Biden, Palin attacking in typical VP role

Both Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin are now making news in the typical attack dog role for the campaigns. Sen. Biden has been attacking McCain by tying him to the Bush administration and calling him a “sidekick” for the past 8 years. Gov. Palin has been lashing out toward Obama over Rev. Jeremiah Wright and connections to William Ayres.

First, the report on Biden from AOL News:

TAMPA, Fla. ( Oct. 8 ) – Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden called Republican John McCain an angry man making ugly attacks against the Democratic ticket to cover up his support for President Bush.

“You can’t call yourself a maverick when all you’ve ever been is a sidekick,” Biden said Wednesday of McCain. He credited Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey with first using the line.

Biden’s attacks came during an appearance at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, in the heart of the Tampa Bay area where the two tickets are in a tight race. Thousands waited in a line that wrapped along the Sun Dome basketball arena for a chance to hear Barack Obama’s running mate.

Biden spokesman David Wade said Biden would continue this aggressive stance as Obama’s “defender in chief” through Election Day, Nov. 4.
Later, at a $300,000 fundraiser in Naples, Fla., Biden told donors that he and Obama are fighting back against every attack. “Barack and I, we’re not going to lie down and turn the other cheek. I’m sick of getting pushed around,” he said to big cheers from the contributors who gave $1,000 a piece or $10,000 for a photo with Biden.

So far, tagging McCain with the “third term of Bush” label has been somewhat successful for Democrats thus far. I can’t see much reason to change course other than to perhaps respond to the issues raised by Palin.

Next, the report on Palin from AOL News:

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Oct. 6) – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin expanded her attack on Democrat Barack Obama’s character Monday to include his relationship with an incendiary former pastor as well as his ties to 1960s-era radical Bill Ayers.

In the process, Palin toned down her description of the Obama-Ayers relationship after her weekend remarks were criticized as exaggerated, but at the same time she embarked on a discussion of Obama’s relationship with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., which Republican presidential candidate John McCain had signaled he did not want to be a part of his campaign.Meantime, a new poll showed that Palin’s image has changed little with the public since last week’s vice presidential debate, but views of her Democratic rival, Joe Biden, have improved.

In an interview with conservative The New York Times columnist William Kristol published Monday, the Alaska governor said there should be more discussion about Wright, Obama’s pastor of 20 years at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The Democratic candidate denounced Wright and severed ties with the church last spring after videotapes surfaced showing Wright making anti-American and anti-Semitic comments from the pulpit.

Wright had appeared to be off limits for the McCain campaign ever since McCain himself condemned the North Carolina Republican Party in April for an ad that called Obama “too extreme” because Wright was his pastor. He asked the party to take down the ad and said, “I’m making it very clear, as I have a couple of times in the past, that there’s no place for that kind of campaigning, and the American people don’t want it.”

Apparently off limits no more as every media appearance Palin has made in the past few days, at least Ayres is discussed, sometimes Wright as well.

The question, is Palin’s and/or Biden’s attacks meaningful to the debate? I suppose it’s the Presidential candidate’s job to discuss policy and the VP candidate’s job to attack the other Presidential candidate.

  • Pats

    The truth is, in this prevailing circumstances, everybody should focus on addressing the economic crisis. Attacking each other is old fashioned. Both ticket should demonstrate their knowledge on how to fix the ruined economy and restore America’s image at home and abroard.

  • Babs

    AOL is a little wrong in their report of the SC RNC ad. That ad was concerning a congressional race, not the presidential race.

    On a lighter note, the speech that Biden gave in Tampa, he was introduced to the crowd by the surrogate as “The next Vice President of the United States – JOHN MCCAIN”. *ROFL* I’m not kidding, I’ve seen it 4 times today. I cracked up.

    I would think Biden, of all people, trying to link McCain to Bush would know better. In 2007 Biden voted with Bush 8 times, Obama 4 times, and McCain voted AGAINST Bush 14 times! After 35 years in the senate, I guess we can link Biden to all of them! *LOL*

    I go with Palin on this, they may WISH they were running against Bush, but they’re not. 😉

  • I’m sorry, Biden who?

  • Dreadsen


    “I would think Biden, of all people, trying to link McCain to Bush would know better. In 2007 Biden voted with Bush 8 times, Obama 4 times, and McCain voted AGAINST Bush 14 times! After 35 years in the senate, I guess we can link Biden to all of them! *LOL*”

    I’ve seen those misleading numbers many times. And they have been debunked long time ago. I thought the RNC stopped peddling them.

    You have NOT provide how many times Biden voted against bush
    You have NOT provide how many times Obama voted against bush
    you provided that McCain voted against Bush 14 times.

    You provided that Obama voted with bush 4 times
    You provided that Biden voted with bush 8 times
    you have NOT provided how many times McCain voted WITH BUSH.

    you see McCain may have voted with bush 500 times while Obama and Biden combined only voted 12 times.
    Obama may have voted against Bush 400 times
    Biden may have voted against bush 600 times.
    While McCain voted against bush 14 times.

  • Babs

    I didn’t know the RNC was peddling them Dreadsen. I looked it up myself, I don’t go with “talking points” from anyone.

    I doesn’t matter how many times they voted the other way, even though you may wish it does. THEIR point is that McCain always supports Bush – not true. THEIR point is they are totally against the Bush Administration – not true. And the figures back that up.

  • Well Babs since you looked it up why don’t you provide the other numbers? 😉

    So we can see it all for ourselves.

    You know those numbers you gave us alone don’t let you see the entire picture.

  • Babs only provides one lot of numbers, she’s done it before, one-sided fuzzy maths.

    Biden isn’t really getting any news because he’s out campaigning on his own not like Palin who doesn’t really campaign without McCain because she doesn’t know anything. Palin is the Forrest Gump of politics.

  • Forest Gump of politicts???? LOL!! you are on a roll tonight.

    i think those attacks are coming to and abrupt halt now.