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. Candy West Virginia

    Nothing, not last night or any future events, interviews etc. will change the fact that Palin is a clueless, unintelligent, pathological Liar!

    October 3, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. H. Charles

    If you were undecided and now want to vote for McCain after last night, you're an idiot. Plain and simple.

    October 3, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Jill American

    Palin didn't answer 10 questions directly and Biden didn't answer 6. What debate were you all watching?

    October 3, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Linda M - NY

    Kudos, Senator Clinton. Very comforting to continue to see you and President Clinton every so often. We need you. Best wishes to Mr. Biden. He'll bring our country back to life.

    October 3, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. Tessa

    All you people who think McCain is about to die should stop being so naive. For all you know Obama could get into a car accident today, no one knows they will die. And McCains mom is in her late 90's and still is able to live by herself (he has a long living blood line). And Obama smokes- so go ahead sir you keep lighting up- can't wait to see your lung cancer. Cancer kills before old age

    October 3, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. I luv NY

    It should be you on the debate stage, but you were run off the road by the Liberals in the Party, but, on this one I'm gona break with ya Obama is way toooo inexperienced, even Joe said Barack wants me there in the Oval Office to help make a decision, that tells me Obama is going to need training wheels and a STUDENT DRIVER sign on the White House Limo.Be with you in 2012 you are the right choice
    YOU BETCHA.

    2012 ;-)

    October 3, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. KJL

    I've never been a Hillary follower, but have always admired the way she presented herself and her knowledge of government, both ours and foreign. This debate certainly showed the stark contrast between these women, who seem to get compared often just because they are both public figures.

    Can you imagine Senator Clinton reading from notes every time she needed to mention a name, place, or policy? Or trying to be "cute" when she wasn't sure what she was talking about? And Clinton speaks English, not some variant you'd find among young children. Comparing Clinton to Palin is like comparing apples to........ turnips.

    October 3, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Jim

    Please. After her disastrous week with Katie Couric, all Palin had to do was show up, not drool on herself and not set the stage on fire, to mark an improvement.

    She still remained a vapid goofball, mindlessly repeating Republican talking points without a clue as to what they might mean or how to defend them.

    Even more alarming, her best idea was to EXPAND the powers of the VP's office from what Cheney– already the most powerful and dangerous VP in American history– has pumped them up to be. And that with no clear understanding of the Constitution and the VPs powers derived therefrom.

    Haven't we had enough of dangerous fools in the executive branch?

    October 3, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. park more

    of course she won.......Then you do not have the capability to follow her. She is excellent

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Please...please..please

    Just when I started to worry what happened to the REBUGS bloggers, guess what - THEY'RE BACK! Sarah gave them a little more life until November 4th.

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    anybody that thinks that the hockey mom can be trusted as a vp or possible president is delusional.

    Palin came across as cartoonish and frankly clueless. She would probably make a better press secretary than someone in authority.

    For the unpatriotic people who doesn't care and will vote for her anyway: you will deserve exactly what you get, just like you got when you elected bush. some idiots never learn.

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. question????

    I have a question. Palin said that "Americans say "GOVERNMENT GET OUT OF MY WAY” But when government isn’t overseeing things we end up with this economic crisis. So is she really talking about MORE DEREGULATION??

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. Lesley, Lighthouse Point

    Joe Biden won. Sarah Palin kept the ship from sinking. I personally found her to be offensive, lacking substance. Our country is in turmoil. We don't need folksy, we need intellegent leadership. This is not Homecoming Court. What a slap in the face of this country.

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Concerned Democrat

    I want a VP that I can look up to – someone 'Presidential' since he/she would be second-in-line if the worst happens. I don't understand the appeal in folksiness, remember G.W. Bush? For that reason alone, I don't think Palin's fit for either job – VP or the Presidency. Also, why blame the media for not being able to handle the pressures of an interview on national TV? It's part of the job of being President or VP.

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. eds

    Palin did way better than I was expecting. But that didn't make her a less frightening choice! She admires Cheney's position on the "flexibility" of the VP postion? The lady is power-hungry, scary, and dangerous.
    I don't think she made any earth-shattering points, but she was more coherent, albiet not answering the questions fully and not having a clue on what Achilles Heel means! The winking was REALLY annoying, as is her voice. She can't pronounce NUCLEAR either (but then again neither can Bush so the comparison of brain power continues to be apt)
    Joe did GREAT. He didn't attack Palin, which would have been poorly received and gotten him in hot water–he attacked the big dog–and made the point again and again that Maverick McCain is not.
    Only more of the same.

