September 17th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Biden: McCain fell off his horse

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Biden talked about the economy while campaigning in Ohio Wednesday."]
MAUMEE, Ohio (CNN) – Joe Biden hammered John McCain on the economy at his first stop Wednesday in this battleground state, criticizing the Arizona senator for only now coming around to the idea of regulation needed to avert financial crises.

“All of a sudden it’s my goodness there’s greed on Wall Street, my goodness we need common sense regulation,” Biden said.

With polls showing Barack Obama has lost his lead in Ohio, Biden is embarking on a two-day bus tour of the state.

The Delaware senator told supporters at an outdoor rally that they have a choice between those who allow corporations and the wealthy to go "unfettered” and those who want “common sense rules” to protect transparency.

“Look, if John cares so much about this now, where was he a week ago?” Biden asked. “Where was he a month ago? Where was he 5 years ago? I’ll tell you where he was, he was bragging to the folks on Wall Street, to the executives who now he calls ‘greedy.’ He was bragging to them how we’re going to shred the regulation that fetters them, that ties them down.”

“So let’s take a look at John’s conversion here,” Biden later added, “Something happened on the road to Damascus, John fell off his horse but he got back up on the same horse.”

He went on to draw parallels with McCain’s health care plan, saying that there too McCain favors de-regulation that wouldn’t allow states to protect its residents from insurance companies.

“So John, you got back on the same horse, you continue to push a plan that’s designed to de-regulate the health insurance industry,” said Biden, asking the crowd to raise their hands if they trust insurance companies to take care of their needs.

“I got one person [who] raised their hand. I got also a bridge I got to sell you and guess what? It’s in Alaska and it goes to nowhere,” he said, echoing a line Obama has been using on the stump as well.

Filed under: Economy • Joe Biden • John McCain • Ohio
soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. POW = Persons of Wealth

    Yes, but for 5 1/2 years John McCain didn't have a horse, or a kitchen table, or a house because he was a POW!
    –David, Silver Spring, MD

    Then he came home and cheated on his wife by having an affair with Cindy Lou in Hawaii. He then left his wife and kids and never looked back.


    September 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. TyWebb

    Hey, "Go Sarah"! Why do you support the biggest liar in political history – Ms. Palin?

    September 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Robert

    I love you Biden, but the democrats lost their way. Hillary should have been the nominee and Obama VP.

    Welcome Third Bush Term, Good-by Supreme Court!

    September 17, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. tony

    Biden–Has been dropped on his head like a dozen times–
    Can't you tell –One eye always squints -
    His crowds are hovering around 250 People now–LOL-
    It's like an AMBER ALERT - Has anyone seen Joe-!!

    It's Even in Perennial DEM States like " GUNS and RELGION " Pennsylvania and Wow Minnesota-
    Together with when most of these polled people get into the Voting Booth –they will not pull the lever for OBAMA-Just like they couldn't pull the lever against Hillary-
    The only reason he won the primary was because he bullied his way in the caucase states -
    This is going to be a bad loss for the DEM's–

    September 17, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Tim

    So just what have Biden and Obama been doing for the past several years (decades in Biden's case) to make sure that the democratically controlled CONGRESS exercises the appropriate oversight of industry?

    Politicians are slime balls, don't get too close.

    September 17, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Truthster

    Sen. Joseph Biden, released his tax returns for the years 1998 to 2007.
    The returns showed that in, 1999, Biden and his wife Jill gave $120 to charity out of an adjusted gross income of $210,979!!!!
    In 2005, out of an adjusted gross income of $321,379, the Bidens gave $380.
    In nine out of the ten years for which tax returns were released, the Bidens gave less than $400 to charity.
    This guy is a loud mouthed liberal hypocrite!

    September 17, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Olivia

    Biden seems to embellish everything he says has happened.
    This supposedly honest outspoken guy doesn't seem that way to me.
    I would like to know why Obama is saying he has accomplished far more in the very short time he has been in the senate, than those who have been there for some time. Doesn't seem feasable. Why isn't Biden protecting his legacy as a long-term senator? Does he feel he is exempt from the do-nothing group?

    and.....stop riding McCain unfairly. He is a good man and will be at the helm come Nov.

    September 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Fed Up

    Does that explain where McSame is coming from?

    Did he fall off his horse and hit his head, or is just the Dementia talking?

    Just say NO to Bush 44.

    September 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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