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. Response to you know my name

    I think that is the problem- America is already asleep.

    Deeeep Sleeep

    Go McCain

    October 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. teke

    obama/biden 08

    October 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Ted van Tol

    A girl from Hollane who is working at the Obama campaign told me she met Barack two months ago for half a minute.
    This week on a rally he saw her in the front line of the croud and
    he said to her, hey Holland!
    He cares for people, he cares for his country and he cares for this world. I realy love that man the same way I loved MLK and Nelson Mandela. He is a gift of heaven and America is blessed with such a historical President.

    With love from Holland.

    October 31, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Obama Now More Than Ever

    I'll be so excited to watch Barack sworn in as our next President. He will restore greatness and honor back to the White House.

    Early voted for Barack the first day I could!

    October 31, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Bald ex-warrior

    Dear Becky, Midwest.
    1) Bush was ram rodded down our thoats, yet we citizens held our peace.
    2) We watched as our fellow citizens drowned in New Orleans as our President and McCain partied.
    3) We remember that thousands and thousands of voters were purged and denied their vote while actual voting fraud numbered less than hundreds.
    4) From what you say it is obvious you feel that the poor deserve to be poor. Never mind that being born into poverty is not a crime and that an American can work a long life and still end up worse off then when they started. The rich are rich because of the poor, not inspite of them.
    5) Inexperience is not a disqualifiying characteristic. Exhibit A – Abe Lincoln. McCain has shown the world that he can't make up his mind on what to do and makes snap decisioons when he does. That isn't smart, that gets people KILLED. Obama takes the time to see the problem, to understand the problem, so that it can be addressed in the best way possible.
    6) It is the REPUBLICAN party that has spearheaded the largest American Government. Not the Dems.. the Repubs.. SO you want the citizens to REWARD them by re-electing them? I saw NO! Time has shown that if you want lower taxes, smaller deficits, and -God forbid- budget surpluses, you have to elect Democrats.

    October 31, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. yes we can

    Hey Curtis don't insult France. I am French and 80% of the frenchs have already elected Obama!!

    October 31, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Jeff from Jersey

    NOVEMBER 5,2008 :

    PRESIDENT OBAMA
    VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN

    McCAIN RETIRED
    SARAH WHO?

    NOVEMBER 5,2012

    PRESIDENT OBAMA
    VICE PRESIDENT CLINTON

    McCAIN RETIRED
    SARAH WHO?

    October 31, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Shannon

    the arrogance of Obama takes my breath away, as a Democrat I'm astounded that any other Democrat can vote for a man who supported the Cheney energy bill and FISA. This man is a fraud!

    October 31, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. onelove

    Vice President Biden, we stand with you to elect Sen. Obama as President of the White House.

    McCain in his own words voted with Bush 90% of the time. So what now all of sudden the 90% dosen't count?

    Ladies and Gentlemen, President Barack Obama. Get use to it.

    October 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Matt

    Only pro Obama comments allowed on CNN blogs it seems. I guess the press learned today that you are either with Obama or against him. Thats why there is no mention of real reporters kicked off the plane for Essence and Ebony reporters on CNN.

    Supressing a free press that has an opposing view and only allowing the press that supports and goes along with you is the behavior all dictators display.

    I hope the press remembers that this Obomination is their creation.

    October 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Steph

    Yes, you will all call him President Obama with a great great price. You fool. All of you Obama supporter are blind. You may think that we are wrong, but you will agree with us probably a few months from now. The fundemental value of this country is gone and dead. If Obama wins, nothing good for you but him. He will be the first African-American president, Michelle will be the first African-American first lady and ....... nothing for you. Don't be foolish.

    McCain may not be perfect and old but you can put your trust in him that he will put this country first. Obama will only put his interest first. He has broken so many promises. Don't think that he will not break a few more. He doest not care about you. I pray that most of you will make the right choice on Nov 4th.

    I suspect that CNN will not post my comment.....because Journalism is dead.

    October 31, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. BROOKLYN

    AND... Those same critics are going to be super bummed in about seven months when all they get is speech after speech diverting us from all if the total inexperience...

