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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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Barney

    There will be another threat to this country – GOP always counts on fear-mongering to win. This time will be no different. Expect it folks. It put Dubya in the office in 2004.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Thomas

    It is my greatest wish that the United States can end this hostility between the two political parties.

    We are all Americans. We are all on the American side. The only difference is in the way each political party wishes to improve America.

    It is time to end this bickering and start working together.

    For working together there is no problem we can't solve.

    Divided, there is no problem we can solve.

    It is time to repair America.

    September 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Jaydee

    McCain is looking more and more confused and Palin's got her eyes caught in the headlights.

    September 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Lane

    The Republican ticket is finished.

    September 22, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. THE SHILLA FROM WASILLA

    Perhaps, someone should ask Sarah about the "First Dude" being a member of AIP until 2002.

    What does that say about patriotism?

    September 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. NRA member for Obama

    McCain admitted in his autobiography that being president was always his "ambition".

    More lies out of McCain. He really is like Bush.

    September 22, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. McCain=the draft

    McCain is a bold face liar and tries to hide behind the POW card or the skirt he selected. He has lost all honor and integrity.
    Biden tells it like it is and can chew McCain up and spit him out!

    September 22, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    John McCain wants to chase other countries terrorist .

    Hey John McCain this past month the war on terrorism is not working. More bombings and attacks, and more threats by you to hunt them down. I have a solution retire get your M-16 and have at it. Leave our young man and women alone to enjoy life.

    September 22, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Chitral Cheetah

    Why is the Obama/Biden 08 not attacking McCain on his role as a part of the Keating Five ? Another big financial scandal from the eighties with McCain right in the middle and center of it. I liked McCain until he picked caribou barbie as his running mate. Caribou Barbie Karzai – "You know somethin dude, on a clear I day I can see Afghania ..eh hmm or whatever you call it from Alaska"

    September 22, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Put Troopergate on TV not the OJ Simpson trial

    September 22, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Frank S

    For Tom in Delaware

    If Biden is a stooge, than Bush Palin and Mccain must be the Three stooges.

    Anyone who actually looks at the facts, and has enough pride to resent losing more than 4000 of our best soldiers over the obvious and blatant lies of the Bush Cheney administration, would never support MaCain for president.

    McCain not only bought the lies he helped sell them, he not only ignored intelligence, he helped pursuade the military to invent it, he not only voted to support the war, but then he voted not to honestly fund it, and he still doesnt GET IT.

    The real war is in danger of being permanently lost, Pakistan is increasingly less cooperative, Afghanastan is moving into chaos, and our Real enemy is simpply laughing at our idealogical incompetance.
    In fact they really want Mccain to win because their biggest fear is that America wakes up, pushes out the extremist right in our own country, and actually puts our house in order, with real focus on Americans, and a real commitment to uniting our allies not insulting them.

    The Bush McCain America will allow them to recruit even more terrorists, and become stronger because the very basis of the Republican parties world view makes it so easy to hate us.

    That isnt patriotism ,it is flat out stupidity.

    So WAKE UP AMERICA you do have one thing right, we need to wake up and i think it would be nice if you were one of the first to do that.

    September 22, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Kathy in Minnesota

    Could Palin's whine about her family be that the media is questioning her husband, First Dude Todd, regarding his involvement in TROOPERGATE???

    Last I checked, the media has been laying off the Palin kids. I haven't heard anyhting nasty being written about them.

    Sarah!! If you can't stand the criticism you are getting, grow a pair and quit your whining!!!

    September 22, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. democrat in az

    GO JOE!!!!

    September 22, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Insulted

    Please, Joe who? It's funny how Obama/Biden want to sit and wait, like BIden has been doing for over 30 years and like Obama has been doing while people were trying to gain oversight over Fanny and Freddie. His attitude was sit, wait and collect more money. But guess what guys, you can't vote present when you're President. Make a decision for once in your life. Oh that's right, I forgot it's easier not to. Obama/Biden are looking to place blame, McCain/Palin want to take responsability.

