February 11th, 2010
09:59 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin's 'an engaging person,' Biden says

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he's a fan of Sarah Palin's personality but questions where some of the former Alaska governor's comments "come from."

"I do I like her. She's an engaging person. She has a great personality," Biden said in an interview with CNN's Larry King airing Wednesday. "I don't agree with what she says and I think some of the things she says are not, um, not um…"

Pressed to continue his thought, Biden said, "Well I, you know it's sort of like, some of the comments made are just so far sort of out there. I just don't know where they come from, but...I understand why people like her. "

Asked if he feared Palin politically, Biden questioned the breadth of the former Republican vice presidential nominee's appeal.

"My sense is that Sarah appeals, Gov. Palin appeals to a group of people who are generally frustrated, feel disenfranchised, are very conservative, not all of them…Tea Party people, but beyond that," Biden said. "She has appeal beyond that as well, but I don't know that it represents anything approaching a significant portion of the population."

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. John McLain

    If Sarah Palin had half a brain, she would be Michele Bachmann.

    February 10, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Albo58

    Biden...need I say more?

    February 10, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. JR

    He's being polite. She's a fool who appeals to idiots.
    Nothing nore or less.

    February 10, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    It's hard to be polite about someone that had the crowds yelling "kill him" at rallies.

    Palin's excorcism didn't work. Her minister must be a fake. Get a REAL excorcist to do the job.

    February 10, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Even OLD ex-con Larry King trying to stir up more fights for the ratings.

    February 10, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. JR

    He's being polite. She's a fool who appeals to idiots.

    February 10, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Yeah but Joe your are too polite to say what you think of what she is "engaged in".

    February 10, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Dave in AZ

    Hey Hey Joe, how much did people who support Sarah support liberals like you recently in Mass, NJ, and VA?

    More support conservatives right now that liberals. Check the polls.

    February 10, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    With all the vitriol being spewed forth at her by the left wingnuts, she must be doing something right!

    February 10, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Lynn

    Sarah Palin uses her so-called sex-appeal for her engaging personality. After 5 kids, gotta give her credit, guess moose meat is low in fat.

    February 10, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. GLO

    I think what Vice President Biden is trying to say is that Sarah Palin is basically an idiot who appeals to morons, but that she is physically attractive, and entertaining in a grotesque way. Sort of like watching a female reincarnation of Joseph McCarthy, or that other "energizing" populist from WWII Germany.

    February 10, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Rick

    Engaging; like a hemorrhoid.

    February 10, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. The new BET (Big Eared Teleprompter)

    Way to step up to the, ah, um, um, ball, and keep your eye on the plate, there, Joe!

    February 10, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. russell

    Now I just hope rest of teabaggers realize she's nothing more than an empty suit , and her cause is reall money , that's all she's after ! She herself knows that she's is nowhere near quailfied to run this country , amybe ifn people yell it enough they'll get the point !

    February 10, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin's comments come from "an open mouth and an empty brain". She doesn't like the R word and goes on to criticize those who are educated and intelligent. Palin has come unresolved personal issues that have nothing to do with politics. She uses her disabled child as a weapon, which he's not, instead of giving this child the privacy he needs to develop to his potential. Keep in mind, Palin herself called her son retarded and I have never heard her say her son has a disability.

    February 10, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    I am a total fan of Sarah Palin and the appeal is maybe 10% because of her great personality. 50% of it is because of her solid understanding of the role of government in America and where it starts and ends. This 50% let's call her conservative values and her command of how this ideology works. With a good firm understanding of ideology like that, decisions get made quickly. The final 40% of her appeal is her ability to execute what she sees needs to be done. She gets things done that need to happen. She does not get side-tracked by opposition or speed bumps. This is a key feature of a leader. Resilience is so important for today's political leaders.

    February 10, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. diggy

    Darn those teabaggers!

    February 10, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. Patriot

    Engaging = ignorant

    February 10, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Kate

    Joe, you are being too nice. But that is okay. The general public knows Sarah Palin is NOT presidential material. She is way out in la la land with some of her talk. Someone that would use words like hope-y, change-y is just after her short live minutes of fame......And she wants to go to war with IRAN?????

    February 10, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. toobad

    too bad joe is as uninteresting as a turnip, and has about the same ideology.

    February 10, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Has CNN decided to become the all Sarah Palin channel? Is every guest on every show going to be asked they're opinion of her? What "gotcha" moment are you gunning for?

    February 10, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Bill Brown

    This from the guy who said FDR went on television when the 1929 stock market crash happened.

    I guess if you media types did your job then Obama's 57 states and talking on a teleprompter to kids would be news. But no, you're hung up on some private citizen who used to be a governor. Must be fear.

    February 10, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. always proud dem in nc

    She appeals to the right wing extremists bigots!! She is the BIGGEST hypocrite on the planet, and the stupid people believe her. She says she quit in her first term as Governor of Alaska, because she was doing it for Alaskans. She did it to fatten her checkbook and keep her face in the limelight. She a VERY hateful person, who knows nothing, but has the nerve to sit back and throw bricks all day. She can dish it out, but is the first person to whine about being picked on. I trully can't stand her. Please just dry up Sarah.!!!!!

    February 10, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. A.B.

    Sarah Palin is obviously engaging in terms of her vivacious personality, but she is not a serious and competant political leader. Palin is not a thoughful, well informed nor well traveled person . She makes statements that are simplistic, foolish and are just plain wrong. Her book lacks depth of knowledge about foriegn or domestic policy and also lacks practical solution to national problems such as unemployment and the aliing economy.

    February 10, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Chipster

    Biden is very kind. Palin is entertaining but completely uninformed, uneducated, unprepared, and unaware. She's a walking, talking contradiction and she is untruthful about ridiculous things that would be easy to be truthful about. Case in point: she did not oppose the bridge to nowhere until it became unpopular and she still accepted the earmark funds. So, why lie about it? She did not sell the airplane on eBay but tried to sell it on eBay. It was sold in a deal made by a Republican speaker of the house in Alaska. And it was sold at at loss but I believe it was McCain who said it made a profit.

    She makes claims about Alaska's energy that are not at all supported by facts. It would be embarrassing to normal people but she doesn't seem to have a clue.

    She snipes at opponents for doing or saying things that she says or does herself. She is simply a political hack who is popular with the anger and fear crowd.

    Bur, yeah, she's entertaining and laughable.

    February 10, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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