    This is going to be interesting...

    October 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Ohio-an For Obama

    Has anyone noticed that the states hardest hit by the economy are voting for Obama? These are the states needing HOPE and CHANGE. Red states... why wait until it's too late?

    Don't vote Republican and support your neighbors.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Riaz

    What if Obama/Biden end up saying President McCain ???

    October 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. April

    You are right VP Biden...President Barrack Obama on November 4th

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    It may not be socialism....but it sure isn't capitalism....are we ready for this shift?? Keep in mind the Democrats cause the sub prime issue.....entitlements aren't good

    October 31, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Eric Carey

    Barack Obama is getting alot of negativity from people requarding his "spreading the wealth" statement, which is in bad taste if you agree with being taxed for every dollar you earn.
    The taxes that all people have to pay is re-distrbuted to pay for other things such as the Iraq War, welfare, social security and whatever our goverment/state feels like doing with other peoples money. I guess people don't want to see more money and less taxation .. I pity you people.

    October 31, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. McCain's experience

    since mccain claimed to have much experience in foreign policy, then Obama should offer him to be his foreign minister and give him a post in Alaska to watch the russian's border, and palin can twah him a thing or two about that.

    October 31, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. 60 yr old white woman

    95% of the posts I try to make on here never appear, but I have something important to say. I just watched the entire video (MSNBC has it) of the 24 minute Brian Williams interview with Sen. Obama. I also watched CNN's Wolf Blitzer interview Sen. Obama today.

    For the life of me, I cannot understand how anyone can look at these types of interviews and not realize what a brilliant, forward-thinking, thoughtful and wonderfully caring man that Sen. Obama is. The contrast to Sen. McCain is so striking that I don't understand why the polls aren't 80-20 in favor of Obama. I am completely impressed with Brian's questions as well as Wolf's, moving from one issue to another, and the senator's spot-on explanations in the most intelligent, coherent and articulate manner we have seen from a candidate in decades. Please, America – vote with your brains and common sense and view this video and tell me this man isn't presidential and the most perfect person to lead our nation out of the abyss that we are in, both at home and globally. Please view Brian Williams' interview and Wolf Blitzer's interview, if available..

    October 31, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Pennsylvania Hopeful

    Oh no. Joe, I thought they weren't letting you say anything off script until the election was over. Please I love you, but SHUT UP!
    Please, we don't want to seem over confidant. With seven percent so called undecided (bascially McCain votes), this race is dead even. Sadly Sen. McCain could still be President (somebody get me my smeeling salts quick if that happens!!!).

    Hopefully,

    Obama will win.
    Everybody t (Dems, Indpend and Rebulicans) that's an Obama supporter, go vote!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Death of America

    An Obama win means the death of America. Personally, I'll miss it.

    October 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Independant in WI

    Oh Biden arrognance..tsk tsk. You didn't even endorse Obama in the beginning and now you're voting his coat tails. I voted Hillary and will vote McCain. Clinton voters vote for McCain! Obama didn't even have the nerve to even consider Hillary for VP.

    McCain/Palin 08!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. Pennsylvania Hopeful

    Hey Becky Midwest,

    I guess you don't know much about history huh???

    Ever heard of # 16, #35 and even #33? They didn't have a whole lot of National level experience either, but they were very effective at their jobs.

    # 16 especially didn't even have the knowledge he needed for combat. He read books during his time on the job to get a clue along with some snazzy advisers. One was named Winfield Scott I believe. With Gen Scott's help, they came up with the Anconda plan.
    And let's face it, all of them including Obama had more knowledge and know how than your beloved Sarah Palin.
    Oh and by the way, the numbers I was referring to were of course some of our greatest Presidents of the U.S. Don't know who they are??? Look it up!

    October 31, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    LETS GO FOR A MAJOR LANDSLIDE, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN, DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN, DO IT FOR OUR COUNTRY.

    October 31, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Flo

    Biden is hedging his thoughts again. Not long ago he was on record saying Obama was not qualified to be President and now he is calling him the next President. That away to go Joe. Your sounding more and more like you new partner.

    October 31, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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