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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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Latina for Obama (nj)

    GOOOOOO JOE!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!YES WE CAN!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Amy

    Umm, if Obama hasn't made his speech yet how in the heck does the McCain campaign know it's going to take a page from Hoover? It seems to me that McCain is getting more and more desperate as the days go by.

    October 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Good Will- donating to acorn for Obama

    we need to drill baby drill so that we can have jobs, baby jobs!

    October 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Amy

    Sen McCain,

    Sen Obama trusts us to make an informed decision. If you were confident about your policies you would trust us too.

    I'm sick and tired of hearing attacks. Tell me what your going to do to fix this mess or don't say anything at all.

    October 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Theogracias

    Boy McCain is really looking like real nutjob. I'm not sure what his qualifications are supposed to be but he sure is unstable.

    October 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Free Speech for Mccain

    Biden your attacking Mccain on Attackng.. the correct move would have been to back away and let Obama say everything..... ty

    October 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. bob

    they don't get much worse than biden, obama, and mccain... 3 washington insiders who couldn't care less about the average american... this country is close to hitting rock bottom, and we have only our selves to blame... a monopolistic two-party system that needs to be destroyed from the ground up..!

    October 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. jayeandvic

    Joe Biden is correct –
    I believe that all McCain has left is attacks of the most disgraceful nature. McCain and Palin are shameful, and both should be kicked out of office.
    I am ashamed of the republican party – and I've been a lifelong member.
    This year I am voting Democratic for the first time in my life.

    October 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Greg M.

    President Obama and V.P.Biden, the country and the world are awaiting the victory of positive change. We know it's going to take some time to fix the major problems that all of the republicans have messed up. Take your time and don't worry about the lies that are being put out by the republicans. The American people are standing with you, we've got your back. We are inviting /welcoming you and your family to please come to Baton Rouge,. Louisiana

    Obama for President the one for positive change 08′………………………………………………………..

    October 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Praying to God for an Obama Victory

    The economic policies of George Bush and Jonn McCain have spurred one of the worst economic collapses in American history. To continue those policies are insane.

    October 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Abby

    Lol…They fought back fought back against allegations that they were on the attack by going on the attack. Not very smart, those McCain./Palin strategists.

    Obama-Biden. Level headed, knowledgeable leadership.

    October 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. James

    He and Palin are spending more than half their time talking about Obama. The rest of the time, they just purport to be mavericks. That leaves little to explain what their plan is. Is that because they have none?

    October 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    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,”

    This is clearly true. Sen. Obama presented his solution for this economic mess while McCain is trying to reinvent his negative campaign. If he would've kept the negativity out of his campaign in the first place, he can actually start talking about the issues. He is unstable to LEAD.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    Change I Can Believe In

    October 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    That's right Joe. All McCain and Palin want to do is trash talk about Obama. Nothing to hear from them about us, the American people. McCain needs to alert Palin that abortion is not going to solve this global economic crisis. But I guess she has her own agenda so....

    Obama/Biden 8/12.

    October 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Sweetie

    How about some truth for a change!

    I took the time to read over what the Obama Camp has in mind, some might find it a good plan the problem is that he won't be able to deliver it because of the fix we are in.

    His plan will bring in votes, but it is an empty promise, similar to one he made to the folks in Ill, he didn't deliver on!

    Empty words, Empty promises, Empty change!

    Vote for the folks who will get the economy going again without making empty promises and will find out who caused this mess and expose them so that it won't happen again!

    McCain/Palin-08

    October 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Polly

    Fight for America! Vote McCain/Palin November 4!

    October 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Is McCain serious?

    Big Joe

    I just said the same time. I never in my entire life heard a Presidential candidate tell the American people to fight one another like McCain.

    If he's still trying to win one for Nixon by converting America into a Military state he will lose..... oh my bad, he's losing already.

    NEXT!

    October 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. John in Ohio

    I really think the McCain campaign is absolutely incapable of putting out any kind of coherent consistent plan for solving the issues we currently. face.

    Disagree? Then prove it, show me the plan.

    October 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Rick K

    "we need to drill baby drill so that we can have jobs, baby jobs!"

    – The ban has expired. I guess your job is safe and our energy problems are solved.

    October 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Rodger

    Joe Biden was Obama's first indication of his judgement. Sarah Palin was John McCain's judgement. Nothing more to say!!!

    October 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. For Obama

    Amy, good point, unless they have a spy in the campaign, they couldn't know what Obama was going to say yet.

    October 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Kate Fergus

    McCain is only about scare tactics. He is taking a page right out of the Karl Rove 'steps to smear the other candidate' book. How petty. It shows a complete lack of intelligence and character.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Tiff

    Wow. Biden nailed it. "We need more than a great soldier, we need a wise leader."
    Obama-Biden '08!

    October 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Shawn - Ga

    Plagiarism – that is a common idea over there....

    October 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Richard

    McCain says today is the start of a "turnaround". Apparently the plan is to start telling the truth.

    October 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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