September 30th, 2008
08:22 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin says she's the 'new energy'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin told CBS' Katie Couric she represents 'new energy.'"](CNN) - Sarah Palin said she was not taking a jab at Joe Biden's age or lengthy stint in Washington when recently joking she had been listening to the Delaware senator's speeches since the second grade.

"Oh no, it's nothing negative at all," Palin told Katie Couric Monday in the latest installment of her Monday interview with the CBS anchor. "He's got a lot of experience and just stating the fact there, that we've been hearing his speeches for all these years."

The original comments came at an Ohio rally Monday, when Palin told the cheering crowd, "I'm looking forward to meeting [Biden] too, I've never met him before - but I've been hearing about his senate speeches since I was in, like the second grade."

Watch: Palin goes after Biden

Some political observers found that comment peculiar, given her own running mate is the oldest man ever to seek a first presidential term. But Palin said she was merely contrasting the differences she sees between herself and Biden.

"He's got a tremendous amount of experience and, you know, I'm the new energy, the new face, the new ideas and he's got the experience based on many, many years in the Senate and voters are gonna have a choice there of what it is that they want in these next four years," she said.

Palin was 8 years-old when Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. (Biden was 29 at that time)

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  1. jojo

    It was such a strange comment. Sarah Palin may surprise us. Now, I've said that before because I can't imagine someone being that dense. Maybe its another one of McCain's tricks and she is really super smart and will surprise is all. I have to either think that or that she is really not that bright.

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. M. Winners

    Ya know, like, I don't know what I'm talking about but ya know, I'm gonna be shakin' thing up and fixin' stuff – and I can see Russia from my house...

    This woman is a ditz! No Palin No McCain...

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. carol

    I do hope the McCain people will have her programmed on the right topics on Thursday.......she is just like a Stepford Wife.....who knows maybe McCain and Sarah will both blow a gasket!!!!!
    This ticket would be really funny if it didn't have a serious side to it......these two folks are just a laughing stock and they have the nerve
    to think the American people would trust them let alone believe them!!!!
    Time for the Lone Ranger and Tonto to ride off into the yesterday!!!!!

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Independent but Leaning

    Does anyone care about this?

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Patriots for Obama

    Whether you agree that Obama is prepared to be president or not, he has earned the support of millions of Americans and gotten the nomination of the democratic party. Joe Biden has been working hard for American familes since 1972. By nominating Sarah Palin, John McCain threw the experience argument out the window; By laughing at Joe Biden's age Sarah Palin has thrown herself out a window. Biden has served in senate longer than McCain but is younger than McCain by several years. He and John McCain are too entrenched in "politics as usual" to convince anyone that they can lead the change this country needs. But put Obama at the top of the ticket to lead and you have formidable ticket that all hard working families in America should rally behind. I'll be proud to cast my vote for this visionary pair on November 4th. Sarah Palin should seriously consider going back to second grade.

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Newsflash! Putin Invades Alaska's Airspace Between Palin's Ears

    She's definitely the new something but energy is not remotely a word that comes to mind.

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. tim

    palin = airhead

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. dharmas

    press should just bleep out her words. it is just depressing to hear her babble

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. Jane

    Palin is a complete disaster.

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Shay

    Duh Governor Palin is saying the same thing that Obama said. I got to read this again. It is similar to what Obama said about him going against McCain.

    McCain camp and Governor Palin need to get a life of their own and stop riding on Obama lines and try to use their own lines instead.

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Joe

    Maybe she will have that priest bless the country to protect us from witchcraft!!!!! Now that is a new Idea!!!!

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Ana

    Ms. Palin, its hard to believe you've been hearing about JB speeches since the second grade.....Hard to believe you have the intellectual capacity to hear about anything other than what your church tells you!!

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. embarrasing

    if sh e can run, heck we all can run for VP, no matter even if you can barely pronounce names or even went to school...........

    have we sank that low??

    why are we not expecting more from our politicians?

    she is corrupt,
    she is inexperienced
    she is absolutely clueless
    she is ignorant
    she is intolerant
    she is racist
    she is a bulldog with lipstick
    she makes not sense
    she is totally confused
    she is a mess
    she does not represent women the Americna Women I know
    she is odd
    but most importantly

    she is IGNORANT, there is nothing to it,
    no matter how old mcsame turns it around, or limbaugh or others

    i know republicans can and do better than this person..........she represents the worst the worst i tell you...

    Quale looks brilliant next to her...

    wake up america or we will be totally lost lost lost adn she will blame the dinosaurs.. with whom we have lived before or she will send us all to the witch doctor
    or to her pregnant teenage daugther
    or to her husband's lover

    lord help us

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Alejandro

    As a foreign, that lives in this country and have a tremendous respect for it (that is why I dare to give my opinion) I think you can summarize the present political choices as a pro-life stance, strong and good foreign policy, and sound economic ideas with McCain or Pro-abortion, weak and dangerous foreign policy, and populist economic plans with Obama. Let me tell you one more thing, you learn in economics 101 that minimum wages, quotas and tariffs to avoid free trade, and a big government are not good for the economy. All things that Obama wants. Please, Choose wisely.

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |

    We don't need "new energy"..... we need ...... INTELIGENCE, WISDOM, GOOD JUDGMENT, and UNITY-- WE NEED OBAMA!!!!!!

    September 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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