October 8th, 2008
01:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden accuses McCain-Palin camp of 'outrageous inferences'

Joe Biden said in Tampa Wednesday that the McCain camp has 'chosen to appeal to fear'.
Joe Biden said in Tampa Wednesday that the McCain camp has 'chosen to appeal to fear'.

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) – Joe Biden said in Tampa Wednesday that the McCain camp has “chosen to appeal to fear” in the wake of the economic downturn and called recent comments by Sarah Palin about Barack Obama “outrageous inferences.”

Holding his first campaign rally in a week and a half, Biden said the McCain camp is trying “to take the low road to the highest office in the land,” and that they chose to ignore the “intellectually honest” options of dealing with the economic crisis.

“The one they have chosen is to appeal to fear with a veiled question, who is the real Barack Obama?” said Biden in the University of South Flordia’s Sun Dome arena. “To have a Vice Presidential candidate raise the most outrageous inferences – the ones that John McCain’s campaign is condoning – is simply wrong.”

Palin this week has repeatedly attacked Obama’s character, accusing him of “palling around with terrorists,” referring to Obama’s connection with the Weather Underground’s William Ayers.

“Folks, don’t be distracted, those attacks don’t hurt Barack Obama or me, they hurt you,” said Biden. “Every single false charge and baseless accusation is an attempt to get you to stop paying attention to what’s going on in this country. Beyond the attacks, what is John McCain really offering?”

The Delaware senator called McCain “an angry man lurching from one position to another” and applauded questioners at Tuesday night’s town hall debate for ignoring recent attacks by Republicans on Obama.


“You didn’t hear a single question about the ugly inferences and the unbecoming personal attacks launched by the McCain campaign on Barack Obama,” said Biden. “Barack Obama showed again last night that he understands that these debates aren’t about Governor Palin and me, they aren’t about Barack Obama and John McCain, these debates, this election is about you.”

The McCain campaign responded with a statement saying Obama and Biden lack a record of reform, and the credibility to call for it.

“During their combined 39 years in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama nor his running mate have ever challenged their own party,” wrote spokesman Ben Porritt. “Their ‘run with the herd’ mentality, radical associations, and partisan proposals have made them the most liberal ticket in political history.”

Biden joked about his face-off against Sarah Palin - “at least I think it was a debate” - and said that if Wednesday night’s presidential debate featuring the top of the ticket had been part of a “best of five series, it’d be over. It’d be done!”


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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. CMG

    Joe: I have both John and Sarah diagnosed. They both suffer from a bad case of animation, no substance, just animation. Sarah's mouth never closes, her eyes never stops winking, and John never stops pranching around the room. Somehow I don't think any of this is going to help us get out of the mess created by both John and George.

    October 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Shanny

    I think it was pretty pathetic to see McCain shuffling around the stage at last night's debate begging for another shot at power. His stupid attempt at humor that works so well for him when he has his captive rabid audience ready to cheer wildly for anything he says as long as it includes hatred, lies and bigotry, fell flat like a safe hitting the sidewalk to the ears of people looking for real leadership from serious candidates.

    He said he knows how to fix the economy and knows where to find Bin Laden but won't do either unless we elect him. Does this sound like Country First to you?

    This guy and his pet parrot are so disgusting that when they realize the American people find them disgraceful as candidates for the highest office in the land they see this as a mandate to be even more disgusting as if they believe disapproval is their ticket to the white house. John McCain has said everything he can think of to discredit Barrack Obama except what he really wants to say which is "Don't you realize that Obama is black?!

    October 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Arden

    Thank you Joe. Sarah Palin is a "Judas in Lipstick" and when John McCain reaches the gates of hell and finds Bin Laden he and Sarah can both jump in. Now Cindi McCain is attacking Barack for not voting for a bill to fund the troops. Hello Cindi, Barack voted for a bill to fund tthe troops but because it had a time-ine in it your husband voted it down. Get your facts straight. When this campaign started at least I could respect John McCain for his war status now I have no respect left for him at all. I have wateched dirty politics play out for years but this is the worst I have ever seen and to be honest, AMERICANS DON'T CARE AND THEY ARE SICK OF IT. THE WORD IS "SICK". Its time to act like adults.

    October 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Apples for sale

    They are like a wounded rabid dog,lets just put them down now.Have the vote today.

    October 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Baze

    The saddest thing about it is Palin let Biden drag McCain's name and reputation through the mud during the debate, and now she's out there trying to make up for it by stoking hate, like a mad child that's trying to make up for a bully that stole her boy. She's a pitiful excuse for a human being, and I hope her political career goes down the drain.

