September 9th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
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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. rory ryan

    Disenfranchised Person catch up with science news . EMBRYOS are not needed in the research model.

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Dinah Munden

    Does this mean Senator Biden should be closed mouthed on, gun control, teen pregnancy, the Alaska pipeline, Women's rights....give me a break. By the way the last I heard there was supposed to be a seperation of church and state He seems to understand that, why dosen't the rest of America?

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Foreign observer

    Double moral of the US: In Irak there are secret killings of insurgents and their families (like under Saddam) and in the US the same people don´t like to kill a fertilized cell.

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. gene

    I don't understand why so many people are perfectly fine with filling out organ doner cards.. but then they scream about the stem cell issue. This may not be politically correct to say.. but I don't think that a baby's life is any more precious than that of a healthy adult, or child, or teenager.

    Once again.. I still say that people that are pro-life are not really pro-life.. they are only pro-birth.

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Kayla

    Stem cell research is VITAL to our future. Any politician who doesn't support stem cell research is NOT VITAL.

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. B. Obama, Chicago, Illinois


    Yeah, that oughta teach those Republicans to try and sneak an issue past me.

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Hypocracy has no bounds

    Stem Cell Research = Yes
    Embryonic Stem Cell Research = No

    There is a difference learn them and everyone will be happy.

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Advocate or Opportunist

    "Every reform is only a mask under cover of which a more terrible reform, which dares not yet name itself, advances."
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    September 9, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Annie

    Using this as a refernce is a disgusting attack. And perhaps both his and Obama worshippers could stop spreading the lies about her cutting funds by 62% for special needs children. That is untrue and has been proven by Fact throug hdiscussions with Alaskan education officals that she has practically tripled the budget for special needs children.

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    I just saw on MSNBC where a commentator asked a Republican spokeswoman at the RNC about with the planned reduction in the RNC how were the Republicans going to introduce Palin to the American people. Her response was blah, blah, blah "she has been very well received by the base" blah, blah, blah, "we know she will not be ready to step in within the next month, 6 months or a year". SAY WHAT!!! One person admits she is not prepared to be President, but she was still chosen to run on a ticket with a 72 year old man with health issues???? Does the Republican rabid Right have no shame???

    So, this woman was selected because:

    1) She possesses good conservative values which energizes the rabid Right.

    2) To appeal to suburban mothers.

    I am still trying to get my head around this statement. The Republican party will select a nominee, any nominee, that they know is not qualified to run the country but to energize the base!!!

    So, to recap:

    1) Energizing the Republican party base is priority one

    2) The health and safety of 300 million U.S. citizens is priority 2???

    How exactly does that play into McCrypt and Crew's "Country First" slogan?? Help me, anybody to answer that question.

    This line of logic would be laughable were it not so very, very chilling.

    My question to all you targeted suburban mothers, are you willing to risk the chance of putting the security and safety of your own kids in the hands of an individual, any individual whose day job is on the job training to be the President of the largest country in the Free World?

    Since I have no children it is of no concern to me, but please, think about the possible consequences very, very, very seriously before pulling that lever on November 4th.

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Shari, NY

    WASHINGTON – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has charged her state a daily allowance, normally used for official travel, for more than 300 nights spent at her home, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

    More to come.

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Maritza

    Boy are they grasping at anything they can Obama / Biden these two and the 300 advisors are sounding desperate, they must be wearing diapers as they bite their nails.


    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Steve

    Maybe Sarah Palin and her church are just going to pray for a cure like they are going to pray gay people straight!

    Get a clue!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Davis

    I love how Republicans get upset and say that he shouldn't be saying that about Palin, but they can say whatever they want to and it's fine. This whole thing is ridiculous. I can't believe that Palin has support! What the heck has she even said? Where does she stand on anything? It's just a big joke.

    September 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Yvette

    No Palin Pitbull Lips,

    The embryos that are to be used are ones that are stored in In Vitro Fertilization clinics that are targetted to be burned.

    So the choice becomes, do you do nothing and let the embryos burn and 'die'. Or do you use the embryos to search for cures that could affect millions of people?

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Ommi

    Keep telling the truth Joe. Sarah Palin is nothing but a camouflage and she needs to be exposed.
    When is she going to speak to the media I guess when all the questions are fixed.

    Not another 4 years of these lying repubs.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Thomas NY, NY

    Have the professional detachment to post something other than the drunken ramblings of the Obamabots for a change, CNN.

    Looks like Ol' Foot in His Mouth Biden did it again...already...

    Probably should have nominated hillary, huh?

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Paula

    For someone who claims she'll be an advocate for special needs kids, it's too bad Governor Palin has neither the guts nor moral fortitude to tell the American public that she cut funding for special needs kids approximately 60% in one year.

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. HTA, Chicago, IL

    To me, it's hard to argue that an embryo, the potential to create life, shouldn't be used to help someone that is already alive. If you think an embryo has the same value as person walking among us, then fine, don't support embryonic stem cell research. If you think an embryo is worth less than a person alive today, you should back stem cell research with all you've got.

    McCain and Palin are just more of the same. Where's the Maverick in them on this issue?

    September 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Thomas NY, NY

    The official position of Senator Obama on this issue:


    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Disability advocate

    The best part is the republicans continually cut programs and services to help children with disabilities and thier families and then call them "special needs children", as though their only label the need is "special needs" about a little action and support for families and children and a little less talk about how dedicated they are to this population just because Ms. Palin has a child with Down Syndrome.

    The McCain Health Care "plan" would completely bankrupt all of these families.

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. Jorge

    Are we going to say that any issue which affects a candidate or their family is off limits?

    By that argument Iraq is off limits because Biden and Pali both have kids going there.

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    Look for Sarah Padin "elite 6" that is what her and her friends call themselves. I think Sarah said it on ABC!!! I can't believe she would
    go on National T.V. to brag about that.

    Don't they have a Hotel in Dubai that is called the ELITE 6!

    Google ELITE 6 to hear or read about her girlfriends "elite 6 Group

    I wonder if McCain and his fellow Reps. knew she was going to go
    on National T.V. and speak of her "elite" group of friends!

    September 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Peter of Oregon

    Hit em with the truth Joe! They can't handle the truth!

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Advocate or Opportunist

    McCain's campaign manager: We will do what is in our best interest to win this election.

    "The fawning, sneaking, and flattering hypocrite, that will do or be anything, for his own advantage."
    - Edward Stillingfleet

    September 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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