September 8th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden: Palin seems to have ‘extreme views’

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Joe Biden said 'Palin has some very extreme views.'"]

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (CNN) - Joe Biden said Monday that vice presidential opponent Sarah Palin seems to have "some very extreme views."

Speaking to a union crowd in Wisconsin, Biden also said he hasn't heard enough specifics from the Alaska governor, and that he's hoping to learn more about her positions before the two debate October 2.

"Hopefully by the time the debate takes place, we’ll have a better sense of her other than some of what she says and what appear to be some very extreme views," Biden said.

Watch: Palin hits the campaign trail

"I’m assuming that she shares John McCain’s views on most of the issues. And she even says, if the press is correct - and I’m not ready, prepared to make a judgment [on this] - her views on everything from global warming to other things, if they are as presented, they’re pretty far out there."

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  1. jAYjAY

    "Palins first major Gaffe"

    Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.
    Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization."
    Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, saying it demonstrated a lack of understanding about one of the key economic issues likely to face the next administration.
    "You would like to think that someone who is going to be vice president and conceivable president would know what Fannie and Freddie do," said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "These are huge institutions and they are absolutely central to our country's mortgage debt. To not have a clue what they do doesn't speak well for her, I'd say."

    September 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Mccain=Bush=the draft

    Yes, she is very extreme, and she wants to impose her views on all of us. Last time I checked this is still a society where people can chose what is best for them. We are not under a dictatorship.

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Ric, England

    America doesn't deserve to have a president like Obama! A candidate with such humbleness, honesty and good judgement only appears once in a lifetime. Well, let's get ready for the anger, rage and hate of the "catholic" candidates.

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. McCain + Sarah = empty suits

    Of course she does.
    Alaska a refugee for people in earth when she and McCain start the third World war.
    People reason, think for yourselves and stop being led like fools.

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Get Real

    Look I am for Obama/Biden –

    Palin's views aren't extreme they are lies and fabrications.

    Get out their and attack her and don't be scared of this Sexism argument.

    McCain's campaign is being ran by Bush's boys and you and Barack are sitting there tap dancing aroudn mcCain/palin.



    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Gene DiGilio

    They may seem extremist to the far left, but to everyday average Americans they are mainstream.

    September 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Rodham Democrat

    Joe Biden is right.

    John McCain may be more moderate, but lately, he's been drifting to Gov. Sarah Palin's views on social issues, which are to the extreme right.

    Shouldn't the VP candidate align him/herself with the Presidential candidate instead of the other way around?

    September 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Lissa in Montreal

    He's right. Anyone who calls the war in Iraq "a task from God" and has a librarian fired for not banning books which don't mesh with her own religious views is a definite extremist, in every sense of the word.

    This would be a dangerous person in line for the WH...

    September 8, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Republican 4 Life

    No more family leave for women with babies. What a joke that is. If Palin can work with a new born so can you and if you can't maybe you should not have one. Palin is setting the pace for women that are strong all over the world. It is costing us money and leaving the other employees holding the bag until they get back. They don't need months off from work, maybe a week at the most. Palin will toss it out when she gets in I hope. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, so if palin can work with a baby so can YOU.
    McCain-Palin for a working America not a lazy one. 08

    September 8, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Neal

    Yes she does, given time she will scare away plenty more folks than she'll draw.
    That is why people like her don't get elected to national office.

    September 8, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Rebecca



    September 8, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Palin SEEMS to have extreme views. Gimme a break!

    September 8, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |


    September 8, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Marnie21

    Finally Obama and Biden are bringing light to Gov. Palins extreme views. Let the american people know just how far right she really is.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Sheila

    I can't wait until Palin crosses McCain and he calls he a c- with lipstick. a word he already used to his lovely wife.check it out.

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. KG

    Let's see.....Obama and Biden are basically, the two most liberal candidate we've ever seen. They are the farthest to the left of almost any other politician. Now, who has "extreme views?"

    September 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. egel

    Where is the word "attack" in tis story? Biden is ATTACKING Palin here. Obama ATTACKS McCain on his record.Either call it what it is BOTH WAYS or don't call it at all.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Nick - Arlington, VA

    She doesn't believe in Global Warming and wants to teach Creationism....this is extreme.

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    Oh oh....somebody woke old Joe up! He wouldn't know what an extreme view was if someone hit him in the face with one....

    September 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |

    Hi Pot... this is Kettle

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Christy

    I'm interested in hearing ANYTHING from her other than her children's sports resume and what her husband does in the snow. Interestingly enough, the Republicans love to criticize Obama for his "rhetoric" and supposed lack of substance in his speeches- all we've heard from Palin is rhetoric and nothing of substantive value. It seems to me that the media has taken a protective stance with her and she's getting a "rock star" persona (CBS News this morning).

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Just Extreme -or- REALLY Extreme?

    Sarah Palin is so right wing, do as I say and not as I do, it's not even funny.

    She is a composite of Bush and Cheney – the worst attributes of both.

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. GetReady

    Palin is an insult to women. McCain/Bush is Palin's PIPs.
    Is she really believing that women cannot see through this. Get Real!!!!!

    Obama 08

    September 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. tanner, ca

    What's extreme is the ground McCain is making in the polls. And more gains are to come!

    Do you feel that Zerobama? That's your chances slipping away!!!

    September 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Jennie

    "Extreme" is a kind descriptor. The question is, do you want those extreme rigid views forced on you and your family?

    would you really want Palin as your president? Because at any moment, if McCain is sick or unable to serve, she WILL be in charge with her extremist zealot views and her profound dishonesty. She will have to listen to the extreme religious groups and follow their direction in order to keep them happy.

    And poor McDrained ....lost in all of this hub-bub and kind of dazed at all of it, and letting his vicious staffers lie and attack and then hide behind a woman....what kind of maverick is that?

    September 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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