October 10th, 2008
10:34 AM ET
6 years ago

Biden to Palin: Don't lecture me on patriotism

Sen. Biden told Palin not to lecture him Thursday night.
Sen. Biden told Palin not to lecture him Thursday night.

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (CNN) – Joe Biden Thursday night told Sarah Palin not to lecture him on patriotism, after weeks of attacks mocking him for his statement the wealthy should be patriotic and pay higher taxes because not enough has been asked of them.

"Sarah Palin had great fun saying Joe Biden thinks paying taxes is patriotic. Well, let me tell you what Joe Biden thinks," the Delaware senator said at an outdoor rally. "Joe Biden thinks that anybody who takes millions of dollars offshore to avoid paying their fair share is unpatriotic."

The Obama-Biden campaign has accused John McCain of saying publicly he would close offshore banking loopholes, but saying otherwise in private.

"That is not patriotic and it will stop, it will stop in an Obama-Biden administration! Enough! I've had it up to here! Don't lecture me on patriotism," shouted Biden, getting drowned out by the applause of his supporters. "I'm dead tired of being taken advantage of. I'm getting tired of it."

Biden also said he's had enough of the McCain camp's personal attacks on Obama, slamming the Arizona senator for violating the "ethics" of the old neighborhood for not having the courage to go after Obama's character in their debates the way he has in speeches and in television ads.

"In my neighborhood you want to say something about me, look me in the eye and tell me," said Biden. "Say it to me straight up. Say it to me head on. That's the code, that's the ethics! Say it to me! Ladies and gentlemen, I'm tired of losing, I'm tired of taking this stuff, I've had enough."

There has been a perceptible shift this week in Biden's approach to attacking the opposing ticket. Since Wednesday, he has been increasingly willing to take on Sarah Palin individually, instead of his earlier approach of lumping her in with McCain or ignoring her altogether.

Biden's comments on patriotism were the second time he returned Palin's fire Thursday. Earlier, in Liberty, Missouri, Biden attacked McCain's new mortgage plan, using Palin's quip from last week that she has been listening to Biden's speeches since the second grade, which was intended to paint him as a Washington insider.

"That's true," Biden responded. "But she was in sixth grade the last time John had a new idea."

However, in the second use of that line here in Jefferson City, Biden incorrectly said Palin had made those comments directly to him at their debate in St. Louis last Thursday, rather than at a Columbus, Ohio rally three days prior.


Filed under: Joe Biden • Sarah Palin
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Missy in Kentucky

    Got get'em Joe! This Republican ticket is running the sleaziest campaign I've ever seen. They started, and you guys need to finish it–with a victory!

    October 10, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. victoria

    Let her have it, Joe.

    October 10, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Missy in Kentucky

    Got get'em Joe! This Republican ticket is running the sleaziest campaign I've ever seen. They started it, and you guys need to finish it–with a victory!

    October 10, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Go after that clueless lunatic and show her the folksy stuff is not working.

    October 10, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. obamamama

    Can anyone say "AIP"?

    October 10, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Lovey

    If Palin could back up her skirt talk she would be dangerous. Now what she needs to do is be VP looking and start talking about issues. The issues Sarah and John have are very different from the issues we need to hear. John with a gambling addiction and Sarah with a trooper gate lieing her way out. Both of partners in crime. Heeeeeee

    October 10, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Molly KC

    Get em Joe! ...but don't forget to bring some substance to the conversation. People are freaking out over the financial mess out here and we need someone to stand up and lead us.

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. NettenAZ

    You Go Joe!!! Can't wait to see how her tune changes once the Ethics Committe review is released. It will no doubt be a lapse in judgement. Oops, I forgot she sent her statement via the campaign clearing her of any wrong doing. I always thought you had to wait for the results of an investigation to be cleared. Guess not?

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Rod G

    I love this guy. Now that's a VP for us.

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Baze

    What's the difference between Palin and a pig? NOTHING!

    ONE NATION

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    What do we really know about Palin? Why won't she talk to the media? What is she hiding? We see how ANGRY, DIVISIVE, and NEGATIVE she is.... what else is she hiding? Why is her husband a member of a HATE group? What is she hiding?

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Tim

    Why doesn't the patriotic Biden donate his money to charity. Oh wait, he did, about $200 bucks last year.

    Leave my money alone.

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. Spencer - Commonwelth of Virginia

    Go get em Jo.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. PA Independent

    Go get 'em, Joe. McCain and Palin are plumbing new depths from a distance, you're right to call them on it and keep calling them on their cowardice. Only a coward – man or woman – says something behind a person's back he or she wouldn't say to their face. Don't know about anybody else, but I can't vote for a coward. And a liar on top of it!

    October 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Democrat from AZ

    Way to go Joe! It is time that democrats across America take back our country!

    October 10, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. shughes7@hotmail.com

    Please read the Rolling Stone article entitled "Make-Believe Maverick" when it's released on October 16th. It will blow your mind.

    October 10, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. Ohio Independent

    Thank you Joe for going after Palin and here lies.

    She is fair game after shooting off her mouth and inciting hate in this nation. This woman is appauling. I want to hear more about her and Todd's ties to the Alaska Independence Party. Now that is unpatriotic. How about Troopergate.

    This Ohio resident is now for the Obama / Biden ticket.

    October 10, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Billy

    Democrats who fight back, imagine that.

    What Palin is saying about Obama is horrible and unamerican. She should be impeached as governor for such statements.

    October 10, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. ines

    I love Joe.

    Contrast Biden rallies to Palin rallies - – - – - – - – - Constructive vs. The Clan...

    October 10, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Accountant Guy

    That's right Joe, expose that eskimo barbie for the liar and cheat she is. Can't wait for the report of her abuse of power to come out. It is time to see her for who she really is. She is anti-american. When are we going to hear how her husband is part of a group that wants to seperate Alaska from the USA, or how she gave speeches at their events!!

    Obama/Biden '08 (Real America)

    October 10, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. SAT

    Good. It is time for him to respond directly to her VP candidate to VP candidate.

    October 10, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. Lary Johnson-Tampa,FL

    Joe Biden is the reason I am supporting "That One" Obama ....Joe tell it like it is.

    October 10, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. Mo, NC

    I love it! It's about time that Joe hit back!

    Obama-Biden '08!

    October 10, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Obama/Biden '08 – the two men that know and believe in our constitution.

    October 10, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Well, well.......it's about time that Sen Biden started fighting back!!

    Big thumbs up!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 10, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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