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.


Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Joe Biden
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. GOP Failed America

    Booing an American gay solider should be harshly criticized. That brave gay soldier is doing something Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and other Tea Baggers/GOP candidates has never done – put his life on the line to defend our freedoms and our way of life. Also, many believe Gay people are second class citizens since we do not enjoy the same benefits as our straight countrymen like marriage and federal benefits for married people, social security survivor benefits, etc. This soldier should be praised, not condemned and those who booed him should be ashamed of themselves. They are not true Americans.

    September 27, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Sniffit

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

    He's never done that. Cite examples or crawl back under your bridge.

    September 27, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffitt I take my hat off to you for your indefatigable attempts to educate those that refuse to be educated, and enlighten those who only thrive of their hearts.
    The Obama blah blah zzzzzzzz blah blahs on this site are running scared. They have been for quite sometime. Look at the jokes they have lined up seeking the Presidency of this country. The laughter they provoke whenever they 'debate' each other resounds throughout the world.
    Listen to the solutions they and their brethren propose...................you hear that? Nothing. Me either.
    I find it best and most soothing to ignore them and let them wallow in their own self-created world devoid of facts, or solutions.
    What they hate most is to be IGNORED.
    Obama 2012

    September 27, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Pathfinder

    Totally Agree. Republican party is so hypocritical. O No! do not cut defense spending, but to hell with our soldiers.

    September 27, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction: My comment should read:
    "Sniffitt I take my hat off to you for your indefatigable attempts to educate those that refuse to be educated, and enlighten those who only thrive in the darkness of their hearts."
    Thanks.

    September 27, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. GOP Failed America

    "the party of destruction and division is on the march again. Can't run on or talk about their failed economic policies......".
    ________________________________________________________________________

    Yep, lets talk about the failed policies of the GOP/Tea Baggers. The Radical Right-Wing social extremists (to quote Newt Gingrinch) have hijacked the party and burned bridges beyond repair. It is a real shame the GOP has become totally sold-out to the Big $ lobbyists and appeasing the radical nutjobs. Remember that the GOP's solution to every-thing is as follows:

    1. Cut taxes
    2. Increase the Military and invade countries with rich resources
    3. Cut all gov't programs
    4. Wait for the "rich" to create COMPANIES to take care of all of us
    5. If all else fails, PRAY TO "JESUS"

    September 27, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. GOP Robber Baron

    Cheering for someone to die when Ron Paul spoke was even worse. But admit it...the question about an active-duty Gay soldier serving in war zone was a set-up question...intentionally selected to stir-up trouble or controversy. Who cares if the guy is Gay or not Gay...it is nobody's dang business.

    September 27, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. blursd

    Yes, because as well all know liberals are incapable of booing people they don't like. I mean it's not like ultra-liberals can be just an bigoted and prejudiced and ultra-conservatives. What's that ...? They can!?! Well I, for one, and shocked beyond words ...

    These people might want to look hypocrisy up in a dictionary ...

    September 27, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. jane

    The Teabaggers is a mob with a big mouth

    September 27, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Slack

    GOP/teapartiers/republicans which really is all the same thing! How about you tell your boys in congress to let done of these bills the democrats(Obama) is tryin to pass! Everyone in this country see's what ur doing! Let the man do his job, because as we all kno it(America) was going downhill during the bush administration! And we(democratic party) are still trying to clean up your(GOP/teapartiers/republicans) mess! We(democratic party) are not the problem! U were the problem, and now that u are out of office please stop being the heartless people you are and let this guy(Obama) do the job he promised the American people! No one is going to vote for u idiots! Obama 2012!!

    September 27, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. nheckt

    Oh, what happened to Obama's response. I can't help what other people say. Biden can and other dems sure can. Bunch of hypocrites

    September 27, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    The caustic behavior is not limited to voters. Elected officials, who happen to be Tea Party members, exhibit the same disgusting behavior. Let's not forget Joe Wilson who shouted out, "You lie," several times before being caught "out there" as the only voice. Play back the tapes. He shouts it out at least 3 times in the 20-30 seconds leading up to "the moment."

    September 27, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Terry, VA

    There was 2-3 people out of 5,000 that booed the gay policy not the soldier. The dumbocrap hero Clinton was the one that put the policy in effect. That is/was the smart thing to do. Just see what happens when "don't ask, don't tell" is implemented.

    September 27, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Yemi B

    GOP booing cheers audience are Jim Crow. Audience to the core

    September 27, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Terry, VA

    That should have read...just wait until don't ask don't tell is repealed and implemented

    September 27, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. GOP Failed America

    I think the booing an American soldier, cheering Perry that he had executed over 200 men while not sure 100% sure of their innocence (Todd Wittingham), or clapping that a fellow American without health insurance should die shows exactly what type of people that make up the GOP/Tea Baggers. They want to hide behind their narrow minded view of morality and so called fiscal responsibility "as long as a Democrat is in the Presidency, but its fine to waste 6.4 trillon when the President is a GOP/Repub."

    September 27, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. more obama and biden lies

    hmmm, i watched the show and WOW i never heard any booing on a solider, but i guess the obama administration is always right, NOT, just more lies from the wanna be king. I am looking at it this way from now on, dont preach to me, dont lecturer to me and dont ask me to love you and if you stick your finger or hand in my face like this administration does, I will not only slap the taste out of your mouth your teeth will go too, I am an AMERICAN and a PATRIOT, i'm not your subject, so stick it in my face and see what happens.

    September 27, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. RINO Bil

    According to the Republican Tea Party Code of Conduct, booing a member of the U.S. Armed Forced is OK as long as one is wearing a little American Flag Lapel pin that is made in China.

    September 27, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. bigwilliestyles

    To Axelrod: if you aren't sure Obama can win, then resign and let someone run the campaign that does. Otherwise you just worry about running the campaign and let the voters worry about his re-election victory. If you think the people are going to return the control of this country to the Cons, after we know their Koch driven, rich first agenda, then you really don't have your finger on the pulse of the people. Republican Cons (as in convicts, con artists, etc) talk about rolling back 'Obamacare' if elected, but that's just talk; the first thing that they would do is repeal ANY legislation related to the regulation of Wall St., banks, credit card companies, or insurance. That is the real goal of the Koches and their ilk, so they can promptly re-tank the economy, there-by reducing the income of the middle class and increasing their own.

    September 27, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. logic in LA

    Joe- they weren't booing. That was one of two things- them snoring or the air whistling through the spot where their brain belongs.
    Gay soldiers are more logical than gay Republicans but they exist and you don't hear them saying stay away from us in the voting booth.

    September 27, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Ron

    I don't know why everyone is so upset over this. Isn't there a gay/lesbian Republican organization(s) who says republicans are looking out for their best interest???

    September 27, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. sickofitalltoo

    really amazing the level of ignorance on display here; obviously none of you saw the event. There were no boos when the solider stated he was gay, none, zero. The few boos that were heard came AFTER he asked if the candidates would support/continue the repeal of DADT.

    September 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  23. sickofitalltoo

    really amazing the level of ignorance on display here; obviously none of you saw the event. There were no boos when the solider stated he was gaay, none, zero. The few boos that were heard came AFTER he asked if the candidates would support/continue the repeal of DADT.

    September 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Hindsight is always 20/20 Mr. Santorum!

    September 27, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Clwyd

    Republicans are selfish thugs who don't care about anything or anyone but themselves and their money!

    September 27, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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