Thursday, September 04, 2008

Biden on Palin

From The Hill:

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden repeated a Republican line of attack Thursday, slamming reporters for their “outrageous” and “sexist” treatment of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

“I just think some of the stuff said has been over the top, totally unfair, and has been sexist and I think the way the governor has handled it has been admirable,” the Delaware senator said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I think this stuff about how can she be a governor and vice president and raise three kids, c'mon, whoever those folks are don't know any strong women.

“The truth is, some of the stuff that the press has said about Sarah and that others have said about the governor, I think, are outrageous. Look, I think kids are off-limits, flat off-limits.”

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Biden said he was “impressed” by Palin’s speech, adding “I thought she had a great night.”

But while Biden was critical of the media’s coverage of Palin, he too has taken heat for his choice of words to describe the Alaska governor, most notably for joking that one of the differences between him and his GOP rival is that “she’s good-looking.”

Biden did not address the incident during the interview, but felt compelled to say, “No one has to wonder about there being a sexist bone in my body.”

Sen. Biden is a class act. He seems to be modeling the new politics better than Sen. Obama. The role reversal is striking between the traditional vice-presidential candidate who is supposed to be the "attack dog" and the presidential candidate who is supposed to be somewhat above the fray. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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