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. Carlos Conde

    How convenient that Senator Biden avoids any reference to 'Adult Stem Cell Research' where ALL of the advances in stem cell treatment are taking place. In other words, tell the American people the WHOLE TRUTH, not just selected pieces, that once again, promote only special interest groups (embryonic stem cell researchers), rather than for the benefit of our entire population and everyone else around the world.

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

    Biden IS NOT a parent to a child with a disability and has NO place ATTACKING THIS WOMAN.

    September 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Oh Boy!!!???

    Please let the so-called Pit Bull with lipstick stand up for herself, away from the script, away from the aides, and McCain.
    She will be held accountable for her words and actions if elected, why not let the dog out and see how she behaves without the leash and muzzle.
    She painted herself a Pit Bull, let's see how she bites. She may just want to roll over and play dead.

    September 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. California Gold

    Nancy Reagan is one of the staunchest supporters of stem cell research because of President Reagan's Alzheimers disease. Mrs. Reagan seems to understand the God given talents of researchers to improve quality of life. This is another problem McCain (and his sidekick) have with Reagan Republicans.

    September 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Ned

    Sarah's daughter is walking proof that she doesn't know what she's talking about. Maybe if her mom had allowed her to be educated, she would be in this states. They're morons who want to lead the country when they can't control what's going on in their home.

    September 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. R Saunders

    I am the father of a child who died shortly after birth as a result of birth defects. There is no greater emptiness than two young parents going home from the hospital with an empty infant seat.

    If embryonic stem cell research can save but one percent of the children born with serious defects, then it is worth the effort. The researchers are using embryos that will never be permitted to develop into babies under any circumstances. Stem cell research is not abortion.

    Is it better to suppress science and endanger future life just so an embryo can be discarded, rather than used for the common good? I don’t think so.

    Vote for science and the future of our children, vote Obama.

    September 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. DJK

    Heart doesn't own the rights to Barracuda, so who cares what they say?

    September 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. shannon

    We can turn adult stem cells into embryonic cells.

    We don't need to kill embryoes anymore.

    Get with the times Joe. Research is advancing every day.

    September 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Robert

    Typical Democratic misleading. They consistently try to say that stem cell research is illegal because of Republicans. It is not now and never was illegal. Only government funding is not allowed. If stem cells were really that promising don't you think the 'greedy' pharmecutical companies would be eager to make expensive treaments based on stem cells. They are not trying because it is just not that promising. Sure makes a good Democrat party stick to poke in Republicans eyes though. Maybe Democrats should stop poking out eyes and 'stick' to the facts.

    September 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. fixthebroken

    Here is a question no one against stem cell research has been able to answer successfully or honestly....

    If you knew your child could be saved from either a birth defect or a terminal disease by an anecdote that was found from stem cell research - would you unequivocally without hesitation say no? Would you say without a doubt "Nope. Don't want it. Just let the child have the birth defect or die".

    Would you be willing to sign an affidavit saying that such that if the time came, you would not be allowed to use said anecdote?

    September 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. mmd

    Palin staying firm on bridge to nowhere what a surpise, is her middle name george or sydney. Do they think the people don't read or at least listen to the news. Something sounds mighty fishy about this bounce. I think ithat the new crowds are all staged. With the new money mccain and palin are more likely paying most of them to particpate in rallies, you know sort of like build it and they will come.

    Another thing I have looked at palin every day since she entered the arena, and I have to say that she is not pretty ,beautiful, nice looking or even cute. Grant it she's not ugly like cindy. She looks like someone from the back hills who has come down to town and is 20yrs behind time in all aspects, looks dress, demeaning, speech, etc.

    But like I said build it and they will come, or the builders will report that they came.

    How stupid do they think we are. Give her more welfare for her, her husband and children and send them back to the hills.

    September 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. ANGIE

    From what i understand there is quite a few things mccain and the pitbull with lipstick disagree on funny mccain didnt want her as vp the gop made him to attract the woman voters because barack didnt pick hillary mccain is A GOP PUPPET he couldnt even pick his own vp now he is stuck with this quack of a woman AINT NO WAY A TRUE HILLARY WOMAN SUPPORTER WILL SUPPORT PALIN HILLARY AND HER LIKE OIL AND WATER DAY AND NIGHT AINT GONNA HAPPEN!

    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    According to the Scripture, in the book of Ecclesiastes, NO ONE KNOWS WHEN THE SOUL COMES TO THE BODY, EXCEPT GOD...

    I really dont know when the soul comes to the body, but let me tell you what, this baby has the RIGHT to live WHEN it has a HEARTBEAT, otherwise, I am all for ABORTION.

    I dont have a problem clipping my toe-nails.

    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. redneck for obama

    careful of your attacks on 'rednecks'. many of us are obama supporters and don't vote for president because of their race. a lot of us like the smart guy!

    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Stem cell research looks promising for the treatment, if not the cure, of a wide variety of illnesses and injury related conditions. Other nations are pouring billions into the research and the financial returns could be enormous. The United States would be making a serious mistake if we let other nations take the lead and reap the benefits. If other nations make the breakthroughs and get the patents, make no mistake...the American people will be getting the treatments with the research and cash flowing to the patent holders. For all the ethical arguments being put forth by both sides on this issue, when it comes down to a family member having the chance at a normal life, we WILL go for the treatment. We can either be a bystander or lead in this field.

    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Republicans for Truth

    A perfect challenge for McPalin to answer ... I bet that these republican looser will not answer directly and will probably raise "sexism" as an issue which the Coward News Network (CNN) will carry for ever

    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Unempressed


    Pro LIFE
    Pro DRAFT
    Pro WAR


    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Debby

    Hey Biden its embryonic stem cell they don't support get your Gaffe straight will ya.

    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Democratic McCain

    How dare McCain choose as his running mate someone who thinks differently than him? What does he think he is – independent-minded?

    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. K.NIX


    September 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Differences are not bad

    What people forget is that in a free society EVERYone has a right to live according to their conscience- not someone elses.

    Quakers, Mennonites etc... they adhere to stricter moral codes than most of us. That does not make THEM wrong and US right.

    September 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Frank

    In know that Biden and Obama focus on the issues instead of the idiotic lies of Palin/McCain .... but I am worried that this will at the end not play with the American public – which suffers in large parts from ADD. The Palin/McCain hate speeches are shorter and easier to understand for some (so many) folks. I think the Democrats need a good hit man or hit woman. This would be the time for Hillary but I hear she will sit this one out (until 2012, I think). Anyway, I hope for the sake of the American People she will find her voice again. If not, we just need some other person to play the game with the repubs while the Democrats discuss the issues.

    September 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    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.

    September 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Alice in Florida

    Keep throwing stuff, Biden! Too bad nothing's sticking!

    Nobama – No Way – No How – Not Now – Not Ever!

    McCain/Palin '08
    Clinton '12


    September 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. RIN

    WOW........GO BIDEN!!!! school'em biden school'em

    September 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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