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. Marge

    Have you seen any democrat yet who didn't say Biden won the debate.
    And all the republicans say Palin won.

    What do these so called debates do, nothing. And besides does anybody else think these debates are not real debates anyway...

    One things for sure, Palin showed she can't be intimidated.

    October 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. mr g

    tony, get a freakin grip. mccain will lose,I guarantee this.OBAMA will win by a margin of 56%-44% you can take that to the bank

    October 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Ron L

    As an INDEPENDENT voter I have on HUGE problem with Governor Sarah Palin when it came to the debate. And that is this..
    HOW and WHY should the American people overlook the fact she basically told the moderator she WAS NOT going to answer the questions given if and when she did not feel like it..
    THIS NEGATES the very foundation of a debate!!
    What is wrong with us, have some of us become so partician that we can allow a public official basically tells us that the RULES don't apply to them???
    America WAKE UP!!! This is inexcusible and should not be tolerated. What is the point of a DEBATE if you are not going to follow the fundamental rule that EACH contestant has to answer the QUESTION GIVEN....Gov. Palin tries to brush over the fact she has very limited knowledge on certain important subjects by not addressing them. And this is OK to many of you??? Not good. Our current President has limited understanding about the rest of the world and look at the mess it is in because of HIS decisions. DO YOU WANT MORE OF THAT???

    October 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. Eric Demien

    Yeah, we need a return to higher taxes. At least during the Clinton years you could get a house with nothing down, everyone was better off because noone paid for anything, thus our current "financial" crisis....The piper came calling and no one had money to pay for all the freebies of the last 20 years!

    October 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. FactCheck

    I tuned in expecting a debate and what I got was one candidate talk up 6 stump speeches regardless of what the question was. Ifill did a terrible job as moderator. I guess Palin's goal was come across as folksy and common. Well guess what, we already have a folksy and common guy in charge right now... how's that working out?? As Jay Leno put it so well, if you want your taxes done, who are you going to, the folksy guy or the smart guy?

    October 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Kathy

    Right on Hillary Thank you or speaking to the over 50 females in the country like myself. Palin who attempts to look like a regular mom on one hand and then also wants to be considered as able to take over the country in the very likely chance McCain will die in office. I speak from the experience of being a nurse for the last 29 years having worked in Oncology and hospice. She scares me with her lack of understanding of how the government works.

    October 3, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. RobK

    Biden should have won. He has been in the greatest deliberative body in the world for 36 years. Palin has been VP candidate for a month. Look at their potential. Biden reached his years ago. Palin's is unlimited. Do you want an experienced President teaching an inexperienced VP with great potential or do you want the opposite, an experienced VP teaching an inexperienced President with great potential? Think about it.

    October 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Bob Stephens

    Palin didn't answer any of the questions that were directed to the candidates. The Moderator let her get away with it time after time. Terrible job of moderating.....

    October 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Trish

    Yes Palin did perform better than expected..but her expectation level was on the floor. We should expect much more from our VP candidates. Joe Biden was by far the best. He answered questions directly and gave quick answers and solutions. Way to go Joe.

    October 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Rae in VA

    My, my, my to Bob in FL–by 2016 Joe Biden will be 74. And Chelsea would be one heartbeat away from the presidency.......would she know as much as Sarah? I doubt it, because Bill is her daddy!

    GO SARAH, you showed Biden up when no one thought you would!

    October 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  11. Marie Ontario

    To people who keep asking why they are always mentioning George Bush is because McCain's voting record and his current policies are almost identical. The choice is clear if you like the last 8 years you'll vote for McCain/Palin.

    Of course you might want to weigh in that your vote for McCain might get you Palin.

    Right now McCain has come across very confused a large part of the time with childish antics and angry moments when ever he is challenged.

    October 3, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. simp

    Biden was great!! However palin was standing there like she was reading a script. This woman is a joke and not nearly ready to be
    VP. She avoided questions by trying to keep talking about energy crisis. What amazes me is how women claim to relate to her, well if that is the case you palin women supporters are morons to. Men think she is cute, give me a break, cute can't run this country. This woman would, could and never hold a candle to Hillary there is no comparison at all.


    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. helen

    Politic is so dirty!!!!!!

    Sen. Clinton how could you now support Obama after all spitting
    he and his supporters did to you and Pres. Clinton.
    All for the sake of unity of party, Country shall be the FIRST not the party.
    Barak's cheerleaders at CNN were also spitting at you and now they are doing the same to Gov.Sarah Palin they became Barak Obama's
    TV. not national he is paying them well.
    In all this economic mess the least Americans need is an inexperienced President to get deeper into mud.

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. Hotchman

    I am sorry but I do not want a leader that says "Good Golly" it just doesn't work in 2008 America.

