September 22nd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden strikes back at McCain over judgment

Sen. Biden took aim at McCain on foreign policy and national security Monday.
Sen. Biden took aim at McCain on foreign policy and national security Monday.

BALTIMORE, Maryland, (CNN) - One day after John McCain questioned Barack Obama’s judgment to be commander-in-chief in front of the conference of the National Guard Association, Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden came to his defense in front of the same gathering Monday, hitting McCain on foreign policy and national security.

Biden also countered John McCain’s accusation that behind Barack Obama’s views “lies the ambition to be president.”

“No one party has a monopoly on virtue or good ideas,” said Biden. “We can question each other’s judgment, that’s what elections are all about but we have to stop questioning each other’s motives and each other’s patriotism.”

“We all put ‘country first,’” he added, borrowing the McCain camp’s slogan. “When John and I send our sons to war, they don’t wear a Republican flag or a Democratic flag. They wear the American flag.”

McCain’s son Jimmy, a Marine lance corporal, has served in Iraq. Biden’s son Beau, Delaware’s attorney general and a member of the state’s National Guard, will be deploying there this fall.

Like McCain’s Sunday remarks, Biden’s lines on patriotism and the American flag got a rousing reception from the crowd. The crowd was silent during his attacks on the Republican nominee.

The senator raised eyebrows among reporters when he veered off his prepared remarks toward the end, replacing short, punchy lines ending with “John was wrong, Barack was right,” with lengthier arguments that referenced his own experience and understanding.

“Whoa!” exclaimed Biden after saying that McCain had asserted before the Iraq war that there was no history of conflict between Sunnis and Shias. “One of my problems is maybe I read too much history. There’s an overwhelming history, an overwhelming history ladies and gentlemen, 1200 years of it, of clashes between Sunnis and Shias.”

“You want to know where Bin Laden is, come back to Afghanistan with me,” he later added. “I can tell you where they are. John says he’ll follow them to the gates of hell. You don’t have to go to hell. Just go to Pakistan. Just go to that area. That superhighway of terror that exists between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

The original text also ended with the argument that in order to have a strong military, there needs to be a strong economy. Forgoing the planned conclusion, Biden left out the news of the day and a chance to promote the plan Obama was introducing in a “major” economic speech.

Biden heaps praise on the National Guard at every campaign rally and Monday spoke glowingly of the domestic and international work the National Guard has done, and pledged to increase medical and economic support in light of increased service burdens in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Barack and I are here, we are going to set this straight,” he said.


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  1. The Smartest People will vote for McCain!

    The Pig Democrats will be destroyed on November 5th. The media and the leftist shills who post on CNN are not fooling anybody!

    Obama is a Communist.

    Biden is a Plagiarist

    All Democrats are lying, immoral pigs!!

    September 22, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Sammy

    Perhaps the only way for Obama to get the republicans off his back over the patriotism thing is to send one of his little girls to Iraq. That way all four of them will have had children in the military.

    September 22, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. California Gold

    One of Biden's characteristics I most admire is his ability to read, retain and use his knowledge. Biden is good on his feet and deftly handles subjects with facts. You did a good job Joe.

    Looking forward to the VP debates when Palin will talk about telling Congress "No Thanks." and "I put the jet up for sale on eBay (but let's not talk about the fact it didn't sell)". and "I can see Russia from my house so I'm ready on Day 1 to run this country."

    September 22, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. M Smith

    anyone get the feeling that Bin Laden is worth more to the GOP free than dead or in GITMO?

    September 22, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Wake-up America

    I have followed Joe Biden's career for many years, since his 1988 Presidential campaign. And yes, Mr. Biden sometimes outs his foot in his mouth but I surely can relate more to him as an honest, down to earth for the people type of person than McCain/Pallin. All you have to do is some research.

    He resigned his 1988 Campaign because of accusations of plagiarism in speech he used several times citing the proper author in each and every time except this once. But rather than create a scandal and distraction he decided to resign his run for the Presidency.

