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."


Filed under: Joe Biden • Sarah Palin
soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. dustin

    It doesn't seem to be the smartest thing to make age an issue when you are on the same ticket as the crypt keeper.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Abby

    “But I've been hearing about his Senate speeches since I was in like second grade."??? Woman, with your running mate, you should be the last person to play the age card! simpleton!

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Lisa

    She needs to stop with the sniddy remarks and get ready for this debate. I hope Joe doesn't back down to this woman. I can't stand her smug tone.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Pat Huntington - no way no how no Palin

    One more thing...will someone please tell me what clean coal is? I thought there is no such thing....and if we have so much coal reserves, does this mean Palin wants to make the country from W. VA to Wyoming one big coal strip mine? Does anyone think this woman is running on all thrusters?

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. mark

    "NEW energy?" Like OIL from Alaska?

    What is she talking about???

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. demwit

    Biden also think's Sarah would be a better running mate for Barack..

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Well...you will have to help the hard working people of Ohio...seeing as your running mate, McCain had a butt load of their jobs sent over seas. Totally sold out the fine american citizens of Ohio. McCain really sucks.

    McCain: The problem to our unemployment solutions.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    she's criticizing biden for being old? what an idiotic strategy.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. You still ain't

    qualified Falin.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. RM

    Was she making a cheap shot about Biden's age and length of time in the senate? She may as well attack McCain for the same reason. If that is the best she has to offer, Thursday will be a sad sad day for her.

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

    Too bad she never learned anything from them. She brings no substance to the ticket at all.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Sarah, if you are lucky, he’ll sign an autograph for you and everything. Then, your field trip to the lower 48 will be complete and we can send you packing back to Alaska so that you can tell everyone there of your great adventure here.

    Seriously, you had better hit the books and hit them hard, Mr. Biden is well steeped in knowledge and you will be made to answer for your arrogance on the campaign trail and at the convention.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Poetic Justice

    The "pit bull' is in need of a muzzle! I am looking forward to the debate too, although I will probably think it is actually a skit from Saturday Night Live every time this woefully unqualified woman opens her mouth.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. voter

    why will Palin make a comment about Biden's age when McCain is 6 years older than Biden? This just reminds people of McCain's age. Another senseless comment from Palin.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Vietnam Vet (DC)

    Be carefull what you ask for Moose Lady, you can't say you are the victim or everyone is being sexest because you pick the wrong fight. Don't tell anyone but I beleive I hear the fat lady warming up in the corner.

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Kofi Senanu

    Hypocritical Mcain-Palin ticket .... that is ironic that we can not reference Mccain's age but Biden's is fair game ... in the words of Joe Biden ... it is Malarkey!!!! have a great day all!

    September 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. jeremy - tx

    keep building yourself up. it will make your fall that much more entertaining for the rest of us.

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Dougals, Los Angeles

    She loves her little stump speeches and attacking people. I'm still waiting to hear someting of substance from Gov Palin. She has a good sense of humor, but running the United States of America is no laughing matter.

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. IWASP!-Intelligent Woman Against Sarah Palin!

    You palin are not worthy of even mentioning Obama or Biden for that matter. How dare you! They will crush you but then again my 7 year old grand daughter can form more intelligent sentences than you. You are clueless, unintelligent and a pathological liar! Please crawl back to Alaska and even they don't want you. They had the LARGEST anti palin rally this weekend that out did their one a few weeks ago.

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. SARAH PALIN IS THE OCTOBER SURPRISE - CLUELESS!

    she ready off a script again?

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Democrat 4 Life

    "John, coming from you who talked about extension of North Korea or sang about bombing Iran, i don't know how credible that is" i love that line. Expose him for the liar and hypocrite that he is.

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Sarah Palin "Ready on Day 1-NOT"

    What year did Palin complete law school? Oh that's right she didn't go to law school, she went to journalism school. I think it's kind of funny how someone who has a degree in the very thing she does so well at avoiding. You would think being a journalist would give her an upper hand on interviews, but that's definitely NOT been the case thus far.

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. JD

    Do you really think she was listening to senate speeches in the 2nd grade?

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Mercedes

    Gov. Palin,

    How old were you when McCain became Senator? Let's not play the stupid game that your running mate is playing. You know, you just might get caught in your lies if it comes back to show that McCain was also a Senator for many, many, many years. Grow up and get a real education and find out more about your country and the rest of the world before opening your mouth. Every time you do that you put your foot in your mouth.

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. mb--texas

    watch out Palin is talking wonder who gave her the ok and who gave her the words to say.

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Heather, Cleveland, OH

    "Like, I'll make a better, like, vice president than, like, Joe Biden, ya knoooooooooow?"

    "Like, I'm going back to debate camp now. It will be, like, awesome!"

    September 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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