    Gov. Palin should have answered questions, pronounced words correctly and left the 1950s America rhetoric at home.

    GeeWillikers Andy, she a gosh darn bad candidate.

    Ugh horrible!

    Thank you Sen. Clinton for being the bigger woman and joining the team.

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. Election Watcher

    I'm getting tired of this "more of Bush failed policies" broken record. Enough of what he WON'T do, I have YET to hear Obama say wait he WILL do. Whenever anyone tries to pin him on details, Obama stammers worse than 'Stuttering John' on Howard Stern. The few words that Obama manages to squeak out sound more like failed Bush policies than anything I've heard from McCain. And regarding the economic crisis, Obama goes on and on and on about how he sounded warning bells 2 years ago. Well, Barry I have news for you, the Dems have held a MAJORITY in congress AND the senate for two years, so why didn't you rally your party to do something THEN instead of letting it fester. That inaction will ultimately be costlier to the US tax payer than the Iraq war!!

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. sick and tired

    Senator Biden did a great job last night. I am shocked that people can say Palin did a good job. She didn't answer the questions. Why are we willing to lower the standards of a VP nominee to make her more comfortable? The standard should be the same for both nominees. I say this as a proud woman, "Women, if you want to play in the big league with the big boys stop acting like the weak link. If you want to run for President or be the VP Nominee you can not cry when someone says something about you." We can not use the word "sexist" if it doesn't really apply. We can not ask for special treatment because we are women and say we want and deserve to be respected like a man in the same position. I listened to the media say oh he can't attack her, he has to be careful. Why? No one was telling Gov Palin that.

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. Mickie in PA

    I can't believe people are saying Sarah did OK when she couldn't answer a direct question and kept repeating her canned speech along with a wink. Her responses reminded me of a beauty queen responding with prepared answers to make her look coquettish. By the way, I'm a 64 yr. old, blue collar female in PA.

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Palin / Bush with Lipstick

    Palin's remarks on the environment me me laugh out loud.Her state including the surrounding Islands that fall under her govern have little or no water that is safe. They are throwing garbage by the ton into the sea and she wants to drill in a Wildlife refuge! Palin and the environment -what a joke.
    To me she sounded like George Bush..all homesy , winking, grinning.. yes George Bush with lipstick! Dog gone it anyway..aww shucks she isn't ready!
    PLEASE POST for Once??

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. sherri scott

    If Palin is VP will the US offer americans the chance to be depoterted she is scary

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. Karen

    Biden was outstanding last night. He didn't putt Palin down too much but he stuck to the issues that WE the common ordinary people talk about around our kitchen tables. Palin offered obsolutely NOTHING in her speech, there wasn't a clear understanding of what the McCain/Palin ticket would do and how they are going to solve the crisis in America.

    Joe Biden hit the ball out the park and laid out a clear plan and Obama/Biden has my vote.

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. CindyN--PA

    You know it Hillary. The last thing we need in this country right now is a VP that wants more Power like Cheney has tried for.
    Personally I felt the debate was fluff. The moderator didnt press either Candidate and Palin avoided a lot of questions. She didnt even answer them. That to me is a joke.

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. Joyce, nj

    Palin's performance is that of someone who talks a lot but does not really say anything.
    It's all about saying something to look and sound knowledgeable. But substance? Forget it. She dodged questions by reverting to her stump speeches. That's not good enough.

    The worst is how she lies to her teeth and look America straight in the eye. That is dangerous folks. That is in the same tone as Bush and his VP.

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. Truth

    You must be a joker Rush Limbaugh fan!

    October 3, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Fred

    Thank you Hillary. Finally some sanity about the debate. I couldn't have been more disappointed with the republican candidate. She lunched attack after attack, while refusing to answer questions a president in waiting MOST ANSWER. She had her stump speech, talking points, bad facts and NO ANSWERS. She couldn't even identify how she would follow through with McCains policies if something should happen to him! Why, because he has only 2! Tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations and drilling for the last 3% of the oil in the US. That is it!

    October 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. TexasVet


    HRC was watching the same debate I was watching. One in which Sarah spouting off well memorized answers, so much so she decided she wouldn't answer the questions posed to her only the answers she memorized. Look, we know you like her. She's Cute, SPUNKY, and "Folksy" whatever that is. But we're not voting for the Ms. America, we're voting for the Vice Presidency or in her case possibly President. Can you honestly see her as the President? Seriously? I'm sorry the last time you guys voted for the guy you could relate to, the guy you'd like to have a beer with...look where that got us. BO might not have the experience you want him to have, but if you can over look that quality for Ms. Congeniality you can do the same for BO. I'm voting for the guy who had enough judgment to put country before self and choose an experienced VP candidate. I'm voting for the SMART GUY!


    October 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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