Biden, Axelrod condemn booing moment at GOP debate
September 27th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden, Axelrod condemn booing moment at GOP debate

(CNN) - A moment in last week's GOP presidential debate – in which some members of the audience could be heard openly booing a gay solider – was harshly criticized by prominent Democrats Tuesday.

Vice Pres. Joe Biden, speaking on ABC's "The View," said the audience response was "reprehensible."

"I did have a visceral response," Biden said of the moment he heard the booing. "I'm not sure it's because my son spent a year in Iraq, and I know my son and all kids with him. I don't think they give a damn whether the guy firing the rifle to protect them is gay or straight. I don't think they care about. Now, look, this kid risked his life, this kid was there for a year – and I quite frankly, I thought it was reprehensible."

Meanwhile, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod slammed the Republican candidates for not condemning the booing as it happened.

"Not one person on that platform, not one candidate, was willing to say 'Don't do that,' was willing to say 'It's inappropriate to boo someone who is risking his life for our country'," Axelrod said.

After the debate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said he hadn't heard the booing when the question was asked. Santorum was being asked the question when the incident occurred.

"I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier," Santorum said on Fox News the day after the debate. "Certainly had I heard them, I would have said, 'Don't do that. This man is serving our country and we are to thank him for his service'."

-CNN's Abby Livingston contributed to this report.


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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Ahhhh... the party of destruction and division is on the march again. Can't run on or talk about their failed economic policies so let's drag out the usual distractions... gay, lesbians, racism, throwing grandma off the cliff, killing medicare, killing social security, and on and on.

    September 27, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please. Their silence was deafening......and typical. After all, that soldier is NOT part of that 1% whose interests those up on that stage (with Ron Paul being the only possible exception) are being paid to protect.

    September 27, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Biden, Axelrod condemn booing moment at GOP debate"'

    Well, someone had to. It's not like the MSM was going to bother and you'd be crazy to think that the Teatrolls or GOP would do so with any honesty or forthrightness. Heck, Silly Santorum claimed he "didn't hear it" and there's ridiculous claims floating about the extremist right winger websites that it's all secret conspiracy plots with liberal plants in the audience. Like we don't know that the Teatrolls behave that way on a regular basis and express those sentiments all the time at rallies? Give us a break. It's called plausible deniability, Teatrolls...and you ain't got none. Grow up, grow some respect and compassion for your fellow man and grow enough of a pair to admit when you've done wrong and take responsibility for it.

    September 27, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Tired of the nonsense

    These are the same people who would chant death threats to Barack Obama during Palin and McCain's campaign stops.

    September 27, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican party is the party of the big tent? I really doubt that including birthers, bigots, teabaggers, billionaires, hate groups, and and Hoover economists makes that tent any bigger than 20%.

    September 27, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    ""Certainly had I heard them, I would have said, 'Don't do that."

    BS. I guess you and the rest of the GOP candidates for Corporate Puppet in Chief also "didn't hear" crazy cheering for executions or the idea of letting uninsured Americans die untreated in their hospital beds? I don't remember hearing people say anything along the lines of "don't say that" or "we're Americans...we're better than that kind of calloused behavior and sentiment."

    Here's a hint: if you want to hide your filthy underbellies, stop rolling over for the rich, the racist and the religious.

    September 27, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. DIANA

    What do you expect from Republicans – Teabaggers? They don't even respect the President, how could you expect them to respect someone who's risking his life for them?

    September 27, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Republicans 2012 - Because 30 years of class warfare isn't enough

    When the republicans wage war on the middle class, policemen, firemen, teachers, seniors, veterans, Muslims, Hispanics, poor people, uninsured, gays, the military; teabaggers think that will bring the country together.

    September 27, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Here's a hint: if you want to hide your filthy underbellies, stop rolling over for the rich, the racist and the religious.
    ==========================================================================================
    Oh sniffit, how quaint... Is there ANYBODY on this planet that you do not hate? Seriously, you should seek medical treatment before we see you on the nightly news.

    September 27, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Ahhhh... the party of destruction and division is on the march again. Can't run on or talk about their failed economic policies so let's drag out the usual distractions... gay, lesbians, racism, throwing grandma off the cliff, killing medicare, killing social security, and on and on."

    You made your bed, now lie in it. YOu don't want them to be distractions? Tell your representatives in Congress to stop prioritizing those issues over the economy and jobs. Planned Parenthood, abortion rights, gay marriage, fighting the repeal of DADT, TX redistricting being declared PURPOSELY DISCRIMINATORY by the DOJ, voter ID laws with proven disparate impacts, union busting, attempts to reorganize the electoral college in hopes it helps get a GOPer elected in 2012, Obama as witchdoctor, Obama in white face, Obama as not-born-here, Obama as secret muslim, McCarthy-esque islamaphobia hearings in the House, the list goes on and on and on and on. YOU are the people dividing the country by self-declaring your moral superiority and seeking ot impose your will and religion-based moral codes on everyone else...and if you want people to stop talking about it, STOP DOING IT and tell your representatives and party leaders to focus on the economy and jobs instead. They haven't been and they're not and it's becoming increasingly clear to larger and larger majorities of the public, as shown by the polls, that their refusal stems from the hope that they can benefit from everyone's suffering in Nov 2012. It's going to be the most delicious backfire in history.

