October 29th, 2008
12:53 PM ET
14 years ago

In front of Florida crowd, Biden stresses Israel support

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JUPITER, Florida (CNN) – If you didn’t know where in the country Joe Biden was speaking Wednesday morning, the additions to his stump speech would have provided easy clues.

In a speech that has seen little variation in recent days, here in southeast Florida, Biden accused John McCain of supporting the privatization of Social Security as well as adding a section on the Democratic ticket’s plans to work closely with Israel.

“I got elected when I was 29 years old to the Senate,” said Biden, “and I’ve worked with every prime minister of Israel from Golda Meir right through to the present prime minister.

“That’s why Barack and I know, we know what the Israelis know and all our friends know,” Biden continued, speaking to supporters in the spring training ballpark that serves as the spring training home to the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins. “The greater the respect for America, the stronger America is in the world, the more secure Israel and the rest of our friends are in the world. So folks, this is a direct connection.”

The mention of support for Israel comes as the McCain camp pushes a new line of attack that looks to link Obama to a prominent Palestinian-American activist. In the closing days of the campaign, McCain and running mate Sarah Palin have seized on Obama’s 2003 praise of Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian scholar and professor at Columbia University whom the Republican ticket is calling a spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Khalidi has denied the charge.

The Delaware also senator put forward his and Obama’s platform to help seniors, while tying McCain to President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security.

“Can you imagine if in fact Social Security had been in the stock market?” Biden asked. “Can you imagine now the last couple months if Bush and McCain had succeeded in privatizing Social Security?”

“We believe there should be no privatization of Social Security. No raising of the retirement age. And we believe, we believe there should be no income taxes for seniors for who have an income of less than $50,000 a year. Zero.”

After a three-day Florida bus tour, Biden joins Obama Wednesday night for a final rally in the state before heading to Missouri.

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soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. rm

    Don't forget to watch Obama's ad tonight!! I am glad he is using my money wisely. Better an awesome t.v. ad than a $150,000 wardrobe!!! CNN, big disappointment that you are not airing it.

    October 29, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Ken

    Let me make this easy for Sarah, the hockey mom, to understand.

    The Republicans deserve to spend the next 4-8 years in the Penalty Box so they can think about what they have done to America and its people!! After some due consideration, introspection, and changes, they might be ready to lead again – but not until then!!!

    It's your choice, America!

    October 29, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. sal

    Obama Biden have won

    Let my people (americans) go.

    McCain is more experienced.................at loosing

    to Bush, now Obama

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Arex

    Seattle Mariners train in Arizona, not Florida.

    October 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |


    AFTER YOU WATCH IT YOU WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/5411


    October 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. kim

    Too bad we have no real choices. Too bad NO one votes in light of the constitution. Just a piece of paper, right? I really miss Ron Paul. It was fun to have someone running, for once, that would REALLY change things FOR THE BETTER!!!! Get ready for the world to come crashing down no matter WHO is elected this time. Say goodbye to liberty. We love our money more. Goodbye America. It was nice knowing ya.

    October 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Jadie

    One things for certain, we sure couldn't accuse Palin of having ties to any professors.

    October 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. TOM

    GO JOE!!
    Palin needs to be blasted back to Alaska. The sooner the better....only 6 more days to go. . . . . . . .

    October 29, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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