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. JO

    We dont need POW IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

    September 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. America for Obama

    Ofcourse Lynn Forester de Rothschild doesn't support Obama, it's her family that helped to create the federal reserve bank who's members earn interest on every single dollar that is printed in the United States. So everytime Bush borrows money for another War Bill, everytime we bail out another coorporation, everytime they borrow billions of dollars from the federal reserve bank this stupid, arrogant, uppity, pasty white woman get's a fat check in the mail along with everyone else in her family. She realizes just like all the other fat cats that her family faces some serious threats to their control of the money circle if Obama is elected. Heck the Clinton's are part of the institution as well, why do you think this dumb woman was backing Hillary to begin with? Not because she's a woman or a democrat or because she agrees with her on the issues, but because they are elitists doing anything they can to retain their strangle hold on the American monetary system which is a complete fraud and con. Families like the Rothschild's and Bush's have been trying to create a federal reserve banking system for decades before the finally succeeded in the 1930's. They rigged the great depression in order to create the federal reserve bank which leands money to America for interest on every dollar printed. So tell me, how can America ever get out of debt to the federal reserve bank if every single dollar we borrow has interest automatically??? This is exactly the point, if Obama is elected he will start to regulate the federal reserve bank or do away with it all together. Billionaires that are tied directly to the federal reserve bank would be threatened with the potential loss of billions more dollars. Lynn won't have it and so she must therefore endorse a liar, cheater, and thief to the White House, as long as it is someone who is in the circle of Institution of the elite of America. Obama is literally clashing with the institution of wealthy elitist whites that have run this country since it's creation and the institution will defend itself at any cost!!! Americans really need to wake up and pull the curtain away from their eyes and see this election for what it is, if Obama wins, the institution crumbles and the Rothschilds and many like them face the loss of power, control, influence, and most of all MONEY!!! If McCain wins then everything is all good for another four years. I can't believe the voters are so ignorant they can not see through this obvious con job. The republican party doesn't represent it's constituents. It represents about 100 super wealthy families who's financial pictures depend on having someone in the white house that will play their cards and their cards only. Obama is an outsider and not one to be trusted by the elite who truly run this country. It's the same reason whu both Kennedy's were killed, because they didn't support the institution's agenda (Vietnam War) just like Obama is going against their grain. They can not trust him to keep up the con if he is elected so if I was Obama I would be very concerned for my safety. These people have no morals and regard for human life, they will do anything to retain control and I worry for Mr. Obama's safety on a daily basis.

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008-2012!!!

    September 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. GL, Bend, OR

    .....Phantom of the Oprah ......

    Hmmm. You don't sound like a Hillary supporter.

    You sound like an angry Republican plant who has had too much water.

    September 17, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Terry in New York

    Yea OK! And we believe everything he says too. That dingbat couldn't convince me he's about the kind of change we need no matter what he says. How many times has he bucked his own party and went with the other side because it was the right thing to do?
    That's what we need is someone not in the parties back pocket. There's only 2 candidates who can make that claim without lying and there's running together.

    September 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Terry

    I love this man, I just love him. If America does not elect this team to govern this country it would be very sad. I know it is going to be hard no matter who is in office but I would love to have someone who does not remind me of the last 8 years. Wake up America!!!!!!!!!!


    September 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Coming from the whipping boy of the credit card industry, this is a joke. I haven't seen Biden or Obama out there screaming we need more regulation the last 4 years. I haven't seen the Democratically controlled Congress rushing out to do anything to fix the problem in the last 2 years.

    September 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. A house divided

    This is the year for women to be heard.

    Obama played a dangerous game when he bashed and insulted and mocked and jeered HRC and all the women who supported her.

    Combined with all the low income blue collar workers that he demeaned and ridiculed.... THAT is a lot of Democrats.

    Way to go Obama- deride those voters that you need to have on your side. They are so stupid that they will vote for you ANYway. I mean... what choice do they have? Well the base may no longer be the base.

    September 17, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. stephanie

    Go Obama-Biden..the only logical, safe, competent choice for America.

    So glad to see some real brains, integrity and gravitas on the VP ticket. It helps to know we would be in good hands if something happened to the President. Can't say the same about the GOP ticket.

    September 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Hillary Supporter for Obama

    Joe Biden is the REAL "Straight Talk Express".

    September 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Harvey in Va

    Biden who??? For someone falling off their horse he is doing quite well in the polls and leading BHO in many of them.

    September 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Too bad Senator Biden isn’t the nominee instead of Obama; I would have supported Senator Biden. But, once again we Democrats have squandered a great opportunity in favor of a fairy tale. Uggghhhh... When will we ever learn?

