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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  1. St. Paul Mom

    It sounds like the Republicans are being carried away by rhetoric without stopping to think about how it can be taken. Thinking that if it makes a good sound byte, they should run with it, regardless of whether or not it's true.

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Sneek Peak

    To be announced by the ONN Network tomorrow: Some of Nobama's likely Cabinet members:

    Ayers, Rezko, Wright and Bin Laden (once they find him)

    October 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Competence?

    Ex-Republican for Obama, what are some specific examples of Obama's "competence"? He has very little proven record to go by and being the leader of the greatest country in the world is a big job. I don't know if I believe Barack & his wife think this is the greatest country in the world, I sometimes question their true patriotism. But that is just my opinion.

    October 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    When is CNN going to start insisting that Palin face the press to answer her claims. Imagine that the voters are being asked to elect a VP who has never done a complete, objective interview on the issues and her words. Pathetic!!!

    October 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Mike

    Interesting news from the AP about McCain now attacking Bush's economic policies more forcefully. A quote from the article:

    "The repudiation of the Republican incumbent's economic policies came as McCain has struggled to find a message that would reverse his sagging poll results nationally and in some battleground states."

    As we are introduced to more proposals from the 2 candidates this week about the economy, remember that McCain's proposals are not coming from any well-thought-out plan he has. It is just another attempt of his to find SOMETHING, ANYTHING, that will generate traction with the voters.

    In his heart, he is still a deregulator and a trickle-down advocate.

    October 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Obama 2008

    To "Belle" ....WHATEVER!!! Nice try, but there's no way you can compare the two.

    October 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. aware

    Obama is scary!

    Unless you want Marxist revolution?

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    You betcha they are scary. Why would you want a leader who exploits peoples fears and anger to the point where they want to "take action". How is it responsible to excite violence and or civil unrest. They waited to long to say anything

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Shannon,Dallas,Texas

    McCain is just OLD!!!!!

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Obama/Biden 08

    Joe Biden... the only man alive to successfully pull off the good cop-bad cop routine by himself.

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. Pat

    The things that Palin is saying are incredibly divisive. I'm amazed that McCain/Palin still contend that they can reach out to both sides of the aisle, etc. Palin, especially, is stooping to name-calling and other low tactics, because she's meaner than she is smart, and has nothing to offer regarding policies.

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Colin

    I don't know if McCain really supports the ideas and comments that the people that are going to his rallies are stating, but at the same time I really don't think he cares enough to stop them. To McCain it's a guaranteed vote from the racists, insanely religious, and ignorant people of America. So why deny their comments or admit that his supporters are saying and doing disgusting things when he is leaning on them to WIN the election because all he cares about is WINNING not about what's best for our country. If McCain really cared he would of never stated all these false accusations about Obama and would have been saying what his plans are to turn the country around....the fact is McCain has no plan. So since there is no difference between him and Bush when it comes to the big political issues why not guarantee yourself the votes of the ignorant and hope they put enough fear in the other Americans that it will change their mind.

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Ms M L Beckham

    There were some frightening things said at these rallies! I was glad to see that McCain realized what was going on and informed people at the rallies that (regarding Obama) they shouldn't be scared, and corrected negative information that has been circulating on the web (about Obama) for many months. The major thing is that people still think Obama is a Muslim; of course, he's not. If people don't want to believe McCain, their own candidate, then there isn't much hope for them!

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. john l



    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. gulp

    Nancy –
    I think you wanted your hateful comment to say we don't want a Muslim running our country, not an Arab, unless you are reading different lies then are out there.

    First, think for yourself for a change (I know its hard)

    Second, what would be wrong with a Muslim as a President? Do you think all Muslims are terrorists? If so, you REALLY need to get out a bit. The majority of Muslims don't believe in killing and it's a peaceful religion. Its just like saying all whites are terrorists because Timothy McVeigh bombed a government building. Kinda stupid huh?

    Third, Barack is not Muslim, he is Christian.

    Fourth, turn off Fox for a night and read a book, it might do you some good. (And no, a book by Hannity, Oreilly, and the like doesn't count)

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Maggie

    I'll tell you what's scary – just the thought of McSame and Failin Palin being in charge. The two repug candidates are a disaster – he, because of his absolute consumption of repug kool-aid & allowing his rove handlers to take him over & she, because of her small town bully tactics and the belief that her own outrageous lies are somehow truthful. America, DON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN!!!

    Vote Obama/Biden

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. A Scared 38-Year Old White Guy

    I really think Obama needs to win. Otherwise, there will be rioting in the streets! Rodney King Part II.

    October 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Ted:Canada

    The word was “MAVERICK”!
    Now it is “FIGHT”!

    McCain uses “words” like he was running for High School President.

    Quite frankly he really is INSULTING the American people

    We will “FIGHT” the Republicans
    We will “FIGHT” the Democrats
    We will “FIGHT” the Media
    We will “FIGHT” Russia
    We will “FIGHT” wall street
    We will “FIGHT” Iran
    We will “FIGHT” the economy

    Up here in Canada we are looking forward to the next “word”

    Grade 5 maybe Grade 6 at tops!!!

    October 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. V

    If McCain's rallies continue, they will lead to an unstoppable mob of angry and impolite bloggers! No one will be safe; everyone's feelings will be hurt!

    Seriously, enough drama people. McCain's speeches are about as exciting as watching paint dry. The chances of McCain inciting an angry mob are roughly equivalent to that of a ficus tree.

    October 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. chad in avery, ca.

    we have not won yet people!
    lets make sure the "scared" people are not having the last laugh.
    dont take obamas lead for granted!
    get out and vote!
    get you friends and family on the boat!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12!

    October 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Schneider (I) - CA

    McCain's ties to G. Gordon Liddy are scary! That is a man who conspired to blow up buildings, kidnapped innocent people and was convicted and sent to prison for his illegal activities. Yet McCain considers him a close friend. That is risky, unsound judgment that belongs nowhere near the White House.

    October 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Ridgeway

    "Scary"? Try your daddy's speech today in Ohio. "I want to spread the wealth around..."

    You morons don't even get it when he says right out loud in a public forum. Spread the wealth around? He's a socialist for Allah's sake.
    You can have Abdullah the Sheik of Chicago for your president. Not me.

    October 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Kate

    McCain had to get into bed with the Fundies that have hijacked his party in order to get the nomination. Now he is seeing, close up and personal, just how disturbed these people really are.

    October 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. littl123

    Yes, there are some people that unfortunately go off the deep end - you will find those regardless of the political party.

    But, why can't people see that making everything a racial issue is what causes this divisiveness.

    Even those people that are squarely in the Obama camp must see the ridiculousness of blaming any criticism of Obama on racism.

    And comments like those of Lewis are why off base. It is downright careless to be making such accusations - not to mention untruthful.

    October 13, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Pres. Nixon and G. Gordon Liddy, et al, abused their power. Is there a pattern being uncovered here by McCain's close relationship (ongoing) with G. Gordon Liddy? And his super friendly interview on his talk show last November? Just asking ---

    October 13, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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