October 20th, 2010
04:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden blasts Angle: 'shame on her'

(CNN) - In a stump speech for vulnerable Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, Vice President Biden credited him with the "successes" of the past two years and called Reid's Republican opponent, Sharron Angle "extreme."

"The alternative to Harry Reid is extreme, is extreme" Biden said. "When you start to compare our vision, Harry's vision with the lack of vision in the alternative, the choice is quickly abundantly clear."

Biden touted Reid's legislative accomplishments including financial and health care reform and criticized Angle's positions on health care. He also repeated Reid's campaign and advertising line that Angle wants to privatize Veterans Affairs hospitals. Biden said she must hold that opinion because she doesn't understand the issue.

"Shame on her," he said.

"We only have one sacred obligation… it is to take care of those who we send to war and come home injured," Biden said. "That's the only truly sacred obligation we have."

Angle's campaign has called the attacks dishonest.

Biden also railed against the Republicans, who he said offer "nothing, nothing, nothing." He said the current administration has created more jobs than "George Bush created in 8 full years."

Biden closed by saying this is one of the closest races in the country and it is even more important than the 2008 election.

According to recent polls, the race between Reid and Angle remains deadlocked despite a large flow of cash and advertising into the state supporting both sides.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle • Vice President Biden
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Mikey

    I often wonder if you have to be impervious to facts to be a right-winger. The facts are that we lost about 4 million jobs in the last two years of the Bush presidency and that our economy was on the verge of collapse. Bush is the only president in decades to end his term with the stock market lower than when he took office.

    We were losing 800,000 jobs a month when President Obama took office and have had steady improvement ever since. It took a year to get us to the point where we were adding private sector jobs. Private sector jobs have increased for nine straight months. Yes, we are not where we want to be. However, we were very close to a second Great Depression. It took a decade to recover from the first one and all the Obama haters (who criticize hime for absolutely everything he does, even telling students to stay in school and study hard) just want to hammer him because he hasn't solved all our problems in only 21 months. Sorry, the job doesn't come with a magic wand.

    October 20, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Some of you Democrats are STUPID too, too hot headed, LISTEN UP, this has to do with DADT and Obama asking for a stay

    LISTEN UP, I WILL SAY THIS ONLY ONCE (I hope that some of you are smarter than Republicans who like 3 word slogans, but that is for DUMB people) LISTEN:

    Any administration and the government for that matter HAS to challenge any "CONTROVERSIAL" ruling AUTOMATICALLY
    Obama may not want to challenge the stay of DADT, BUT HE HAS NO CHOICE.

    Let me put this in terms so that even a dumb Conservative can understand:

    If there was no Automatic appeal, than Republicans could have passed crazy religious laws for years while they had the majority, the only thing that stopped them was that THE LAWS PASSED HAD TO STAND UP TO THE CONSTITUION, HENCE THE AUTOMATIC APPEAL PROCESS.

    So hold your darn horses and stop screaming at Obama, the man HAD NO CHOICE...
    We will get rid of DADT, but that is very hard to do with those 2 year old babies on the right side of the isle screaming NO NO NO NO to everything.

    PS to phoenix86, the dumb conservative who thin he is clever.

    That is what happens when you take a trillion dollar war and put it on the books, which Bush and his cronies did not do. They fought the war with emergency spending bills keeping it off the books, but you are a conservative, as dumb as a rock, ad I wouldn't expect you to understand complex matter such as this, so I will tell you this just once....

    ...SHUT THE HECK UP MORON, you have no idea what you are talking about.

    October 20, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Monster Zero

    How about fact checking this cost to the American taxpayer, 800 billion dollar stimulus created 800,000 jobs, doe the math on that per job, Obama's healthcare, do the math on that one and if you truly want to check some facts in regard to Clinton's surplus, check out the cut to National Security from which the surplus was created and where it led us with respect to 9/11 and two wars. The government serves us however with a Democratic Congress and Democratic President they have expanded and already over inflated government into a too big to succeed monster that is consuming us all. We need fresh meat in Congress with their sole duty to dismantle what is now in place and bring it back to what it was originally intended to be and do, serve the people of the United States.

    October 20, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Biden touted Reid's legislative accomplishments including financial and health care reform...
    Accomplishments?!?!? These are two of the largest reasons 75% of the country wants to see Harry Reid lose.

    October 20, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Ted

    Angle is very dangerous. She will cut off unemployment benefits, social security, and will tell rape victims to bear the child of theirr rapist. I cannot imagine what any supporters can be thinking. Oh I answered my question. The supporters are not thinking for themselves – they are swallowing hook line and sinker all the delusional baloney this certifiable whackjob says.

