October 13th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
10 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. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Please, someone, anyone!!! Remind the McCain campaign who is acting like a failed and flailing president before he even gets near the oval office.

    October 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Dave

    Well,McCain should know what he's talking about.Wasn't he in the Senate when Hoover was in office?Seems like only yesterday.

    October 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. JohnnyScratton

    I was going to vote for Obama, but I really think he is moving in the wrong direction. Now I think McCain has my vote.

    October 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Scott L

    Obama was a community organizer for crying out loud. What does he know about economics?

    Fix the Chicago Public School system. It has the LARGEST school budget in the nation and it is the WORST school system. Roofs crumbling over kids heads.

    He has done NOTHING for those kids. I worked at CPS so I should know how bad it is there.

    October 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Nimi from NY

    That's all they have left. It may work at certain times, but not this time. Some people may have been fooled in the previous elections, but not this time. Anyone who at this time votes against their economic interest deserves whatever they get in return.

    October 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. greg

    GO OBAMA!!!

    October 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Election Watcher

    Obama/Biden is a broken record set on one track 'Blame Bush! Blame Bush! Blame Bush! Blame Bush! Blame Bush! Blame Bush! '
    but trying to nail them on details is like trying to nail snot onto an outhouse.
    Just say Nobama

    October 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |

    List for obama Acorn of people that is illegal to register to vote during any election

    1-dead people(zombies)
    2-illegal alien (yes little green people to)
    3-criminals ( person w/a criminal record)
    4-fictional characters (mama joe or papa joe)
    5-cartoon characters (mickey mouse , scooby doo)
    6- super heroes (superman , spider man , ironman)
    7- new people ( babies , children , not of age to vote)
    8-crazy people ( a person w/ mental problems)
    9- and many other reasons

    personal comment: if McCain losses this election is because obamas fraud machine Acorn.

    October 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Mohammed Ajmal

    Republican tactic or strategy is to win at all cost. I think Americans are starting to see through them and are turned off this time. This time they dont want to have an incompetent president they can have a beer with.

    October 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. California Voter

    And your speech Joe what is that?

    October 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |

    The obama plan will turn 40% or more of this country to a welfare system and keep using my tax money to control the people.

    October 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Treason is not Heroic

    Please CNN, point out the fact that McCain committed treason as a POW.

    His intentions when joining may have been admirable. But we can not let the word "Hero" be so blatantly abused. People are applying it to him when he did not do anything of the sort that a hero would do. He was captured and taken prisoner. That's not Heroic, that's simply bad luck or incompetence.

    A hero would have REFUSED to make propoganda films for the enemy and would have REFUSED to divulge information beyond their name, rank and branch. We must ensure that George Washington and Benedict Arnold do not BOTH get to be called a hero.

    It's an injustice to the great men and women who did go above and beyond to rightfully deserve the title "Hero"! McCain sold his country out, for what ever reasons. Do I necessarily blame him? No, but I will not call him a hero because of it. Hero's don't turn on their country like McCain did!

    October 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. NJ

    Hey Joe, you make it up as you go along. FLIP FLOP. and Obama is just the same rhetoric "8 Years". Obama couldn't govern Illinois, and he is not qualified to govern America. The Polls are a changing, I see sweat beading on the Demwitts foreheads...LOL.

    October 13, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Ann from MD

    Praetorian, Fort Myers – Nice try! Over 200,000 supporters showed up at Obama's rally in Germany. And like most Americans, most other countries are wondering why McCain is even still in this race.

    Go get 'em, Joe! It's nice to see a relatively clean campaign as opposed to the McCain/Palin ticket, who stoop so low as to promote hate, lies and smear tactics to get ahead in the race. America is better than that, and having those two clowns running for office is a disgrace to the country. And do we really want Sarah Palin anywhere near the White House when it's been proven that she has in fact abused her power as governor? Come on.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 13, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    Remember mccain and palin that what goes around comes around. All your lies, hate and filth you are spewing against Barack Obama will come back to you in some form. It's called Karma baby!

    October 13, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Independent Dave, Iowa

    The McCain campaign is without a clear course, would an administration be any different? Can we afford to take the chance?

    October 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Kellybelly

    Biden is right. McCain has no plan! If you go back over last week's debate, most of it comprised of Obama's plan and McCain's attack on Obama's plan. That's it!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Kelly

    Economic plan. Simple. Government controlled. Yea, that'll get the economy going.


    October 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. MD, TX

    Yes, and Biden and Obama's is Retreat, Retreat, Retreat.

    October 13, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Joe, keep up the great work! Your speech in Scranton was outstanding.

    GObama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Wayne, Greenville TX

    JohnnyScratton October 13th, 2008 1:51 pm ET

    I was going to vote for Obama, but I really think he is moving in the wrong direction. Now I think McCain has my vote.

    If McCain is getting your vote, then you haven't been paying attention. McCain is the one who stands for moving this country the wrong way – the same directions it's been going during four years of the Bush Misadministration.

    October 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Candy West Virginia

    Barack will make a BRILLIANT president and I am not sure we, as a country, deserve him. So I thank God for Obama! And Biden was a brilliant choice! He is extremely knowledgeable, smart and dedicated to the average man. And did you notice how he hit the ground running and hasn't stopped yet?

    October 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |

    im sorry i have to vote for obama this man is right-on what everything he is saying

    October 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. McHoover Will Destroy What is Left of America

    How ironic that McHoover is now accusing Obama of quoting the original Hoover

    Let's rewind the tape to "The fundamentals of the economy are strong" per McCain a few weeks ago. That is a direct quote from the original Hoover himself

    October 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Seattle Voter

    Experience doesn't mean much if McCain's ideas are old. This is the 21th century and you have to think and act like it is. I lost all my respect to McCain because I thought he is descent and honorable gentleman but I guess I was wrong.

    October 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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