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. erik

    While Biden did a good job, Palin won this debate and spoke to the people, not the Washington insiders. Congress put the country in the mess we are in today and Palin took on both parties in Alaska and she and McCain will do that in DC. What has Obama done in congress? Nothing! What have the dems done since taking control of congress 2 years ago? Nothing! Palin will bring change, Obama will just bring more of the partisan politics we have seen from Pelosi and company.

    October 3, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. PCompton

    I must have been watching a different debate because I did not hear that McCain and Palin would be following the same foot steps of the Bush Administration. I heard very clearly that the US Government would be scaled down by the McCain/Palin team which I am very much in favor of doing. The Federal Government was established for a specific reason back in the days of Roosevelt. Since that time it has grown and has wasted too much of our tax dollars. I also heard other issues/solutions that I am in favor of, etc. drilling for oil, boosting the economy through tax cuts both for Middle America and big business, etc. I am very much in favor of having a President that has actually served in the war, has experience with National Security issues, and a Vice President that has a "middle America" touch and who speaks the lingo. I am an Independent but leaning towards voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. Obama is very inexperienced in all areas and to this day I don't even know what he accomplished as a community organizer. I do know that 2 years in the Senate and working as a community organizer does not equate to Presidential Material.

    October 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. Tony

    The debate in no way showed that Palin is any more knowledgable or has an understanding of the issues more than she did before the debate.

    She was loud, irritating, clinging to her past in Alaska like it was a life preserver (which in many ways it was).

    The debate seemed to make her more likeable, the kind of gal you would like to ahve over when baking cokies adn chasing the kids.

    Likeable solves nothing. Knowledge and experience is what is needed in the world today. Not more "golly", "gee whiz", etc. from someone like Palin. After Palin's performance last night, I think I may now be diabetic.

    October 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. Lynda Jones-Owings

    Hello Hilliary,

    It is great to hear from you, where have you been? Bill has been out on the trail and we (the democrats) have been wondering when you were going to appear. It is good to see you out their working for our democratic party. We need you and Bill out their working hard for us to when the presidency. We can not hold back anything on McCain and Palin. We know that Palin is not ready for VP position and we wonder what would happen if something were to happen to McCain. We know that he has cancer of some form and that concerns Americans. He seems to be out of touch with the 21st century, tell me how can he run the presidency with computer skills? Hilliary we need you.............

    October 3, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. will

    No match, Joe WON hands down. Palin did good but just out of her league

    October 3, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  21. park more

    Sorry Hillary you loose and they push you to loose and now your are backing Obama knowing that he is not qualify at all..............Please stop politics and have a straight talk to American People

    October 3, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. James at 45

    Hey Akin,

    Sarah's reference to "Talibani" was to Iraqi President Jalal Talibani, not the Taliban.

    Her performance on the fly was more eloquent than that of most of the Obama supporters' written comments here, with all of misspellings and grammatical mistakes.

    October 3, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. Barbara Van Kuren

    I am watching Cnn this morning and I am appalled at what I just heard. Your newsperson was interviewing a newpapers reporter named "McGraw McGill" and he actually said now that we now know Sarah Palin can put sentences together the people will take her seriously.
    What in Gods name is this world coming to. We are talking about a person who could very likely be the President of our country. Haven't the people had enough of this idioicy – remember the almost 8 years of Bush??

    October 3, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Rob

    Tony –how can you say the fundamentals are good ? Good for what.The GOP ruined our economy..wake up–the fundamentals are Bad.

    October 3, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  25. Tammy - KCMO

    Biden actually talked about the issues. Palin danced around them and sometimes didn't even answer the question but decided to discuss something else.
    The moderator should have done a better job of making her stick to the questions but I guess if she had then the GOP would have said she was showing preference because of that book she's writing. It was a no-win situation for the moderator. It showed that Palin didn't have the knowledge needed for the job she wants.
    If Biden had gone after Palin on her answers the GOP would have whined and said he was picking on her so he did the best thing he could in the situation he was in by attacking McCain on the issues.

    October 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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