September 9th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp says Biden 'sunk to a new low'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Was Biden referencing Palin in his comments about stem cell research?"](CNN) - John McCain's campaign hit back hard at Joe Biden Tuesday after the Democratic VP candidate appeared to suggest Republicans who do not support stem cell research - like GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin - are lacking in their support of children with disabilities.

“Barack Obama’s running mate sunk to a new low today launching an offensive debate over who cares more about special needs children," McCain-Palin spokesman Ben Porritt said. "Playing politics with this issue is disturbing and indicative of a desperate campaign."

The sharp response, indicative of the increasingly heated rhetoric from both presidential campaigns as the election enters the final stretch, came shortly after Biden said advocates for people with disabilities should support stem cell research.

Biden did not mention Palin - the mother of a baby with Down syndrome, and someone who has said she will be a “friend and advocate in the White House" to parents of children with disabilities - but seemed to direct a question to her.

Election Center: Where the candidates stand on stem cell research

“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?”

Biden spokesman David Wade insisted Tuesday the Delaware senator's comments were not directed at Palin.

"This is a clash of policies, not a clash of personalities," Wade said. "We've heard not a dime's worth of difference between the McCain-Palin ticket and the Bush Administration on medical breakthroughs that millions of parents and doctors believe could save lives and transform the quality of life for countless Americans."

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soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. mama4obama

    The thugs are just angry that Biden stated a fact. Far too many children are left out in the cold with no support for either their parents or for the child. Who in their right mind would not do anything in their power not to make those lives better? The cure is out there...we just need the right tools to find it.

    Palin must be feeling a little insecure if she took that personally.

    September 9, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. PA Independent

    For once I agree with John McCain. Using special needs children for partisan political gain is appalling. Especially when they are waved around as props for the cameras. No way, no how, NO MCCAIN!

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Russell Hammond

    "sunk to a new low"? Remind me again what Palin said about community organizers. Oh yeah, we're all worthless. New Low.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    HEY CNN.....THIS IS NEWS......CHECK IT per The Washington Post

    ANCHORAGE, Sept. 8 - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

    The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

    During her speech at the Republican National Convention last week, Palin cast herself as a crusader for fiscal rectitude as Alaska's governor. She noted that she sold a state-owned plane used by the former governor. "While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for," she said to loud applause.

    SURE YOU DID.........


    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA


    McCain/Palin would be a HUGE step backwards for women, gay people, medical research, the Environment, and I could go on and on.

    Let's move FORWARD, not decades backward.

    I really don't understand the mentality of these two and their followers.

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Deborah in San Antonio

    This is a low blow from Biden. Shame on you! To insinuate such a thing is horrible. What happen to Obama's campaign not being all about Politics. This type of Rhetoric is exactly what is expected of politicians. The desperation for the vote is getting obvious and anything will be said to win over voters.

    I was Democratic all my life, but am now Independent and will vote McCain/Palin along with all my family and tons of friends. I am ashame that Hillary is being "used" the way she is after she was back stabbed and mistreated so bad by the party. That's enough to turn off anyone wanting to vote for Obama, who has "no" substance.
    I'm so tired of this election, it makes me sick.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. 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 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Jim, WA

    Curious, why would Biden and others even care about stem cell research for such special needs children when they would just prefer to abort them in the first place? Apparently while the Dems are sitting in a deep negative hole, someone keeps handing them more shovels.

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

    Get her Joe! She's a fake and time will tell! Ask her husband ummh..

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Trysh, Los Angeles

    So, they are promoting that they are supportive advocates of parents with special needs children, but its off limits to point out that they are AGAINST a program designed for the research in helping, curing and/or preventing more children from being born with special needs?

    Really? And people are voting for these people?


    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. DJ Los Angeles

    Calling the kettle black. When Palin spread blatant lies about opposing the bridge to nowhere and bogus claims she is for change.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. NoMcSame

    Well who is taking care of her baby while she is running around with McSame? Does she really care? If so, she sure fooled me.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Frank Canada

    Poor Republicans every time someone talks about a serious issue they are being sexist or unpatriotic. She's a phoney and using her down syndrome child to excite the base but if someone talks about helping thousands of incapacitated people world wide they are somehow slandering this floozy. Shame on them.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    Sorry, but I have to agree with Biden. If you say you want more support for children with disabilities, the only way you will obtain that goal is to put money into stem cell research.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Luis

    More nonsense from the panicking Liberal, Godless Left.

    Say goodnight in November will be over.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Marrissa in Burlington, NC

    i will say this again..... as a woman i am offended at Gov. Palin. not only at the mccain camp for thinking she could fill the shoes of Hillary Clinton (AND I HOPE ALL THOSE THAT SUPPORTED HILLARY CAN AGREE WITH ME), but also at a woman that would leave her newborn child (not to mention, a newborn with special needs!!!) to chase a political office! what kind of woman does this?!?! as far as what kind of parent does this – i think it's pretty obvious by her 17 year old daughter being pregnant and forced into marriage THAT SHE LACKS STRONGLY IN THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT LEADERSHIP ROLE – BEING A GOOD PARENT! don't trust her to lead this country

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Broad street buddy

    Pointing out that your position will lead to no help for people who have special needs family members, is not low. It is simply stating the truth. Deal with it. How much is this guy going complain? Grumpy old man.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. ss

    OOps did she say Pit Bull

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Sylvia B

    I cannot believe the McLiar campaign is saying this about Senator Biden. They have been putting out lies since day 1 and they have no shame about it, but know how to spin comments by democrats and the right-wing media is just as complicit. I believe Gov. Palin loves her child very much, but so do other parents who would like to find a cure for disabilities and diseases that can only be researched through stem cell research. Now Senator Obama will have to apologize for what Biden said because it has upset the McLiar campaign and the media (especially CNN and FOX) will not stop talking about it. I already know the routine. Have Palin demean Senator Obama by calling him "only a community organizer" and not mentioning any of his accomplishments and there is no apology from McLiar.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Joseph

    Just because she has a disabled child, doesn't mean she has supported efforts to help them in the past.

    Just like having a teenage daughter who is pregnant...she did not support sex education in schools.

    Just because you have an issue in your life, does not mean you've necessarily done anything to support its issues.

    September 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Shari, NY

    This is politics. McCain's ads kept hitting below the belt while Sen. Obama kept his decorum in tact. Since their intellect and restraint will not get them anywhere, it seems, the only way for the Democrats to win is to fight fire with fire.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. John Hardina

    Dems are IDIOTS!!!

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





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

    Way to go, Joe! Let her have it with both barrels! Expose this nitwit for the dim bulb that she is!.

    September 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Catalino Jacinto

    I happen to agree with Biden. How dare Republicans decide how to use stem cells. How can you be pro-life, yet stonewall every attempt to save the lives of all those ill people in America? It's a disgrace

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