(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.”
When you use scare tactics in your campaign you get "fringe people" support. This is all back lash from preying on people's fears. The new McCain/ Palin slogan "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
I'm still amazed Obama was asked to apologise for an intelligent response the atmosphere of fear and hate McCain / Palin have created at their gatherings!
I think Biden's Botox is scary.
Hmmmm. What about all these people in the past 8 years that have called Bush every name in the book, ran ads comparing him to Hitler, etc....you certainly didn't see the Democrats coming out against the Owner of the Democratic party, errrr....George Soros, for that one. I'm not condoning what some might say, but there are some on each side that will say anything. The Democrats only find it offensive when it's about them.
McCain should stop these people, the Klan has no business voting in an election. We need America to focus and vote not based on hate and bigotry but based on respect and the good of the nation ALL people in our nation, not just the few, but the many. The world needs strong leadership, we cannot talk to the rest of the world if we hate our own citizens.
For all those repugs out there:
So when Palin references Obama to ties to terrorists, that's not creating hatred? Palin is encouraging and promoting hatred among American citizens and McSenile isn't stopping it. Someone's going to get hurt if this ticket doesn't stop this little game they are playing.
Obama Biden '08 & '12
McCain/Palin STARTED this HATE speech, and now they have the NERVE to pretend like they had NOTHING to do with it. McCain has proven to be ERRATIC and UNSTABLE.... WORSE THAN BUSH
Barack Obama/Joe Biden character, integrity, judgement, experience, moral values and strong leadership.
IGNORANCE is bliss, so they say... It's awful that people are afraid of others' races and religions when there is no need.
Obama in '08!!
I don’t understand why anyone would willingly spark such hate and then watch it become the wild fire it has. If they don’t put a stop to this hate, someone, maybe even them, will get hurt. I really hope for the safety of themselves and us, that they move off the hate and back to the issues.
*I can tell you know that anyone of any intelligence at all could care less if Obama knew Bill Ayers – really, we just don’t care. And, the crazies that do actually care, are far outnumbered by those who don’t.
Let’s get back to what’s important and put the crazies back in their boxes!
Biden has masterminded himself into a position where he is pretty much untouchable.
By showing his extreme admiration to John McCain and respect for what he stands for over the past 100 years or so Johnny has been alive, Biden is allowing himself to differientiate between the John McCain he has always known and the bad policies that will ruin our country.
He has made himself into a subject matter expert on his opponent. And he actually looks like he is sad and reluctant to point out McCains flaws.
If I was John McCain I would be commending Biden for playing the chess game like a master-mind. This is close to being the same old politics- because it is trickery. But it is positive, I would rather have positive tricks than the alternative :)
If you turn up the sound on your set, you will hear the faint echo of, "seig heil. Seig heil."
Erica and NJ...
I think you've lost the point here! Biden may say some off the cuff remarks, but NONE of his statements have been inciting people in his audiences to shout "Kill him" or "terrorist!"
There's a difference between making goofy gaffes, and making statements that turn the crowds ugly and out for blood!
McCain's & Palin's audiences are scary when they start their hostile chants or still believe Obama is an Arab.
To Nancy from Fl - who are you talking about? Obama is an American citizen, born in Hawaii. Check your facts.
Screaming people with hateful words ARE SCARY.
Obama, Pelosi, Reid.....that's what I call scary.
Hey – if being best friends with someone who has done prison time for watergate and wanting to subvert our Constitution is scarey, then that would be scarey McCain and his buddy G. Gordon Liddy.
No Obama in the White House sez Jill from KS. Hmm, I hate to break it to you sweeheart, but it's gonna happen. Maybe you and your ilk will move out when that happens? You can go form another country where the mindset is 100 years behind the times, much like Kansas...
@Erika, in KS. Do yourself a favor and Google Joe Biden's senate record, before spouting off on that which you do not know, please. Information is power.
I like Obama, but I just don't know why!!
To 'Frank from Peterborough';
McCain was wandering all over the stage looking for his lost dog 'Mr Puddles".
It is not just the reactions to the events that are scary it is also some of the comments on the blogs. McCain seems to have drawn in a lot of the radical right wing group, the hate mongers, the fascists among us. If McCain was an honorable man he would make it stop and stop now. If he doesn't then that tells us what his presidency would be like.
I'll tell you what scares me a lot more: Wright, Ayers, Rezko, and ACORN – all in the tank for Nobama.
McCain talk about the issues. Desperation does not work.
I am an independent voter. I do not want to see silly false attacks.
You look desperate....
The weather underground of which Ayers was/is part of did bomb the Pentagon, and Ayers is a friend of Obama's. Al qaeda of which bin Laden belongs is also and organization that bombed the Pentagon. So where is the the problem with what Frederick said? At least what Frederick said is true unlike what that moron Lewis from Georgia said.