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. Rose

    Can't wait til tues to vote for McCain.
    So when obama destroys this great nation and shares the wealth of all hard working people with the lazy I can say see I told you So.

    October 31, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. tired of this crap

    they said they wouldn't do it...

    But what do I see today? Tired old GOP bashing Obama over Jerimiah Wright in a smear ad.

    Does anyone really think that we haven't seen these images already? That it might really sway someone either way? Honestly.. It just makes JMc Look even more desparate and dishonorable... As he so staunchly stated he would not "stoop" to that .... even though we've all seen it and come to terms with it one way or another. It only makes JMc look like more of a liar and his GOP buddies look like total slimeballs.

    So does this open the door now for the Dem's to put out an ad with Looney Fries McPalin getting an psuedo Exorcism by her crack pot right wing evangilist preacher? I would pay two dollars and a coke for that show.

    October 31, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Enough

    Reaching out to the republican crowd and expecting some kind of consensus in moving this nation forward is like asking the devil to good deeds.

    October 31, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Enough

    Reaching out to the republican crowd and expecting some kind of consensus in moving this nation forward is like asking the devil to do good deeds.

    October 31, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Rose

    And what party is controlling the congress, house and senate?
    Democrats. and what have they done for us lately?

    October 31, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Jan o

    Please, talk me down here! What am I missing? Don't we ALL want someone in the White House who is, above all . . .intelligent, educated, a leader?
    The Republicans are offering a plumber, Joe Six-pack and a hockery mom. Now, for sure, they all serve their purpose. All have their place, but is that place in the White House? John McCain today said that Joe the Plumber was his "mentor." Shouldn't we be a little alarmed about that?

    October 31, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Tim E

    I have witnessed a candidate honor, without reciprocity, his opponent's efforts to make a part of this world a little better. I have witnessed a candidate's poisoning of the wells to preclude his opponent"s victory as an honorable invitation for unity after the battle. I have voted my conscience, my vision and what I perceive as my country's best interests with no regard for my own treasure or popularity. I pray I have made the right choice, but if I have not, I pray that I am man enough to support the winner. This land is going to need a lot of healing and I am willing to set aside my personal preferences to help stem the bloodletting she has had to endure. No matter who wins, it is a formidable task to ask of any man that he forgive those who so ravenously impugned his every value and that he lead us through this daunting time. But ask we must and lead he must, else we all perish as the last best hope for democracy on this planet.

    October 31, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. Moose & Wolf.

    Please, Sarah, after Nov. 4th, don't return to Alaska, we don't miss you!!! Take your guns and go elsewhere.

    October 31, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Rose

    The deomocrats have made such a mess the last few years and now you Want to give them more power to make more of a mess

    October 31, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Rick the worker

    OBAMAS AD WITH A TAX CALCULATOR IS A LIE. GO TO THE WEB SITE AND SEE YOUR SELF. DO RESEARCH ON OBAMA. DO NOT VOTE OUT OF IGNORANCE.

    October 31, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. Jim

    When Palin goes to Alaska to vote, they are giving her a one-way ticket.

    October 31, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. RACHEL

    I would love to say that Sen. Biden's right, but McPalin still have a chance of taking the election and continuing the downward spiral this country has been in since 2001.

    PLEASE EVERYONE!!! Get out and VOTE for Barack Obama and Joe Biden! We cannot put the future of our country in the hands of an erratic, unhealthy old man and a vapid, uneducated, overglorified hockey mom. Obama and Biden will not be perfect, they will screw up, but we have a much better chance at a better future with them than with McPalin.

    October 31, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Linda

    'WHY CAN'T WE ALL GET ALONG?"

    Rodney King

    October 31, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Lisa

    WOW – I guess Sarah has either finally pss'd John off enough to cut her off or the round table didn't go so good! I think this is the first day of the election that Palin has not been the NEWS on the McCain ticket! Ha- What's going on??

    October 31, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Lisa

    I am a first time voter here in Florida, but I will not vote until November 4. I want to make history on that day with my vote for Barack Obama.

    We got registered, we don’t early vote (Because we’re scared), we will vote in new records, but let us vote where we have been told to on these cards.