    Now that is an honorable man!!

    Unlike these two deceitful, dishonest, lying, shameful, cay anything, do anything to win candidates, McCain/Palin. I sorry, NO I’m not sorry, they disgust me. “Country First”, my backside. If anyone realy believes that these to will change anything except for how much more the rich will get if they win, then you will have no one to blame but your selves.

    I used to like McCain now I can’t stand him. And for that lieing bimbo she just digust me even more.

    WAKE-UP AMERICA

    September 22, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    Well said Joe! Remember Mcain WE ALL PUT COUNTRY FIRST not just you you mccain my friend have really taken the low road shame on you senator mccain!

    September 22, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. pa.joe

    Campaign tactics like Republicans claiming that they are more patriotic then Democrats may have helped elect George Bush twice but it has left this country bitterly divided and cost Bush and the whole GOP their integrity and respectability.
    McCain/Palin with the help of Steve Schmidt are trying to divide our country again.
    They don't care if they rip our nation in half so long as they get the slightly bigger piece.
    Well it might work but this time with the help of all those newly registered voters and disenchanted republicans it might just backfire.
    And that would be justice!!

    September 22, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. jimmy

    JOE BIDEN RAN FOR PRESIDENT TWICE AND GOT ONE PERCENT OFTHE VOTES IN THE PRIMARIES. HE IS AN OLD ESTABLISHMENT SENATOR. HE IS REALLY BETTER SUITED TO BE AT THE TOP OF THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET.
    SINCE THE START OF THE CAMPAIGNS AND THE PRIMARIES, I HAVE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PASTOR J. WRIGHT'S "" BLACK
    LIBERATION THEOLOGY". IT HAS BEEN MENTIONED MANY,MANY TIMES IN THE MEDIA , BUT NOBODY HAS EXPLAINED WHAT IT MEANS . PLEASE, ANYBODY , CAN YOU TELL ME UST WHAT IT IS ABOUT?

    September 22, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Lisa, MD

    THIS IS SO SAD THE FACT THAT PEOPLE EVEN THE ONES ON THE BLOGS ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN. I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. WHY WOULD YOU WANT THE SAME MESS FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS. ECONOMY, UNEMPLOYMENT, FORCLOSURES, GAS PRICES, EDUCATION, HEALTH BENEFITS, JOBS, WAR IN IRAQ SHOULD I SAY MORE. PLEASE FORGIVE ME WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY BUT I'M AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE AND I"VE NOTICE LAST WEEK ON CNN I READ THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A RACE ISSUE TO DECIDE THE PRESIDENCY. WHY? IS IT BECAUSE HE IS AFRICAN AMERICAN IS THAT WHY? FIRST OF ALL, HE CAN'T DO NO WORSE THAN WHO IS IN THERE NOW. I WAS HOPING THAT RACE WOULDN'T BE THE FACTOR BUT IT IS. I COMMEND THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE COMMENTS ON THIS BLOG WHO ARE SUPPORTING SEN. OBAMA. :-) !!! HE IS ONLY HUMAN HE CAN'T HELP THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN. YOU KNOW I HEARD A COMMENT ON A WELL KNOW RADIO STATION TODAY A CALLER CALLED IN AND SAID SHE WORKS IN NY AND SHE WAS TALKING TO A CUSTOMER AND THAT INDIVIDUAL SAID HE DOESN'T LIKE EITHER ONE OF THE CANDIDATES BUT HE WAS NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR A "SPOOK" TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. MY FLESH WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING THAT I KNOW IS NOT IN MY CHARACTER BUT MY SPIRIT WOULDN'T ALLOW ME TO. I GUESS MY QUESTION IS DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE ON THE DEFENSIVE SIDE. K NO I GUESS NOT AND FAR MOST AND DON'T REALLY CARE. THATS FINE EVERYONE IS ENTITLE TO THERE OWN OPINION. I'M PRETTY SURE NO ONE WHO IS NOT A MINORITY WOULD WANT TO EXCHANGE PLACES JUST TO SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE BEING AFRICAN AMERICAN AND YES RACE DOES PLAY A MAJOR IMPACT. IT'S FUNNY WE ALL BLEED THE SAME!!!!!! THIS PRESIDENTIAL RACE SHOULD NOT BE BASED ON RACE IT SHOULD BE BASED ON THAT PERSONS QUALIFICATIONS. SUPPOSE BARACK WAS CAUCASIAN WOULD HE GET THE SAME UNFAIRNESS AS NOW? NO HE WOULD NOT. ALL I CAN SAY IS PLEASE WEIGH OUT THE PROS AND CONS. BARACK OBAMA HAS MY VOTE !!!!

