October 3rd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden moment already a campaign ad

The Obama campaign is out with a new ad featuring a moment from Thursday's debate.

The Obama campaign is out with a new ad featuring a moment from Thursday's debate.

(CNN) - Only hours after the year’s sole vice presidential debate ended, the Obama campaign released a television ad highlighting one of Joe Biden's more memorable lines of the night.

The 30-second spot, called 'Can't Explain,' shows Biden's exchange with Sarah Palin over John McCain's healthcare plan. Biden noted McCain will pay for his proposed $5,000 tax credit to families with taxes on every individual with an employer sponsored healthcare plan.

Watch: Obama camp already out with debate ad

"I call that the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere," Biden said of the plan to laughter from the crowd in what was a clear reference to the infamous pork-barrel project. (It's a line Biden has repeatedly used on the trail)

The moment was among the more memorable ones in a debate that featured few knock-out jabs. Palin, a one-time supporter of the bridge project, did not respond to the line but was seen smiling.

UPDATE: Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, called Biden's contention an "outright lie."

"Oddly, instead of shying away from an outright lie told by Joe Biden last night, the Obama campaign appears willing to double-down on his reckless dishonestly. It’s a lie for the Obama campaign to say John McCain’s health care plan taxes health care, when the McCain plan clearly provides the equivalent tax break for every American," he said. "Whether Barack Obama and his running mate are voting in favor of higher taxes on Americans making just $42,000 or telling bald faced lies, Americans know failed leadership when they see it."

soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    rj, ca, just say it, you don't like Obama because he is black. Its time for people to start being honest.

    Guess what rj, ca you are going to have a Black president whether you like it or not, so get over yourself.

    Obama is the man for the job!

    October 3, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Smith


    don't want hockey mom, joe six pack,

    journalism major who can't name a single newspaper

    the new energy? Maverick?

    pit bull w/lipstick!




    October 3, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. James From Chicago

    Hands down Biden won the debate last night. Palin only answered the
    questions she wanted to answer. I am tired of hearing about the
    hockey mom, Joe 6 pack, pitbull with lipstick raising 5 kids,PTA and
    so on. This woman is in left field. I was undecided ,but now without
    a doubt I am with Obama/Biden. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A DEBATE

    October 3, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Tanya

    Biden..... that was sooooo funny, that I was on the floor rolling with laughter. Cool!!!!

    Biden.... you the man!


    OBAMA 08

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. soccer moms for obama

    palin was defeated.
    not only for her stupidity but just lack of competence.

    sure anyone can go up there and talk about whatever you want.


    obama 08

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Justyne

    Palin's way of speaking and answering the questions is unprofessional. Her "i'm a cute hockey mom" style of talking makes her look like an idiot. Compare her way of trying to win the public with winks and stupid smiles to the way someone like Nancy Pelosi speaks. Nancy Pelosi is direct to the point, confident, and doesn't try to win people over with cuteness. Palin is a joke all around, and needs to go back to Alaska

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Kelly

    Both Sen Biden and Gov Palin did their best last night. But Biden's best is in a league beyond Palin's best. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent – you can have a level of confidence in his ability that you can't with Gov Palin. I don't think that a Vice Pres candidate should resort to winking and smiling and sarcasm in a debate, especially with the tough issues facing our nation right now. It's okay to sound intelligent and thoughtful and decisive. There's no need to talk down to voters like we are children. Last night was a chance to show that you have what it takes to deal with world leaders. Winking and sarcasm won't cut it when you have to deal with leaders from Russia, Iran, Pakistan, etc.

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Jon

    @ Maggie: Your comment proves you can't even spell (see "lier"). As for Biden being a bully, he took the high road most of the night and left Palin alone. Besides, what do you think debates are for? You're not supposed to go up there and give the other person an ego boost. You're supposed to state your point and attack your opponent's weaknesses. It just so happens that Palin's weakness is answering questions. The entire debate consisted of her dancing around the actual questions and returning to her scripted talking points. Did she handle herself well and avoid major gaffes? Sure. Did she prove that she's worthy of the vice presidency or, if something were to happen to McCain, the presidency? Not at all. In fact, it made me wonder how she can even run Alaska with her lack of understanding about issues across the board.

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Jared

    Palin did better than many people expected, however these expectations were artificially low. She avoided coming across as incoherent and very poorly informed on many issues because she had been extensively tutored, likely given scripted lines to try to use, regardless of the question.

    Ignoring these low expectations of many people, Palin showed again why she is not qualified to be president. She ignored too many questions, displayed little depth in understanding of most issues beyond the probable memorized lines from advisers and offered very few specific examples of how a McCain-Palin administration would "reform" the government or represent change from Bush-Cheney policies

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. jd

    Please.......Joe Biden is the winner, Sarah who?

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. horseman

    Now temi (and everybody else), they are NOT saying that $5000 will pay for health care! That money is so that you can get good medical insurance. At this time I have good family health insurance with premiums being about $250 per month, that's $3000 per year.

