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

Biden says some reactions at McCain events 'scary'

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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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  1. Seen it all before

    McCain rallies are "scary" only to mindless liberals like Biden!

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. s

    Someone above wrote: "OBAMA is scary. Our country doesn't need Arabs running it." Huh, Obama is an Arab? I guess you just can't fix stupid. Too bad there are so many stupids out there. And sometimes stupid can be downright dangerous.

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Jamie,Hattiesburg

    Last week was just another desperate attempt by the McCain campaign to fire up the base, and boy did it fire up.People following McCain have been wanting to act that way and say those things all along, they've been waiting on McCain to open the door so they can and now McCain is trying to put out the fire.I say let it burn because the race issue has to be addressed in this country once and for all, no more ignoring the 800lb gorrilla.

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Dennis Lee Hoffman, citizen of the world

    Wasn't Arizona the last state to acknowledge MLK day? I may be wrong, but good ol' Johnny voted against it being a holiday, right?

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Ira

    Scary is a mild way of saying "psycho".
    I think that John McCain is a decent person who must be mortified by some of the comments coming from people at his rallies.
    Barack Obama has to be extra cautious, as some of the people supporting the McCain/Palin ticket will do "anything" to prevent him (Obama) from becoming president.

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. don't vote for hate

    What is even more scary is that the candidates do next to nothing to tone down the hate to the point of appearing to condone and endorse violence. McCain tried for a day but gave up on it as soon as he was booed. Palin hasn't even tried.

    And, McCain - were are STILL WAITING for you to address your runningmate's being found to have abused her power as governor and violated states ethics law by that unanimous bipartisan commission of 2/3 Republicans- 1/3 Democrats. It will not go away. We do not want more criminals in the highest office after 8 years of Bush-Cheney.

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Reasonable Observer

    The is very funny. The "scary" people at McCain rallies come from organizations like Code Pink, etc. The vast majority of "scary," violent demonstartors have come from the liberal left. Wake up people!!

    I would venture to say that there are many more Democrat Liberal "wackos" than there are conservative Republican ones. Just saying.....

    October 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Norwalk 4 Barack

    To: Nancy from FL,

    Somebodies been drinking the MCShame Kool-Aid

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Former Republican voting for Obama/Biden

    Ex-Republican for Obama – 6:53 – I agree I could throw up in my mouth, too. I'm so sick of listening to McCain telling he knows how to win and Palin is just plain replusive. McCain is so eratic. They don't know what to do. He is so confused.

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Frobama

    Ed in Santa Fe, Lucifer awaits your visit.

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. LT for Obama

    Very true. Go get them, Joe. Make McCain stand up to his supporters. Where is the apology that we demand McCain makes since he is demanding Obama apologize for what Lewis said even thought, if you really look at his words, he was right.

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Jeanne H.

    You only have to watch Palin at the rallies to know that she is bent on inciting the crowds. Using words like "palling around with terrorists" is the same as encouraging people to think of Obama as terrorists. Come on Joe, I don't think you are that naive. I think McCain and Palin deserve to be put back in their place. Somebody please remind people that McCain palled around (even had family vacations) with a convicted felon who is now behind bars, and Palin palled around with people who don't think much of the U.S. and who want to secede from the US. These 2 are just hypocrits and they are not ashamed to show it in public.

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Joseph

    It's un American for the democrats to wish, desire or hope for economic problems and failure in war just for political again, it's show how low they are about the thinks they want for America just for polical gains.

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Loran

    McCain knew things were getting out of hand, that why he reprimanded the old white haired lady. Some of these people were looking for a reason and Sarah Palin were inciting it . She is the scary one and I think McCain regrets his choice but he can't do anything about it. Why isn't anyone talking more about the Troopergate thing. She abused the power of her office and worse she let her husband do it. Can you see these people in the white house. God help us all if that happens. And they are suppose to be Christians. What bible are they reading?

