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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  1. Bruce

    We will never know what Pallin beleives because it changes with what she is told by the McCain people. In fact I heard this morning that someone from the McCain campaign said if they ahve to sheild her from the press they will....come on....that is sexist...if she were a man everyone would be all over her... if you are going to play in the big leagues no matter what you sex you should expect to be treated the same. Do not think for minute if ths will hillary..anyone would care about what they said about her...beause of her sex.
    I also want to hear from both campaings about the 407 BILLION budget deficit...what are any of them going to do to get this back to the surplus that bill clinton left us and W has squandered?

    September 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Go McCain/Palin

    I will not support stem cell research or science if it means killing babies. We all know that the earth, animals and man was created 10,000 years ago by God. Once we can all agree on this fundamental idea, we can move along with the proper education of our children. Maybe then, I will have enough confidence to put my children back into the public school system. Until then, I will happily teach them at home. Go Palin, it's so refreshing to see a strong, moral woman who will one day be my president.

    September 9, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. tracy

    Get them mighty Joe. She is a fraud and she basically lies to the AMerican people about her bridge to nowhere. talk about thses issues that will split their party up. At least the democrats agree on the same issues. That is what McCain gets for pandering to the AMerican people. We have a friend in the Whitehouse in Barack Obama.

    September 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Emma, San Jose, CA

    How can any reasonable, intelligent person see Palin as up to date on the things that science has taught us and will continue to teach us? She refuses to buy into evidence-based evolutionary research. And her objection to stem-cell research makes her seem less than intelligent.
    How can we take the chance that this woman could be president if need be? Of course, we can expect a lot of men to vote for her because they
    see her as a "cute chick." And McCain has repeatedly showed dishonesty in his campaign. There is so much McCain anger expressed with his attacks. If McCain becomes our next president, we will have voted for a corrupt, condescending guy whose focus is stuck on going to wars.

    September 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. East Coast Bum

    Same old repuks........They cannot support stem cell because their releigon says they can't. Gosh forbid you actually have a brain and think for yourselves. Watch, in 60 years, stem cell research will be hailed as a miracle for modern medicane, if we can get past the religeous nut jobs out there.

    September 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Think it through

    The cells from cord are nearly as effective and it does not require the cloning of human cells. Why are the Dem. party members so cavalier with human life? I cannot figure this out.

    Until a child is born into the world he/she has no protection at all from this party. This literally makes me sick to my stomach.

    September 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. redneck for obama

    stoopid republicans want to keep us in the stone age.

    September 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. TerryDo--

    The Democratic with all their fall stories about Sarah Palin have proven themselves unreliable and detrimental to the American people.

    Their propaganda against McCain/Palin is laughable. Obama and Biden are actually throwing the country cabin at them hoping something will stick, but the only thing sticking is the sorry state of politics in this country.

    If not Clinton than definitely McCain/Palin 2008

    September 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Tom in CA

    Concentrate on the ISSUES! Differentiate between the Ds and the Rs.

    McCain has to take off the yoke of Bush. Can he do that with a voting record that backed Bush's policies 89% in 2006, 95% in 2007 and 100% in 2008?

    Palin has over 20 of her own scandals that will start to take the luster off her once the media is able to talk to her one on one. However, Charlie Gibson is not the one to do this – too many softballs will be thrown her way.

    September 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. CItizen of USA


    September 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Emily

    How about the issues of child care and healthcare? The family with a child with disability has so many issues, spending more time on care of the child often hurts our job, as we can not spend as much time as colleagues, if we lose our jobs, we lose our healthcare, while the child needs so much more healthcare supports. Overall, Democrat has better policies for us. I hope Biden could elaborate more.

    September 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Southern Girl

    She is so confused. Continues to contradict herself. What else is new. Again, she is showing how selfish of a mother she is. So sad. I am over Sarah Palin. I cannot even stomach her anymore. Truly disgusted.

    September 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Jennifer, Philadelphia

    The "problem" with stem-cell research is that it is destroying a life (and please save the argument, an embryo is life, whether viable or not). Being an advocate of special needs or disabled people and being against stem-cell research are not exclusive of one another. You can be both.

