October 3rd, 2008
08:00 AM ET
10 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. Kadenze

    NO difference between McCain/Palin and Bush/Chaney
    except THIS pitbull unlike Chaney does wear lipstick!!
    Biden said last night Chaney has been the most dangerous
    VP this country has had, Palin could be even more dangerous!!
    Palin is right about one thing, CHANGE IS coming to Washington!!

    Obama/Biden 08 !!!!!

    October 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. PALIN can I ask you a question? Yes, after the election.

    These debates are job interviews. Would you hire someone who came in saying they're joe six pack, hockey mom, and doggone it! Joe Biden was absolutely on top of his game. Sara Palin did ok but flashy catch phrases and eye winking just doesn't get it done.

    October 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Hillary Independent finally for Obama

    What is totally shocking to me is that CNN's moderators/commentators never read ANY of their own website bloggers responses to the debate last nite.

    The score was about 100 to 1 AGAINST Palin's ridiculous rantings and ravings.

    I didn't discern one logical thought process–it was all gibberish on and on and on.

    Cutsie, no substance.

    Was she using index cards, each with a topic she had memorized? She kept looking down as she blabbed.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Advocate50

    It's interesting to note that most of the positive comments about Sarah Palin's performance last night center on the fact that she "exceeded expectations". Given her previous performance in interviews it's difficult to see how she could have failed to meet the incredibly low standard that was expected of her. She did do an excellent job of sticking to prepared talking points even if they were non-reponsive to the question asks. Additionally, she never failed to remind people she was a "Joe six-pack hockey mom", a role that seems to fit her well and one that she should return to on a full time basis.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Bubba

    Would it have killed Palin to directly answer anything? And does she even know who Achilles was, and why his heel was referenced? Harriet Miers rides again....

    October 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Sweetie

    Last night while watching the Debate when Sarah said

    "It's time for us to say "Never Again!"

    My body broke out in goose bumps and tears rolled down my cheeks!

    Sarah Get's it!

    She has the Proven Track record and favorable rating that makes me confident that she can lead us into Prosperity while keeping us Safe.

    Sarah is the Voice of America!

    McCain/Palin-08-In a Landslide!

    October 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Richard Barbee

    I imagine the fact that Senator Biden was factually incorrect on at least one dozen of his comments doesn't mean anything. Well then again Hillary stood by Bill with his claim that "My testimony was legally accurate" Come on now. Let's get real, Obama and Biden are liars and just as corrupt as the rest of the Washington establishment. I think Palin handled Biden very well, was she as polished as Biden no but she said it herself she's only been in the game for five months compared to thirty years. Let's not forget Biden and Obama aren't sleeping on the clean white sheets that they purport to be. Nobody wants to mention that Obama is on the top five list for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac contributions. Nobody wants to challenge Obama that his three top financial advisors are the ones who cooked Fannies Maes books to line their own pockets.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. andrew

    The difference could not be clear after the debate last night. Palin is George Bush in hills and lipstick and Biden is the water down FDR. I have a word for the Republicans- Diplomacy is Cheap and War is costly. And Americans, before turning blind to diplomacy and believing in "joe six-pack" to tackle the fortcoming economic, energy, health and forign policy "Pearl Harbour" remember that the Romans six-pack did not save the fall of the Empire. I still believe that in the land of the "Blind" the One-eyed Man has to be the King so we all don't fall off the cliff. So go out there folks and Vote Obama.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  9. Just Thinking

    It seems to me that both Obama and McCain are simply self serving. If America wants real change they need to clean up Washington themselves by voting. Stop casting your vote just because you recognize the name. If you want real change don't vote for a Democrat or a Republican. Stand up AMERICA and be heard.

    October 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. Mike

    Biden destroyed Palin last night!! No only was he smarter and better qualified to lead this country in a time of mourning, he will be able to help OBAMA deal with the major issues we Americans face!!

    What will Palin help McCain with??

    NOTHING because she knows NOTHING!!!

