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. Danny, OR

    I can't wait to hear the words, "My friends, Sarah's going home".

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Paul Wall in Dallas

    We love you Joe!

    October 31, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. JOE KILOZ

    YOU,,,,,,,,,,AND,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,YOUR,,,,,,,,,,,JEW,,,,,,,,,,,BASHING,,,,,,,,,,

    BUDDY,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WILL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,PAY,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,FOR,,,,,,,,,,,,,YOUR,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    DEEDS

    October 31, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. THE MCCAIN SHOW?

    Joe called it, Let's prove him right. McCain the joker can be president on SNL.

    October 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Paul C.

    I am so enjoying watching Obama and Biden leave sad old Dinosaur McCain in the dust. This is the perfect combination of a young, progressive man who worked his way to the top. And a Senator who has had to endure tragedy, loss, humiliation and grief but like my Sensei said like Biden "lick your paws and get right back up!". After 8 years of a trainwreck these two are an infusion of fresh ideas, progressive agenda and THEY CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY! Unlike frauds like Sam the Plumber, Joe is not his real name, who's a right wing shill and McCain plant who's dumber than a bag of hammers. Matter of fact so dumb that the guy didn't even know that "Joe" wasn't even there at his campaign event yesterday.
    Landslide for Obama on Nov. 4th. Get used to it McSame supporters!

    October 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Air Force Airman

    I am for Obama but lets not get ahead of ourselves. This will be tough and we should never underestimate the GOP crooks and McSame.

    October 31, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Karen in Arizona

    C'mon people of Arizona!!! Let's turn this state blue!!!!
    Get out and vote!!! We can do it!!!

    Obama/Bieden '08

    October 31, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Ray

    "A Producer's Revolt to Follow" – you and your kind really frighten me. If you actively stand in the way of the positive and healthy things that need to get done in this country, I and others will just as actively work to make sure those healthy things get done despite your influence.

    When you say "Ayn Rand got it right", you let me know that you're on the fringe. Steer back towards the middle and help make the nation a better place, instead of trying to hurt it some more.

    October 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. suzyku

    I hope and pray that Biden is correct, Obama the 44th. President sounds wonderful for myself and my family and for this country!

    October 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Kennedy Kahunas

    I'm sure Ted and Caroline Kennedy are watching all of this excitement. They had a whole lot to do with Barack's journey to the oval office.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Jim Rousch

    If we have a majority, there will be no need to reach out to the fascists.
    The Republicans wil either have to bow to Democratic wishes or just stay silent.

    October 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. Jim Rousch

    If we have a majority that is strong enough (60 votes in the Senate), there will be no need to reach out to the fascists.
    The Republicans wil either have to bow to Democratic wishes or just stay silent.

    October 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. jeremy

    vote for the person that inspires hope and encourages unity. Obama is that man.

    don't vote for the person who is divisive and encourages tension. McCain and Palin need to go home.

    Let's take our country back from the GOP. VOTE!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Mike Bielamowicz

    It will be a sad sad day.

    It is the resurrection of Chavez II.

    Listen to what Chavez said and listen to Obama?

    They can't even get the tax numbers right!

    When McCain wins and all you liberals say your leaving, please do so. This is my country with McCain or without.

    October 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Jim Rousch

    I admit my posts are hostile toward CONservatives. So what?

    CONservatives have questioned the patriotism of others while selling their own country to Asian industries and Mid East oil cartels.

    I do not view CONservatives as Americans, only traitors who should be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

    October 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. cameroon/west africa

    JOE THE BIDEN IS RIGHT.
    AFTER THE DUST HAS SETTLED.
    WE WE ALL CALL HIM
    THAT ONE
    BARACK THE PRESIDENT
    MY FRIENDS I AM JOHN MCAIN AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.
    PAID FOR BY OBAMA/BIDEN'08/ '012

    October 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. jangulo

    last months debacles...Freddy Mac, Fanny Mae and Johnny Mac

    October 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. THE MCCAIN SHOW?

    I have been tested. I have the scars to prove. I was on SNL. Happy Halloween, John. Still waintng for your policy positions tobe more fully explained. Loser!

    October 31, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Becky, Midwest

    No. The McCain supporters will not call Obama our President. No. we will not feel "foolish." We will feel sad because so many people jumped on this Obama band wagon like the pied piper lead by the DNC ramming Obama down our throats. The thing is, Obama is so inexperienced he will have to rely on others, more experienced. Kind of sound familiar, does it not? Like George W Bush? Obama won't change anything. Then we'll see who is left feeling "foolish." I promise I will have the grace not to see I told you so. You followers are being lead right over the edge. He will not safe you. You have to save yourself. No one in the government cares about you. Don't you get that? The government is not there to take from the rich and give to the poor. The poor need to get off their duff and work. The government needs to be less not more. No. Obama is not bring about change. He's a false prophet singing to the choir and the fan club and bought into it. Pitiful.

    October 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    Save OUR Country and Constitution

    Vote Obama Nov 4

    October 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. You Know My Name

    It's over McCain, you lost. We won.

    Sleep, America. Sleep.

    October 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Buckeye

    Beware of the Bradley effect, especially in the Buckeye state

    October 31, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. I'm a voter

    VOTE VOTE VOTE

    Don't let this election be stolen. If there are enough people voting, they won't be able to come up with enough excuses to make a clear victory disappear!!!!!

    VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. MN Voice

    @joe kiloz

    And so will you!

    October 31, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. OH Independent

    No they wouldn't. McCain/Palin will prevail. Watch.

    October 31, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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