September 17th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 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. ET

    Biden has always been a looser,if he lived in any other state besides Delaware, you would have never heard of him.

    September 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. John in Ohio

    I want somebody to explain to me why McCain and his supporters are so convinced that Obama should have agreed to 10 "town hall" debates before either of them were officially nominated as the candidates of their parties. I want to know why McCain expects Obama to do something solely as a favor to McCain, something that solely benefits McCain, something that has never happened before in an American Presidential campaign. I also want to know how McCain justifies vicious lies and smears of Obama by saying that this would all have been avoided if Obama had just acquised to McCain's every demand. McCain sounds like a spoiled petulant 3-year old, crying and stamping his feet because he didn't get his way.

    September 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. John in Ohio

    I want to know why people claim Obama should be 20 points over McCain in the polls now, the last time a presidential candidate won an election by 20% more then his opponent was Richard Nixon. And we all saw how well that turned out. Even Reagan didn't win against Carter by a margin as wide as people say Obama should have.

    September 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. CM

    Tell it like it is Joe. You were the steady honest choice here. Palin is a flash in the pan candidate who will disappear after this election back to Alaska.

    September 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. mitchell

    i cant believe there are still people out there saying mccain is honest?do you folks need it stamped on yer foreheads ,backwards,so you read it everytime you look in a morror?

    September 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Ted

    Thanks Joe...tell it like it is, not the way the GOP lemmings want to hear it.

    September 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. JO

    John McCain has served this country. No one in this election is denying him that. But his selection of Governor Palin has demonstrated that he is willing to put his desperation to win this election above the welfare of the American people. As someone who has spent over 40 years advocating on behalf of women both politically and philanthropically, as someone who was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and as someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of all women, hear me Senator McCain: “This calculated, cynical ploy to pull away a small percentage of Hillary's women voters from Barack Obama will not work. We are not that stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    September 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. EMJ

    McCain didn't invent the Blackberry, he invented teh telegraph.

    September 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. El Mugroso

    The McPain candidates are all of a sudden "converts", away from Greed and Corruption.
    What a pair of cynics. What a FARCE!
    And Bush all of a sudden is sayin to Afghanistan people "Sorry that we killed 90 children with our remote controlled planes", when first they said "six civilians were killed", on the "interest" of getting rid of the enemy, of course. But the interest and the "enemy" are all LIES. Bush's enemy is his own, and cronies', GREED for power, money, fame, and quest for glory of selfish "grandeur". We need Obama to fix all that that has our Nation broken in so many respects.

    September 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. fixthebroken

    Go Sarah!, you are sounding a tad bit desperate. Why don't you tell me why or how what Biden said was wrong or a distortion?

    I would appreciate that.

    September 17, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. LIZ

    Well looks like Biden lost some age too!! he is acting just as immature as the other Dems........... Grow-up and unite together as a whole is how it should be. . This is a presidential campaign, not a high school rivalry!!!!

    It pushes me away when negativity and hate comes in to play.
    Plain and simple immaturity!!

    September 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    L @ September 17th, 2008 1:16 pm ET: Your failure to properly plan financially for your child's future is not Obama's fault. If people making 10 million dollars to act want to spend some of it on one night with a candidate of their choice it's not your business either. No one put a gun to their heads to attend the event. And the person holding the event set the price not Obama. Get over yourself, count the blessing you have not what everyone else has.

    September 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. mitchell

    i guess ,go joe!, was alittle too strong for cnn monitors? sorry.

    September 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Tina

    John McCain is REALLY OUT OF TOUCH. He has PROVEN this to be true by USING Sarah Palin to help increase the number of people who attend his DRY, BORING, WHINNY, COMPLAINING, MUNDAN OUT OF DATE SPEAKING EVENTS. If McCain shows up ALONE to make speechs hardly no one wants to listen. People leave early, make excuses (I have to have my teeth drilled) rather than listen to him whine for an hour or more. Take a look at the people surrounding him, check out the yawns, sighs, eye-rubbing. PROVEN...............HE CAN'T CONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE......... EVEN THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO SUPPORT HIM ARE BORED AROUND HIM......HE IS TOO WHINNY AND TOO CRANKY.



    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

    September 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. MBFLA

    Remember: McCain wants to privatize Social Security. We'd be in big trouble now had he done that to us!!!! What does he know about the economy?

    September 17, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. John in Ohio

    "Joe Biden once again talks out of both sides of his face. Where are his solutions? Oops, if he had any, we wouldn't be in this mess, he's been up there in Washington this whole time too…!"

    He voted against the deregulation of the mortgage industry. McCain voted for it and pushed for it. Biden has been doing all he can, but there's other Senators then him in Washington.

    September 17, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. MLD

    Slow Joe should keep his mouth shut. He sounds dumber everytime he talks.

    September 17, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. gt


    September 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Raymond Duke

    I love all you liberals and minorities crying their will be a civil war in this country if McCain / Palin wins. That is what is wrong with this country people listening to B.S. talk. I learned one thing by serving in the military for twenty years . Everyone has red blood and all people bleed. You might have a lot of riots in the big cities ezpecially in the northeast and the west coast but real america does not play them games. We do not care if you burn down your neighborhoods we just do not want our tax dollars used to rebuild them.

    September 17, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Tony

    Hell, the horse ran over McCain a long time ago.


    September 17, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Tom

    McSame has a plan. It will provide total and complete removal of regulation for the banking, real estate and insurance industries. His plan will also include taxpayer bail out of companies that become insolvent. This will allow top level multi-millionaire executives the chance to parachute out with million dollar severance packages.
    He has said many times previously that he is the deregulation supporter. Remember deregulation of Lincoln Savings?

    September 17, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Seattle Voter

    Senator Biden, I'm sure you know Sen. McCain's voting record in the senate. Educate the voters more about his records. BILLS that he sponsored for the last two decades.

    Stay focus on the issues!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Bismarck ND


    September 17, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. big talk

    Biden , a Washington Insider. We know he is notorious for BIG TALK in Washington. He is just lucky enough that the news media does not pick on him. What kind of Chang can he bring to Wahington? Recycle? Recycle?

    Too bad Obama chose him, not Hillary.

    I'm a 100% Hillary supporter. But I switch to McCain now. I support McCain not for whom he chose as VP. But it's the fact that McCain/Palin ticket gave me more hope for Change than Obama/Biden. I do notc trust Obama's big mouth.

    September 17, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. June, MN

    Palin is like Eliza Doolittle, only this time she failed the test. Palin is not ready for prime time and needs to go back to Alaska.

    Can someone please explain that Fargo/Alaskan accent, how can you be Alaskan and speak like you're from Fargo?

    September 17, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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