September 29th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin takes on Biden directly as debate looms


Watch: Gov. Sarah Palin talks about McCain's performance in Friday's debate and what can be expected from her on Thursday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) - Before hunkering down at John McCain's Arizona ranch for three days of debate boot camp, Sarah Palin used a Monday rally in Ohio to throw a few jabs at her Democratic counterpart, Sen. Joseph Biden.

She started by taking a swipe at Biden's age and 36-year tenure in the United States Senate.

"I do look forward to Thursday night and debating Sen. Joe Biden," Palin said while introducing John McCain at a rally here. "We are going to talk about those new ideas, new energy for America. I'm looking forward to meeting him too. I've never met him before. But I've been hearing about his Senate speeches since I was in, like, second grade."

Palin, 44, would have been eight years old when Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972 at the age of 29. John McCain was 36.

Palin turned 18 in 1982, the year McCain was first elected to Congress at the age of 46. If elected, McCain, 72, would become the oldest president in United States history.

The Alaska governor has generally shied away from attacking Biden directly while on the trail, although she did use the "second grade" remark in an interview with Fox News two weeks ago. But Monday marked the first time she has openly engaged Biden in her stump speech.

She also challenged her vice presidential opponent on policy grounds. Speaking in a state that's among the nation's leaders in coal output, consumption and reserves, Palin tried to capitalize on Biden's recent criticism of coal production as environmentally hazardous.

"We're not supporting clean coal," Biden said last week in Maumee, Ohio. "No coal plants here in America. Build 'em, if they're gonna build 'em, over there and make 'em clean because they're killing ya."

Palin promised that a McCain administration will utilize clean coal technologies that seek to mitigate the environmental impact of coal production and use.

"Just recently, Sen. Biden made it perfectly clear that in an Obama-Biden administration, there would no use of clean coal at all," she said, drawing boos from the audience. "From Wyoming to West Virginia and especially right here in Ohio, American coal resources are greater than the oil riches of the Middle East.

"And yet Joe Biden says, 'Sorry Ohio, we're not going to use it.' As for Sen. McCain and I, we will make clean coal a reality, and to help power the American economy with clean coal technology, we're going to look to the hard working people of Ohio to help us do that."

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soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. lym

    She is so dumb ...its not even worth it to comment out this CNN!!!

    September 29, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    okay i see palin has plenty jokes but watch how the mccain camp, palin and fox news will give Obama and Biden a hard time if they even say anything negative about her these hypocrites and liars. I really dislike the republican campaign.

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    To paraphrase Charles Barkley: I don't know anything about Sarah Palin, but I know she's in trouble.

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Mark, Cleveland Ohio

    Palin's taking a swipe at Biden's age while old man McCain is standing right behind her. What an idiot. Did she forget that she was with McCain today?

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Vincent, Great Lakes Illinois

    I don't care if Ms. Fluff is a woman, if she wants the V.P. part of the ticket she should expect everything that comes her way as if she was a man.

    Anyone who thinks Biden should be walking on egg shell around Ms. Palin needs to rethink if they are competent enough to cast a vote this year.

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Greg, NY

    So I don't get it, she can make fun of Biden being old, meanwhile McCain is even older?

    Age shouldn't be an issue, Palin is almost equal to Obama in age and McCain is almost equal to Biden, so let them cancel each other out and leave it at that.

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Tombo, B'ham, AL

    The "Barracuda" appears very brave when confronted by sheep.

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. This soccer mom can whip your hockey mom any day!!!

    Oh...okay...let the games begin. I hope Biden does not buy into this "you can not attack a woman in politics" mentality taht the rest of America has fallen adopted. How hypocritical is that thought process? If any one with any common sense heard the Couric/Palin interview, adn still belieive she is qualified, then you are just as intellectually challanged as Palin.

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. vogue

    BE REAL SARAH..............................



    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. psittacines

    Now she's going to McCain's ranch until Thursday's debate.

    I'd like to know where is that 6-month old baby in all this....

    A family values voter 🙂

    September 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. M. Winners

    A message that even 2nd graders know – Don't tug on the tiger's tail Palin – Biden can cut you to shreds and make it look like you did it!

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Pat Huntington - no way no how no Palin

    Is she kidding!!!! She's making an agist comment against Biden! Did she do that? Ok...this must mean the gloves are really off, and Obama can start using ads against McCain showing him with droopy drippy depends while trying to meet heads of state.

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. No way No how No McLies

    Wow... she must have used one of her lifelines...

    McLies/Pitbull... ready to lie... not ready to lead

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Country First, Americans First

    Oh my...

    If Barack Obama had said the exact same thing about McCain, Barack would have been cast as an impudent young black guy.

    Sarah, being a white female, is cast as a charming witty brave young maverick.

    By the way, if Barack had a 17-year old pregnant daughter, imagine what people would say about how that symbolizes the social ills of black people.

    Double standard anyone?

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Nando, Florida

    As most of our species who have nothing to offer will do, Is try to down play there lack of Merit. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR MISSY !!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Shame on Palin

    Hey Sarah, you still act like a two year old full of fantacy.

    Your lipstick is not going to fool voters this time – except that womanizer McCain. Your're not qualified and being USED.

    Your bring shame to this country. Can't wait for you to be wiped out.

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. J from DC

    She is just trying to set the topics that are addressed. If I were Biden, I would ignore her, and continue as he has. Biden has been doing great.

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Novita

    I can't take Palin's words as 100% true, cause she speaks more lies than truth in her lifetime.

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. MN

    There is no such thing as "clean coal." It's an oxymoron. Research it... It's not a good solution. We should be aiming much higher.

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |

    "But I've been hearing about his Senate speeches since I was in like second grade."

    Like, you know, totally.

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. williefloyd

    She had better learn Joe Biden has made a lot of friends in those years who do not take kindly to criticising him. You may not always agree with him, but make no mistake, he is always a gentleman and a highly respected statesman.


    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Micheal shoemac/black republican

    Thats kind funny how she can make a comment about Bidens age


    this lady is crazy

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Too funny, referring to her current frame of mind...Second Grade

    McCain/Palin: The problem to all of our solutions!

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. FLewis

    S. Palin, pls. go home. I'm sick of you.

    September 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. John, Austin, TX

    She's going down. And it's sad that she thinks she has a shot- i mean... her own advisors said she is reviewing issues she has never had to deal with before. That should be a red flag.

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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