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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Len Smith

    I AM VERY GLAD TO HAVE VOTED YESTERDAY FOR OBAMA TO LEAD THIS GREAT COUNTRY TO BE EVER GREATER.

    WHILE HE WAS NOT MY FIRST CHOICE AFTER SEEING HOW HE ACTED IN THE ECONOMIC CRISIS, I AM MORE CONVINCED THAT MY VOTE WAS FOR A GREAT LEADER.

    October 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Len Smith

    I VOTED FOR THE BEST CANDIDATE YESTERDAY HERE IN FLORIDA AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE LEADERSHIP OF OBAMA TO MAKE THIS EVER GREATER

    October 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. AY

    YES WE CAN DOT COM!!

    October 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Winnie Hussein.... in Montana

    i just don't know how many prominent and well-respected members of Republican administrations and how many newspapers and business publications have to endorse Sen. Obama before people realize that this man, Sen. Obama, is indeed the best man for the job of Commander in Chief.

    October 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Joel Parkes

    I just can't see how the Republicans can pull this off, no matter what spin they present. If McCain wins every single up-for-grab state as identified in RealClearPolitics.com he wouldn't have enough electoral college votes. He's have to win Pennsylvania and Ohio on top of that unlikely scenario. He doesn't stand any kind of statistical chance of winning all of the up-for-grab states. It's over. It's so over. On the electoral college voting map it's actually been all Obama since the summer. Ladies and gentlemen, the 44th President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama.

    October 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Michael

    I'm going to my local campaign center Saturday to volunteer my time for the Obama campaign. I'll be dragging along my kicking and screaming three and one-year-old with me because the thought of living in a McCain-Palin world is nightmarish. Everybody. Please! Get out there and volunteer...vote...don't take anything for granted. I live in Missouri, and it's scary how many are pulling for McCain. Every single vote counts!

    October 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Independent in NC

    I'll second the "Ayn Rand got it right" sentiment. The hard workers are going to shrug if you take away what their hard work has earned. It's not fringe, it's common sense.

    Has anyone else noticed that the cutoff for the rich keeps switching? Initially it was 250k, earlier this week Biden said it was 150k, and on Wednesday Obama said 200k. Another Dem gave another number this week as well. I wonder what the number will be if he is elected, and how many of his supporters will have their taxes raised. I find it hard to believe that 3 people "misspoke" on a point that we've been hearing ad nauseum for months.

    October 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. A Canuck

    Joe Biden I love you......the world waiting for you and Obama to win. You are both men of substance......bright and forward thinking ....just what is needed in this 21st century. God be with you.

    October 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Gerda Edwards

    Leave it to Joe, once again. Yo, Joe, even if he wins, he's not the President until January 20th, not November 5th! Strike 3!!!

    Thinking the Executive Branch was covered in Article I of the Constitution was strike 1.

    Thinking the VP is not the President of the Senate was strike 2!

    October 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Vet4McCain

    Rashid Khalidi
    William Ayers
    Reverend Wright
    Louis Farrakhan

    Hope and Change baby

    October 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. marc

    Help get the youth vote out to vote!!!

    October 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. AmericadowntheDrainMcCain

    dennis: McCain is not just a Jew basher for giving funds to Khalidi, in his own admission he supported the PLO. He not only gave guns to Saddam Hussein, but he also provided boots for Usama Bin Laden and the Jihadist army.
    When has McCain been tested in presidential capacity? What's the experience he speaks about? I hear of his track record but he acts as if he reaches across the aisle in bi-partisan fashion all the time..The way he speaks about it u would think he was a democrat..lol. but then we have to remember he voted with GWB 92% of the time.. and he's been absent from the Senate more than Barack Obama.

    Obama /Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. darrell

    It is imperative we run up the score on Tuesday. This is not just about winning an election, this must be a mandate for change. Through overwhelming numbers, we can send a message to the world that America has had enough of Bush policies for the last 8 years.

    October 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Don

    CNN...why don't you report the Zogby poll that comes out tomorrow that shows McCain with a 1 point lead in the race.......

    October 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Georgia Gal

    I early voted today and I just hope you are right, Mr. Biden. I am truly scared of a McCain-Palin presidency.

    October 31, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. john

    If Obama wins we can call this the

    UNITED Socialist of America

    with the great leader OBAMA who will abolish Voting

    October 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Remy

    If McCain was unable to defeat Bush, he cannot beat Obama anyway!
    Welcome Obama as the 44th President of USA. World and peace need you in the White house.

    October 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Jody in St. Louis

    Obama the "New McCarthy"? Dude, you need to study Joseph McCartthy! He is more in line with your Sarah Palin and John McCain.

    October 31, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. lim

    Obama 08, yes we scam!

    October 31, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Soccer mom from Canada

    McCain and Palin are dividing Americans. Palin is dividing Republicans. Neither of these people should be given the responsibility to lead. They have shown they don't know how. Their behavior should not be rewarded. Regardless of who wins on Nov. 4th America's unity will be damaged by their despicable tactics. This is irresponsible given the various problems you are facing.
    As your neighbor, I hope and pray for a safe election and a positive outcome. I wish you all peace.

    October 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. silence is golden

    Do you want to see something really scary.....???
    Imagine Sarah Palin as president...
    Scary huh??
    Happy Halloween!!!

    October 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Peter (CA)

    A little premature in the karma department but more realistic than Rick Davis saying they were tied in Iowa and were going to win.

    I'll say it again......unless there is some catastrophe, McCain can only win if there is widespread, systematic voter fraud.

    Don't count out any method...

    October 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. buckeye2081

    America shall rise again! Just voted 4 obama/biden

    October 31, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Evan Caster

    I already voted for Obama.
    He will be a great President!

    October 31, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. Karen Berk

    Obama may not have the "time spent in political office credential," but he has one better. In an poorly run and dissorganized current government, he has proven himself to be one of the greatest organizers of all time. He has taken himself as an unlikely bi-racial man, organized his education, organized the needy communities of Chicago, took the democratic party and Washington by storm, created an unlikely campaign, raised unheard of amounts of money and organized that into a machine that has electrified the country. Whether you agree with him or not, this man gets things done, respectfully, with dignity and as a gentleman. This I believe trumps years of Washingtom experience.

    October 31, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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