    September 22, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. independent

    No doubt, media loves any liberal candidate , especially Obama.
    80% of media seems to be favouring Obama-Biden all the way.

    Yet, McCain-Palin are not very far behind.

    Going by the state of affairs, it should have been a clean-sweep for Obama-Biden, but not happening.

    What is the reason ?

    September 22, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. bob

    Palin is having a hissy fit because she is so desperate to be VP she accuses Obama and Biden of attacking her family. If that is so, then how come there's no newspaper or any TV network coverage reporting this? If you are going to make accusations, have a creditable example. She didn't even elaborate because there is nothing to elaborate. She sounds like my 4 year old granddaughter when she doesn't get her way. That's good because maybe the sensible mature people will out number the knot heads and vote for Obama 08.

    September 22, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. onelove

    Latino's for McCain, if you honestly think McCain is going to help your people then you aren't following what the MAJOR newspaper's have been reporting for weeks. McCain is going to help the wealthy. Do you have know what his policies are? I've been to McCains website and I actually read them.

    Let's start with $2500.00 to $5000.00 in tax credits for health benefits. Think long and hard on this, okay. A tax credit means you get something after spending your money first. If you have a family how far is $5,000.00 going to get you? Most of the Hispanics in my neighborhood would be hard pressed to come up with this kind of money

    Stop these silly oneliners, research, and educate yourself on FACTS AND POLICIES.

    September 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Allen

    George W. Bush and the GOP have squandered the great financial surpluses that were available at the beginning of the president's term; lied us into the wrong war at the cost of thousands of American and Iraqi lives, billions of dollars, and inspired a whole new terrorist network with “Al Qaeda in Iraq” as if Al Qaeda, itself, wasn’t enough. On the home front, Bush and the GOP deregulated the nation's financial institutions into bankruptcy. The American taxpayer, those who voted for him and those who didn't, will pick up the tab. Is this where so-called red and blue states will finally see purple? Of course, Bush will leave all of this to the next administration as he and Cheney retire to the oil billions generated while they were in office. This appears to have been the plan. Dig a hole so deep, the Democrats, who have historically taken the White House following Republican fiscal calamity, will be stuck struggling to fill it. As such, planned programs and services will suffer. Then, four years later, hoping American voters will have forgotten who is responsible for this mess, Republicans will parade a series of grinning candidates who will claim to have the solutions. Sadly, too many of us will have indeed forgotten, and this ridiculous and aggravating process will begin all over again.

    America, tie a purple string around your finger and show the politicians you won't forget. Remember that McCain has supported the policies that we will spend our lives paying for. Remember that McCain has squandered any integrity that he was believed to have had with a vicious and deceitful presidential campaign. Remember the obvious cynicism in choosing Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. In promoting his own experience during the Republican primaries he said, "I wasn't Mayor for a short period of time. I wasn't Governor for a short period of time..." Yet, that is exactly who Palin is, and she is exactly who McCain apparently believes is ready for the presidency should he be unable to serve. Clearly, country has not come first for John McCain in a very long time. But, looking at McCain’s rise in the polls, it appears that you certainly can fool a lot of the people a lot of the time.

    One way or the other, for better or worse, it's time to roll up our sleeves. We've got work to do.