    September 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Pat F

    This is gross, and Biden is an ill-informed fool.

    Palin's contact with special needs children is based on her being a parent of a Down's child. Down's Syndrome is not susceptible to treatment with stem cells.

    Would ANYONE say that Biden should be more knowledgeable about automobile safety because of the personal tragedy in his past?

    September 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Maria

    Go Biden!!!!

    What bidden cares about and talks:
    Issues, Issues & Issues
    Real Change & Solutions.

    What Palin cares about and talks:
    Lies, Lies, Lies
    Attacks & Mud throwing

    People wake up!!!

    September 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Danny in Chicago

    The republicans are stuck in the past, so what do they do?

    They try to act like democrats!!!

    I think enough of us Democrats are going to see through this lie

    Do the republicans EVER tell the truth? I mean – aren't they going to hell in a handbasket? How can they be proud???!?!?!?!?!?!

    September 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Frank Canada

    Some how Americans are going to have reject some of the extreme rights views and policies as for the most part they are counter productive and regressive.

    The religious wackos seem all consumed with preventing abortion on the grounds life might possibly begin at conception but have absolutely no conern for the living persons who are in harms way through either war or lack of health care.

    Now the Republicans have obviously adopted the position the Iraq invasion wasn't about oil as per McCain's confession in his senior moment but is now a holy war being waged at God's will.


    September 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. a REAL American

    Hey Biden, you don't have a child with special needs, so don't act like you know how to "fix" these children!! Palin understands from experience, as do I, that what is needed is some much needed help and relief for the parents of these special people. While we very much yearn to see our children progress developmentally, most of us understand how valuable each potential life is and are not so selfish as to destroy it for our own benefit.

    FYI pro-choicers, I'd be willing to bet my next paycheck that most parents of special needs children are as vehemently opposed to abortion as I am.

    September 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. inat

    republicans are FOR stem cell research. You can get adult stem cells, umbilical stem cells, etc. – Republicans supprot that.

    Democrats support teh destruction of a fetus to get stem cells b/c its EASIER

    September 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. georgia girl

    You can always tell a democrat, they believe everything everyone says
    they always have their hands hand and looking for something free.

    September 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Frank

    For those of you who want to learn more about this, please read about stem cells from adults which have almost as much potential as embryonic stem cells. And with the technology advancing fast, we hope to eliminate the need for using embryonic stem cells by using other multipotent cells and engineered cells. This issue should not be the deciding factor in who will be our next President and Vice President. National security, economy and education are much more important and it is clear that the McCain-Palin ticket is far superior in dealing with those issues!!! By the way, I am a stem cell biologist.

    September 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Drew

    Thank God McCain supports it. In the unfortunate event that he is elected, at least he won't be trying to turn the clock back on science (though women's rights, healthcare, and personal freedom will probably not fare so well).

    September 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Ex-Republican for Obama

    It is grotesque how inconsistant and predominantly outright deceptive many of the Republican Policies are.

    During their entire careers, McCain and Palin have been opposed to EVERTYHING they currently preach and/or are basing their campaign on. Their entire campaign is a farce and a crime against the intelligence of American Citizens. It's sad to see people actually falling for thier line of BS with out checking their history to see they have done everything in OPPOSITE to what they say they have done.

    I am proud to have finally seen through the smoke screen that is the GOP. Their is only one ticket this year that is based on integrity, and who will actually strive to better america...and it is......

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. CM

    Look for Palin to feign outrage and totally dodge this issue. She'll have to phone home to the GOP headquarters and find out what her stance should be, just like her boy Johnny.

    I'm for stem cell research just not the harvesting of human embryos.

    The Repubs are pro life except when it comes down to sending off our sons and daughters to fight senseless wars.

    September 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Richard --- Rockingham, NC

    It's not about important issues such as the war,our pocket books, stem cell research. It has become a beauty contest .So, I think you should step aside, Joe, so Obama can take Paris Hilton as his VP. lol

    September 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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