    The $5000 credit will cover that – MORE THAN COVERS THAT!

    People, use your brain and stop expecting the media to do all the thinking for you. If you do that, they control you!!!

    McCain-Palin '08
    Country First
    NOT Obama & Black Liberation Theology (Obama-ology)

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. kay

    She avoided answering some of the questions, she only answered the ones she was quized on during the week. She runs her mouth a lot and talks in circles. $5000. for health care is a big laugh. That's good for about six months. Guess we'll stay healthy the rest of the year.

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Donna Wisconsin

    Are you guys for real? I do not want a 'cutsie', Hockey mom as my VP! She may be great to sit down and have a six pack with but in the White House?? Thanks but no thanks! I want someone with intelligence and someone who can think on their feet without the implanted "Spin". I am sick of hearing 'Maverick'! Please say something else–be original!

    October 3, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Karen

    Biden clear statement on John McCains healthcare plan and relating it to the ultimate bridge to nowhere was priceless. Palin is out of her league.. although she likeable with the a wink and a smile, what's next for her to show a little thigh? Get real people she's not presidential material and Joe Biden was excellent. He stuck to the issues debating her by using John McCain poor decision making over the last 8 years. We don't need a women with a wink and a smile in the white house, we need a women who knows what she is talking about and can do the job. If that was Hillary she would have been able to come back to Joe hands down. Palin was very well rehearsed and scripted to the bone, didn't answer the questions and made it clear she was not going to answer some questions. WOW! I was thinking if Palin/McCain gets into the office, I will have to find another country to live in because I can't see Palin being one heart beat away from being the President of the United States, if God forbids something happens to John McCain. NOW THAT'S A SCARY THOUGHT. Obama/Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Obama is the Answer

    These people who honestly believe that Palin did better than Biden are delusional! Come on! She did better than she has in the past, but she was still very evasive whe it came to answering the questions!

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. David in Dallas

    I thought both Biden and Palin did a better job than Obama or McCain. It was a pleasant surprise to see Palin speaking with confidence and authority, instead of the "I'll have to get back to ya" nonsense in her interviews. Both were willing to take some serious jabs at the other ticket without going over the top, which was great–it was a debate, not a discussion, after all.

    I did notice Palin circling back to her energy platform a couple times when she was asked questions on other subjects she wasn't comfortable with. And Biden's responses to the foreign policy questions demonstrated superior knowledge of the nuances and history of the subjects covered. I noticed the five or six times Palin talked about being "maverick", the audience went cold. Hopefully their campaign noticed too, and will lay off that nonsense.

    I think both did a good enough job to help their ticket, which in the end means the debate was a wash. I think Biden did a better job overall, but not enough to convert many undecided or right-leaning voters.

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. C A

    Even though being hemmed in by this ludicrous advice to act nice and congenial towards Palin, and although Palin's performance was nothing but constant over-generalized attacks with absolutley no substane, Biden did an excelllent job sticking to the issues and answering the moderator's questions.

    I just wish Biden in his closing statement would have apologized to the moderator and the American people for his opponent's refusal to answer their questions and therefore showing her disrespect for the same.

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Charlotte

    One question, we need more troops in AfghanIstan, is that not a surge? Why put in more troops if it won't help? A surge won't work in Afghanistan according to Gen. McKieran, but we need more troops? I find this confusing.

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Go Gettim Joe

    Go gettim Joe! And by the way, thanks for actually answering the moderators questions.

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Sam

    That would be a lot funnier if both Joe and BO hadn't voted for the bridge TWICE. The second time they had the option to redirect the $$ to New Orleans and voted not to. Get all the facts, people.

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. Mary, Kansas City, Missouri

    Biden a cry baby ? Get real ! when does showing ones emotion make that person not strong enough to run this USA ? Not knowing the facts is what make a person not strong enough. Sara Palin is as weak of a candidate as George Bush was eight years ago and we all see where that lead. She was running all night avoiding questions that she did not have "Prepared" answers for. What do you bet that the McCain camp keep her off the radar until the election. Palin is a joke and any one who thinks she is qualified to be Commander- in -Chief in the event that McCain kicks the bucket , is the "Punch Line"

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Tiff of lithia springs

    Sarah did do better than expected. She would have done better if in the beginning she would have answered the questions that were ask instead of going back to energy points. Or at least tell the listener why she kept going back to the energy topic. I'm still more comfortable with Biden. I'm happy with the vote I've already cast.

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. Daisy

    Palin is very coachable. she memorize everything that Bush speech writer gave her. Regardless what Gwen asked her, she just kept speaking out what she has prepared like a rifle gun. Gwen asked A, Palin answered B. Gwen asked B, Palin answered B. Gwen asked C, Palin also answered B.

    Maverick, Energy, Reform Washington. Maverick, Energy, Reform Washington. Maverick, Energy, Reform Washington. Maverick, Energy Reform Washington. Maverick, Energy Reform Washinton.

    i am tired. Biden has a grasp of the details. i felt America is safer in his hand.

    October 3, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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