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. Tina

    Joe you are the best! What you see is what you get and I appreciate that!

    October 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. BDL

    No one's going to win this election in the end. Regardless of the result of the election, the American people have been bitterly divided by their candidates to the point of physical intimidation and violence. I see it on my campus: McCain supporters getting stared down while boldly and proudly wearing their party on the front of their shirt, and Obama supporters being called "fools" to their face in the midst of what should be civilized debate

    I pray for the well-being of my country and for the unity it once had. That's more important to me than voting based on who my professors or my parents or my peers tell me to vote for.

    McCain looks too unsure. Obama seems too confidant. Rabid supporters on both sides have said downright scary things, and rabid opponents have brought us to the basest of levels.

    I'm seriously worried for our country.

    October 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Svanbasten, Atlanta

    McCain's camp is re-booting and starting again and this time will be totally honest and frank with the American People.

    That's a GREAT IDEA – way to lose an election to the better & steadier Leader.

    Fade Away McSame...

    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Open Your 3rd Eye



    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. adrian

    people please wake up! lets take back our beloved country! the time for ignorance and bigotry is over! just listen to the 2 candidates speeches today and the choice is very clear. mccain offers no solutions for the problems with our economy, and is continueing to tell lie after lie. did you hear the lie he told that obama wants to take away our right to have secret ballots when we vote?? where does he get this stuff? obama offers clear and thoughtful plans to help the average american. listen to what this man has to say! open your minds! it baffels me that anyone could consider voting for mccain/palin. how can anyone want a person like sarah palin a heart beat away from the presidency!? despite what she has been saying she was found to abuse her powers as govenor. the media refuses to also talk about her and todds connections to the alaskan independence party. these people want to rip a star off of our beloved flag people! read some of the statements by the founder of AIP! hes more of a modern day terrorist that bill ayers! the crap he pulled was 20 years ago when obama was 8! why can the media talk about the palins connections to AIP? check the facts people and you will see that that the ayers/obama smear is flamingly undeniably false! palins connections to AIP is true. theres a video of her adressing AIPs convention! im begging you my fellow americans, wake up!! demand the truth! put aside your bigotry and do whats right for this country! vote for obama/biden! lets make this country great again!! YES WE CAN!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Hal

    Can John M do anything but attack? I don't hear anything from him that makes me feel hopful for the future. And he is rude. I just heard him remarking about Obama measuring for drapes. Hell! Obama and his wife would be content with what is there now. It be Cindy and John who would have to have all new and fancy probably made out of gold. Remember Michele shops at Walmart. bet Cindy wouldn't even step into a Walmart.

    October 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Tony




    OBAMA / BIDEN '08-'12!

    October 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    It’s funny how the supporters and PAID bloggers of McCain/Palin ticket DO nothing but whine, use Clinton name when nothing else WORKS and try to LIE just like their candidates has MADE it a habit of doing this ENTIRE election year!!!! Then PAID blogger and supporters try to use this line to FOOL people, as if we are that stupid……"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" Was voting for McCain from the BEGINNING…dah!!!!!!

    Clinton Democrat THIS does not work against us anymore, get with your ticket and find a new way of trying to use DRAMA, we are too smart to be FOOLED by you and your buddies.

    Said it at the start and saying it NOW, I will VOTE for Obama on Oct. 16th!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. rm


    Your comment was so weak. If I wasn't getting ready to donate to the Obama campaign, I would bet that money that you never planned to vote for Obama. Try again.

    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Tony




    October 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Amazing how the truth stings a bunch of LIARS.

    OBAMA / BIDEN "08"

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. lmc

    Senator McCain gets desperate and keeps trying one tactic after another. Senator Obama stays calm and keeps on going. Senator Biden is also strong and calm. That's what we need now, strong, calm, intelligent people. President Bush has taken our country to the brink of ruin and I don't think anyone can claim high intelligence there. Senators McCain and Palin are reactive, angry people, and again no sign of high intelligence. They seem to only react and attack and I'm so tired of theat!
    Go Barack! Go Joe!

    October 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. josephine

    They light and incite hatred and fear then they pretend to douse the flames that they themselves fanned. Can you imagine Ms. good guy , Ms. bad guy being VP of this great country. Just close your eyes and visualize and either be terrified or better yet have a good laugh..

    October 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Chuck

    I listened to McCain speeches today and all I hear is a noun, a verb and Obama. No details, no solutions to issues of the day.

    Oh! I almost forgot....another term I hear is "fight", fight', "fight'. McCain cannot get away from war terms, warmongering and fear.

    I'm beginning to believe that the Republican base is getting tired of his rhetoric and that becomes disastrous for McCain.

    October 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. rose

    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 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. andrea

    Joe is so cool!!! And a Good Man! He will make a Great VP !! GO JOE! GOJOE ! GO JOE!!!! Go Obama and Joe!!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Pee for Poultice

    Wasn't it the state of Ohio that in 2004 cast the final deciding vote that handed the election to George W. Bush?

    I distinctly remember a major election, having to wait almost until midnight for results from Ohio, who now incidentally, are being ravaged by astronomical unemployment rates and other economic ills as a result of voting against their own interests.

    WHAT – ARE THESE PEOPLE STUPID? When will Ohio learn that "when you sow to the wind, you reap the world-wind!!!"

    October 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Christine from Ohio

    John McCain is a reactionist. Remember his charge down to Lousiana before the hurricane? For What ? A photo Op! What did he accomplish there? He suspended his campaign and wasn't going to debate because of the economic crisis but when the meeting with the president blew up in his face with his own party at odds he changes his mind. Now the attacks on Obama. He gets his supporters whipped into a frenzy over imflamitory and untrue accusations then backs off when he sees how dangerous this is. There is a pattern here of POOR JUDGEMENT. Not to mention the Palin pick for VP. I want a President that has a level head in a crisis not one that charges ahead blindly to "save the day". Think about it America, if he makes such poor choices in his campaign how will he run the country?

    October 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Vic

    Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican voted Obama/Biden 08

    October 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. independent in Texas

    we love Biden, but, we also love the way Obama thinks, keeps his cool, uses such sound judgement, and has so many other intelligent heads around him..has been 3 presidents die in office that I know of, and if such a thing happens agaqin, you bet we want Biden NOT PALIN in there..Keep on going biden, we are on your side..

    October 13, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Dante

    i always never thought of obama not until mccain and palin launched different attacks on him that made him even more popular.This made me take a look at the man and now i just wanna rush to the polls,vote for him and encourage everyone i know to vote for him too because he must be damm good that they wanna smear him.Sounds familiar,,,,,,,Remember `04

    October 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. stephanie

    I just love joe biden!! what an excellent VP he will be!! way to go, joe! stay positive, talk issues, and lead by example..let McCain and his pitbull self-destruct with their lies and attacks and hate mongering.

    October 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Anthony, NJ

    If you are on the fence, take a look at the VPs. Which do you want in charge in unlikely eveny. Sarah or Joe?

    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. LIP

    Wasn't it Biden that was on the Senate witch hunt committee when they were grilling the honorable Clarence Thomas (our first black supreme court justice brought to us by the Republican President George Bush) and wasn't it Biden that described the curly hair on the coke can. Biden does brring back fond memories of witch hunts.

    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Actually, Joe its the 'truth, truth, truth,truth'

    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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