September 4th, 2008
01:24 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden on Palin's speech: Style but no substance

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(CNN) - Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden praised his Republican counterpart's acceptance speech as "incredibly well-crafted and delivered," but said Sarah Palin's rhetoric lacked substance.

Watch: Biden on American Morning

"I didn't hear the phrase 'middle class.' I didn't hear a single word about health care. I didn't hear a single word about helping people get to college," Biden, a U.S. senator from Delaware, told CNN's "American Morning" Thursday.

He went on to list other policy areas the Alaska governor did not address Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"They don't have a single answer [for] how to dig us out of the hole we've been dug into the last eight years," Biden added.

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  1. 7/10 WA

    She played to the other "flat earth society" members...
    Would any intelligent person ever vote for someone who thinks the earth is only 5000 years old? I don't think so.

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. John in Ohio

    "Attacking her and her family are another."

    If her family demonstrates the failure of her social policies, and if she continues to use them as a political prop, they're fair game. If she's going to keep pimping out her son and how he's going to Iraq on 9/11, she's fair game. Biden's son is also going to Iraq, but in October. Biden son is also the State Attorney General for Delaware, and his son has a college education.

    Republican speaker after Republican speaker shamelessly blasted Michelle Obama. Cindy McCain, John McCain's divorce and abandonment of his kids, Sarah Palin's scandals, these are all fair game now.

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. greenfun

    Yeah, but guess what? Republicans can not only put a woman in the VP spot, their party even defends her against sexist media onslaught. Who knew the Republicans were going to lead the way in terms of gender equality.
    PUMA

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Shirley

    I agree with Biden. Ms. Palin is unfortunately a modern-day Spiro Agnew. Why is the press giving her any credit ? This is not a person with the temperament or judgment to be in the White House.

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Lone Star Wolf

    Biden, if I was you I would have never made a crack like that. It is you and the pal you have joined at the hip with that have no style, no morals and no religious values. The day, if by chance OBAMA gains the White House with you, will be the beginning of the end for the free America we know. Our military will be destroyed and again we will run in the face of the enemy. You two have no clue as to how to fix the economy. If you did then surely you would have done something about it these past twenty-five years. Obama is waiting for someone to give him a clue he can copy from. Maybe he can beg Bill Clinton to give him a clue, but I doubt Bill will give him anything but the back of his hand. REMEMBER ONLY ONE MAN IN THE HISTORY OF A PRESIDENCY HAS BALANCED AN ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES, THAT WAS NONE OTHER THAN, BILL CLINTON and OBAMA you're no Bill Clinton!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. TEXAS

    Palin and McCain are trying some underminded tactics to win this
    race.They use the excuse of Obama not being experienced enough,
    well she isn't experienced either and she left her state in a mess,so
    how can she help an old man that has a lot of health problems?He
    might not make a full term in office.Is it a skin color problem with
    Obama or is it that he is well educated black man?If the people vote
    Palin and this nursing home material McCain in office we will go
    down even faster in this country.They are for themselves and their
    families,not the concerns of the country.Fatten up their pockets off of
    the poor and minority.Republicans are the reason we are in the shape
    we are in now.No more republicans to run this country.Palin this
    third world country across the water shouldnt be able to come over
    here to run for anything.The white house got rid of Clint for his closet
    affairs so why should we vote for Palin,when she ca'nt control her
    country and leave it in a mess,or control her family affairs?

    September 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Patti Zimmerman

    Thank you, Joe Biden! The only punch Palin packed was in the gut of middle america.

    September 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Junaid

    Now Rep's have an answer to Dem's speeches. If you want speech for Speech, Obama might still win for All speech and no substance.

    GO SARAH!!

    September 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Sue

    The Republicans LOVE Palin, she was a huge hit, and they will be fully supporting her and McCain. That's why McCain will win, Obama doesn't have the full support of his party.

    September 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Sue

    Apparently Senator Biden did not listen to the same speech that I did...or perhaps it was just too much to the point to suit him. Whichever, the democrats sure seem worried about someone they don't consider much of a threat.

    By the way Senator Biden, got that VP thing in writing yet????

    September 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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