    October 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Meg Madison, Cary North Carolina

    What McCain has allowed to happen is criminal. The fact that he seems to be trying to tone things down is a farce, as his surrogates continue to lie, smear and incite fear and hatred. IT'S YOUR CAMPAIGN, MCCAIN...WHY DON'T YOU PUT A STOP TO IT RATHER THAN TRY AND HAVE IT BOTH WAYS? Maybe it's how you really feel. Enjoy the end of your career, your tainted legacy and the pride it must bring you to know that John Lewis is RIGHT about you.

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Heather

    Rather hypocritical that McCain gets pissed off when the emotions prevalent at his rallies are compared to the hatred seen at rallies held by Wallace, yet he says nothing when his opponent is compared to someone who helped killed three thousand Americans.

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. tigerakabj

    Joe, I hate to say it buddy but this is the true John McCain. MLK said that the measure of a man is not in times of comfort, but in times of controversy (crisis). What you are seeing Joe is the real McCain, through and through. Desperate, angry, vengeful, hypocritical, waffling, bad-judgment having, liar. That image "maverick" image you allude to of John circa 2000 is media-constructed, nothing more.

    There never was an honorable John McCain. From his treatment of his first wife, to Keating 5, to numerous reports of his collegues about his raging temper, to his lying currently on the campaign trail. So Joe, I suggest you take another look at your friend and "war hero" John McCain.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. aware

    Nice try Biden!

    Saul Alinsky Alinsky said, "The devil challenged authority and got his own kingdom, and that goes to the heart of what the left is really about. Get power any way you can, including lying, cheating and stealing, or the end justifies the means!

    This is the guy Obama said he learned the most from, and the guy Chavez followed!

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Skynyrd

    Please don't be afraid to post this important news flash: ACORN just bought another 15,000 NObama votes.

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Out of Touch

    Are McCain rallies scarier than :

    1. meetings held in Aiyers' living room ?

    2. Rev wright's sermons for 20 years ?

    3. Farrakhan's community sittings in suburbs ?

    4. Rzko's mafia dealings ?

    Biden is out of touch.

    October 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Debra

    I think that John McCain should admit that he incited hatred towards Obama, starting when Palin said Obama was paling around with terrorist, and using his middle name, I observed someone in one of his rally's scream out a hate remark and McCain did not tell him to stop this went on for days until he finally said Obama is a good man we just happen do disagree. I don't believe he corrected them until John Lewis make the remark about these statements being racial. I personally am grateful that one of our African American Leaders spoke out.
    I agree 100% with Dana on CNN when she said the tone for a campaign starts at the top. And John McCain should take responsibility for his actions. I believe that Palin has been told what to say from the beginning. When everyone was saying she is doing the job of a VP Candidate and attacking the opponent she was not talking about "The Issues", it was all about terrorist. How much of that can America Take? In the Famous Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. I look Forwarded to living in a country when people are judged by the “Content of their Character and not by the color of Their Skin”. I hope and pray that they both have Good Character, because America does need to Change from the Top Down. I was in Canada the other day and the Car that picked us up from the Airport was fueled with Propane and they had Bill Board ads for 2009 VW diesel Vehicles, they also had very clean and available recycle containers everywhere for bottles, plastic, papers etc. I believe it is time to share the wealth and use other fuels. Have a Blessed Day.

    Debra
    Atlanta, Georgia

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. aware

    Nice try Biden! :)

    Saul Alinsky Alinsky said, "The devil challenged authority and got his own kingdom, and that goes to the heart of what the left is really about. Get power any way you can, including lying, cheating and stealing, or the end justifies the means!

    This is the guy Obama said he learned the most from, and the guy Chavez followed! :(

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Adam

    This is called " dirty politics". I would never vote for this kind of politics.

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Louis - Los Angeles

    I saw that speech that Palin gave where the crowd was chanting KILL HIM KILL HIM! She just stood there and winked. That type of behavior is not only dangerous, it's criminal to incite people like that. This country needs hope not hate.

    OBAMA08

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. bill pike

    Ab Lincoln must be proud of the party he was part of–hate,using bad times in our country to turn people against each other, lies by palin-bush is alive and well in virginia.

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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