    September 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. abc

    which party people choose in their personal time should be respected and the choice doesn't /shouldn't affect their professional aspects as journalists. why accuse them guilty before proven? because the rest of us don't like to hear anything we don't like? sigh, it's horrific to see this great nation we've built now filled with people who vote base on gender, race & personalities... even the rest of the world (3rd world nations included) understand how crucial this 2008 election is to our nation and the world. yet, we the U. S. citizens cave into cultural war in this election, making important decisions base on smears, bias-party views and NOT the important agendas. don't blame the world if we act like fools because it's by our own choice. seeing so many people not recognizing the importance to work with other nations, still believing we, the USA will always be #1 even though the world has proven otherwise is truly sad. sad to see our great nation drowning in such naive mentality. wake up and smell the coffee! we can, by facts, become a 2nd rated nation if we don't vote for the person who bring about authentic changes. travelling the world for work, i only hope we, the Americans can wake up and get our country back to its greatness again.
    ta ta ~

    September 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Ray

    Biden still making some noise?

    When is Biden going to honorably drop out of the race for personal reasons? He's got this month to do it.

    It's only Hillary Clinton that can blunt the momentum of Sarah Palin and if the Democrats want to win, they must do what they've got to do and make Biden drop out quickly.

    Remember, McCain wouldn't have picked Palin if Obama had picked Hillary.
    The only political death blow to McCain is to neutralize Palin and it's only Hillary presence on the ticket can do that. Period.

    September 17, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Biden promised us all a toaster, told someone in a wheelchair to stand up, uhbama has campaigned in 57 states and called small town America bitter.

    Wow. They are qualified.

    September 17, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Milt

    To the person that wrote the comment titled, "Go Sarah!", who sounds angry now?!

    September 17, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. "out of touch"... that's all we know how to say

    Joe would know.... being full of horse manure. You could wring it from his ears.

    September 17, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Brandon Glover


    It blows my mind to see how many people in PA (lancaster) support McCain but then complain in the local news papers and news media (WGAL) that they are losing their jobs and cant get new ones. BUT as you see this has been McCain's approach to the hard working people and our struggles throughout his 26 years as senator.

    Fellow people of Pennsylvania please get over your back woods ways of the past with your conservative I'm a Republican till the day i die mind sets and support someone for a change who you KNOW will help you and get your jobs back and not just hold you to a political party.

    Fellow Active duty Military member and native of PA for OBAMA/Common sense!

    September 17, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Brad

    To institute change, you have to have a PLAN, not a VISION people. Palin is not only dangerously inexperienced, she's fooled the sheeple into thinking she is what is best for this country. Get Real.
    But wait, if I don't like Palin, I must be sexist; not an American .

    September 17, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Mark From Virginia

    Hey John,
    Hasn't Senator MCCAIN been there 26 years AND he was on the Commerce Committee, so be careful throwing around the "why haven't you done anythings" I suppose Senator MCCAIn was too busy with his committee, inventing the Blackberry

    "John from LA
    September 17th, 2008 1:00 pm ET

    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 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Jim in Orlando

    Joe, it would appear that McCain falling off his horse was less tragic than you falling on your head. I understand that "Biden" is really Indian for "anchor", as in around Obama's neck.

    September 17, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. ken

    I have sat here and watched and seen that every move made by obama mccain has tried to mirror... We don't need a copycat for president... What will he do if he does win, call obama up on the phone and say what do I do next... Do the right thing and vote for Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Annie

    To Phantom of the Oprah – is that all you've got, ugliness and name calling? Aren't we all supposed to be Americans here, and thereby have the right to our beliefs without all the ugliness and name calling? We have serious problems that we can't get out of by a continuation of the cultural wars. Educate yourselves, please, everyone, and stop the name calling. Our country depends on it.

    September 17, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Cowboy

    It is an outrage for the media/CNN to present the bailout of AIG by the Federal Reserve as a government bailout; in fact the Federal Reserve is as much a privately own corporation as AIG.For Mitt Romney to come on national TV and subscribe to the ideal that the Federal Reserve is a government agency shows the extent the republicans and our government officials are willing to distort the truth. America is being soldout and it's not the American people who will benefit.

    September 17, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. John in Ohio

    "The media should lay off Sarah."

    She is lying.

    September 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Scott Tucson

    Loser...Biden couldn't even win his home state in the primaries. Do you folks really want Biden one heart beat away from the Presidency?

    September 17, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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