November 1st, 2008
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden: Never thought I'd see this from McCain

Sen. Biden took a shot at Sen. McCain during a campaign stop in Indiana Saturday.

Sen. Biden took a shot at Sen. McCain during a campaign stop in Indiana Saturday.

EVANSVILLE, Indiana (CNN) – The morning after Joe Biden told reporters he hoped John McCain would finish the campaign with a positive tone - “his strength” - the Delaware senator said he doesn’t remember a presidential campaign ending so viciously.

“In my view, over the last few weeks, John McCain’s campaign has gone way over the top,” said Biden Saturday at an outdoor rally on Evansville’s Main Street. “They are trying to take the low road to the highest office in the land. It’s not only George Bush’s economic policies that John McCain has bought hook, line and sinker. He’s also bought Karl Rove’s brand of political tactics.”

“It is disappointing, I never thought I’d see this from a McCain campaign,” Biden continued. “They’re calling Barack Obama every name in the book. They are going out in a way that I don’t recall it being more personally vicious.”

As a supporter yelled, “They’re scared!” the Delaware senator predicted that the tone would get worse in the last three days.

Stopping in Indiana for a morning rally in the middle of a two-day bus tour through Ohio, Biden said he and his wife Jill rose early Saturday. Mrs. Biden went running along the Ohio river while the senator was “walking and running.”

“I tell you, it's getting harder to keep up with her,” he told the crowd.

On her run, Mrs. Biden met a nun who was running and going to mass early so she could make it to the vice presidential nominee’s rally. Returning to the hotel, Mrs. Biden reminded her husband, a devout Catholic, that he hadn’t yet gone to All-Saints Day mass.

“Sister Jean-Michelle, I made 9:00. I made 9:00 mass. I just want to thank you,” said Biden, scanning the crowd for the nun. “I'll call my mom some time during the day and the first thing she'll ask me, 'Joey did you go to mass?' So you saved me, sister. You saved me.”

Mrs. Biden introduced her husband, taking off her coat at the podium to reveal an elegant, bright red dress that got a roar of approval from the audience.

“I didn’t think it would cause that much of a stir,” she responded.

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soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. Richard

    Well, it is almost over.
    The fact that this McCain/Palin ticket is so out of touch.
    Now the attacks are coming and coming but the people will speak at the end of the day.
    However, the route they took by attacking another candidate tells enough about how you will manage and run a country. What you see now is what you will see in the White House.
    These guys are filled with excuses and toxic and Obama as their opponent is being attacked. What do you think will happen if they get into the White House. They will be trying to attack all their enemies.

    Go Obama!!!

    November 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    McCain true colors are coming to surface. now American people can see him for who he is!!!!

    November 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Dameun Strange

    It's funny how people keep mentioning ACORN when the only person who has been arrested for criminal activity regarding voter fraud was a republican in California, meathead Arnold's home state. He was arrested and indicted for tricking and forcing people to register as republicans. funny huh, George...if that is your real name.

    Guess what McCain you have lost the respect of many Iraq War vets...they fought for better than this.

    November 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Ms. G

    I find myself being really disgusted by Gov. Schwarzenegger's description of Senator Obama. We always learn in school and by our parents not to call people names or their physiques. He has so disappointed me, reaching a new low. That was you get went you pal around with people with no aspiration to nobleness.

    November 1, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. LR Goldsworthy

    WHAT IS MORE LOW ROAD AND VICIOUS THAN INFANTICIDE THROUGH MR. Obama's support of "The Freedom Of Choice" Legislation.

    Will greed over a promise of a little extra cash in our pockets buy our support for Infanticide? Mr. Obama's support for the so called
    "Freedom of Choice Act" is support for Infanticide?

    Are we not angry with the executives who have robbed America of millions/billions of unearned income they took off with? Will will sell out like them, for a promise of maybe $500. a year? Are we willing to become them, for a pithy promise of small change? What is the pricetag on this enticement? Putting Americans, of all walks, in the shoes of the greedy elite? Only they are laughing that we will sell out, all of our children and grandchildren, for chump change.

    Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden, what is more vicious and low road than Infanticide?

    Americans, do we really believe that anyone who supports Infanticide is anyone to be trusted...on anything? Would we even want them as a friend? Would we give them a loan of our hard earned money? Would we ever expect them to pay it back?

    We must not allow the exploitation of our fears at this time to over rule our reason.

    "They that would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty or safety." Benjamin Fraklin 1787

    November 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    McCain's dirty style of campaigning has torpedoed his attempt to become President. What do these three things have in common: The Titanic, the Lusitania, and McCain's chance of winning this election?.

    November 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Derrick Pearson

    Mccain doesn't know what vindicated means.

    November 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Independent for USA only

    GOP plays an extremely negative tone probably because they are upset with whatever they did to this country in the past 8 years.

    November 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Margaret Leicester

    As I said before, McCain chose Palin and continues the disgusting smear campaign because he does not really want to win. Poor old guy is tired–and I don't blame him!–its a helluva job ahead.

