October 3rd, 2008
08:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton weighs in

Senator Hillary Clinton issued a statement praising Biden's performance.
Senator Hillary Clinton issued a statement praising Biden's performance.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton issued a statement shortly after the debate praising Joe Biden's performance:

“Tonight's debate underscored the stark choice American families face in this election," she said. “I've known Senator Biden a long time – as Americans saw tonight, he is a strong, passionate and experienced leader. Like Barack Obama, Joe Biden understands both the economic stresses here at home and the strategic challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.

“We saw yet again that Senator McCain and Sarah Palin will offer only more of the same failed policies of the Bush Administration. America's hardworking Middle Class families deserve better.”

soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Tina

    Senator Biden clearly won. Sara Palin NEVER once answered a question directly and what happened with this moderator????? No follow up questions and no insistance that she answer the actual questions that were asked.

    October 3, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Purple Nurple

    Just want to add my two cents.
    I think Sarah did ok, but she really do not anwers a single question. All she did was spew her prepared lines from memory and that turned me off. Biden did very well, but I wish he hit back harder, she deserved it. But she is a girl, so he had to take it easy on her. But, in the end, I do not think she convinced any independants to vote her way, well, maybe the uninformed. I would of asked her about Russia, and why it has taken this long to hear from her.

    October 3, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. endlos endlos

    Rubbish.

    October 3, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Barney

    Don't worry Hillary – you're still the best. That other woman can't hold a candle to you. We don't want just any woman. We want a qualified woman.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. Ana Maria

    Biden won. Palin believes that by winking her eye she will
    attract voters, Yes, the Republican base. Spare me. And as a
    Republican I will be voting for Obama.

    October 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. Joanne, WI

    I agree with Sen. Clinton, what I cam away with from the debate was a beauty queen trying to win a miss congentally contest. She kept saying reform but never went into specifics on the economy, or the war and the way she spoke was like she was talking to a bunch of high school kids with her folksy voice, i did not like that at all.
    It just confrimed even more that she is in no way to ready for a
    Vice Presidents job. I think Joe Biden did an exceptional job on his
    talking points he went into detail on the economy and how Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden want to fix things. With McCain you will be getting the same of the last 4 years, McCain has voted with Geogre Bush 90% of the time so what does that tell all Americans. No More !
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Agim

    Thats enough Hillary. I don't think you ban be bought to this extend. Don't turn your back to your own people and support the looser.
    Thank you.

    October 3, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. Tennessee

    I agree Hillary. Sarah wouldn't answer the questions and revert back to energy. If she doesn't have an answer she goes back to energy. Also the winking was a bit bothering. I don't want a vp who winks all the time when discussing foreign policy.

    October 3, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Ryan

    Can any of these people utter a statement that doesn't include the words "George Bush?"

    Get over it. If the dems lose this election, it will simply be because they can't stop invoking "Bush."

    October 3, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. kim

    Way to go, Joe! You were fabulous. If all the American people want is folksy talk, heck, i am qualified to be VP! Plus i do a TRIPLE car pool each week. Sarah Palin – in my car pool, NOT my White house.

    October 3, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  11. Linda

    About the debate: Sarah Palin, Just answer the questions!

    October 3, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  12. Bail-Out

    Those words cost her a mere $12 million or however much Obama payed towards her campaign bailout. Most women would say she sold her soul. "Main Street " would call her what most would call any woman that sells herself for money. I guess that would make Obama a Pimp. What a shame.

    October 3, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. Bulldog

    Absolutely correct. Palin just memorized 3 or 4 subjects regardless of the question and smiled in winked into the camera. At no time did she defend McCain record of deregulation or voting with Bush 90% of the time. At no time did she clarify what her definition of "maverick" is. She has her own ethics investigation going on in Alaska against her that started before she was picked by McCain so to say she is a maverick is very arguable. She also received gifts from lobbyists and special interests, charged per diem for staying in her own home, hired unqualified friends to her administration, and we now find out that she is worth more the $1 million dollars. She is no "Joe Six Pack" or maverick. She is as or more corrupt than the worst of them.

    October 3, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  14. chucky1169469

    And there you have it ladies....

    October 3, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  15. jorge lopez

    sorry Hillary , my vote was for you... now im with Palin.... I will never vote for Obama...

    October 3, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  16. Charyl Hall

    Your not suppose to judge a book by it's cover. The Palin book cover looks great, but seems to be empty when opened.

    October 3, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. JV

    Shame on you Hillary, never thought you would lie down for a party that put the screws to you. Even your husband is having a hard time trying to sell Obama.

    October 3, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  18. Cheryl

    Is it me or has anyone else notices that Senator McCain seems very confused and disorient lately. Could this be the 1st stages of Alzheimers?

    October 3, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  19. Real Talk

    Palin was trained well over the last week, but the bottom line is that even if she was on her A agame their campign is not. There policies are on a road to destruction. Biden made it clear who won and who's policies will put this country back on track.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 3, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  20. Vee from Valdosta

    ABSOLUTELY!

    October 3, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. wwf

    Thank you Hillary! You might not be VP, but anyone with half a brain knows you are going to be high on the cabinet list.

    October 3, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  22. Teresa

    Obama/Biden offer us hope when so many of us are in despair over the state of our country's economic, domestic and international affairs. McCain/Palin continue to resort to the same punch lines, one-liners and spin that have dominated Republican speeches and debates for years. Palin may have done well than expected but that was only after the Republicans sequestered her and prepared her for the debate. I think the real, uninformed and upprepared Sarah Palin was exposed during her interview with Katie Couric. I hope people pay attention to the real issues and the real messages and not fall for the zingers Republicans have relied on for years.

    October 3, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  23. Mark, Worcester MA

    So, you're ticker headline, "Clinton reacts to Palin performance" was yet another complete mislead.

    Who writes these headlines for you clowns – no matter what the story, politics, sports, weather; the headline is almost always a complete mislead or at the very least a HUGE exaggeration.

    Knock it off – it's annoying!

    October 3, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  24. Jay, Louisville, Kentucky

    Sarah Palin was poised and looked much better than she had. The problem is, still, she DIDNT answer the questions. She came with a set of scripted answers and she stuck to those, no matter what the question was. It proves the point that this woman is NOT ready for prime time. She is not ready to be anything more than a Mayor, much less a Governer.

    October 3, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  25. grandma

    sorry Hillary- she is going to take your place as a leader of women. Too bad you weren't on top of the list to begin with. But now you have to admit- Sarah is OK>
    You can't run her down- you might as well admit that she can hold her own as well as you can. With more experience she will be great.

    October 3, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
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