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. ET

    CNN'S QUICK VOTE POLE SHOWS BIDEN68 PALIN 27, SO YOU CAN'T GO BY CNN'S POLES AT ALL, THEIR LISTNERS ARE ONE SIDED, THE WANT OBAMA/BIDEN IN NO MATTER WHAT, AND SO DOES CNN.

    October 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Cynthia; Bham

    What amazes me is how some of the pundits who are obviously Republicans think that Palin won the debate. There were several questions that she did not answer at all, for example, the one about what was her Achilles? On some of the questions rather than answer them she read or recited her talking points that did not apply to the questions. As I have said before she is not ready to be a heartbeat away from a 72 yrs old heart who has had 3 bouts of cancer.

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

    palin lacks substance and she didn't make it clear that she or mccain is different from bush.

    palin sounded too rehearsed, she CHOSE not to answer questions and she kept looking at her cheat sheet.

    sarah palin came across as a succubus more than a maverick with all that smiling and winking.

    she's a set back to women everywhere.

    October 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Democrat for McCain

    I've got to admit, Palin is a breath of fresh air. Hillary, Biden, Obama, we've had enough of your canned responses and political double talk.

    October 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. kishen c.rao

    I think Jo biden did an outstanding debate....ECONOMY and IRAQ WAR are the essential elements to descuss for the future of this great naion....I vote for "Obama"....I am very well convinced...Sarah was stuttering while talking...she was talking as though she just learned facts from Jo Leaberman....and Meg....etc..., senetor Biden did excellent on Economy, and Iraq war..listen, we already poured billions of our tax money in Mud...in foreign nations...how long to continue..???gas, milk, groceries are way up...lot of people lost lot of money a day before yesterday...Dow plunged more than 777 points....learn from experience of your own financial conditions...god bless our nation, the USA

    October 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Independent Hoosier Voter

    I don't know what debate you people were watching. I watched the Palin/Biden debate and thought there was no clear winner–they both did well. The statement from Clinton did not evaluate debate performance of both candidates but merely stressed what she has been stressing all along–there is a stark difference in policies between the candidates.

    And, just out of curiosity, where were all you people who think Joe Biden would make a great President when he was actually running for President? As I recall he garnered very little support in his attempts to gain the nomination...

    October 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Former Republican

    The moderator did a terrible job. I still can not understand why they call these a debate. A debate is an exchange between the participants not a forum to spout talking points.

    The reason Palin did not answer some of the questions is she did not have an appropriate canned response provided to her on her queue cards.

    It all comes down to who would you want to see as president should the need arise. I think that's a no-brainer.

    October 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Sheryl

    To Analysts Castellanos and Rollins, you scored Palin high in the VP debate even though she avoided answering questions as they were asked. If she were to answer a teacher or a boss in that manner, she would be urged to actually answer the question. I don't understand your thought process.

    October 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. HouseDiva

    joe biden was clearly the winner.

    October 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Laverne

    There was nothing Vice Presidential about Sarah Palin lastnight. She may be easy on the eye, but to listen to hear makes me afraid, very afraid. This woman is NOT ready for the White House. The Obama/Biden ticket is the best choice for this country at this time. Obama has ran a brilliant campaign. You can say what you want to about Obama, but he is calm and consistent. He would be a thoughtful and visionary President because without a vision, the people perish. Biden balances the ticket out well, the two of them together are unstoppable!

    Obama/Biden

    October 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. afra

    Sarah sure memorized her debate camp lines but it seems there weren't enough cards so she had to repeat lines even when they did not answer the question asked. What did Americans do to deserve such a president in waiting.

    October 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. ral

    Yeah right... Biden 2016? What are you having? I'll have some of that ;)
    Wont he be like 112 or something? Palin won fair and square.. Biden was squinting his eyes and laughing like he couldnt say anything because he'd been trampled all over by an 'inexperienced politician'. Palin for President in 2012. I bet Hillary will return to her Republican roots and it will be a Palin Hillary ticket!

