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. norma

    Hey Biden! Dont falll yourself.

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

    TAX SMALL BUISNESS.... Yea... that will do it...

    Vote: PRESENT

    September 17, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Proud American

    America we need to wake up as a nation. While there is anything left of our great country. Lets stop the bleeding. No more lies from the Republicans.
    Obama/ Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. PJ, New York Independent

    I can't wait for the debates. McCain/Palin will REALLY be up in the polls then.

    September 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. McCain for Pres.

    Where was Biden 5 yrs. ago. Why did Wall Street give more to Obama than John McCain??????

    September 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    You go Joe! Show these hypocrits for what they are. They caused this mess with their deregulation policies, and complete lack of oversight in the markets. In their "ownership society" when do they take ownership for their failed economic supply-side policeis?

    The Repugnant Party brought on this calamity and needs to pay for it at the polls just like all the rest of us are paying for it in our daliy lives.

    Obama/Biden in 2008 and beyond!

    September 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Barbara CA

    You are the man Senator Biden, the common man, and we are happy to have you speak for us.

    The country needs the Obama/Biden ticket for such a time as this.

    September 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. mj

    Biden is the ultimate Washington insider. He is supposed to bring change? If Obama was capable he would not be in the mess he is in now. He would have healed the Dem party and run with Clinton.

    McCain is the one who is showing leadership and change with the Palin pick. McCain gets results and he is the only one using public funding only.

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Bill

    While I agree "Where was McCain?" Where was Biden? Where was Obama? All three have been part of the senate while this as been going on.

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Greg

    Sarah Palins resume is: beauty queen, for a short time Anchorage sports reporter, 4 years on a small town city council and 6 years as the mayor of a small town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people.

    Quit frankly the thought of Ms. Palin sitting across the table from the likes of a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chills me to the bone. Given McCains health issues and age Ms. Palin could in deed become the President of the United States. SCARY VERY SCARY.

    An Aside – Allan Greenspan has stated the McCain economic policy would be disastrous. Independence

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Will-South Dakota


    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Liviu

    For all the "independent minds" here.

    Think deep and hard, and tell me straight:

    Do you really think that Sen. McCain will reach "across the aisle" ?

    Remeber what he said twice (also stated by his surrogates), that the tone of his campaign is so negative because Sen Obama refused to agree to townhall meetings.

    This is really "either you play by my rules or esle..." in my book, and I am afraid to even think what's going to happen if Iran, Russia or China don't play by his rules.

    So please bare this in mind when you are inside that voting booth, because the whole world will be affected, really...

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Cyndi

    MCain and Plain don't have a clue but wants Obama and Biden to lead and they follow by stealing there words and makin it look like they were on top of things. People Palin/McCain are phonies waiting to see what the first one does so they can do better. McCain/Palin get your own ideas and stop feeding off the Democrats.

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Terry, NJ

    Joe, seriously. You're a good guy. You should have been at the top of the ticket instead of Obama Wonka. Of course Hillary should have been on top of the ticket if all three of you were to be chosen.

    Don't Drink the Koolaid!

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Joe Regis

    Karl Rove may be the one the tell repubs to stop the push polling, cause the repubs are going down and no amount of push polling can help. Rove, please tell them that these tricks are beyond the pale.

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. jerry

    Go Joe- you da man!!

    September 17, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Justin, ny

    attaboy biden!! tell it like it is!!!

    gallup poll today – obama 47% – mccain 45%...

    obama/biden '08!

    September 17, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Ron from Baltimore

    In Sen Biden, we have someone who has long worked with Sen McCain, and who knows the stands McCain has taken over these many decades.

    It is nice to have a reasonably-worded push-back against McCain's flip flopping here, isn't it. CNN's own FACT CHECK concedes that McCain's position is shifting, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but he still says "Wish I didn't have to do it." He's trying to have it both ways, a very immature and transparent stand for someone so high in politics. I'm sure that's all he has energy for.

    September 17, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Keisha - Atlanta, GA

    Way to go Joe!!!

    September 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Sharon Kitchen

    The color of that horse was "PALE"

    Scary........very scary.

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Lone Star Wolf

    She is not only a lady she is smart too. Palin is a lady to ride the political trail with McCain all the way to the White House. Unlike Obama who was all for the bailout to spend some more of the taxpayers money to help the rich and do nothing for the poor old boy who is losing his home. If the Government is going to pay our tax dollars to big financial bankers then something should be done with the bankers in insuring that they do everything possible to help keep these homeowners from losing their homes. They could help by lowering their payments or some other way of fixing their loans were it is feasible for them to pay. After all it is our money they're playing with. We as taxpayers should have a say. TO START WITH SAY NO TO OBAMA AND BIDEN AND YES TO McCAIN AND PALIN.

    September 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Paula, Los Angeles CA

    Go go go, go for it Joe!


    September 17, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. BK

    Obama does not even know who AIG is. Obama knows nothing.

    September 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. chelle

    Good job Joe. Point out the maverick moves that John McCain likes to brag about....only they are blowing up in his face!

    September 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Lourdes

    Sersiously. The way McCain goes on and on about wallstreet you'd think that he doesn't have any lobbyists from wall street on his campaign staff or that he and his wife haven't benefitted profusely from the lack of regulation and wall-street-gone-wild financial decadence of the last 8 years. I"m sure his money is safe, so he can say whatever he wants and hope that no one will actually think about how ridiculous and hypocritical his phony outrage is. As if he hasn't been in congress all this time? as if he's not a member of the party that's at fault for the economic mess? He may have been a "maverick" (before this presidential campaign that is) about some issues – the war, torture, immigration....But he has not in any way shape or form been a maverick against the consolidation of power on wallstreet and the sorry implications that has had on our economy.

    CNN don't keep me in moderation PLEASE

    September 17, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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