    OBAMA is a leader and can do this job much better. He won't be perfect, cuz no one is, but he is the best one for this job now!

    Just 3 more days of this horrible stuff, and God Forbid! if McBush wins, he will have a hard time getting his agenda off the ground with a Dem majority. Palin only appeals to a narrow, close minded racist hateful base, hope she and her ilk disappear back into the cave with bin Laden–two sides of the same coin, Sarah! YOU are the devil incarnate, woman.


    November 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Tarheel

    The sky across America is turning a beautiful shade of Blue.
    Democrats Obama and Biden have waged respectful campaigns and should be very proud. I wish the other party could say the same! The phone messages and candidate or party advertisements from the Repubs have been nothing but sleeeeeze!!

    November 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. jan

    John McCain and Sarah Palin are doing nothing any different then obama and biden. If you think they are bad look at what you all are writing. obama and all of you are going to end up dividing the United States. It is so sad the way you are all acting. Get a grip. This isn't what this country needs. We need to be united. This isn't what obama wants. It's already starting. Down right dirty.,.,,,,

    McCain/Palin 2008

    November 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Griff

    Just another "Pan-Handler"?

    November 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. doob

    I'm encouraging my children to follow this race and teach them about the political process. It's too bad what they are absorbing from the GOP is absolute sleaze. It's enough to turn them off. Guess who they are rooting for? Obama!!

    November 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Geo Joe in ABQ

    Once McCain chose the dark side there was no turning back. He must walk/crawl/slither the path he has chosen. McCain and his minions now have no choice. They must continue to sink deeper into depravity. It is their destiny.

    November 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. JJW

    The minute John McCain gave into the Evangelical far right Republican wing of the party by choosing Sarah Palin as the "appeasement" candidate for VP he lost his soul. Had he stuck to his guns and picked Gov Tim Pawlenty as many thought he would, I believe it would be a much closer race. However, the extremests in the party thought Palin, a woman with a special needs child and extremest views would win over the Hillary voters. Just shows how little they knew the true Hillary supporters. She sent them in droves to Obama. Will John McCain ever be able to restore his integrity, he might, but will he ever be able to look in the mirror without cringing, I doubt it.

    November 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Karin

    McCain and Palin have been encouraging hate that's why their base (Hard core Republicans) have been making all of those hateful remarks. I'm getting more and more disgusted every time I hear them talk.

    November 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Republican who voted for Obama/Biden on October 20th

    McCain/Palin really need Joe the Plumber. They are both stuck in the toilet. They are horrible and so nasty.

    November 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Red, Red WHine

    McCain and Palin are no better then trailer trash. In fact, they are worse then trailer trash! Two convicted politicians running around spreading hate and lies. How pathetic and unamerican. We deserve better then these kind of low lifes.

    Lets vote honorable american's in to the white house this year, let's vote Obama/Biden!

    November 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Pua, HI

    I am very dissapointed by Senator McCain, along with Governor Palin in this race. Also, I was apalled by Governor Schwarzenegger's comments about Senator Obama and Europe at the rally yesterday. Maybe that is why Europe is not very fond of him. He was talking about America's opportunities, however, Senator Obama is for opportunities, too. The Governor of California was very full of himself despite his State being mostly democratic. His comments fueled the hate that prevails at McCain's rallies and does not promote unity among Americans of all color, race, parties etc. the way Senator Obama and Senator Biden do.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08... can't wait!

    November 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Proud Democrat

    "but the governor did not appear to hear or acknowledge them"
    More like the Governor heard and acknowledged them with a couple of winks. What kind of hateful racist's are the Republicans trying to cram down are throats? If politicians and people alike allow this kind of behaviour as tactic to win, this country is in real DEEP trouble. Not until I started reading political blogs did I realize how racism & hatred are still very much alive and well in this country.

    November 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. JD

    Ultimately, this election has become a referendum of our national attitude. If McCain wins, it tells me that this country sees others within their own ranks as dangerous, questionable, and if they do not think like them, they are to be ostracized. If Obama wins, it tells me people have defeated negative politics and want to move this country forward as a United States. Obama wants to work with Republicans, while McCain just wants to win. There is the difference. It is why I came around to Obama rather than sink into the mud yet again.

    November 1, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Griff

    McCains name nowhere to be seen, say's CNN on the Blog below this one... Watch the Video CNN... Ther ie a Guy directy behind Sarah...
    What does it say on his Shirt?????????????????????

    November 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Republican who voted for Obama/Biden on October 20th

    Arlene, Illinois

    Now you can add Dick Chancy to the list. If the people are better off in the last 8 years and want to continue the same – then vote for McCain. You will get 3 for the price of one.

    November 1, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain is a weakling who crumbles under the least bit of stress.

    Maybe the PTSD is still in need of investigation, CNN. What do you say? Want to drop the ball and have the National Inquirer beat you to it?

    November 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Joe the mechanic.

    Very true. The ReThuglicans have nothing to offer so they offer fear and hate.

    November 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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