    September 27, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Me

    Now, after the fact, all politicians would say "if it had been me there..." blah, blah, blah but I actually believe Biden.

    September 27, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Straight Shooter

    If they couldn't hear that then they also wouldn't be able to hear the phone at 3:00 am, which they claim is so uber-important for a POTUS candidate.

    September 27, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "These are the same people who would chant death threats to Barack Obama during Palin and McCain's campaign stops."

    Interesting you should mention that: the MSM failed to report on just such an incident all day today. Obama was yelled at while on stage at some event yesterday by one of these loonies spouting nonsense about Obama being the "Anti-Christ" and how "Jesus is the one true lord" blah blah blah. Why? Because Obama was talking to one of the stars of Modern Family, who was thanking him for repealing DADT. The lunatic religio-fascist nutjob had to be dragged out of the room...no doubt covered in froth.

    September 27, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. don't tread on me

    The Tea Party/ Republican Party creed

    Hate the elderly for asking for Social Security and Medicare.

    Hate the ill. Demand they die faster and cheaper.

    Hate a gay veteran for serving this country.

    Hate the president because black .

    The New Republican have screwed up big time. Next year is an election year and we the people will remember.

    September 27, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "The republican party is the party of the big tent?"

    They sure are. The phrase is "Big Top"....Big Top...as in Bozo's or Ringling Bros. They're a mad circus of ideological clownery.

    September 27, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican party is the party of the big tent? I really doubt that including birthers, bigots, teabaggers, billionaires, hate groups, and and Hoover economists makes that tent any bigger than 20%
    -------------------------------------------------–
    These days it's more like the party of the pup tent. Republicans are fleeing their party like refugees from a war-torn country taken over by a despot.
    True Republicans,not to be confused with RethugliKKKlans and/or GOTeatards, have been hanging their head in shame for quite some time now.And rightly so.
    Obama 2012

    September 27, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. RINO Bil

    So the "patriotism" of the Republican Tea Party presidential candidates is conditional, what else is new?

    September 27, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Meanwhile.....while we're busy calling each other names and rehashing old news and things we cannot change, the RethugliKKKlans have been extremely busy little beavers making sure that they are bringing legislation up for votes that would change the voting laws in Republican controlled states.
    Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio, Virginia, Florida.......
    2012 will be here before we know it.
    Students, military personnel, felons who used tobe able to vote, minorities, keep your eyes open, don't get caught up on shiny things of no value.

    September 27, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Dan J

    They didn't hear it. End of discussion.

    September 27, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Michelle

    And then Republicans who elect these people, support them and claim these are the people who represent their point of view can't seem to understand why the GOP is widely seen as a bunch of flaming hypocritical bigots.

    Crickets, that's why. Boos, and crickets.

    September 27, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Dan J

    They were booing the reversal of DADT, which the candidates didn't even hear. Biden voted for DADT, so I don't exactly get the hypocrisy

    September 27, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I wonder if they condemn Obama deamonizing his opponents as terrorists, the enemy, unpatriotic?

    It was a couple of people in an audience of 6,000. We all condemn it. So what's your point?

    September 27, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Here's a hint: if you want to hide your filthy underbellies, stop rolling over for the rich, the racist and the religious.
    ==========================================================================================
    Oh sniffit, how quaint... Is there ANYBODY on this planet that you do not hate? Seriously, you should seek medical treatment before we see you on the nightly news."

    All you reveal with a question like that is that you consider the rich, racist and religious to be the entire universe of possibilities. You can take the warning seriusly or disregard it if you'd like, but the GOP's willingness to be called to heel at the feet of the furthest right, most extreme factions of their party and the self-centered extremely weatlhy who apparently are not satisfied with having grown their share of the country's wealth to the point where the top 10% owns 90% and the bottom 50% owns 2.5% of the country's wealth...well, if you don't realize that's the primary driver of the socio-economic and cultural wedges in play right this minute, then you're in a semi-vegetative state.

    September 27, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Maggie

    Here we go again, the democrats trying to distract the American voters with their stupid comments about what supposedly happened during the debate. This all about nothing. Why does Biden and Axelrod not discuss Obama's failing policies instead of foolish topics. They should be out trying to get jobs for the American people instead of idle gossiping. Its not going to work this time. Obama will be gone in 2012....what a disaster he has been as president. Do they honestly think that we are so dumb that we would vote for Obama again? Wishful thinking!!!!!!

    September 27, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Here we go again, the democrats trying to distract the American voters with their stupid comments about what supposedly happened during the debate. This all about nothing. Why does Biden and Axelrod not discuss Obama's failing policies instead of foolish topics. They should be out trying to get jobs for the American people instead of idle gossiping"

    1. There's no "supposedly' about it.

    2. Obama has a major piece of jobs legislation ON THE TABLE for the House and Senate to consider but the GOPers in control of the House won't allow it to come to debate or vote or anything, despite consensus among expert economists that it would greatly help the economy, create jobs and alleviate some of the problems we're experiencing...despite the head of CBO testifying before Congress that the types of measures we need to take in the shrot-term and the long-term are exactly the kinds of measures Obama has proposed.

    September 27, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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