November 2nd, 2009
05:54 PM ET
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Biden stumps for Owens, takes dig at Palin

Biden stumped for Owens Monday.
Biden stumped for Owens Monday.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden challenged Republican voters in New York's 23rd congressional district to teach conservative "absolutists" a lesson in the special House election Tuesday by voting for the Democratic candidate in the race.

"We aren't asking you to switch your party," Biden said at a rally for Democrat Bill Owens in Watertown, New York Monday morning. "We are just saying join us in teaching a lesson to those absolutists who say no dissent is permitted within your own party."

The comments come a day after Republican Dede Scozzafava, who withdrew from the race Saturday amid heavy pressure from conservatives - endorsed Owens. Many high-profile Republicans, including Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Dick Armey, have already thrown their own support behind third-party conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.

Related: Scozzafava campaigns for Owens

In his remarks at the rally for Owens, Biden elicited boos from the crowd when he mentioned Palin, Limbaugh and Armey.

"The idea that Rush Limbaugh would handpick [the] successor is kind of unusual," Biden said of the popular conservative radio host who has heavily backed Hoffman over the national party's choice of Scozzafava.

"I would have thought the last person I would bring up to the North Country is Dick Armey," Biden continued, pointing to the former Texas congressman and current chairman of the conservative group FreedomWorks. "He's a decent guy, but he represents a view so alien it seems to me to the pragmatism to the North Country. Sarah Palin, a former governor - her views are real and consistent with Armey's and Limbaugh's and Dick Cheney's."

"This is a different ideology," Biden continued. "This is different than anything I've known in my 45 years of being familiar with this district. You know, they may not have any room for moderate views in the Republican Party upstate anymore, but let me assure you, we have room, we have room."

Later in his remarks, the vice president couldn't help but return to the subject of the former Alaska governor when the issue of energy came up.

"Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy is 'Drill, baby, drill,' he said, leaning into the microphone. "It's a lot more complicated, Sarah, than drill baby drill."

A just-released Siena College poll suggests Hoffman holds a 5-point lead over Owens, while 18 percent of likely remain undecided.

Update:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fired back at Biden Monday. "As the vice president knows, I have always advocated an all-of-the-above approach to American energy independence," Palin wrote in a note on her Facebook page. "There's one way to tell Vice President Biden that we're tired of folks in Washington distorting our message and hampering our nation's progress: Hoffman, Baby, Hoffman!."

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  1. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    Sarah Palin, born in Idaho, need I say more. Her favorite hobby, making toilet paper out of the Constitution.

    November 2, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Ren from Baltimore

    Hey Joe,
    These are certainly not "strict Conservatives" playing these muscle games.

    These are not Reagan or even Buckley Conservatives. These "leaders"-Palin, Armey for two-actually lost to Conservatives. Yes, they were voted down for being, essentially, UN-American, dimwitted, and underhanded-take your pick where to apply those "values."

    Republicans certainly want their Party back!!

    November 2, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Dave

    Tells you every thing you need to know: The Republican candidate dropped out and supports the Democrat, not the true conservative in the race. Like WAY too many Republicans in the House and Senate, this person obviously was a Republican in name only.

    That is the reason the republicans lost the last few years: they are not holding onto their true fiscal conservative values. Maybe this will wake them up.

    November 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Sea.gem

    Biden is a fool..the Republican candidate was actually a lib...and she had to withdraw or face a humuiliating loss.

    November 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. conniesz

    Oh boy – here we go. The far right wing needs to get a grip on reality. Firstly, a huge portion of the stimulus money has yet to be distributed. All of the money was allocated up front, but the actual distribution (spending) was always intended to take several years because getting out of this mess is not something that can happen over night. And secondly, I wish the press would spend as much time reporting the facts as they do the gossip. The NY-23 is one district that has historically always gone to a conservative – so the Dems never really expected to win this one – yet they may anyhow.

    It all doesn't matter anyhow – this election is for fools. By the time the mid-term election comes around the Dems will be solidly on top because the economy will be in full recovery and the obstructionist Republicans won't be able to take any credit for it.

    November 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. MarkE

    Hey, if Scozzafeva wants to support Democratic candidates, then she shoudl switch parties and run as a Democrat. Let the chips fall where they may...

    November 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Joe from NC

    This election just goes to show how so-called "conservatives" are really mindless, bleating sheeple. Instead of supporting their party's candidate, the conservative sheeple let the rabid, hatemongers of talk radio and hate television pick their candidate and tell them what to think.