    October 20, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. mj

    Biden holds the second highest office in this Country. His complete lack of competence is overwhelming. Has a mouth as foul as any 5th rate comedienne. Obama has had choices, but made really bad ones. This Country has never seen the Socialism that is taking over. It won't be long before Democrats decide to tax or penalize those who have paid their home off. They want to take it all from those who have made responsible decisions to give it away to those whom choose not to. Enough is enough. With 1 in 6 being on some form of Government Assistance this has got to stop. Giving 99 months for unemployment is absurd. Who would work if given free money for not working? We need to get these morons out now!

    October 20, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. Reality Check

    Say it isn't so Joe! It's hard to take anything Biden says seriously after Palin cleaned his clock in the debates two years ago. Don't know what the secret back room deal was that made Obama pick him.

    October 20, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. Superhiro

    Hmmm, I'm not necessarily a fan of Biden, but Sharon Angle's just plain an idiot. If you're stupid it doesn't matter what party you're in or what the other guy did. Stupid people shouldn't be elected. Period.

    October 20, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Joe needs to keep telling it like it is. Angle is being sneaky and keeps playing games. Just come out of the GOP creep closet and admit for once that you want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and whatever else is on her hit list.

    October 20, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    Biden is a patriot. WE could have a dan quail or a palin in office. Give Joe a break he is down to earth and honest. He is a great father husband and has been a good VP. All you wing nuts can't hold a candle to ol Joe.

    October 20, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. usualone

    The Vice President may misspeak but his heart is for fellow Americans. This woman doesn't misspeak. She is cruel by wanting to eliminate many programs for Americans. Can one imagine when there are no Veterans Hospitals because once they are private they will not be the same. She wants to kills Social Security and it is obvious she is againts folk who are not white.

    October 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. theDrektor

    It's amazing how quickly people forget. When the war was going hot & heavy in the cost factor, W. insisted that the military budget be removed from the annual budget reports. To this day, we have no real idea what the Iraq war cost us in real dollars. But we know of those young people who died and were maimed.

    I do know that yesterday, it was announced that in Sept., we were improving the national debt. It was lower by $122 billion than Sept. 2008. The economy is improving. Jobs are improving. Not as faSt as we'd like, nut remember, many Rep. governors are NOT using their stimulus dollars for job creation. Look at Pennsylvania. Jobs are being created there. In Arizona, the Rep. gov. Gave over a billion in stimulus dollars to a couple of border counties for immigration when the number of illegals has dropped drastically.

    Those on the right should do their own research and not rely upon Beck or Limbaugh.

    October 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Rick

    Shame on anyone that votes for her.

    October 20, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. anthony

    I think Radiohead's recent albums said it best (when describing America)

    "All Hail The Thief" – ie; BUSH, who not only stole an election(2004), but stole your freedoms (Patriot Act), your Jobs (sent overseas), our surplus(spent on 2 wars) and our future (borrowed more war money from China)
    "Amnesia" – ie; the American Public, for forgetting who created this car wreck and sent (YOUR) jobs over seas, yet you selectively BLAME all of your issues (Unemployment rates, the economy, the housing, and every day it rains) on Obama.
    How convenient, some of you are actually willing to vote these Republicans right back into office. (You are all idiots)

    October 20, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Vet

    I agree with her wanting to privatize the VA. I am a vet and I can attest to the fact that it is a government agency run amuck. I use the post 9-11 GI bill now and I haven't been paid correctly or on time in over a year. When you call and actually get through, you get ridiculus answers (excuses) and it usually takes more than one call to correct issues. I feel bd forvets who really depend on this to live. Hell yeah I support privitazation, Lockheed Martin could do their job much better, cheaper and more efficiently.

    October 20, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    Biden & Reid is like arse and hole together again.

    October 20, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. colo

    I would rather have trillions in debt to rebuilt and support our own country and people, than the trillions that was spent in bush adm to destroy other countries and people. and along the way bush almost destroyed our country too!!!!

    October 20, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. 13 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Stupid Reid, Pelosi, Biden and Obozo just don't get it. The American people already know how EXTREME THEY ARE. Their EXTREME SOCIALIST AGENDA is opposed by the majority of Americans. The EXTREME DEFENDERS OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION and FREEDOM will throw these SOCIALISTS OUT on November 2. Good riddance to bad trash!

    October 20, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    Biden and the Dems need to keep telling themselves how successful they have been for the past two years!! Eventually if they hear it enough, they will come to believe it as well.. The Dems have created a class war, made unemployment soar, have saddled us with a money crushing health care plan, alienated business growth and creation, took over GM while letting other businesses fail, did not close Gitmo as promised, created a more racist atmosphere, apologized to the world for our past, chose the side of a racist professor over a police officer doing his job and bungled the war in Afghanistan. Yup, there is much to be proud of Joe....

    October 20, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Pete

    Thank you Mr.Biden,spoken as a gentleman and a scholar.Tell truths and Repugs can't defend them,they're just fear mongers from the school of Bush and Cheney. Reid will prevail in the end and put all this crap to bed. Go Dems in2010!!

    October 20, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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