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. joyce

    Had McCain considered looking back at how the great depression was resolved? It is all about politics in the McCain camp. So what if the Obama camp took the time to study what the administration then had done to get out of the mess. It's worth looking into.
    Perhaps we can see something that would help ease this burden.

    I like the open mindedness of the Obama camp. I like the fact that they are turning every possible stone to find a solution. Compare that with McCain's camp whose main focus is to make sure people don't vote for Obama period.

    October 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Dave

    Barack Obama has PLANS. John McCain has only TACTICS.

    America is ready for leadership with well-laid plans, and a strategy to implement them. That team is Obama/Biden.

    McCain/Palin are only offering more Bush politics of division.

    October 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Obama–for positive change.

    Positively wrong changes.

    Putin likes him, Ahmandinijab likes him...other allies like: Britain, Germany, France–are not as sure about him.

    Does this tell us anything?

    October 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Pennsylvania Voter

    There's the attack dog I know and love!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008 to 2016

    Yes We Can!!!!
    Yes We Will!!!!

    October 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    And Joe is exactly right!!! But, this is all that the McCain camp has left. They cannot offer any plans just lies and anger.

    October 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Doug R.

    This week will be the swan song for the disgraced McCain/ Palin ticket.

    October 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    Joe, If you were in a boxing match I'd go to see you....you always have the right punch (line)..
    The only way to face mistruth is to confront it and that is what you are consistent on doing....good job!

    October 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Voters need to look at who is backing each candidate to see whose advice and quality of administration each would have. Obama trumps McCain in every department.

    America doesn't need a "fighter" but a uniter.......

    October 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. S. Boatman

    There Was Nothing New In The Speech Mccain Gave Today! He Is Truly Out Of Ideas!

    October 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. mary, colorado springs co

    McCain is still fightiing dirty and lying about Obama and his plans. He is running scared and using any underhanded method he can to tear Obama down and build himself up. Palin is only digging both of them deeper with her vicious attacks with more lies and unfounded insinuations. Those two are losing ground and grasping at anything they think will help them. Their high school head games are childish and producing nothing but disgust, when they should be tellling what their plans are for the country, should they win the White House.

    If they are this way now, how would they treat the other countries who might disagree with them? Their ability at employing tact is at most questionable.

    Obama and Biden are by far the better choice.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    October 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. tulsa

    Love ya Joe.
    Your speech this weekend was riveting and cause my wife to stop what she was doing and tell me that she is now behind you and Senator Obama 100%

    ....and she comes from a long line of Republican BANKERS!

    Keep it up Senators.
    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Tony

    McCain has NOTHING else.

    He and Palin will spend the next three weeks attacking, lying, distorting and accusing.

    There is little else left for him. If he comes off in Wednesday evening's debate as too angry, hostile, accusatory then he will lose. If he performs like he did in teh last two he will lose.

    McCain has NOTHING LEFT!

    October 13, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Annette

    That's it Biden. Steady and Ready.

    October 13, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Maggie

    I like you, Joe!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Grant in Canada

    This like a giant game of rock-paper-scissors. Yet every time Obama and McCain do the "1-2-3 go" the result always seems to come out as "fear smothers hope."

    Please....vote for hope this time.

    October 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Adriana Birmingham, AL

    Another strategy change by McCain campaign? Can you imagine if McCain ran the country as schizophrenically as he runs the campaign? We will all have ulcers. I prefer calm and stable.

    October 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. deb

    The drill baby comment–I can't believe some actually think we will ONLY drill if we elect McCain-we will drill no matter who we elect because Americans love to speed down the highways in huge vehicles–among other fuel consuming realities. NO matter who wins the people could use some common sense. Why does an 18 year old college girl need to drive a Hummer. SPOILED & foolish.

    October 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Oregon calling

    I have written since the beginning of this election process & my support has always been for Obama.

    One thing that I have never brought up is my military past. I was an enlisted person and let me say that there is a difference between being enlisted & in being an officer. McCain has never known what it feels like to be an "average" person.

    On Palin, she got to go to college right after high school. It was 20 years after I graduated that I decided that it was my only hope after being downsized from corporate America 4 times in the last 12 years. I am the 1st in my family to attempt this endeavor and I hold a 3.00 gpa (not bad but could have been better).

    All that I ask is that America vote for the betterment of our people and not some party line. Are you better than you were 8 years ago? I am not but I am getting educated!!!!

    Peace Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. mary, colorado springs co

    McCain's judgment is already in question when he chose Palin to be his running mate. "Nuff said.

    October 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Tired of W, OH

    Compare Biden to Palin. Biden believes the office of the vice president is a part of the executive branch and has limited power. Palin believes, like Cheney, that the vice president is above the law and craves expanded power. She believes that she has been completely exonerated in the Troopergate scandal because she didn't do anything technically illegal (ethics mean nothing, right?). Sound like anyone else we know. I'll give you a hint....His middle initial is "W".

    October 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Accountant Guy

    That's right Joe!! This is what a VP should be, not a power abusing, liar and cheat like Palin!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    Love you, Joe. As always you hit it right on the mark!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    NO you won't; No you won't!!!

    October 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Biden and Obama are doing their best to Attack, Attack, and Attack. They talk about all these plans but not the specifics and not how they are going to pay for it.

    October 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. MaryanneAZ

    Go Joe Go!!! This is the time for all good patriots to put their Country before Party or their wedge issues. Obama is a man of character and integrity and has the vision, plans and skill to carry out his goals. It's a no brainer for me–Obama/Biden '08

    October 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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