October 10th, 2008
10:34 AM ET
14 years ago

Biden to Palin: Don't lecture me on patriotism

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (CNN) - Joe Biden Thursday night told Sarah Palin not to lecture him on patriotism, after weeks of attacks mocking him for his statement the wealthy should be patriotic and pay higher taxes because not enough has been asked of them.

"Sarah Palin had great fun saying Joe Biden thinks paying taxes is patriotic. Well, let me tell you what Joe Biden thinks," the Delaware senator said at an outdoor rally. "Joe Biden thinks that anybody who takes millions of dollars offshore to avoid paying their fair share is unpatriotic."

The Obama-Biden campaign has accused John McCain of saying publicly he would close offshore banking loopholes, but saying otherwise in private.

"That is not patriotic and it will stop, it will stop in an Obama-Biden administration! Enough! I've had it up to here! Don't lecture me on patriotism," shouted Biden, getting drowned out by the applause of his supporters. "I'm dead tired of being taken advantage of. I'm getting tired of it."

Biden also said he's had enough of the McCain camp's personal attacks on Obama, slamming the Arizona senator for violating the "ethics" of the old neighborhood for not having the courage to go after Obama's character in their debates the way he has in speeches and in television ads.

"In my neighborhood you want to say something about me, look me in the eye and tell me," said Biden. "Say it to me straight up. Say it to me head on. That's the code, that's the ethics! Say it to me! Ladies and gentlemen, I'm tired of losing, I'm tired of taking this stuff, I've had enough."

There has been a perceptible shift this week in Biden's approach to attacking the opposing ticket. Since Wednesday, he has been increasingly willing to take on Sarah Palin individually, instead of his earlier approach of lumping her in with McCain or ignoring her altogether.

Biden's comments on patriotism were the second time he returned Palin's fire Thursday. Earlier, in Liberty, Missouri, Biden attacked McCain's new mortgage plan, using Palin's quip from last week that she has been listening to Biden's speeches since the second grade, which was intended to paint him as a Washington insider.

"That's true," Biden responded. "But she was in sixth grade the last time John had a new idea."

However, in the second use of that line here in Jefferson City, Biden incorrectly said Palin had made those comments directly to him at their debate in St. Louis last Thursday, rather than at a Columbus, Ohio rally three days prior.

Filed under: Joe Biden • Sarah Palin
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Nora

    YOU GO JOE!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Charlotte

    Oh, SNAP.

    October 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Jeff Brown

    Sorry for the loss of you Mother in Law Joe. Keep up the pressure on the prom queen. She is dangerous and she is a troublesome snake!

    October 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Tamarra

    I believe that attacking Sarah Palin and John McCain head on. McCain is acting as if he is in a streetfight. So, you have to take it to him. The lies they are spreading is outrageous. Obama has talked about his drug use duh, it was in his book and in several interviews. He has never tried to hide it. Then the William Ayers this is so stupid. They worked on a board together and they were professors at the University of Chicago. I mean seriously, how many people new who he was before they decided to vet every person who has crossed Obama's path? Zero to none.

    October 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. joyce

    someone please bring up the membership of palin's husband to a secessionist party. let's see how they react to that! they can't get away with denying that as facts are facts.

    good, i'm glad his responding and not getting bullied by palin. she's so low man, it's unbelievable. the sad thing is mccain had actually joined her down there. pathetic.

    offer something new and get real. maybe just maybe team mccain would end the elections with some dignity. but that ain't going to happen.

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |

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    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |


    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. D&D

    Palin should play it cool with Biden, if she doesn't want to be completely "distroyed" by him!

    "That's true," Biden responded. "But she was in sixth grade the last time John had a new idea." I love that line.

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Rich

    Thank you Joe. Take it to them. They want to incite fear and hatred. Keep it on the high road, but call them out!

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. JIM HAWK

    you da man joe !!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Bob, MN

    One thing, the New York Times is right. It was a complete lack of
    judgment on McCain's part to "pick" Sarah Palin as an instrument of
    destruction to his campaign. The qualifications for Vice President are
    the same as the qualifications for President. It would be horrifying if
    it were Palin, since she not qualified for either position, spewing of
    bigoted garbage not withstanding. Where's your honor McCain?

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. LS, Austin, Texas

    Way to go Joe – tell it like it is.

    The nerve of McCain and Palin. All McCain and Palin are doing, are using people's frustrations to feed their own power-trips. McCain, Palin and the whole camp is unpatriotic – the worst ever in history.

    After watching the crowds reactions and comments to McCain and Palin – they are really pissed-off. Way to go McCain/Palin – that's the way to connect to your attendees – NOT!!

    I hope Obama confronts McCain on his ludicrous and childish behavior and remarks in the next debate. It's really going to make McCain look really bad.

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. JAS


    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Jkay - KCMO

    You show 'em Joe.................you're in the Show Me State!!

    I just heard you say the "folksy one" was in 8th grade the last time McBlame had a new idea. That started my morning off with a good laugh. You are our man.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Annette

    The McCain campaign has gone totally dsyfunctional. To have folks at a rally pleading for agressiveness out of a compaign that has done all but throw out the bathroom tub, at a time when this economy is hurting and a pressing issue, a nation in TWO wars, an energy problem that we must deal with. I almost think they set that up, to justify becoming more aggressive. To go to the bottom of the pit to win the presidency, if what we see now is a reflection of his judgement. It's the reverse, Sen. McCain is the real risky person in this campaign.

    October 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Lisa - VA

    I know that's right...you tell her Joe..

    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. GO SARAH!!


    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Omentum

    Governor Palin

    Is it patriotic to collect perdiem while living at your home.

    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Tracy

    I agree with Joe. Our country doesn't ask much of you: She asks that you pay your taxes and obey her laws. Jury duty and even voting are voluntary. I pay my taxes, and I don't cheat. I'm happy to do it because I love my country and her people. What happens to that money once it hits the government is a different story. . . but my job's done.

    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Greg in MN

    WooHoo! Now I want a second VP debate! Let Joe go after Palin 100% and don't hold back!

    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Wise White Guy

    I am tired of it too Joe! Thanks for being who you are and embracing Barack because you two are the same. Just good smart people who share my values of honesty, integrity, and caring about people more than money. John McCain has shown himself to be the very opposite of that.

    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Alvin Swerve

    Oh, don't worry about her, Joe. Palin is already roadkill on the American political highway. She does not even have the sense to know that, in this community of ours, she is the village idiot.

    Your fifteen minutes are almost up, Sarah! And what an insipid fifteen minutes they were. Yours was a tale told by an idiot, full of soung and fury, signifying nothing.

    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Diane Panama City Fl

    Sarah Palin may wear high heels, but Joe Biden wears steel-toed boots. Get her where it matters, Joe!!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Steve

    Palin is a disgrace to the American people. "That one" will do and say anything to win. Joe put her down and stop the lies she is spreading to Americans.

    NY GOP voting for the DEMS....

    October 10, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. BJGT

    Feel the Joementum!

    October 10, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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