    October 3, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Tony

    And if you think that Biden, despite giving the debate performance of his life, actually won that debate then you're simply delusional. The liberal media, including CNN, declared him the winner and if you haven't been paying attention this political season, the liberal media has gone bonkers. All Biden did was lie and he got tramped by a political lightweight. He was clearly frustrated the entire time and frequently interrupted the moderator to lie some more. If you think that constitutes winning a debate then you deserve an inexperienced president and higher taxes from the likes of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

    October 3, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. Doug

    Biden was the clear winner. He understood the issues, addressed the questions, supported his positions with facts and attacked McCain's inconsistencies.
    The morning shows are rambling on about Palin's fine perfomance. Well, if stumbling through answers, not addressing the questions and looking totally out of place is what the voters want, well, goshdarn, shucks, all the best to ya.

    October 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. Raj

    Agree 100% with you, Hillary!
    What a difference in two choices?
    Joe Biden, you are very very smart, articulate and to the point. You have good instincts and a great record. The country is really proud of Obama-Biden team.

    October 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. txgal44

    She did not answer ONE question directly. This woman cannot run anything!!!! When she's retreats back to the frozen tundra, will she have a job waiting for her? I doubt it.

    October 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Anonymous

    the democratic ticket keeps ranting about the failed policies of the last 8 years...WHERE WERE THEY? WHY NO CHANGE? while mccain may not be the ultimate choice for the next president, we need a washington outsider. palin could be the difference if the puppeteer released the strings

    October 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. evelyn

    McCain is starting to have difficulty treating Obama like a fellow American or even a fellow human: At the debate McCain hardly looked at Obama or called him by his name, and in the senate he also avoids Obama and doesn't like to look him in the eye.

    I find this cold, rude and even a little childlish.

    As far as Hillary Clinton, now she sees womens' rights Republican style: like Italy's Berlusconi you just pick the pretty bimbos.

    October 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Doug R.

    Palin performed better than I expected, but she mostly answered the questions in very ambiguous and general terms. She seemed sort of robotic and her answers were rehearsed. There were also several questions that she never answered. I was glad Biden didn't attack her directly but went after McCain. The United States doesn't need McCain. He is dirty, dishonest, foul, crooked and two -faced.

    October 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. Richard Foy

    half the American people believe that it is a prudent choice to vote for a Presidential Candidate with "NO" Executive or Congressioal Experience. He was elected to serve in the Senate 4 years ago, however he has been on the campaign trail for over 2 years which is what he does best. He is an elequent and charasmatic speaker, but any good communicator can do that. I keep hearing him say he was against the War in Iraq from the beginning, but he was not in the congress, he was representing a small number of people in Illinois.

    Richard Foy

    October 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Tony

    We have had 8 years of "folksy" with Bush. If I had only listened to the debate on the radio, rather than viewing it, I would have pictured Palin in overalls and shaking McCain pom-poms. Palin is extremely syrupy sweet, and though that may play well in rural farming communities, in the everyday world it is is just annoying.

    We need intelligence, knowledge, and experience....3 things which Palin desperately lacks.

    October 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Living in the USA

    She kept winking like she was a waitress or something. Is that the way she plan to deal with foreign leaders by showing her legs and winking. We are all doom. I went to the store looking for index cards and the way she kept looking down I realized Palin had them all.

    October 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. ET

    What would anyone expect Hillary to say, she's for a demorcrat, and she would have said that if a dog was the democrat. Thats one of the problems with most americans they are afraid to go outside of their party no matter who was better.

    October 3, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. dEMOBRAT

    Did answer a single question??? How about the most real you've seen any politican in years- the question on same sex marriage. She was pretty plain there.

    October 3, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. michelle


    PALIN FOR VP !!!

    Wish Palin had asked Biden if Obama is capable of leading this nation, should he win, while raising two young children.

    October 3, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Baze

    Biden did a great job. This is really turning out to be a dream ticket. Palin redeemed herself. Now she can go back to Alaska with some dignity and continue her life.


    October 3, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  25. Enough of the Dem

    You want Change? Joe Biden is not change – he is part of the mess! Washington Politics as usual – no change, just talk!

    October 3, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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