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. CNNman

    I think the Obama camp should let Mr. Biden talk more. The more he talks, the more he offend some group of people. This is way too funny seeing the Obama bandwagon getting deflated by the VP. LOL!

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. yed

    Get em Biden! Conservatives are in the dark ages. They should just go hang out at Michaelangelo's grave. I bet he could tell them a thing or two about religious supression and the lack of progress in medicine and research it creates.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Keith COrnelius

    Oh yeah one more thing where were the Democrats with the gas going through the roof, people losing there jobs and homes...on a 5 week vacation and pelosi was promoting her book which was a failure and only sold about 3,000 lets put cards on the table ladies and gentlemen !!!

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Leimomi Matunding

    Right on Biden! Beautiful idea on "stem cell research" back at the Republicans!

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Ashley

    I think it's the lack of supporting stem-cell research by right-wing Republicans that explains why McCain/Palin are on the tickets.

    Can someone please give these two some, so they can stop making the United States a laughable joke the way Bush/Dick is doing to us.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Just Wondering

    I'd like for Obama and Biden to explain their hypocrisy in attacking Palin over the Bridge To Nowhere when they both voted in favor of it. And I would like them to explain why they voted against an amendment that would have redirected the money from the BTN to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. K2

    Too bad the back room deal with Howard Dean has left Obama dragging this fat tire Biden along in exchange for getting the nod over Clinton. Dean got to unseat the Clintons as the democratic power broker, Obama got their nod over Clinton, and America gets a Democratic ticket that is quickly falling into the trash can. Thanks Howard Dean!

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Mark, PA

    Repubican low income conservatives are the dumbest people in America. They will vote against their own economic interest just to keep the White party alive. Their end is drawing near. It's about time minorities in this country have a voice. And the Democrats are an example of diversity. The Repubicans are only trying to act diverse, by adding a woman with no credentials. It will not work this time.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Noel

    Joe Biden, expert on all.
    Wouldn't that be nice to say, seeing how he has thoughts on everything and anything political, regardless of his expertise. It's truly a shame that our political system allows this type of garbage to continue year after year. Let's do term limits and get these lifetime politicians out in the labor market. Give them the same benefits that others get for putting in two or six years in a profession or job. Have them stop milking the public teat. Joe Biden shouldn't have any problems getting a job if he had term limits, would he? But, then again, all of the members of Congress, without additional influence, might be hard pressed to find a job where influence isn't a necessity.

    September 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Nice Try Dems

    The facts are that there are better results with everything other than EMBRYONIC stem cells. But that doesn't count to Dems/libs/pro-choice because they want abortions. Amazing, you'll protest and say how wrong it is that Americans are WILLINGLY fighting for our country, defending what's right, and unfortunately dying (doing so with honor), yet you are totally for, and even cheering, a woman's right to KILL a defenseless child simply because she doesn't want to be burdened?? By your logic, if we put Bush on trial for war crimes we should also put pro-choicers, abortion doctors, etc. on trial for genocide.

    And for all of you who are rambling about a 'senseless war', if Gore and/or Kerry were President we would've already had something happen that would have made 9/11 look like a small scuffle.


    September 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Ron

    "It doesn't make sense to save a life at another life's expense."

    – Wow, what ignorance you show! How many times does it need to be repeated for you to get it. THESE EMBRYOS GET DISCARDED NO MATTER WHAT. So you'd rather they just go to waste in the trash versus using them for research that can ultimately benefit others who suffer from various degenerative diseases? Let me guess, you're "pro-life".....what about those who are alive NOW and could benefit from this?

    September 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Helene

    Unless you are stuck in the Middle Ages in this country and think that only God will cure all diseases magically, most other countries of the planet support stem cell research. Because there is something called progress !

    September 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Sarah

    Now they're saying that even talking about the ISSUES is a "personal attack"?!

    When did McCain turn into such a whiner?

    September 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Bobby

    When the democrats bring this subject up you know they are worried. Penalize Joe Biden for a low blow!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |

    As Governor, she cut state aid to schools for children with disabilities by over 50%. Palin killed a bill that would SUPPORT kids with special needs.

    What a pandering hypocrite…

    September 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. MCcain is a Liar and Palin is Dick Cheney with Lipstick

    Biden good Job because Republican don't care about anyone if they did they would not vote against the Healthcare Bill our School Funding Bill or Unemployment relief our Energy Releif. Republicans are the Reeason why this Country is a Mess

    September 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. betty morgan

    Thank God Joe Biden is using professionalism to address the issues, unlike his opponent who has been allowed to go to stay away from the real issues. When your daddy turns you alose, how will you respond to questions regarding the issues we are facing. We don't care that you can out run a moose, let;s see how well you out run the questions that we all have for you. To the republicans – don't you think its hard to vote for someone we know nothing about, that is why so many people watched the speeches, we are trying to get information that has not been available, a lot of people watched not because we are so in love with your idea of having any women on the ticket. Some people will go to any extreme to win.

    September 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Mary

    I guess Sarah can tell people that she does have foreign language skills....she apparently can speak in tongue.

    September 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. adm


    Funny we can't ask Gov Palin ?'s. But Obama was completely racked over the all media oulets.

    Talk about American hypocrisy!!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Donna

    I do not support Governor Palin–in fact, I am emphatically opposed to her and Senator McCain. However, it is not correct that she cut funding for special needs programs. We gain nothing by making inaccurate statements.

    Governor Palin DID veto a number of important social programs (including for unwed mothers) and has many positions and actions warranting serious concern. However, this is not one of them.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Helene

    By the way Palin USED her kids all the time during the Convention, bringing them onstage and outside the stage ! Please !!!

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Jake

    Palin/McCain are not against stem cell research they are against EMBRYONIC stem cell research. I am so sick and tired of the press letting stuff like this go when they could easily point out the discrepancy and they do it consistantly in favor of the DEMs.

    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. jennie


    THIS EVASION TACTIC IS GETTING OLD-McCains henchmen scream at everything and refuse to answer.

    Americans can tolerate a lot, but when we hear these evil hateful people TELL US EVERY DAY WHAT WE SHOULD THINK AND THAT WE DO NOT DESERVE ANSWERS ABOUT ISSUES, THAT IS


    September 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. JS

    Come on you Republicans...get your heads out of your rear.
    You have had 8 years to prove to this nation that you are the ones.
    The Republican party has taken a budget surplus and put our country in debt. We are borrowing money from the Chinese to pay for oil in Saudi Arabia. We are in a war that will never end....because people coming home from war are suffering PTSD.
    So you are against abortion...but who is going to pay for all these children that are born unwanted. Oh yes, they will live on the streets and the Democrats will be blamed for coming up with programs to help them and raising your taxes...REPULICANS DON'T GET IT!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Ladijc

    Way to go Joe! I can hardly wait till the VP Debate!

    September 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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