    September 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Lisa, MD

    I WANTED TO SAY I ENJOYED THE COMMENTS FROM EVERYONE :-)

    September 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. herb

    Joe can stand with the best of them-keep up the good work –you will make a great vp–yes i have made a change after 8 years-i pray it's not to late–

    September 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. JD

    McCain is done for.

    September 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. HAWK, TEXAS

    MC CAIN LIED AGAIN. HE SAY'S HE IS AN OUT SIDER. BUT HE HAS BEEN IN WASHINGTON FOR 26 YEARS. HE AND PHIL GRAHM WERE THE LEADERS OF DEREGULATION. THEN HE STOLE OBAMAS CHANGE IDEA. LOOK AT HIS ELECTION TEAM, JOE LIBERMAN, PHIL GRAHM, KARL ROVE, AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. HE IS A VERY DANGEROUS PERSON AND HAS NO BUISSNESS BEING PRESIDENT. IF HE IS ELECTED YOU CAN KISS AMERICA AND POSSIBLY THE WORLD GOOD BYE.THIS 70 YEAR OLD DISABLED VETERAN WILL NEVER VOTE FOR MC CAIN.

    September 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. go biden!!

    After our country's wasted and exhausted due to Iraq war and Mccain still has something to say in front of our soliders???

    FINALLY JOE!!! YOU HAVE SAID!!!

    PLEASE!!!! GOD help us to see through these thick LIES of MACAIN and PALIN!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN!!! for HOPE also for our SURVIVAL!!!

    September 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. barbara campbell

    Whether its McCain, Palin, the GOP or the NRA, they apparently have to spread lies about Senator Obama in order to help their favored candidate.

    Do we really want the same old corrupt politics in the White House for eight more years?

    September 22, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. mitchell

    JOE GOT IT GOIN ON...

    September 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Susan

    What a bunch of malarkey–plenty of my Latino friends are voting for Obama.

    September 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. jerry

    I think all of this coming down on Sarah Palin is crap from wann be
    Americans that don't know how to be real Americans. Obama is a good man I believe but McCain is better qualified to lead this country and keep it free. These problems we have now were not created by
    democrats or republicans but by the times and everyone. What we need at a time like this a President that will protect America because she is ready to fall america and fall she will if we do not have someone in there that will not turn his back on America and truly fight for America. That is what matters most right now all of our other problems we will work through but let us keep America free and strong. That is what matters most now a free America not a middle east and Russia run America. Obama has some good things for America true and some bad so does McCain. But our biggest concern should be keeping America free as long as we can. Trust me you will not like the new America that is coming if we do not keep it free from the middle east and russia. The best thing for this country would be is if McCain and Obama were one but they are not. McCain leave Social Security alone Obama work with McCain in keeping America free. You all complain about the most stupid things I ever heard of. This country
    remaining free and Social Security left alone and not drain it better
    health care and jobs thats what everyone really wants. do not sell
    our country to the highest bidder or turn our back on our enemies
    who would like nothing better than to see America weak Obama in
    defense and Social Security bankrupt McCain. We are in the final stage be careful very careful who you put in office. GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN PLEASE.

    September 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. rick

    attack joe attack joe with truth we need you to crush mdrill this guy just dont get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 22, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Darryl

    Let just remember that Senator John McCain wanted this Surge can John McCain and Cindy pay a little more tax to help pay for it Uncle Sam need your money to pay the bill? Senator John McCain replied ,
    No, Cindy said Uncle Sam can not have my allowance... Cindy control all the money..

    September 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Erika, KS

    Oh, Please. Shut up Joe.
    You are part of the problem!
    You are a 36 year politician!
    Get over yourself. You've put yourself first, as with the rest of the do-nothing Congress that helped create the mess we're in.
    And your boy Obama is sooooooo naive to think he has the experience to run the country? How's that going to work? He has no experience in education, health care, national security, foreign policy, social security, elder care, military, judicial, executive.
    He's going to have to rely on career politicians like yourself.
    Sounds familiar, doesn't it? George W Bush all over again!

    September 22, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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