September 28th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Biden goes home to prep for debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sens. Obama and Biden head to a Detroit rally Sunday."]
DETROIT (CNN) – Following a rally in Detroit with Barack Obama Sunday afternoon, Joe Biden will return home to Wilmington, Delaware to prepare for his Thursday night debate with Sarah Palin.

The Delaware senator’s schedule is blank until he flies to St. Louis for the debate, though he will head to Washington to vote on the bailout package when the vote is scheduled in the Senate.

Spokesman David Wade says the only preparation Biden has done up to this point is reading and talking to a wide range of colleagues, among them senators Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will fly to Wilmington this week to play the role of Palin in sparring sessions with Biden. In a recent interview on NBC’s Today Show she said, “I want to beat him up a little bit, so he does well.”

Biden never talks directly about Palin on the stump, only in the context of the Republican ticket as a whole. He regularly tells audiences he doesn't know anything about her.

"I’m not being a wise guy," Biden told a laughing crowd Friday in Wisconsin, "I don’t know. I’m assuming she agrees with [McCain's] position. I’m being deadly earnest. I don’t know. I don’t know."

Biden will fly back to Delaware after the debate for his son Beau's deployment to Iraq on Friday as part of a Delaware National Guard unit. Beau Biden is Delaware’s attorney general. Palin's eldest son, Track, is also serving in Iraq.

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soundoff (74 Responses)

    I certainly hope Sarah wears her cheesy rhinestone "ALASKA" pin. She will need to be weighted down during the debate. Otherwise, all the hot air rushing from her cranium when she opens her mouth, will send her spiraling around the debate hall!

    September 28, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Colleen

    I think the debate will be very hard for Biden to win. Palin is very personable and funny. She could make a few funny one liners and take the debate while Biden wins on all the details, but is dull.
    Also, Biden runs a real risk of seeming mean if he goes after her. The other risk is that compared to how clueless Palin is on any number of serious issues- it will be very hard for Biden not to come off like a fussy old professor.

    September 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. auggie

    joe the pot bellies have busted, don't let them make the tax payers clean up their crap, tell them to listen to the voters.

    September 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. carlos

    BE Gracious, Mr. Biden. LEt her sink herself, but, please, take the high ground and be gracious.

    September 28, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. John in IN

    If I was Palin being treated as she is by the McCain campaign, I would say "Thanks but No Thanks" – endorse Obama and walk away. The campaign is treating her like a semi-trained seal.

    September 28, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. redhead from Toronto

    Godd luck Beau Biden, keep your head down – your dad and Senator Obama will bring you home soon. God bless

    September 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Watermann

    CNN, in your "Late Edition" somebody mentioned that the bar is laid down very low for Sarah Palin. Why the hell should the media or the public place the bar right to the floor for her? Isn`t she running for VP, only one heartbeat away from the Presidency?
    Up to now he has spoken with three female senators and will do sparring with another female senator.
    His biggest problem will be the gender of his rival. But why should this happen, the second highest office in the US should never be protected by the gender of a candidate who claims that she is ready for the office.

    September 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    In order to prepare for the magnitude of intellect you are going to debate, Joe, I'd start watching a lot of Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, and perhaps a bit of Droopy Dog, in case she's been talking to Lieberman...

    September 28, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Matt


    Can't wait...this is going to be like watching Jabba feed the Rancor...

    September 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Rave

    Good Luck Mr. Biden. Dont you worry too much about Ms. Piglin, she's a fake and everyone understands it after her 2 or 3 recent interviews. She is clueless.

    September 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Harvey in Va

    who cares if he goes home to prepare...what kind of breaking news is that

    September 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. tigerakabj

    Joe I don't know jack squat about her either, at least not what she's said out her own mouth. I have yet to hear her give her beliefs or her positions on anything. All I'ver heard is trash talk about Obama, community organizers, etc.

    Joe, wipe the floor with her in that debate. They'll call you "sexist" lol either way. We have too much at stake (i.e. 2 wars, global warming, piss-poor economy) for you to treat her with kid gloves. Lets see if all that talk about "pit-bull" is a fact.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    September 28, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Jeremy

    Intergrity, Transparency, Charisma and Sincerity are KEY characteristics of a leader. Am afraid John Mcain team is economical in these aspects. There is absolute Loyalty to our Nation in both teams but these key components are important to move forward into the 21st Century. It is important for Mcain Team to clear this thick Alaskan smoke sooner than later. 65% of voting students in 3 Dallas Universities would want Corruption and abuse of office allegations in Sarah Palins administration be conclusively addressed before Nov 4th (SEPT 20-26 DATA IS AVAILABLE). There is growing believe that Palin is another John Mcains blunder!

    September 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Pitbull without lipstick (get Palin out of my city, philly)

    Joe is well-liked and reaches the rural areas well. He is a definite plus to the ticket. I can tell ya that independents will not find his gaffes bad especially since they will be comparing it to Palin's lack of understanding on the economy, foreign policy, social security, job losses, iraq, iran etc. CNN can write all they want about Biden's gaffes but it isn't going to really reduce his attraction by independents.

    September 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Billy

    Prep well Joe, we need you to walk a VERY fine line this Thursday. Make us proud!

    September 28, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Saad, NJ

    BUT WHY???? Senator, there is no need, you'll do just fine without any prep. Your expreience and exposure speaks of itself. Just be yourself. We are all loking forward to perhaps what is the greatest mismatch in the two VP's in recent history.

    September 28, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Pitbull without lipstick (get Palin out of my city, philly)

    the recent info I heard is that the next melodrama coming out of the McCain campaign is that Bristol will be getting married closer to the election date so this will be the topic of media interest and Obama won't get coverage.

    September 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. georgia independent

    Well, it shouldn't be too hard to prep for a debate with Ms. Palin... Look out your window – do you see Russia? No? Guess she wins.

    I'd love to see someone ask her why she hasn't released her medical records or her financial records yet. And why is it that she was given an extension to release her financials AFTER the debate? What is in those numbers that Biden could poke at?

    September 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. bibek

    Biden is da man.

    obama/biden '08

    September 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Fools for Obama

    The trouble for Obama is that his position is stating what he never would have done... instead of telling us what he WILL do.

    Another words, the man of change and about the future... is always looking back and blaming the past decisions. He never looks to the future with any decisiveness.

    September 28, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. cherie

    Give me a break did you notice all the notes Obhama was jotting down that McCain said so he could remember them for his own speeches Obhama is a talker not a leader if he was a leader he would have stayed in Washington watching out for you...I dont trust Obhama and all the crimmals he has working for him MCCAIN/PALIN

    September 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Amy

    John McCain made an irresponsible choice in Sarah Palin as his running mate. To say she is underqualified is an understatement. The fact that he would choose someone that so obviously lacks the depth and knowledge needed for the most influential job in the world is an insult to our country. These are my thoughts, and I am a Republican!

    September 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    If Sarah is an idiot- why is the experienced Biden in need of preparation?

    September 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. ralph

    McCain is dropping in the polls yet again. i guess that means we are in for yet another one of his surprise distractions.

    September 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. double talk

    He needs to prepare to debate the person that the democrats have labeled the most ignorant of them all?

    September 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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