    ONE NATION

    October 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Joyce in Florida

    I wish I could have been there to see Joe Biden today. After last night's debate, Senator Obama will be our next President. John McCain is desperate. He must think that we are really stupid and will play along with the "fear factor" thing. Not this time. No more of the same. No way, no how, and definitely no McCain. This Hillary Clinton supporter will be voting for Obama/Biden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA

    THANKS JOE! I do not understand how the Republicans can sleep at night? How can they call themselves Christians?

    Instead of talking about the issues, all the Republicans can do is attack, demean, LIE and slander!

    Indeed its getting scary out there! The Republicans will do anything to win............may God protect Sen. Obama!

    October 8, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    Senator Biden is accusing the McCain-Palin camp of 'outrageous inferences' and I guess that is about the most polite thing he (the VP Candidate) can say but as a voter I can say they are a campaign of liars. This man is resorting to anything to gain access to the White House.

    He has allowed himself to be stripped of his honor and now all that is left is a bitter old man with a squeaky voiced mealy mouth for a VP candidate that is willing to allow herself to be used as his puppet. It is a sad day in America when a Hero falls and he has fallen.

    October 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. P

    How mean is it for Palin to attack Biden when he is goin to his mother-in-laws funreal, does she have any since of respect for others in the world?

    Would any of you attack someone when they are suffering a lost in the family? Be Honest you would not!

    Yesterday McCain was speaking and said something about Obama and some guy said that Obama should be shot, and McCain and Palin said nothing to stop that kind of behavior. Also there was a black man working at the Palin rally and some crazy called the black man a boy, for no reason at all. Then last night McCain put down a voter telling him what he did not know and he was black too and he would not say his name. Then finally he called a sitting U.S. Senator not by his name or Senator but that one!

    McCain and Palin are totally unfit to be in office, sticking the people of Alaska with a bill when she stays in her own home is criminal, plus she tells so many lies to the American people openly as if we are all dumb. Telling everyone that she stopped the bridge to no where is a lie too, she was not even sworn into office when that happened. then their is her husband who wanted Alaska along with herself to leave the U.S. Plus the lie about the plane that she said that she sold on EBay, when all she did was out it up for Auction but was sold through a broker, what a total liar she is and so is McCain.

    McCain is a traitor to our great country, making all those videos to save his own life, what a coward he is and was, I guess country did not come first then, he said it himself, he did not love America until he was in that POW camp. As a solider we are trained to escape and to aid other to escape, I guess McCain missed that training, and that part about giving information to the enemy, even if it is false. I am former Army man and an independent voter and I see that there is no honor among McCain and Palin all they know is hate, fear, and racism. When did patriotism come from hate, bile, fear, and racism?

    Paulson and the Fed Chairman need to go to jail, they are a great part of this mess, and why do so many of these guys come from one company?

    Many of the major countries and the second and third world countries have free healthcare and education why shouldn't the U.S.!

    Why let American die so that a few will only be able to pay for healthcare.

    Why have free healthcare for illegal aliens but not for Americans? It is stupid to take care of everyone else citizens but tell Americans you are own your own!

    Why allow Americans to go broke lose their homes, cars and life, when we can all have free healthcare and education?

    October 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Cuban-mami-4-OBAMA

    @ "Tired of Obama".........YES, I would allow Sen. Obama to baby sit my children!

    BUT...........NOT, Sarah Palin nor John McCain. Their vile attacks, their lies have said more about their character than any interview says.

    The REAL CHARACTER of a person, is more clear than ever, when they are backed into a corner!

    And what do Palin and McCain do? Tell lies, accuse and attack. Sorry, that's not character, that's not honor........that's NOT MORAL DECENCY.

    Plus, as a traditional-mom, I can't believe for one minute that conservative women approve of Palin abandoning her infant son!

    October 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. P

    John McCain could never be my friend, did you see how he treated everyone who was black last night!

