October 13th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden: McCain’s speech is ‘attack, attack, attack, attack’

 Biden calls McCain out on his negative attacks.
Biden calls McCain out on his negative attacks.

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Shortly before John McCain set to lay out his new stump speech Monday morning, Joe Biden said it looked like the address would be “attack, attack, attack, attack” in contrast with Barack Obama’s plans to lay out his vision for the economy later in the day.

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“Barack is going to make a major speech on economic policy, going to further outline what he’s going to do and how he’s going to deal with it,” said the Democratic vice presidential nominee. “It looks like John McCain’s entire speech is going to be attack, attack, attack, attack.”

“It couldn’t be clearer to me what’s going on here. John McCain wants to attack Barack Obama, and Barack Obama wants to [attack] the problems that face America today,” he said.

The McCain campaign shot back, calling Obama’s economic plan "plagiarism" of President Herbert Hoover’s during the Great Depression and championing their own “bold” proposal.

"The Obama-Biden ticket’s call for higher taxes on American businesses and isolationist trade policies mirrors the proposals that President Hoover implemented at the onset of the Great Depression, spurring a complete economic collapse," McCain spokesman Ben Porritt wrote in an e-mail. "It's plagiarism of the very worst economic policies in American history."

The Delaware senator said McCain had an advantage in the campaign has a war hero and people assumed that as a result, he would have “certain hands” in a crisis.

“We need more than a war hero, we need more than a great soldier, we need a wise leader,” said Biden. “John's hands have been anything but certain in the last year. They've been uncertain. And the McCain administration would be uncertain, clinging to the past, lurching from one bad idea to another.”


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  1. Kim

    GO JOE!!!! Get ready, though, because those nasty "Obama is an Arab" emails etc are going to start swirling around even more. Remember that little old lady talking to McSame on the news? She finally said she can't 'trust" Obama because "he's.....Arab". See, all those "Barack Hussein Obama" comments are paying off. I sure didn't hear McCain say no ma'am, that isn't true!!! So as long as he allows people to spread The fearmongering is going to get worse in the next 3 weeks. GO O, AND JOE!!

    October 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. David

    Is it unrealistic to imagine McCain/Palin conceding the election just before the bell tolls? Thereby promoting unity and at the same time buffering them, somewhat, from the disastrous consequences of their actions. The angry conservatives can feel good about saying that McCain never actually lost the vote, and McCain could truly be considered a maverick who put country first. He has no need to apologize for losing the election, he can openly state that Obama has a vision for America that is undeniable.

    October 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Arizona Demo

    Go Obama and Biden!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. jayeandvic

    Joe Biden is right – all McCain and Palin have are hate filled attacks against Senator Obama. And those hate filled speeches are going to get somebody hurt.

    October 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. US Marine

    Sure do paint a purty picture don't he Ma?

    We might as well start takin' down the fences now cuz these guys are gonna sell off whats left of America and we won't have a home no more.

    October 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. CNN LET ME SPEAK IF YOU WANT THE REAL TRUTH

    IF YOUR A HUMAN YOU SHOULD BE VOTING FOR OBAMA!!!! McCain has no real solutions. His 1st and foremost concerns are apeasing the lobbyists who donated millions to his campaign. I would want a return on my investment... wouldn't you????

    October 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    MCCain and Palin are exciting the crowds! By pandering and not telling
    the American people the truth.
    On healthcare, McCain wants to give your employer an escape from
    paying for your healthcare. It will be optional for your employer! Should
    they choose to oblige, you pay taxes on your healthcare, which will take a chunk of your little check! The $5,000 credit you would receive
    is only money that you have earned!!!!! You just don't have to pay taxes
    on it. My friends, you still won't be able to afford healthcare! And your family will not be covered.!!!!! on that!Think
    about that one, my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama Biden 2008

    October 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. jayeandvic

    And I'll tell you something else:
    The republican party has reached it's low by allowing McCain and Palin to incite hate and terrorism and treason on their campaign trail. They will lose millions of votes....and any honor they had left.

    October 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    To Mello in New Mexico,

    You, my friend, and your family and your loved ones are about to get
    screwed. You better wake up and listen up!!!!!

    Obama Biden 2008

    October 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Central FL for Obama/Biden

    Sen. Biden is a great VP choice. He's a man of substance, heart and common sense.

    October 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Andre

    To all my fellow Americans of all colors. Racism will make this race way closer than it should be, this is the 2 ton elephant everyone is reluctant to let in the room. There is no logical explanation as to why anyone but die hard repugs could even consider voting for McCain and Palin, considering how they have conducted their campaign this past month. Obama's lead should be at least 3 times what it is. To all white, Latino, and even some African Americans who can't get past the man's skin color or his name remember this, voting for the white guy out of spite for the black guy is as dumb as cutting your nose off to spite your face. And if you idiots succeed, we'll all suffer from your ignorance.

    October 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. democrats /PA

    i cant believe we can have a lying demo like obama/ biden
    and all these unbelievable people on here that are so full of crap
    and call themself democrats

    October 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Hannah

    We need a LEADER not an aging fighter who can only resort to military solutions and insults.

    October 13, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. democrats /PA

    how much money did the democrats give yous to act stupid? will you vote for anybody that gives you money

    October 13, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    A MUST READ: SEE BELOW!

    READ Oregon calling. On his military service. Love that man! Thanks.
    We need to hear from more military people!!!! NOW!

    Did they say on the news that 80% of our SOLDIERS
    are voting for Obama?

    Unions, yes? Police Officers, yes? Firefighters, yes?

    Wal Mart, No? Oil Companies, No? Bankers that robbed us, NO?

    Obama Biden 2008

    October 13, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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