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

Palin takes on Biden directly as debate looms

CNN

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. Tony

    This woman is unbelievable.

    She goes after Biden's age and length of time in the Senate, but is completely ignorant to McCain's age and length of service.

    She may ahve been in 2nd grade when Biden went into the Sente, but she wasn't even born when McCain began.

    This fool boggles the mind. I cannot wait for Biden to tear her apart on Thursday.

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

    Seriously folks is this the best the republican party has to offer America. With the amount of turmoil in the world? McCain and Palin are very scary.

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. sue

    Sara is such a cutie, but is not vp qualified. Her interviews are so lame that I can't help but feel sorry for her. This is one big McCain blunder!!

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. L Wade

    Unfortunately, Sarah Palin still sounds "like" she is in the second grade.

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Democrat 4 Life

    Sarah is Pale in substance. I feel sorry for this lady.

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. ujw, ny

    Now that Palin has to stay indoors and do her homework, it'll be interesting to see how McCain does solo at rallies this week.

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Gretchen, UT

    Anybody who believes Obama will make a good prsident are idiots.
    He is dangerous for the future of America.
    You vote for him and america wil never be the same. Socialist, 3th world country. that is the future with Obama! –Nani
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    Anybody who believes Obama will make a good president is an idiot. He is dangerous for the future of America. If you vote for him, America will never be the same, but a socialist, third world country. That is the future with Obama! –Correction
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    Dear Nani,
    I tried to correct your grammar, but had a difficult time. If you vote for Obama there will be extra money in your pocket so you can return to school.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Mark G

    She really wants to go after Biden on his age and experience in Congress...I thought that was what her running mate was running on. Does this lady even have a clue as to what the heck she is saying? How can the exact same strengths of one candidate be the weaknesses of another?

    CNN and John King stop reporting that McCain suspended his ads and campaign. I for one saw several McCain ads throughout the "72 hour period" his campaign was supposed to be suspended. Some of the ads were on CNN.

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Joi

    all I can do is laugh whenever I hear her making comments like "since I was in like second grade..." I can't have someone who talkes like that representing my country...

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. demwit

    I wonder if Palin thinks its patriotic to pay more taxes too!!??

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Former PUMA

    I am so sick of Palin. All she does is take pop-shots, then disappear for a few days. She failed miserable every interview she has given. She had contradicted her own running mate. Her Alaskan town she was mayor of is millions in debt. I am dumbfounded that she is still on the ticket.

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    I dub thee "Sarah the Clueless". Every time this woman opens her mouth something foolish pops out.
    It's better to keep quiet and let people think you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
    Sarah, I'll buy you a ticket to Alaska if you'll promise to stay there...

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Niel McDowell

    Amazing...while McCain, whose VP running mate is patently unready for the national stage, attacks Obama for lack of experience...said VP candidate, the running mate of more than SEVENTY YEAR OLD presidential candidate, makes fun of Biden for being...wait for it...too old!!

    This truly is bizarro world politics.

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Gwen

    Good, I'm glad that she's been hearing about Sen. Biden's speeches since she was like in second grade. Like maybe she has learned something from them. Like how to form coherent sentences.

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. BOOTSTOMPER

    Seriously folks is this the best the republican party has to offer America with the amount of turmoil in the world? McCain and Palin are very scary.

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Repeal the CRA

    Correct our economy... restore common sense to lending...

    Repeal the CRA. Dismantle Fannie and Freddie.

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Ben - Portland, Or

    Here's the preview, folks. Crack a joke, dance around a question or comment, and hope that people forget she doesn't say or do anything productive. She adds nothing to this ticket, now that the lipstick has worn off.

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Oh Shutup!

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. liar

    ignored her

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Accountant Guy

    Can't wait until Biden destroys Eskimo Barbie!! She will be exposed for the useless and clueless prob that she truly is!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Redrocketnet

    And she talks like she's still, like, in second grade.

    The thought of this woman in power is terrifying...to say the least!

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. To the moon

    Like, ok, it is a JOKE, but while living in AK, I am pretty sure she never heard about Joe Biden's speeches she was in 2nd grade. Why say things that just aren't true?

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. JT

    Brilliant Palin.. go for his age.

    Ignore the fact that McCain is older, and is running on a mantle of experience.

    Actually, just go ahead and say that Biden is older. You've lied your way this far.. what's a few more?

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Beth

    Sarah, why don't you take a look at Sweden (like Biden and Obama)-they use NO COAL, NO FOSSIL FUELS, they recycle everything (including recycling their own bodily fluids)! There will be plenty of SAFER and ECO-FRIENDLY jobs for Ohioans if we use Sweden's model.....oh but I forgot, Sarah probably thinks the Swedish are the "bad guys"!

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Alma

    She got her nerve when she mentioned about when she first heard of Biden, McCain has been in Washington just as long as Biden.
    I admire Mrs. Obama, she decided to help her husband in the campaign when she knew for sure that her mother would take care of her girls, Palin is dragging her kids all over the place, to show what? that she is a caring mom? Palin, please leave your kids in Alaska, so they won't miss school... and save the taxpayers some money. Are we paying for all her traveling and lodging expenses?

    September 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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