September 15th, 2008
08:28 AM ET
15 years ago

Biden to sharpen attacks against McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Biden is planning to go on the attack Monday."]WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) – Flying largely under the radar since John McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Joe Biden is set to make a splash Monday morning as he delivers what the campaign is describing as a major speech in Michigan that will sharpen their attacks against John McCain.

Aides say Biden will use his standing as McCain’s decades-long Senate colleague as a backdrop in the “just the facts” speech to further accuse the Arizona senator of being a “sequel” to President George W. Bush’s two terms.

“We’ve seen this movie before, folks,” Biden will say according to excerpts provided by the campaign. “But as everyone knows, the sequel is always worse than the original.”

“If you’re ready for four more years of George Bush, John McCain is your man,” he adds. “Just as George Herbert Walker Bush was nicknamed 'Bush 41' and his son is known as “Bush 43,” John McCain could easily become known as 'Bush 44.'”

This speech on domestic issues will be one of two framing speeches Biden will deliver before the fall’s debates, the second will be on foreign policy next week. Both will make the case that McCain has changed and is out of touch.

“Whatever happened to the guy, who once denounced tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in a time of war, as 'immoral'?” Monday’s speech will ask. “Whatever happened to the guy who wanted to do something about climate change? Not anymore.”

“When someone running for election changes his views to satisfy the base of the party, that’s not change, that’s just more of the same Washington game.”

Biden will also address the negative tone the race has taken in recent days, arguing that it is because the staff McCain has hired is the same team Bush used against McCain to launch “unconscionable, scurrilous attacks” in the 2000 race.

"The campaign a person runs says everything about the way they’ll govern," the speech reads. "John McCain has decided to bet the house on the politics perfected by Karl Rove."

The excerpts make no mention of Sarah Palin. Biden spokesman David Wade says that until she comes out of her “hermetically-sealed” environment, the campaign will assume she holds the same positions as McCain and will focus on him.

UPDATE: After the speech McCain-Palin spokeman Ben Porritt responded, saying Biden's comments are "more ridiculous comments that are not credible and stand in complete contradiction to their record."

"It’s salesmanship not leadership for Barack Obama and his running mate to tell families in Michigan that they have plans to aid the middle class when they recently both voted in favor of higher taxes for Americans making as little as $42,000," writes Porritt in an e-mail. "And they both persist in opposing sensible energy policy that will relieve our dependence on foreign energy.”

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. swalker3237

    TELL 'EM JOE!!!


    September 15, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Darryl

    We just need to stick to the facts Senator John McCain is straight up lying about Gov Sarah Palin recor on earmarks!

    WSJ: Palin's Project List Totals $453 Million
    Last week, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, hadn't sought earmarks or special-interest spending from Congress, presenting her as a fiscal conservative. But state records show Gov. Palin has asked U.S. taxpayers to fund $453 million in specific Alaska projects over the past two years.

    September 15, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. SKF

    Go Joe.

    Quietly in the background getting the job done.

    America loves Joe Biden.

    He will be a great VP with all his experience.

    Obama / Biden

    September 15, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Gerald in Georgia

    Wow, CNN you had a CNN Special: Barack Obama Revealed and you interviewed Barack Obama. You had John McCain Revealed and you interviewed John McCain. You had Joe Biden Revealed and you interviewed Joe Biden. You had Sarah Palin Revealed and you interviewed her family and friends!!! Really CNN???

    When is the media going to grow a pair and demand we hear from this lady??

    September 15, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Judy from NC

    Go Joe!!!!

    September 15, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. ruben villa

    Sorry but we fell for 8 years. No more Bush style politics.

    September 15, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Smoke 'em, Joe!

    September 15, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. legare

    Its about time.

    September 15, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Time for Real Reporters....CNN!

    It's about time since super soccer mom thinks she is running against Obama...Wait, McCain did say she was going to clean up Washington, he will be one of the duties to get a pink slip. Even to her friends in Alaska said they are NOT committed to voting for Palin, and if she don't stop running from the press to answer serious questions of their concerns, she will not get their vote. Alaska's have more since then those who believe the lies that comes out of her and McCain mouth. The voters in Alaska also states that the thing McCain is saying about Palin are mostly lies and they hope voters FIND out the truth before Nov. Most beg not to include their names when their comments were published, most made it clear that they are AFRAID She will seek retaliation against them by abusing her power of authority as in the past.

    Palin is all about herself, her share of money to make, her lips that lie continuously and her rich friends that will follow from Alaska to take OVER the White House.
    We have ever right to worry because if she is elected it won’t be McCain/Palin all honesty it will be Palin/Wealthy Oil owners ( I owe)of the White House.

    Yep, a CHANGE us foolish American believed in a third time.....NOT I!

    September 15, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Bulldog

    You know it's kind of interesting the McCain is now using the "Reform That Can Be Proven" slogan which is almost identical to the same slogan George Bush ran on in 2000. So McCain is copying George Bush's campaigns from 2000 and 2004 and playing the victim anytime the media tries to ask him and his running mate tough questions. Wow. Now that's reform.

    September 15, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Bill in NYC

    Go get them Joe. Both truth and history are at your side. GW Bush is the second worst president in history. McCain and Bush agreed 90% of the time. This isn't FUZZY math here folks!

    Obama/Biden in 08!

    September 15, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. ProudDemocrat

    Americans are ignorant people.

    September 15, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Will-South Dakota

    Right On Joe!! A 3rd Bush term you hit the nail on the head.

    September 15, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. M.B. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    Post this, CNN!

    Haha that's funny. I don't think McSame will simply let her walk out and clean house, she's Mrs. Failin.
    But even if, she will only blow it up. She's a nothing, I guess she doesn't know the british prime minister, the german chancelor, the italian minister president, or some heads of state in Europe and Asia. She even doesn't know their names, I guess. Can America really effort her as a VP? Of course...not!
    She's religious, fanatic something. She doesn't even care about a war with Russia, she scares America!

    So, wait for Biden to grill her in the debate in around 2 weeks, and let's see if the McFailin crew is fast enough leading the sinking ship...

    Obama/Biden for landslide

    September 15, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Candy West Virginia

    Just tell Americans the truth, how mccain and palin are pathological liars.

    September 15, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. LJ

    I aggree with Gerald in Georgia... How was this "revealed" show done without talking directly to the person being "REVEALED". What are they hiding by not allowing her to speak. What would be said about Biden if he took a vacation from the media. They must be afraid of what she'll say... A "Gaffe" machine perhaps...................

    September 15, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Get Real

    Sarah Palin is not John McCain's Runnign Mate!
    John McCain is her stepping stone to the white house.

    John had better have a food taster if he gets elected.

    September 15, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. chris


    It would be helpful if you can actually posted Biden's speech instead of your spin. It's a great, hard-hitting speech.

    September 15, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. welches, oregon

    Glad to see the Obama folks taking the lead and running. Go Biden!

    September 15, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Jeff

    Oh ya that'll help. That's what's been missing!

    September 15, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Mike

    John McCain =Lies and Sleeze

    September 15, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Democrat for John McCain

    Biden does not know what to do. He is desperate like Barack. Their campaign is coming to an end.

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Amy

    I know in my heart and my head that I can TRUST Joe Biden. He speaks to my experiences. Go Joe!!

    September 15, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. Lynn

    CNN needs to get over its fascination with Palin and start covering both VP candidates. Joe has been out there every day talking about issues but you have chosen to cover Palin nonstop, repeating her lie and distortions with no objective analysis.

    September 15, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Don

    Funny but some months ago Biden said he would be willing run with Mccain. Nobama!!!

    September 15, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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