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. Jake Hillsboro, OR

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

    September 17, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Rena

    Why is it that you people can't see that McCain and his wolf pack is going to have everyone in America poor except themselves? Fools McCain=Rich and Obama=America. Please open your blinded eyes before you find yourself and 90% of American people standing in the welfare or unemployment line. Oh, I forgot there may be no welfare line or SSN if McCain has anything to say about it. However, I do believe they need to put a leach on that welfare program; it's crippling our young Americans and making them lazy. They need to get educated and get a job and let the system work for those who really need it; like our senior citizens, homeless vets, and abused victums who need a fresh start.

    September 17, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Yes, but for 5 1/2 years John McCain didn't have a horse, or a kitchen table, or a house because he was a POW!

    September 17, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

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

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    September 17, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. bernj

    It is just incredible how stupid our nation has become. How can anyone with even half a brain fall for the McCain-Palin dog and pony show. In 2008 some folks are actually supporting a 72 year old man who cannot operate a personal computer. The same folks get all goo goo at a corrupt politician from Alaska who is clearly intellectually challenged at the very least.

    John McCain barely got out of college. Palin went to 6 institutions before finally "obtaining" a bachelors degree. The fact is they are both not the best and not the brightest. They are not fit to lead this country. McCain and Palin are depending on the racist vote to get elected.

    September 17, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. CommonSense

    How is it that it's ok to flip flop and take the Democrats message of change once you see that it's popular and what the people want. McCain talking about change and shaking up Washington is like Burger King and McDonalds putting out a commercial asking "Where's the beef". Everyone knows Obama is far more intelligent than Palin and McCain combined the only reason this is even a race is because there are too many in America who will rather have this nation fail with someone they can have a beer with as we all sit in misery for another 4 years instead of selecting the candidate with the best judgement and that inspires our yong people who are the future.

    September 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Go Get em' JOE!!!

    September 17, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    The "deregulation' of America's Banks and Corporations gave the
    "soon to be rich" a fat chance to become on of the fatcats. They could
    steal and rob and pay themselves any bonus they wanted to!!!

    The "deregulation of America's Banks and Corporations, began with
    Republicans "hero", President Reagan..

    Thank you Reagan and Bush. We are BUSHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Whacked!!!!

    September 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. John in Ohio

    "Biden is the 3rd most liberal Senator in Washington."

    Yeah... but the last 8 years have showed us that THE LIBERALS ARE RIGHT. "Liberal" should be a badge of honor, not a slur.

    September 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    Sick of it all-

    Please. Did you see the ugliness at the Republican convention? Have you seen the DOCUMENTED lies by the McCain campaign? do you see how they have said they will decide when and where Sarah speaks?? You are way too transparent.


    I've seen your post before and it is still wrong. The Democrats are up 15 or so seats in the House so they can propose legislation. The Senate is 49-49. Even if Sanders and Lieberman agree with them, President Bush vetoes it. This administration is not interested in regulation or in even holding anyone responsible for the messes we are in. Point your outrage where it belongs.

    September 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. independent

    I am wondering despite all MSM favoring Obama quite openly,
    McCain still holding on.

    I read yahoo , CNN, MSNBC, etc, etc , everywhere its not-so-good talks about GOP or Palin or McCain. At the same time I do not read anything much going against Obama in articles.

    There must be something thats' giving McCain-Palin score a boost.

    September 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Rena

    Big Talk-

    You are a liar and it seems you can't be trusted neither. A tumbling economy and our soldiers fighting a bloody war for those nut cases and you trust McCain. Pluheeeeeez, tell that to your family; because no else believe you. You are either a fool or a racist.

    September 17, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. JDC // Ohio

    Biden and Obama...two politicians promising "change." POLITICIANS PROMISING!

    September 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Nick Salem, OR

    Biden is so boring and a nobody. No one was even talking about this guy before the VP selections. He carries no real popularity with the general public and is just an extra body to bum around with Obama.

    September 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. DJ Los Angeles

    Nice to know the neo-cons can only respond by making fun of Joe's hair

    September 17, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Patricia

    Big talk – good riddance to bad rubbish. WTG Biden! Tell it to them liars...........

    September 17, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Biff Biffington RETURNS...

    Chuck said;
    Two Words….

    D E M O C R A T I C C O N G R E S S.

    Where is the regulation of the lending industry?

    Where is the regulation of the insurance industry?
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    CHUCK.... I GOT 2 WORDS FOR 'YOU'...


    September 17, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. John in Ohio

    Google "1999 Gramm Deregulation Act". McCain voted yes, and he even has Gramm on his campaign staff, the same Gramm who said Americans are "whining" about the economic crisis. Biden voted no.

    The choice is clear.

    September 17, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. JK

    I'm an independent and look at the fox news site and this site. There is so much talk about change. All I see is the same name calling and petty comments. Both parties have problems and both offer good. If you like McCain then you can like his experience but dislike some of his policies. Experience is really over rated. No one is prepared to be president. If you like Obama you know he doesn't have experience, but you might like his policies. So much more to say, but its sad how uneducated the american people seem on these blogs.

    September 17, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Bill Tampa

    Say it's so Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!..Say it's so!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 17, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Chipster

    Where was Joe Biden when all this deregulation occurred? He was in the same place as all the other discouraged Democrats – watching the Republican majority in the House and/or Senate shove through anything and everything that President Bush wanted. Republicans don't want regulations because regulations interfere with profits and golden parachutes.

    Even now, the Democratic majority is too slim to defeat filibusters and vetoes. Republicans have been in control for a long time and our federal agencies have been practically dismantled. Voters need to get a clue that it isn't just about the Executive office.

    September 17, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. We need all the facts!

    Please just give it to us straight Joe! McCain's economic advisor, former senator Phil Gramm was a primary author of the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that repealed the depression-era walls between between banking, investment, and insurance that made this crisis possible. While Palin and McCain tisk tisk on government bailouts, McCain's main man on the economy authored the mess and you better believe John McBlame supported it whole-heartedly.

    Sober up America. This isn't a high school prom we are voting for in November! Our empire is eroding and we can either slow the process down by supporting Obama and Biden or eat our meals off of lead plates and all go insane. When in Rome.....

    September 17, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Lynn

    Hey COUNTRY FIRST: So you think Obama "used" Joe Biden? Well what does that say about McCain's choice of VP?
    I think there are a lot of more qualified people he could have chosen if he wanted to put HIS country first!

    September 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. President McCain

    I wouldn't count me out. 🙂

    September 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. OVER IT

    My question is....Biden...where were you..... too?

    Same old Same old politicians as usual.

    September 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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