October 13th, 2008
06:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden says some reactions at McCain events 'scary'

Biden said some of what he has seen at McCain events is 'scary stuff.'

Biden said some of what he has seen at McCain events is 'scary stuff.'

(CNN) - Joe Biden said Monday some of the reactions he has seen at recent McCain campaign rallies are downright “scary,” and said the Republican presidential ticket should be careful not to encourage "fringe people."

But in the interview with ABC News, Biden added he does not worry the McCain-Palin rallies could lead to violence as long as John McCain and Sarah Palin adequately control their supporters.

"I'm no more concerned about it, as long as … John pushes it back in a box and Governor Palin pushes it back in a box, because what you don't want to do is encourage - I don't think they intentionally do it - encourage people who really are fringe people," Biden said in the interview. He also said that what he saw at the rallies was "really off the wall" and "scary stuff."

Earlier: Biden: McCain’s speech is ‘attack, attack, attack, attack’

Biden also took aim at recent comments from Virginia’s Republican Party chairman that compared Obama to 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. The chairman, Jeffrey Frederick said Obama and bin Laden "both have friends that bombed the Pentagon" - a reference to Obama's connection to 1960's radical Bill Ayers.

"I don't believe it … I can't believe it," Biden said of those comments. "I'm surprised John McCain hasn't gone down and whacked the guy with his fist. I mean, I don't think there's a prejudiced bone in John McCain's body. But that kind of stuff is really off the wall. I refuse to let myself believe John McCain has anything to do with any of that.”

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Biff

    but hey..... LEWIS's remarks were the ones that went too far...

    (see how this works, people)????

    October 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Belle

    Hey Joe,
    You think supporters at McCain's events are scarey? You should read comments on CNN from supporters of Obama! And the comments that are directed at Democrats who don't choose to vote for Obama!

    October 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Pennsylvania Voter

    Joe, that's an understatment!!!!

    Obama! Biden!

    October 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. nate

    Id say "Kill him!" would qualify as scary, dont you?

    October 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Lee NY, NY

    McCain may not have said any of it directly, but code words/phrases were there from Palin and on top of it, McCain hasn't dialed down the anger – if anything, we're seeing it ratcheted up.

    October 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Christine

    Why isn't anyone making a big deal about the kook fringe Democrat supporters? Both sides have their extremists and radicals.

    October 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Erika, KS

    Oh, Joe, Hello! Almost everything YOU say is scary! Why rag on McCain? Why not defend your own record? hmmm? Not much to talk about I guess? Worried you'll put your foot in mouth again?

    October 13, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. j7

    These Republican wackos are going to get somebody hurt. I agree with Biden's statements.

    Let's get back to the issues and pick us a very good leader, eg., Obama-Biden.

    October 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Papasan in Arizona

    Joe. Thanks for calling it like it is, McCain/Palin are very scary!

    October 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. NJ

    Please Joe, you are erratic and scary why don't you go back on your bridge to Delaware!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Chut Pata

    Joe refuses to believe that his "my old friend johnny" has walked to the dark side and has become McBush as he "out-bushed" all his opponents to win primaries.

    Wake up joe, smell coffee, and stop singing "have you seen my old friend johnny".

    October 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Lisa Vilen

    Hatred takes on a life of its own once it is stoked. This will not be able to be stopped any more than a raging fire. We have already seen McCain briefly try to stop it, and he, the candidate of their choice, the one they supposedly adored, got booed. That speaks volumes right there. I have a feeling even more is going to be crawling out of the woodwork soon. (Hmm, looks like that is happening right here and now in Palins comment: We can't let leftist groups steal this election.)

    October 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. scoot

    Wow just heard about BOs plan with the 401ks, sounds very today and not thinking about tommorrow to me. anything to buy the vote. and that is just what this guy is doing Buying your vote. enjoy people you will get what you want today but America is going to be around alot longer then just the 4 yrs you are after.

    October 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Tim in Seattle

    Wow – intelligent comments from an intelligent, well vetted VP pick...imagine that....

    October 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. Repulican destroy the economy and the environment

    Please Joe. And what has McCain done in the general election that isn't erratic? He's fostering hate for Obama. He's making people feel scared of Obama. McCain has been feeding them with amo for the last month. Trying to connect Obama to a national terrorist when Obama was only 8 years old. The only thing scary is how different John McCain 2000 and John McCain 2008 is. And then he picks a VP who apparently, her sole duty, is to lie to the American public.

    October 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Carl

    What is more scary is that McCain doesn't even acknowledge that it's a problem and he even said that the same things happen at Obama rallies! Is he mad?? Nothing at an Obama rally comes close to what I've been hearing at McCain rallies. It's time McCain takes charge for once.. how in the world does he expect to run a country when he cannot control his own supporters.

    October 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Let yourself not believe it Biden

    Yes let yourself not believe it McCain and Palin KNOW EXACTLY what they are doing. McCain wants the whitehouse at ANY cost and obviously is doing anything to get it.

    Just what we don't need TWO UNETHICAL people running our country!!

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Donna

    Biff, Lewis' remarks were right on point and everyone with an iota of sense knows that...

    Further proof that people read what they want to into things...

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    Excuse me, but Mr. Lewis was only saying what the rest of us were seeing.

    You can't have people chanting 'kill him' and 'hang him' and think we'll just forget about it.

    McCain is a loose cannon and Palin is a Right Wing Fanatic. BOTH incite fear and racism......WE'VE ALL SEEN IT.

    Obama/Biden '08 and '12

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Chipster

    Palin's influence on McCain's campaign is powerful and ugly. Accusations that Sen. Obama has been "palling around with terrorists" are obvious attempts to incite fear and hatred. McCain can behave as if he's shocked at the vicious tone at his event but he has done nothing to prevent the half-baked Alaskan from continuing to make such outrageous and false remarks. McCain has been a terrible disappointment. His judgment has been incredibly flawed.

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Wendy

    Now that Joe Biden has really gotten to be good friends and runningmate with Obama he realizes what a decent and dynamic person Obama is and I percieve that it really hurts him to hear off the wall comments about Senater Obama.

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Cynthia; Bham

    John McCain may not have a prejudiced bone in his body but he knows that their are some of there with those kinds of bones and all Palin is doing is stroking those bones to get them roused up with that nonsense.

    October 13, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. David

    Biden is right–it is within the power of Sarah Palin and John McCain to keep the temperature down at their rallies, or at least direct the crowd's energy toward their candidates and not against Obama.

    The problem is the McCain message has been so bankrupt, that all they have left is to try to make people want to vote against Obama by demonizing Obama. But rather than demonize him on policy positions, they've chosen to demonize him on a personal level. And that is very, very dangerous, and it will make it more difficult for Obama to govern effectively.

    October 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Terry

    Just another BIAS POLL, other polls that are not party specific show the race getting tighter +/- 4%. poor cnn always showing your liberal far right position. PLEASE go back to objective journalism, PLEASE

    October 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Eric

    Sorry guys, but Obama does have STRONG

    October 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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