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. Andy

    I'm not sure exactly what books the McCain campaign uses to learn about American history, but I guess they are written by Jerome Corsi as they apparently have no facts. Hoover raised the highest tax bracket to 63%. Obama's raise back to the Reagan-era 40% is hardly comparable. Not to mention Hoover doubled the estate tax and raised the corporate tax by 15%. Oh yeah and there was the check tax Hoover instituted as well. Despite the fact that what I just explained doesn't look anything like Obama's plan, I guess the McCain campaign can just continue to lie and look like the idiots they are. And by the way, John, Hoover was a Republican. I believe FDR saved the day. He was a Democrat. The only resemblance between this era and that one is the the GOP caused a depression and now us Democrats have to come save the day. You can thank us later.

    October 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Susan

    So is Obama's............and I am for Obama, but getting real tired of the negative remarks from both candidates.

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Brad

    McCain was a terrible officer and pilot, how could be possible make a good leader? Political attacks is the only weapon he has left.

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Jim

    John McCain is a tool.

    October 13, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Weepy

    ATTACK! ATTACK! ATTACK! That's the whole idea. The Dems send an untried fool out to bamboozle the hoi-poloi. What should we expect from ANY opponent of Obama? McCain's attacks seem to be the only thing some people hear, 'cause they sure don't seem to listen!

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Gene

    There you go again, Joe! How can't you accuse McCain of running an attack campaign after he just said that he doesn't want to attack Obama personally. Oh wait.. maybe it's because McCain's been doing nothing but attacking him personally for months, inciting riotous behavior from his supporters, instilling fear in people, trying to portray Obama as a terrorist. But hey... 2 days ago at least he denounced the rumor that Obama was an Arab... so now he's back on American Hero status.

    Sorry.. even as he now says he wants to be civil.. because he sees that his negative campaigning is dropping him in polls... he still hasn't put his pit bull on a leash. And the fact is.. if the polling showed that the negative lying attacks were helping him come up in polls.. he'd be doubling up on them.

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Deb n Texas

    Go Biden! Biden, Bill and Hillary did a good job in Scranton yesterday! I was at home in Texas fired up!

    October 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. petena

    McCain: The more intense the attacks, the harder it will be to eat your words when you have lost.

    October 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. FrankD

    You rock, Joe! Keep putting it to 'em.
    Luv ya.

    October 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Liz in Ohio

    Even if McCain HAD a plan he would change it later tonight.
    Obama and Biden are exactly what this country needs.

    October 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. endithinks

    McSame just plagurizes his campaign from all the failed campaigns of negative attacks. He has no new ideas because his mind is filled with anger over his hard fight with a younger man.

    He has PTSD and he feels that we owe him the Presidency.

    McCain/Palin 2008
    You Owe Me

    Sorry catfish, I want a new direction.

    October 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Susan

    McCain offers 4 more years of Bush. Palin offers 4 more years of Cheney!

    October 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Justin Eilers

    McCain has gone off the deap end. He has ruined his reputation and is fundamentaly trying to divide this country using fear. I am glad Joe keeps going after him.

    October 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Debby

    So Joe is no better with is phrase 'attack, attack, attack. We know what Obama wants to do Joe and that will be raise taxes after he swindles his way into this election. I can't believe the Am. people can fall for these lies.

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Jerry Ohio

    Obama chose the right person to be VP who look who McCain chose a person who American dont know....Why Palin always on attack of Obama and the people in the audience how would Palin or McCain feel if someone said there kids is terrorist or they are it would make them feel bad please dont say that about Obama because he only want to be hope in people lives and follow American dreams

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. debwilldo

    People are tired of the division and the HATE that the Republicans have always used to divide us as a nation.
    It worked in 2000, and that's why I was so shocked that it happened again in 2004. I thought we'd be more diligent!
    Even people who are wary of people who are "different" from what they've known are waking up to the realization that the same old thing will bring us the same old pain!
    We must stand as one nation, or we will all fall down. I think that it took Wall Streets' robbing of the country,to open the eyes of an America that seemed to be in a drugged state of sleep.

    October 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Paul

    Chill-Baby-Chill. Palin needs to go back to journalism school and study the definition of "abuse of power". Caribou Barbie is actually denying that she abused power despite the bipartisan findings.

    And I loved McCain's Virginia stump speech with more flat out lies about Obama's positions on taxes and healthcare.

    G rumpy
    O ld
    P arty

    October 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Gene

    this is to "Praetorian, Fort Myers"

    What cave are you living in?

    Yeah.. I'm sure Putin and Ahmandinijab both prefer him.. because they both probably know that he's a president willing to actually talk first and shoot later.

    But to say France, Britain, and Germany don't like Obama?? Are you kidding? They LOVE him over there. People went out to see him by the hundreds of thousands. People all throughout the entire WORLD are praying that we're not stupid and racist enough to elect McCain. Go to some international blogs.. talk to people in foreign countries. The only ones that truly want McCain are the people in parts of THIS country.. everybody else in the world is baffled that McCain could even be close in an election that Obama is so obviously the better man for the job.

    October 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Unenthused Democrat

    What's wrong with ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK Joe? Your running mate couldn't leak his way out of a paper bag. I like a fighter over a socialist patsy any day of the week!

    October 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Amy For Obama

    Biden, you should have said: "LIES, LIES, LIES, LIES and LIES"

    October 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. kw

    Last week, during Palin and McCain rallys when all the lies and hate were being stirred up, after hearing the racist comments at these rally's i began to cry, me a 38yr old black women, because I thought, this is what the world is like, in 2008. There is still that much hate in white america's mind and heart. But i have tried my tears, after reading the comments against this hateful rhetoric, I know that the display at those rally's was just a small percentage of how people feel, and just maybe there is a real chance that "That One" The right one who can lead us, will be in the White House come January.

    October 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Cora

    Senator Obama is admirable. He is presidential and shows he is very ready to lead. He is focused, collected, intelligent and dignified, rising ABOVE inappropriate attacks on his character. In this turbulent and confusing time, he shows his steadiness, stability and genuine desire to help people stay calm. We need these attributes in a respectable and truly caring leader.

    With Senator Biden, who has also shown that he is fully capable as Vice President, I believe and trust the Obama/Biden ticket to keep America great, especially for the future of my children and grandchildren.

    October 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. join me

    Love you Joe, You are best. Love your words and your commitement to this country and your family values. Love it. GBUSA

    October 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Bridgette-PA

    "SWEETIE" – You sound out of touch just like the Republican ticket. You sound confused and very afraid. John McSame told you on Friday that you don't have to be afraid of an "OBAMA PRESIDENCY". Why don't you listen to him and come on over to the winning side 🙂 The Democrats are on their way to the Whitehouse!


    October 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. rob

    The tolerant left is at it again, just read these and other posts and remember the veiled threats being made if Obama loses.

    The left will try to silence its critics in talk radio, they will get rid of the secret union ballots, punish those who succede(250000 and over), they will cut spending only in the military and sit down with the sworn enemies of this country. The Dems thrive on bad news and chaos. Its the only way they can win.

    Don't let CNN or the other Obama backers in the MSM convince us that McCain is finished. Its only 6 points and there are 3 weeks to go.

    October 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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