September 9th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden questions GOP disability advocates on stem cell research

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COLUMBIA, Missouri (CNN) – Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that advocates for people with disabilities should “support stem cell research” - a remark that follows repeated pledges from Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin, the mother of a baby with Down Syndrome, to parents of children with disabilities that she would be “a friend and advocate in the White House.”

When asked about the issue at a Tuesday rally, Biden did not mention Palin’s name, but seemed to direct a question to her.

“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy…and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect,” he said. “Well, guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”

Related: McCain camp says Biden 'sunk to a new low'

Biden told voters “the disability issue is not a new issue for us” and said he and Barack Obama would support stem cell research — a political hot potato that Sarah Palin does not support because it involves the use of human embryos.

In an illustration over the controversy of stem cell research — a key issue for some conservative voters — the Republican ticket is split. John McCain supports the practice.

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. Florence Smith

    Why can't we have both? If we tax the religous entities, which we should, since they are so political and, unfortunately, are shaping our political outcome anyway, and with the proceeds build them a monument, so they can go there and pray until God heals them.
    And for the rest of us, we continune the stem cell research, with stem cells taken from us the "unfaithful". That way we are not stealing their souls. That way we both can have our way.
    I'm not willing to carry a child of someone who deliberately chooses to bring a vegetable, called a human, into this world. If God loves them then let him take care of them.
    Has anyone ever estimated how much each of these children cost us, the taxpayers?

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. common sense

    The man's a fool. It's almost like he's a republican plant. He is probaly one of the reasons Nobama's numbers are down. He has hoof in mouth disease.

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Michael in Houston

    typical response from the republicans. They dont care about others, only serving themselves and feel since Palin does not support it with her own disabled child its not a matter to be discussed and in fact its offensive according to them.
    Lets see, we are unable to question Palins qualifications, the media is not permitted to ask her tough questions, we are not allowed to discuss her evangelical extremism, and now they add stem cell to the list.
    Note to republicans....just what is it we are allowed to discuss that you wont be offended.
    NEWSFLASH TO PALIN....stem cell research is about others who need it and could benefit from it. Its not just about your kid.

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Thomas NY, NY


    What Would The Band "Heart" Do?

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Colin

    My, my, my is this race getting dirty. I can't wait till they began to call each other "poopy pants" and "booger eaters".

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. REGGIE92

    same old same old just another new low for the change that is fortunately not coming!!! This man makes me sick.

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. No McPhailing

    Wake up America do you want 4 more years of Hell = 12 years of McBush ?
    Why is the media dancing around McWar /McPhailing they want to avoid making any waves or touching all the crooked money handling / firing people, Liers .
    When it was Barack or Michelle Obama the news media got their microscopes out even tghough they knew it was a lie they continued their hunt and posting hoping to get a false story circulating and they never gave up trying to do them in if they had to repeat false tales till the cows come home .
    McWar /Mc Phailing are McBush and Mc Cheney the 2nd's

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Len in Washington

    Palin was clearly pandering at the convention and since when she stated she would be an advocate for children with disabilities. The proof that she's not being truthful is that she CUT the Alaska State funding by 62% for the very same people she now claims to advocate for.
    Sorry, Sarah, you can't have it both ways.

    September 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Ol' Foot in His Mouth Biden

    Yup, I did it again, folks.


    September 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Mississippi

    Biden is right. Stop the religious opposition to science. Use the brain God gave you.

    September 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. How the mighty have fallen

    obama will never underestimate white women again

    September 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Jerry in Boston

    The McCain-Palin campaign is an absoute disgrace. Using her son as a shield against a perfectly fair and crucial question….

    Do you support Stem Cell research in the fight against many medical conditions, including Down Syndrome?

    That is a perfectly fair and salient question, but of course Sarah Palin isn't allowed to be asked questions, is she?

    September 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Jeff Long

    Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

    September 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Jane

    Another baseless lie from the democrats.

    Is this all you know??

    Keep it up clowns, America is coming to it's senses and seeing through all the smears you put out!!

    September 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Rich

    Obama vs. McCain

    For Equal Work for Equal Pay for Women vs. Against Equal Work for Equal Pay

    Bigger Tax Cut for 95% of Americans vs. Smaller Tax Cut for 95% of Americans

    For "Right to choose" for Women vs. Against "Right to choose" for Women

    Voted against GW Bush (Change) vs. Voted with Bush 90% of the time (More of the same)

    Now choose.

    September 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Toni

    So refreshing to hear people talking about the issues

    September 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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