.
    Bo08

    September 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. DV

    Way to go Joe!

    Blaming this on "greed" reminds me of the Futurama episode where the candidate gets up and says:

    "It's time someone had the guts to stand up and say 'I'm against all those things that everyone hates!."

    Way to go out on a limb McCain. Protect you deregulating record, your lobbyist buddies, and attack a generic vice instead.

    Pathetic, McCain, just plain pathetic.

    David

    September 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Joe "HAIR PLUGS" Biden shouldn't talk too much about things falling off. He can't even be honest about being bald.

    September 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Joe Regis

    McCain – Palin is going down in a hand basket. The more we get to kn ow Palin measures on democratics issues, the more we love her not.

    The repubs are doomed this year.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Roz, IL

    Obama/Biden08...THE CHANGE WE NEED

    September 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. VIRGINIA will be blue

    He's two birds away from the coockoo's nest Joe. He's already felll off his rocker.

    September 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Becky

    Sarah Palin will be a deer in headlights again during the VP debate. Her memorizations on topics and finger-pointing won't get her too far.
    Days and a few weeks maybe, but certainly not months or years.

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Camp McCain has quite a few lobbyists on staff from the same Wall Street firms that failed, and a few others. Obama has none. What does that tell you about where each guy stands on regulating the financial industries, especially Wall Street firms.

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. John from LA

    Biden-you've sat in the Senate for 30 years-what did you do to about the meltdown on Wall St. or the loss of jobs????

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    This analogy–is anal.
    We need a President on will reform aspects of our government and institutions that clearly are not helpful to Americans at this time.

    But re-engineering government and crashing the best healthcare operation in the world with Obama and Biden in the lead and a wacko congress with Palosi (a honorary member and supporter of the Democratic Socialist Party of America) into their own wierdly socialist version of a almost capitalist nanny state–is absurd.

    John could fall of the horse. He could roll into office in a wheelchair. Mr. McCain is still more honest and focused on objective management and realistic direction of the office of President–than Obama.

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Now this is what you call an attack dog. Take notes Palin.

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown

    Obama lost his lead in Ohio? If this is true, the out of work, underinsured, people of Ohio DESERVE to be spat on by the GOP again!

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. don

    Joe Biden is a proven leader and I am supporting this ticket.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. inga

    You've gotta love Joe Biden. America needs to be properly polled to see how strong their faith is that McCain could fix the economy, our deteriorated global position, social security, equal pay for equal work, etc. I have ZERO faith in him, and he would never by MY president if he were elected.

    I think some of what we are seeing in the plummeting stock market is specutation of this lack of faith in McCain as our leader – as his poll numbers are up. I don't think he is helping in any way.

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Southerner

    and Biden fell off his rocker and never got back on.

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Love you Joe.

    It's nice to know that the guy I'm voting for has a VP that can stand on his own, understand the things he's talking about, answers questions, doesn't have to lie about his credentials. And above all is someone that I would feel safe with if something happened to Barack Obama.

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Amy in Minneapolis

    Someone with common sense? McCain and moose hunter are lacking

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Jolly Old Saint Barack

    Common sense regulation? I've never once heard "common sense" and "regulation" in the same sentence, except coming from the mouths of avowed socialists, who just wish-wish-wish we would lose our minds and establish socialism here in America.

    Regulations and government meddling is the entire cause of our current problem. Fanny and Freddy and the FED, engaged in a wonderful social experiment in liberal "generosity" with other people's money, took it upon themselves to see that money was sooooo cheap so that every Harry Hard-luck and Sally Sob-story could purchase a home they could not otherwise own nor pay for. THAT'S what's created the mess we're in.

    Message to government social experimenters... STOP using this nation's finances to create your liberal utopia.

    Capitalism IS NOT the problem. Government do-gooders and liberalism IS the problem. Get the government out of the way (STOP rescuing failing businesses) and let the market right itself.

    September 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Susan

    Way to go Joe. Obama/Biden are for America. McCain/Palin are for the good old boys and status quo!

    September 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Ted

    yes he did. poor guy

    September 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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