    Do conservatives think for themselves at all? Of course not. Rush Limbaugh, the documented liar, and Glenn Beck, enabler of a new, friendlier Fascism, tell the conservative sheeple what to think.

    All these sheeple will destroy this country from within with their hate.

    November 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Christy

    Even if the right wins, this is and will be the end, because we all know America, Republicans will do something to make a point to this country that they care about nothing but themselves. So lets hope we get this repub in. He will screw it up, and we will make our point. I mean a republican is what? A religuous, pro life but pro death gun owning or wanting for some reason anti woman, corporate hungry anti anything that is good party, if they ran this world we would be surrounded by hungry dominating men ruining the planet and making a nest egg for Jesus. Disgusting! I'm done, and don't worry if this guy wins this will be huge news and the more the right yell the harder we will come at them! So bring it on!

    November 2, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. norb

    Joe Biden is a decent human being just trying to do the right thing. He's been though a whole lot than I suspect most of us have or will ever have. Tell it like it is Joe.

    November 2, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Bubba

    These bozos spent eight years wrecking our country, and now they want another chance? We fought the Republican Guard in Iraq, and we'll fight them here as well, and Sarah, baby, quit calling my phone. It's over. Ciao, and good luck.

    November 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Sari

    The Republican party is splitting in twain, with the social conservative nutjobs breaking to form their own party, and the fiscal conservatives remaining. Exactly as I predicted a year ago. God, these people are predictable. It's boring, really....

    November 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. J. Alan

    Mr. Mooney, word processor "spell-checks" do not catch all typographic errors. Consider additional editing measures.

    November 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Keep talking the stupid stuff about Acorn slackers from the right, those who don't watch Fox or listen to hate radio are way beyond that limited story. So as usual you are stuck in the past.
    But God bless Sara Palin, we really needed her here in VA. She's breathing new life into the Deeds campaign by asking us to vote for her values??!!
    Now that really highlights McDonnell, Bolling, and Cuccinelli as the American Taliban candidates they are. The lip-sticked-bimbo-wink-wink gift that keeps on giving.

    November 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. CB!

    I say, let's wait and see who wins. I live in NY 23 and I don't know anyone voting for Hoffman. I'm a moderate and so is just about everyone I know. We don't squeal and bellow like the Tea Party idiots, but we do vote...

    November 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. james

    Obama has kept us safe... since Obama came into office, we have not had a terrorist attack.

    November 2, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. jeff jackson, alabama

    Read my lips.....I'm a Republican. Sarah Palin is
    a Republican. O.K. ??? C.N.N. are you getting it ??
    Now keep reading my lips....Rush Limbaugh is an
    ENTERTAINER !!!! He's no more of a Republican
    than John McCain or George W. Bush.
    He would claim to be a liberal democrat if liberal
    democrats would listen to his show. Rush is for
    Rush and no one else. Don't put him in the political
    arena. He's an ENTERTAINER!!! O.K. ??

    November 2, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Gerald

    Excellent article " Vice president Joe Biden attacks private citizens in campaign speech" what part of this does every on enot understand. Impeach obama now, Hope is not a plan

    November 2, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Marty

    I sse Joe still has that severe case of foot in mouthitis. Message to Joe, what makes you think any Republicans are listening to you. Your own party knows you are nothing more than an empty suit carrying water for your messiah, the chosen on Obama.

    Only three years left America. Hope we survive until than.

    November 2, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Jerry

    Lets hope the Democrats prevail in all three races.

    November 2, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Ed Tallahassee

    This is Great, the Republicans are are their worest numbers in years and instead of trying to move to the center to appeal to the majority they are heading right.

    It'll take a few years to find their way out of the woods.

    November 2, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    and all the dems vote for republicans to teach them a thing aor two as well...........

    does this guy even think before he speaks?

    November 2, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Jake

    The Governor of Alaska quits, then tries to tell Virginia who to vote for as Governor? What?

    November 2, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Steve in CT

    Real mature Mr. Biden. It sounds like you got your tactics from the elementary school playground. How about suggesting voters spend their votes in support of their personal priorities instead of trying to sucker them into spending their vote for your candidate? Do you think all voters are idiots who'll support the financial demise of America to act so childish as you suggest? Don't insult us.

    November 2, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Kyle

    Hey Joe, you putz, I think your hair plugs were sewn in too tight; you're starting to sound dumber by the day.

    November 2, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. me

    Joe had 200 gather to hear him in NY, and 50 reporters....in a city of 30,000 people. How many would have shown up to hear Palin speak?

    November 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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