September 14th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Biden: McCain is dead wrong

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Biden hammered McCain Sunday for being out of touch, saying he’s “dead wrong about what we should do as a nation.”"]

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) – After two days off the trail, Joe Biden ventured back out on Sunday afternoon, driving home the “Republicans just don't get it” label the Obama campaign is trying to saddle John McCain and Sarah Palin with to portray them as out of touch.

“What I want to tell you is this: John was [in 2000] and is now and has been dead wrong,” Biden said in a high school gym in Charlotte. “Dead wrong about what we should do as a nation. It doesn’t mean we can’t be friends, he’s just dead wrong. John just doesn’t get it.”

As Obama has in the last few days, Biden brought up McCain’s comments at a forum on service in New York last week when the Arizona senator said in Washington it’s easy to be “divorced” from everyday challenges.

“Yo!” Biden exclaimed, “I couldn’t have put it better myself. The McCain ticket seems divorced from the economic realities facing average American families.”

Biden zeroed in on John McCain for most of his speech but drew loud boos from the crowd at the single mention of Palin’s name when saying that the Republican ticket doesn’t feel obliged to re-train workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas.

The Delaware senator’s standard jabs at McCain on health care, energy, and the economy were all there but perhaps looking to stem a potential tide of women crossing over to vote for the ticket with a woman on it, Biden added a hit on McCain for not supporting a study to look at the pay gap between men and women.

He also went beyond simply promoting his campaign's proposals for the middle class, highlighting the "chemistry" on the Democratic ticket. Not just between himself and Obama, but between the Obama daughters and Biden's granddaugthers who – as Biden tells it – had a sleepover during the convention and became fast friends.

"I believe that's a metaphor, a metaphor for what the country is looking for," said Biden. "They're looking for a sleepover with people they like."

Monday Biden will deliver an economic speech in Michigan that an advisor is calling the “Bush 44 speech”, looking to further tie McCain’s economic policies to President Bush’s and accuse McCain of running a “dishonorable and deceptive” campaign.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Susan

    Go Joe!! I've been watching the "history of" Joe Biden. So very enlightening and so glad Obama picked him. Go get them Joe!!!!Bless you and your family.

    September 14, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. Diana

    Go Biden!!! It's on now baby. Call it like it is and stick to the issues, that's what the American people want to hear. Let them know, "Not this time" We want the Change that we can believe in. Not the Change that comes with lies and corruption.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 15, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  3. brian

    Awesome. I love when Biden speaks up. He sounds like an uncle or neighbor, not some DMCM insider or ultra-political snob. He is really an ordinary Joe, and I love it! He complements Obama's professorial persona perfectly without sumbing down the ticket.

    Then you have McCain, who was only complemented by Palin because she's younger than one of his children.

    September 15, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  4. Kevin from Florida

    Get em!

    September 15, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  5. Texas

    McCain is just a continuation of Bush

    September 15, 2008 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  6. keith

    Can the media try and cover Joe as they have been covering Mcpalin,the way you guy have been going you would think it is only three people running

    September 15, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  7. Peter Eisold

    Obama/biden is better as mccain/palin.

    September 15, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Peter Eisold

    Obama/biden is very fantastic and beautiful. Mccain/palin is bed for the us economy. Good bless germany and united states of america.

    September 15, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Peter Eisold

    We need the partnership to united states of america. I am a german and like the united states of america.

    September 15, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. kevin

    it shows, that obama picked the perfect man. mccain and palin or whatever she is to him is just a wanta be but copy cat to the obama campaign. joe. let em know , dems are not playing. and by the way what happen with the girl mccain cheated on his wife with? did the media forget?! go obama!

    September 15, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |