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. nelson

    VOTE, VOTE, VOTE ,VOTE (only once though)

    October 31, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. eryckah b.

    Im an "african american" & i get offended when some insinuate that that is the reason 4 my Obama vote. not true at all. i agree w/his views & itll benefit me 2 vote 4 him maybe if i made 250,000 last yr then mccain would maybe have my vote. ive been voting since i turned 18 & that yr jesse jackson was running & he didnt get my vote.come on fellow americans dont b that shallow.im a single mother of 2 i go 2 school FT & work FT w/out gov aid.RELIEF PLEASE

    October 31, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Karun Sharma

    So True Mr. Vice President. The Obama/Biden ticket will bring change to this country after they win the elections next Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. pachamama

    Hey! Obamamorons! Are you so deluded that you've forgotten the offensive, negative attacks against John McCain in regard to something as personal as his bouts with cancer? You act as if Obama is in line for sainthood and hasn't stooped to mudslinging. He claims to have not been involved, but who really believes that!

    Speaking of morons, polticians-for-change is the biggest oxymoron in the universe. And, you "Will Get Fooled Againnnnnn" if Obawillkalidi is elected.
    Please respond to this comment in 2010 when you are well down that path of change and into the poor house, or worse. As for Senator Biden's comment–get over it , the election hasn't even started and there are many folks who are still undecided. There are many folks, according to interviews I've seen and heard, who are leaning toward McCain-Palin-COUNTRY FIRST. Oh, and our most honored, absentee voting citizens–our troops. Do think they willl vote Country First- I do think so.

    October 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. sarah

    I can't wait to send failin Palin back to Alaska. She is a moron who doesn't even know what her role will be as VP. I used to at least respect John McCain but since he has become a voice of hate and negativity I can't stand to listen to him. On the other hand every time Senator Obama speaks I can't help but listen. It is about time we have someone who uses the English language properly. I will be very proud to call Senator Obama the next president of the United States. We need someone who promotes hope not one who spews hate.

    October 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Queen

    This is so true. The hatred, lies, deception, arogance will have to be forgiven. Some of these people are sick, and McCain is leading the pack. They make these outrageoues statements then backtrack when their called out. Cowards!

    October 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. 30-m-PA-voted McCain

    ....and then you wake up!

    October 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    You said it, Biden! Finally a president for the rest of us! McSame is just one more cog in the wheel of the Wealthy 5%... who obviously care nothing about anyone, but themselves!!!

    President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. I like the sound of that. It just rolls off the tongue like it has been said for a very long time! We have a winner.... and his running mate!

    October 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Joe the Real Plumber for Obama

    Ohio will be a landslide for McLame and Palin. The poor whites in this state just can't help but bend over and take it from the Repubs every four years.

    October 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Timothy2

    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

    October 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. KLEE

    Yes we Can – Yes we Will – where do I sign up??

    Vote for OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 31, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. mms

    you bet they will !!!!

    October 31, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Eugene

    Tell it like it is, Joe! All folks get it together after Tuesday. There's lots of work to do.

    October 31, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Pat

    WRONG, JOE BUMBLING BIDEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Rick the worker

    OBAMA SOCIALIST AGENDA HAS STARTED. TODAY HE KICKED NEWS PAPER JOURNALIST THAT DID NOT SUPPORT HIM OFF HIS PLANE. FAIR MEDIA COVERAGE? NOT UNDER OBAMA!!! SOCIALISM IS ON ITS WAY.

    October 31, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  16. annie - never again a dem.

    With all the money obaama gave acorn for voter fraud in Ohio he should be 30 pts. ahead not 4 or 5 as his campaigners at cnn claim. What a loser! What a liar! Your campaign has collected (from where?) almost a billion dollars – you put acorn out in full force – you have multiple biased news medias singing your praises 24/7 and this is the best you can do? Certainly will make the worst president in the history of our great nation!

    October 31, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. Blue By You

    Joe Cool!

    October 31, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Jason A. Naples

    Joe Biden says it like is and he makes a great vice-president unlike Sarah Palin. What makes me laugh is John McCain had an ad out about Barack Obama being a celebrity. Well guess who has always been the celebrity and that is Sarah Palin. John McCain is out of touch and he will say anything possible to persuade you. The GOP and other organizations are working hard to distort Barack Obama. John McCain is desperate and even though he's down we must kick him.

    Vote for Barack Obama / Joe Biden
    For president / For Vice-president

    October 31, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. dan

    I like and admire Obama. But, I am voting for McCain. His 5 years as a P.O.W. means everything, and I am so sorry that so many in our country have not the decency to be respectful to this fine man. McCain earned my vote in Viet Nam, and he now has it. Thank you, John McCain.

    October 31, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. bill for barack

    Biden got that one right.

    October 31, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. shirl

    I can't wait until Wednesday morning. Barack will be our 44th president. He has made it possible for us to actually have hope for our future and the future of generations to come. All types of taxes will be reduced for those earning < $250,000 which also includes 95% of all small businesses,and increased taxes for those over $250,000. Here it is if you don't know. Create better health care benefits the same as senators and congress receive, no taxes on health care, solar,clean coal, and wind energyto reduce our dependance on foreign oil, incentives for busineses creating/keeping jobs in U.S., increased accountability for wall street and financial institutions, no more free reign without controls or oversight, no more fannie mae or freddie mac downfalls, increased jobs through definitive,specific plans, increase the possibility of a college education for all that are qualified and want to go to college, higher salaries for teachers, Barack loves all of us and will help all of us Democrats and Republicans alike. We can become united America!!! If you still can't decide,heaven help you. Heaven help us all if McCainT wins. I am so happy I got to hug Bidon today. Please vote 08!!!!! With respect to all...just like Barack. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Vote Oobama/Biden

    October 31, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Jason

    We all know that John McCain, Sarah Palin, the GOP and other organizations are working hard to distort your thoughts and feelings. We all know that John McCain is desperate and will do anything to win. We can't let any of this get to you cause all there trying to do is be mudslingers. Do us all a favor and vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. For president and vice president of the United States of America. We had eight years of George W. Bush and John McCain is nothing more than a mask hiding all sorts of lies.

    OBAMA / BIDEN – FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

    October 31, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Thank YOU Joe Biden for all you do, and, your loyalty to Senator Obama and to us voters who are your faithful followers. We will be PROUD to call you our Vice President and know that you have all of us utmost in your heart...

    October 31, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. Texas Trail Dog!

    BIDEN IS IGNORANT TOO. EVEN IF OBAMA IS ELECTED HE WON'T BE MY PRESIDENT. I'D TAKE CASTRO FIRST.

    October 31, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Penn Voter

    Call him President Obama..... not likely

    LMFAO

    October 31, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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