October 31st, 2008
05:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Biden: Critics will call Obama the 44th president after Tuesday

Biden says GOP attacks are over the top.
Biden says GOP attacks are over the top.

KETTERING, Ohio (CNN) – Joe Biden always closes his speeches by telling supporters that once the election is over, they have to reach out to Republicans, even those who have conducted “scurrilous” attacks against Obama. The same critics, Biden said Friday afternoon, will be calling Barack Obama “the 44th President of the United States of America” after November 4.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we need to move past the politics of division and attack,” Biden told supporters at rally, the first stop on a two day bus-tour through Ohio.

“Over the past weeks, the Republicans have gone way over the top in my view, calling Barack Obama every name in the book, and it probably will get worse in the next three and a half to four days.”

“If you look at who he is, what he's done, and what he plans to do for this country,” Biden continued, “if you work for us in the closing days and choose hope over fear, after next Tuesday the very critics he has now and the rest of America will be calling him something else. They will be calling him the 44th president of the United States of America, our commander-in-chief Barack Obama!”

John McCain released an ad Friday that was void of any negativity or direct mention of Obama, but tells voters, "don't hope for a stronger America, vote for one." McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis told reporters Friday morning that their campaign would outspend Obama's in the closing days.

Biden delivered his campaign’s “closing arguments” in a high school gym in central Ohio, a swing state where CNN’s poll of polls suggests Obama leads John McCain by 5 percentage points, 49 to 44 percent, with 7 percent of the state’s voters still undecided. The Delaware senator's battleground state tour continues over the weekend, with more stops in Ohio, Indiana and Florida.


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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    From the mouth of our next Vice President–let it be so, Sir!!
    YES WE CAN!!!

    October 31, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Denise Groves

    And Biden is correct

    October 31, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. mume

    Go Biden

    October 31, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Let it go..........

    Don't forget to vote for joe-the-plumber. He IS of course the new VP pick. Palin is going nowhere but dragging McCain down so, he has put her back in her Cariobu (sp?) box and shipped her back to Alaska! Obama-44th President of the UNITED state! I LIKE that!

    October 31, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. my vote goes to "THAT ONE"

    Yes. He will be!! Get used to it everyone. President Obama.

    October 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Joe B. is right....when the lever is pulled and the decision made we all have to work together.....this is OUR America!

    October 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Bob (NC)

    And everyone will call Biden the 45th President...

    October 31, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    vote obama-biden, i feel like we will have a great landslide for obama, mccain palin have been so nasty and acted so unamerican, they are supporting hate, lies , and every under handed trick they can think of, it's time we show mccain palin we want stand for their hate tactics anymore.VOTE-OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. BM

    Grandmother of three for Obama. They are the children of the future.They are still young and know already who will get the country safe and properous for their lives. They have their whole lives ahead of them, but not if Quick Draw McDraw has his hand on the button.

    October 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. PROUD AMERICAN FOR OBAMA

    All we are saying is give peace a chance......................

    October 31, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. You Bet Ya

    Yes, the 44th president will bring CHANGE to this country and America will be better for it.

    Biden will be a great VP, and for once we'll be able to say good-bye to Sarah-You-Bet-Ya-Palin.

    Tick tock November 4th....I can't wait.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Jason P

    Yes we WILL.

    October 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. oh no

    well said Joe!!!

    October 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. Observer

    I plan to play the song "Morning Glow" from the soundtrack of "Pippin" at a loud volume when Barack Obama wins. As the lyrics say,

    "Winds of change are set to blow
    And sweep this whole land through
    Morning glow is long past due.
    Morning glow is almost here
    Morning glow by your light
    We can make the new day bright
    And the phantoms of the night
    Will fade into the past
    Morning glow is here."

    Go Obama!

    October 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, VOTE A STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET!

    Joe the Vice President, from your lips to God's ears.

    October 31, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. The Tax Payer Revolution begins Nov 4 (Producers vs. Moochers and Looters)

    Yep, and in Biden's make-believe world, I'd actually call his hair plugs hair, but that doesn't make them real.

    October 31, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Nita

    God help us if he doesn't get it, I can't imagine living in country with McCain as President and Palin as VP. Can you imagine waking up to that nightmare on a Wednesday morning? I would seriously consider living elsewhere.

    October 31, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. David

    I am voting for a stronger America. I'm voting for Barack Obama.

    Every time I hear McCain or Palin speak I am insulted by their negativity and attempts to pit one part of this country against another.

    Obama is living out the American Dream. That is uplifting and inspirational not only for us here in America but for everyone else the world as well. Obama becoming president will lift people's spirits up here and abroad because we will have not only elected a Black man as president but the right person for the job.

    The world was shocked and dismayed when Bush was re-elected in 2004. And here we are in 2008-the world has spoken and their pick is Obama. In 2004 the world picked Kerry and what did we do we elected Bush.

    McCain is the one we should fear, 72 years old, wanting to to continue to fight everyone around the world. Heck he might even decide to attack Canada for crying out loud-lot's of natural resources up there we could use.

    I find it interesting how McCain is automatically chosen to be the one telling the truth and Obama is always seen as a liar. Who divorced his wife after returning from Vietnam-Why that was John McCain. Is marriage not until death do us part?

    Who ran on ego in 2000-John McCain. Who wanted to stick it George Bush after 2000? Why that was John McCain-he only voted against his party in order to take out his anger on Bush for stealing the presidency away from him. And this time God forbid if he is going to lose to Obama. McCain is owed the presidency, don't you know.

    I'm voting for Obama.

    October 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Tiff of lithia springs

    Yes they will Joe:

    And we don't mind giving them prenunciation lessons!!!

    Can we all say President OHH BAA MAA!!

    October 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Viet Vet

    We won't get fooled again- – No! No!

    October 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. gEnie

    Yes.............We can send Obama/Biden to the White House with our 'Votes' so Please, lets go out and Vote for our next PRESIDENT and I want 'THAT ONE'..........I can't hardly Wait...............

    October 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  22. proud american

    yes we can!

    October 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. OHIO FOR OBAMA

    GO BIDEN. WE ARE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. FOR A REAL CHANGE ELECT OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012. TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE NOT VOTED. PLEASE VOTE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR NEXT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

    October 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. Rashid Kalidi

    .. “And in the land shall rise the son of Cain” From the north The Deceiver a known Beast of false witness, will take the mark of Cain.
    Together they seek to spread fear and invoke hate among the refugees of sin.
    In their quest for power they will ignore the light of truth shining on the deeds and words they proclaim.
    But take heart, for throughout the land the seekers of light shall rise up and not be fooled. With their strength, the mark [Cain] will be cleansed from the earth and no longer hold power to sway the blind.

    Can I get an amen...? :)

    October 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. cc from texas

    Lets face it Mc,,,,,,, you messed up with Palin on your ticket, you had me until you picked her as your VP

    GO OBAMA
    ARMY RET.......

    October 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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