    October 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Lisa, MD

    WOW MCCAIN AND PALIN SHOULD BE A SHAME OF THEMSELVES I MEAN REALLY THEY ARE A DISGRACE TO THE HUMAN RACE THEY DO NOT HAVE A CLUE ON ANYTHING THE ECONOMY,HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT YOU NAME IT. THESE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO SAYS COUNTRY FIRST. WELL LETS SEE PALIN SHE CAN'T EVEN RUN HER STATE ALASKA WITHOUT BEING INVESTIGATED FOR AN ETHICS ACT. MCCAIN HE HAD SOME UNFORTUNATE DISHONEST DEALINGS IN HIS DAY. BUT THEY BOTH WANT TO CRITICIZE OBAMA. I REALLY DON'T WANT TO PUT THE PREJUDICE IN THE EQUATION BUT IT'S GOING TO THAT. FOR 1. OBAMA IS HUMAN 2. A MAN 3. AFRICAN AMERICAN SO I STILL DON'T UINDERSTAND WHY ARE PEOPLE SO GONG HO ON HIS ETHIC BACKGROUND. NO ONE JUDGE, SMEAR, OR ATTACK HARSHLY TOWARDS BUSH IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS HE IS NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN AND STILL DID NOT REPRESENT UNITED STATES THE WAY HE SHOULD HAVE. IN 2001 9/11, 2005 KATRINA, AND 2008 ECONOMY CRISIS. PEOPLE STILL CAN'T SEE THE FOREST FROM THE TREES AND STILL ON THIS JIM CROWES LAW WELL IT STINKS THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY INCLUDING THE CRISIS THAT IS CRIPPLING US TODAY. I CAN'T TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO EVERYONE HAVE A FREE WILL BUT IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE HAVING A FREE WILL PLEASE RETRO BACK 8 YEARS AND ASK YOURSELVES DO I WANT MY CHILDREN AND MY GRANDCHILDRED TO ENDURE WHAT WILL LIE A HEAD IF MCCAIN AND PALIN IS ELECTED.

    I KNOW MANY OF YOU ARE AFRAID TO TAKE THAT CHANCE WITH OBAMA BUT WE ALL TAKE CHANCES EVERYDAY WHEN WE WALK OUT OF OUR HOMES. WE ALL TOOK A CHANCE WITH BUSH AND NEVER THOUGHT WE WILL BE PAYING FOR IT NOW. ITS CRAZY BUT AGAIN GIVE HIM A CHANCE HE DESERVES A CHANCE :-)

    HAVE A BLESSED EVENING :-)

    October 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Yeah Joe!

    Joe Biden = a truly good, decent man who loves his country, loves his family, and is smart as a whip. Barack Obama's judgment really shone through on his pick of Biden. He is a born leader with great ideas and strong morals who will surround himself with intelligent, qualified people in his cabinet and lead this country with intelligence and integrity.

    Sarah Palin = an unqualified fear- and hate-monger who has nothing to offer the ticket other than her extreme views and sleazy attacks. John McCain's judgment also shows in his pick. Mr. "Country First" is willing to leave his nation in the hands of Sarah Palin if the situation arose.

    This Independent has her absentee ballot in front of her right now and is voting Obama/Biden '08!

    October 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. P

    We are Americans not colors!

    When did having more melanin in your skin make you unable to lead?

    October 8, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. P

    McCain and Palin are inciting Hate openly

    October 8, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Atlian

    So, we learned today that the Annenburg Foundation who gave Ayers the grant is a conservative, REPUBLICAN foundation and supporter of John McCain. So does that mean that McCain is a terrorist?

    October 8, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. REA

    GOD PLEASE BLESS OBAMA/BIDEN AND KEEP THEM SAFE LORD AND LEAD THEM AND GUILD THEM TO WORK HARD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE THANK YOU GOD AMEN.

    October 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. * * 1/2 White-1/2 black * * * * ALL AMERIACA

    NEWS FLAAAAASH !!

    TO NO ONES SURPRISE,

    PALIN & MCGREEDY REACH A NEW PERSONAL LOW.

    CAN'T WIN ON HIS RECORD, GET OUT THE SLEAZE

    MACHINE & HIT IT HARD. END OF STORY.

    October 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Crush Rush

    Go Joe,keep up the good work.I laugh at JC and say to him,"I never take it off,JC from town".

    October 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Diane

    When Palin referred to herself as a Joe six-pack American, I could not believe my ears. And when McCain referred to Obama as "that one," well...it says it all.

    I do not want a President that displays to the world the lack of respect and tolerance shown to his fellow man. That is not the American way.

    Nor do I want a Vice President who tells the world that the average American is drinking a six-pack. Maybe she's trying to sell some of McCain's beer, but I took it as an insult.

    All sins are equal...adultery, killing, stealing, false witness,.etc., except blasphemy. The mud slinging is like the last resort.

    October 8, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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