    September 22, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Proud Soldeirs Mom

    Obama supporters just don't get it!

    Wealthy Americans, own businesses, or corporations and or invest in other businesses, and or corporations, which in turn creates jobs and lower prices for the rest of America.

    If you raise taxes on the Wealthy:

    They in turn will;

    Stop investing in other businesses (so those businesses have to raise prices, and lay off their employees to balance their profits.

    Raise the prices of their own products (if business owners) to balance their profits.

    Lay off employees at their own businesses.

    The wealthy want to stay WEALTHY, and will do what ever they have to do to sustain their life styles. Put yourself in a wealthy person’s position. What would you do if your taxes were raised? You would cut back where you can so you can continue living the life style you and your family are accustom to.

    By trying to stick it to the wealthy, you will only be hurting yourself, your family, and your friends.

    Obama supporters claim to be intelligent, educated people.

    Prove it! Do your own research. Don't take the rest of us Americans down because you are too lazy to do any research, and would rather just be a follower!

    September 22, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. will

    All I have to say is, if anyone think or believes John McCain has any kind of judgment has no Judgment themself.

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 22, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Ct dem

    joe biden is way better than the rat with lips
    tick

    September 22, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Roberto

    Remember folks, Sarah "I can see Russia from my house" Palin is just a heartbeat away from the WH if McCain gets in. There's no way those two should be in the WH.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 22, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Gary in Portsmouth, VA

    Good luck to all candidates. I am an Obama supporter but I don't believe in the hatred I read in the blogs and especially with the racial factor. I hope that Americans are so stupid to let race interfer with prosperity and the good of the nation. You saw it Germany. I just think that people overseas will be more open to dealing with Obama than McCain. They haven't forgot the phrase Bomb Iran. You better believe. What there wondering is who is next. As for Palin, truly a non-factor. The rest of the world is considering it a joke. Comedy. People favoring a 6 school degree earning Journalism degree over a Ivy League Columbia and Harvard(cum laude) graduate. A big insult to Harvard and the rest of the nation. ???????????? America what's up???

    September 22, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    From 2000 to 2004, we went from DUMB to DUMBER as a country. If McCain gets elected, we'll all be LOST IN TRANSLATION. It doesnt look good when he goes through his senior moments.

    Right now, we CANNOT AFFORD a PREZ with lost VISION.

    September 22, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Mary San Francisco Ca

    I registered democratic voters at a local festival last weekend across the street from a table registering republicans. We were constantly busy registering and selling lawn signs. The repubs couldn't even give away their signs. I noticed a big poster of Palin on their table but nothing with McCain. Guess who's running for president. We need a different direction asap. McCain is looking more and more out of touch with the world and Palin is just plain crazy. Look up her stand on rape. Women in her state, under her tenure, are required to pay for rape exams to the tune of $1000. How's that for an ownership society. Gather and pay for your own evidence. Sigh.

    September 22, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Democrat Voting For McCain / Palin !!!

    The McCain's Paid Full Price For Their Homes , Don't Have To worry About These 12 Homes being part Of The Forecloser Probem !!! .

    The Obama's Coruptly Aquired Their House !!! , Thur Their Chicago Buddy Rezko !!!!!

    The Mccain's Own 13 Cars , 11 American Made ,

    The Obama"s Own 1 Car American made ,

    The McCain's Have Supported The UAW 10 Times (1,000 % ) More Than , The Obama's Have .

    This Life Long Democrat Can See Which Canidate Is Really Backing America . It Ain't The Obama's ,

    My Vote Goes To McCain/ Palin 2008 , Maybe 2012 !!!

    September 22, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Deb n Texas

    Go! Biden! No one can do it like you! Love yah!

    September 22, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Larry-Minn.

    To bad they dont believe what comes out of there mouths.. They are truely trying to be president more then anything else. I just wish they would have had the one that really cared to help the country but the democratic party choose different....McCain/Palin they care.

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. susie

    What has the Democrat controlled Congress done for the past 2 years?

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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