    Obama 08

    October 31, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Joe Regis

    History will be writen on Tuesday and a new dawn will set on Washington. The mess and the hard time the repubs left us will be fixed and the economy will be great again.

    By the way, could McCain lose his own state too, the last Research 2000 poll put it 47, 46 with 1 point separates them, it is essentially tie.

    I can see a landslide Obama/Biden, unless McCain goes back to Arizona, he will lose it too.

    October 31, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. Sue in MI

    I got robocalls from OHIO today, here in Michigan, and they were nasty and Republican. We have to keep the pressure on, and keep talking, and keep voting. This is within reach, hope for the future instead of hope for the wealthy and the "pro-Americans." Guess Joe the Plumber has had his back taxes paid by the RNC-spreading the wealth, are they? He sure didn't have to work for that money, or is McCain's new sidekick a paid position? Better negotiate for the $11,000 weekly that Plain's makeup artist receives, Joe. Can you imagine if Barack grabbed someone off the street and used them as a prop? He values all people too much to make a mockery of anyone. including Palin who has done more damage to America in 6 weeks than even Bush with her hate and lies. Ms. Socialist Governor, pals around with felons (Stevens), sleeps with a secessionist...has a witch hunting pastor...but we have to be nice to her or she whines. Oh, and those pesky ethics violations...

    October 31, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Careful people, I think I know the October Surprise. McCain is shutting Sarah down! The comments on all the sites are all McCain no Sarah. She's quiet (right now) but lethal so be aware.

    October 31, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Art

    I hope and pray that we are not robbed of another election. The damage that has been done by Bush and his cronies, has put this country on life support, another term of a Bush oriented administration may very well pull the plug.

    October 31, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. Chicago Obama fan

    Can't wait til' Obama steps over the finish line.

    Things I won't miss once it's over:

    GOP basing a whole campaign on fear tactics: Spread the wealth, White flag of surrender, Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, Tony Rezsko, socialism, communism, marxism, Hussein, Muslim.

    Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh daily whine of innuendo and demagogueing to cast any seed of doubt on Obama.

    Joe the Fake Plumber.

    And most of all by far...Sarah Palin. Anyone who thinks that she is ready to lead is in a serious case of denial. I don't want a President (or VP for that matter) who winks, speaks condescendingly, is divisive and says 'You betcha'.

    It seems the American people are wiser than the GOP gives them credit for.

    October 31, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    McCain lies and more soldiers die! Go Obama!

    October 31, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  22. That one

    wow....few more days and this one will vote for "THAT ONE"...what a joke.

    October 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. Sue in MI

    Oh Becky. What do you think Social Security is for? Medicare? To take care of folks who weren't fortunate enough to work for a company that had a good retirement plan. What would you call our progressive tax structure? We have always taxed the wealthy more until Bush decided that the way to win votes was to give his rich friends more money. Did they use it to build jobs? No. Did they use it to better the country? No. They spent it on yachts, invested it in stocks, hid it offshore. I'm glad you're working, but can you imagine being laid off and the only job available was a minimum wage one with no benefits? And a minimum wage that hasn't changed with the cost of living (and that McCain votes against time and time again?) Some people get into trouble through no fault of their own, and they need some help to get back on their feet. Republicans are so heartless (but Christian!) and get all puffed up about abortion, but are thrilled to send their children to war and send innocent people to death here in this country. They also seem to be OK with torture, being wiretapped, and spending $10BILLION a MONTH in Iraq. What exactly is the thought process there?
    Oh and your precious Sarah has proudly called Alaska "the most socialist of the states" because they tax industry heavily and then send money to every person each year, whether they work, pay taxes, or anything (5 month old Trig got a check.) So be careful who you accuse of what. McCain's ties to Khalidi are also out there, and I still want more info on Palin and the AIP. But it's Obama you're afraid of??? Admit it, you just cannot vote for a black man. Well, I can and I will.

    October 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. Wanderer

    VOTE … VOTE …

    Every VOTE counts

    Your CHOICE:

    4 more years of the SAME

    OR

    Different DIRECTION i.e. CHANGE

    Your VOTE is the FINAL authority.

    October 31, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. James

    i think biden is correct

    October 31, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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