    October 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. RC

    Straight Talk Express? Noooo. i see it as. No Talk Express and/or the Straight Talk Titanic. She was asked about housing and went right to her cue cards and talked (lied) about energy. Just Wow!

    October 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Juan

    I agree with the folks who said that the moderator failed at forcing Gov. Palin to answer the questions she did not rehearse. It would have just been a flat knockout punch on her, and more of the same mumbling.

    October 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. Henry

    Bush did this, Bush did that, GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    October 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Paul, EP Tx

    Go Sarah!

    October 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  17. LongV

    I saw the continuation of big spending, big government, higher tax and greater recession forn the era of Jimmy Carter.

    October 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. tina

    This election is a joke. She looked like a computer that needed to hurry up and get rid of all the information that was in her head before she forgot it. I like how the media looks at her and says wow shes good. If the moderator followed up and did her job palin would have had another katie couric moment. I am insulted as an educated central pennsylvania living women that I should vote for because shes folksy! Cnn do your job! You people make pa look loke were idiots! We have brains here! She is NO Hillary Clinton!

    October 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  19. Annie

    It would have been interesting to see if that cocky confidence she exhibited would have been maintained if Joe Biden had lowered himself to her level and started attacking her back. She knew he wouldn't, and that's a shame. This was a joke. Her answers were non-answers, memorized talking points from her stump speeches that didn't have anything to do with the questions. I'm voting here in GA today for Obama/Biden. This isn't a game, Senator McCain, where the ugliest low down cheating player wins. This is my country.

    October 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  20. Matt M.

    From Republican CNN contributor Amy Holmes: "Palin: A+. The plus is for wildly exceeding expectations."

    CNN, please get rid of this hyper-partisan moron. I don't know what school she went to, where you get an A+ for "exceeding expectations". My view (and, I would think, the conservative view) is that you get an A+ for doing WELL.

    October 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Deb

    Hillary said it 'right.' Joe Biden answered the questions from intellect and Sarah Palin answered the questions from about 6 memorized paragraphs which included Israel, Iraq, the economy, Afganistan and Pakistan, energy and her mud-slinging. That is what they prepared her with – it didn't matter what Gwen Ifill asked – these 6 things were her responses. The people including journalist who are saying that she did good are people with the same empty mentality as Palin who didn't see the big picture. I thank God everyday that he blessed me with a little intelligence.

    October 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. VICTORY

    This woman is clueless talks in circles. Only a fool would think she did well. THEY HAVE LOWERED THE BAR FOR WOMEN . EVERY HONEST WOMAN SHOULD BE OUTRAGED.

    THIS IS JUST PLAIN DUMB NOW I HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO MY TWO DAUGHTERS THAT THEY MUST DO BETTER AND NOT LOOK LIKE A FOOL.

    October 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. bob

    Biden did nothing but mud sling-"McCain did this wrong and that wrong" get a real job there Joe!

    October 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. Redneck from Kentucky

    Palin appeared to me to be John McCain's cheerleader. Maybe McCain will design a cheerleading outfit for her to wear when they are together. She has no business being in any position of power in this country. She is already wanting to be another Dick Cheney and wanting the VP to have more power than the constitution allows for. And she demonstrates, like Cheney, that she doesn't believe the rules apply to her. She doesn't follow the debate format and refused to answer direct questions posed to both her and Biden, but instead goes off on the canned propoganda that McCain filled her with. She is Dick Cheney in a skirt.

    October 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  25. Lost in America

    Where has journalism gone? All networks ought to be ashamed, it appears none have any degree of integrity or conscience remaining. CNN states Biden the clear cut winner, FOX states Palin demolishes Biden. How can there be such disparity unless networks have biased agendas? The FOX chearleaders for Sarah, and Soledad O'Brien's outright anger toward her – what gives? This country is truly in a sad state of affairs!

    October 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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