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. Cathleen

    Senator Clinton is correct when she states that Biden was able to show the McCain/Palin ticket as more of the same. I think my favorite part of the speech was when Palin was asked if she agreed with the power given to(rather taken by) Vice President Cheney, and she said that she did agree with the heavy handed way he has turned his position into a more powerful position than it should be. Well done, Biden! As he went on to say that Palin's agreement with Cheney's policies are "dangerous".

    October 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Carol

    Sometimes I just wish Clinton would keep her trap shut. Palin did fine last night, as did her contender. Either way, I'm voting Republican because I am a military veteran and I am very afraid that if our country is attacked again, the Democrats will just basically say 'that's okay guys, we don't believe in war.' And now that Hilary is out of the running, I feel much better... I would rather leave the country, then have her running ours. And Obama is not much better. The man is HALF white, HALF black, but refuses to accept his white heritage. Colin Powell is a TRUE black man who I would have voted for in a heart beat.

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

    Palin = Joe Dirt with lipstick

    October 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. norb

    It was the thrilla from Wasila and Biden roped a dope!

    October 3, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Kerry in VA

    Thank You Hillary. You were watching the same debate I was watching. Sarah Palin only showed that McCain will offer the same as Bush.

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

    It's amazing that people want Sarah to be "the one" but she doesn't have it. She avoided most of the questions, and repeated her rehearsed talking points instead of answering the questions. Can you HONESTLY, say you want her speaking with ANYONE on behalf of this country? She made up more words than Jesse Jackson!

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

    Listen to Hilary, people. She's not lying down to anyone. She cares about this country and is promoting the best course of action we can take at this point. I cannot fathom having such an incompetent, egocentric, and ignorant woman as Sarah Palin in the White House. She can't even pronounce nuclear. Whom does that and her dumbed-down lingo remind you of? I would love to see a woman in the white house. But not just any woman. Please, people. Make sure it's not Palin. No matter how much she and McCain try to sell the "maverick" brand, it's obvious that if they are elected, we'll have 4 more years of the same mismanagement as we've had the last eight.

    October 3, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    In essence, Governor Palin spent over one hour trying to defend a campaign that has no clear message. This is not Governor Palin’s fault in the least because Senator McCain has only recently became a convert to Wall Street regulation.

    Yet, Governor Palin talked about both more and less regulation in the same debate. Joe Biden knew McCain’s record better than Governor Palin, again not her fault, and hammered her on it.

    Also, you cannot spend an hour saying you are not like the current administration, only to agree with the standing vice president’s expansion of vice presidential powers. That is simply a dangerous statement.

    October 3, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Dem in PA

    Yeah, way to go Hillary. You did well filling your role now as lapdog to BO and Joe.

    Palin did very well in this debate, why am I surprised that the readers of this site can't seem to admit that? Perhaps because of their vitriolic hatred of anyone who doesn't worship "the One?"

    I'm a moderate D, but you far leftists have set a dangerous precedent with your uncontrollable, knee-jerk hatred and rage. If your messiah wins the election, don't cry foul when he is hated and when half the country doesn't even give him a chance to be successful. You created that climate.

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

    republican voting for obama

    what threw me off was her nasty attitude when she said his ex-wife rewards was in heaven and when he was talking about the accident of his kids she smile then grin then start attacking again

    October 3, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Anonymous

    This is not about who can lead this country but who has the integrity to keep this nation from moral and spiritual decay. The spiritual and moral decline of this nation is at stake not just . Wake up America and use your conscience if you still have something left of it.

    October 3, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Marty

    This is so typical of the Demos. You all have been spouting forever about change, yet when real change is offered, you run to the polished, slick, word-twisting lifetime politicians. You don't really want change, so stop preaching that you do.

    October 3, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Mojo Savage

    All political debates are a waste of time. No one is going to go out on a limb and really say what they want to say. These aren't real debates, they are carefully scripted speeches that have nothing to do with the issues but everything to do with the image that campaign wants to project. Also, don't fool yourself into believing that you have to have special talents to be the vice president. Everything they do is dependent on there handlers and advisors.

    October 3, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Ralph

    Yay! Palin can speak coherent sentences! That proves she can be VP!

    Sadlly, this will be enough for a lot of people who want to see themselves in the White House rather than a great leader.

    October 3, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Paula

    I kept waiting for the moderator to follow up to Palin by saying "you did not answer the quetion"! McCain handlers set up this entire joke-if you are too hard on Palin , you are sexist. If moderator was too hard on Palin, she was biased.
    Amazingly, 40% of supposedly intelligent Americans thought she did well!

    October 3, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Scott in NC

    Wow Repubs. Mediocrity is being shoved down your throats and you're loving it.

    We don't need another "Joe Six-Pack" running the country. We've have enough of the of that already.

    Oh, and she's a self proclaimed energy expert that can't say "nuclear." Isn't that cute!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 3, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. Nicole

    The bar was set so low for Palin that anything beyond a disaster made her look good. But she failed to answer any of the questions and when she did answer a question she needed to look @ her notes. What a disgrace to woman!

    October 3, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Brian

    Thank you Senator Clinton! An intelligent woman who knows what she's talking about!

    Unlike that trained chimp we were forced to suffer last night.

    Is it really beating expectations to pronounce your own name correctly and not drool on the microphone? I have friends and family that are more knowledgeable on foreign, domestic and financial affairs than Palin.

    No more incompetence in Washington! It's not funny anymore and America can't afford another four years of it!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    October 3, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. barbara

    The republican base was so happy that she didn't fall on her face that is no wonder 84% of the people said she did better than expected. Her expectations were so low that all she had to do was walk onto the stage. Thank you Senator Biden for resonding to all the the questions rather than dodge the ones you had no answer for.

    October 3, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Tina B

    ric: "But Palin proved she could hold her own and as someone who was undecided, im going McCain / Palin now!!!"

    I highly doubt you were previously undecided mate.

    October 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Female Voter

    This debate pushed a lot of people from McCain to the "green" party.

    October 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. jayeandvic

    Joe Biden is simply the best.
    Palin and her folksy actions may be nice to some, but Joe Biden's real (uncrammed) knowledge is what I want. He is absolutely the best choice for VP in my lifetime, and it just proves to me that Senator Obama mae the right choice.
    I'm so glad Senator Clinton is campaigning for Senator Obama. She knows what's at stake with the repulicans being elected and she out there fighting for our country.
    We can all fight for our country by electing Obama-Biden!!!

    October 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Trent

    Palin makes me nervous. This coming from a republican!

    October 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. mark

    what did bill say "she's cute"

    October 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. Shockey

    McPalin did a lot of dancing and remembering negative tactic again Obama and Biden but guess what? Biden stung her like a bee. He didn't let her tell nothing untrue about their campaign but she couldn't answer anything about the Republicans. Now that is unreal. How can you come into a campaign and can't defend your partner except he is a madman for change. Give me a break. Joe bounced, dance and made her act like a lady that was moderate but not too studpid. Remember the Republicans went back on their words and put PORKKKKKKKKK in the bill. McCain signed the bill.

    October 3, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
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