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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    October 13, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Gypsy King

    'Virginia is for Lovers",Fort Myers, FLA.seems to have many rich haters.

    October 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. LIP

    Hey, did Joe get his eyes fixed so he looks younger?

    October 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Anthony, NJ

    If you are on the fence take a look at the VPs. Which do you want to see in charge in the event of an emergency. Sarah or Joe

    October 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MY MAN !!


    October 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    Way to go Joe!!!!!!!!!

    We're behind you all the way!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 and '12!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's time to let the YOUNGER Generation TAKE OVER. You old timers are dying off.....think of your grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. It's time to let THEM be the HEROs, now.

    October 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    Joe you are ready to stand with the man that has the plan to give us our dignity back.Stay strong you and Barack are in or prayers. After 8 years of liars we have two strong men that will leave us .....NO MORE BLANK CHECKS OR THREATS FROM THE POWER HUNGRY. WE CAN TRUST BARACK AND JOE TO DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!

    October 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Rob

    And Obama and Biden's speech? Lie, lie, lie!


    October 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Lynda Ridgefield, CT.

    Senator McCain, "Listen, my friend", RETIRE NOW!!!!

    You have been a big part of the problem, and now, you want to change things? I think not!! All you do is bark and say nothing of any importance.

    You're 72 and NOT GETTING YOUNGER, and your running mate scares the hell out of many of us who think for now and who can see the future with her SMALL TOWN, RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, GUN TOTING WAYS, You, my friend are no friend to many of us.

    October 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. ralph

    While McCain is busy conducting one of his angry pep rallies, Obama is offering new economic plans.

    October 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Betty

    That is what his voters want him to do. They are mad, they see what media refuses to show. I am getting the same thing from Democrats on my online posts. The conduct, the snide remarks, the attempts to insult... show their lack of character. But, in actuality, the accusations of bigotry, racisim... all began by the dems. Obama committee is inciting racism, are taking advantage of the issue to incite the African Americans to voting for Barack Obama. This election has brought a split where much was healed before, now the wound again festers, thanks to those Democrats behind the scenes. My anger comes with that... the taking advantage of the people, the american people, no one race, no one creed, no one color. All Americans.

    October 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Carol in Wyoming

    Thanks for your words of wisdom, Joe. I am a life-long Republican who is disgusted with McCain for what he has become in this desperate reach for the Presidency. When he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, that really sealed the deal for me. I will now vote for Obama/Biden this election. I am really disturbed at the hate emails I have received from acquaintances, which spout untruths about Obama. I have written back to all of them, giving them links to the truth, but I worry about all those that go unchallenged. Please be aware that this is going on behind the scenes, and that there is no way of knowing just how many people are being reached in this way.

    October 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Sally from Cali

    With our economy being as bad as the last depression while we owe trillions to a communist country and are fighting 2 wars on a different continent and losing American lives in the process, I wonder if Rev. Wright's preaching was not prophetic. Isaiah, Elijah, all the prophets told God's children to clean up their act or face retribution. Just a thought. Can we continue to be the most powerful nation in the world if we're broke? We can drill to China and that won't solve our dependence on other countries for oil. This country needs to change.

    October 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Republican Voting OBAMA

    Say it aint so Joe, You have the facts right and Palin is still not even on message as to the economy.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. California Gold

    The difference between the two candidates (McCain and Obama) is so stark. Obama is addressing the issues and offering solutions to our problems. McCain only seems to be able to talk about kicking his opponent, creating fears about abstract issues, skirting the grave issues that face our country and telling us he's a maverick who hasn't done a whole lot for the 26 years he's taken up air space in Congress. But Obama has not once campaigned that McCain is old, feeble minded, out of touch, arrogant, lazy, stupid and down right ignorant. McCain has proven that to be true each time he opens his mouth.

    October 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. No McCain

    I always thought Al Gore was the best VP we ever had..... I changed my mind – Joe Biden will be even better!!! The GREATEST VP AMERICA EVER HAD.

    October 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Bob (VA)

    Obama supporters better be prepared for Joe Biden to run the US because with all the crazy, angry Republicans at McCain's events lately... I have a bad feeling about Obama's presidency. He will be no more safe than President Kennedy who also tried to change the country for the better.

    October 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Paul Stewart

    McCain can't.

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Ian

    What was Obama's plan to address the 2010 social security crisis? Right. And what was McCain's? Right.

    Let's not deal with it until it's a crisis.

    October 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. President McCain

    It sounds more like my old friend Joe is the one doing the attacking.


    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Dawn T. Ada, Ohio

    Go JOE Go!!! He hit the nail on the head and I can't wait to see him standing beside Obama the night he gives his acceptance speech!!!

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Ulrike

    Praetorian, please check your facts.
    Russia´s approval rate for Obama is actually only 52percents whereas the EU rate is from 75 percent upwards.

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Keith in CA

    This is the old Joe we all know and love! Russell Crow said it best, "At my signal, unleash Hell."

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. DavidB

    Barack's speech today was awesome. His focus on jobs as the number one priority really speaks to the most significant long-term issue in the American economy. The fact is that the economy needs to create jobs, which will fuel economic expansion. Job # 1 is jobs!

    October 13, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Karen from Texas

    I love it when Joe says it like it is. =)

    Whoo-hoo! OBAMA-BIDEN '08!

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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