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.