Biden's Down Syndrome Gaffe

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posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 12:44 AM
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Oh my, what are they doing?
Another shot at Palin, and this time it's from Biden.
I think he will need help from Obama to get his foot out of his mouth for this one.

This makes it a two for Tuesday, double dem gaffe, both on the same day and each time aimed at Palin.



(COLUMBIA, MO.) - Was Joe Biden referring to Sarah Palin, a mother of a child with Down syndrome, when he made this comment?

“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”

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I knew the dem party would implode but I had no idea it would be so entertaining.




posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 12:56 AM
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This man Joe Biden is full of gaffes. This one recently where he is asking Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham to "stand up" (Chuck is confined to a wheelchair) is also worthy.



The Democratic Ticket is going to SELF DESTRUCT......You don't really even need the Republicans to help that!


I wonder if either one of these gaffes will be on CBS,CNN,ABC,NBC,MSNBC, or Fox tomorrow? Well, maybe FOX........


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posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 01:05 AM
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off-topic post removed to prevent thread-drift


 



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 01:07 AM
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He didn't!




This is truly a train wreck.

What happened to the well oiled machine that ousted the Clinton machine?

:shk:

I have to say this is pretty pathetic.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 01:36 AM
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Biden was so a wrong choice... he looks like a Republican, he is going to work out to be another Dan Quayle in terms of comments and utter dumb stuff...

Kind of considering voteing for them because... I like when comedians have alot of material
and don't know what the Comedy industry will do without Bush, Mccain won't say a thing for 4 years and Palin will bite your head off...



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 01:38 AM
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lol and he throws in the worst save in the history of the world too, why does everyone stand up for a guy...he doesn't know enough about to know is in a wheel chair?



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posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 09:19 AM
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Remember the race related slip-up Biden made about his Now Running-Mate Barack Obama a while back?

Here it is:







To be honest, I am not really into the whole Political Correctness nitpicking that goes on so often these days. However, since everyone seems to have been in the Sarah Palin "inquisition" mood recently, why not be fair and bring up any questionable content on Joe Biden?



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 09:27 AM
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Yes, I think Biden was addressing Sarah Palin and everyone else who cares about special needs children. However, i'm having a hard time understanding how this is a gaffe at all. He supports stem cell research which may actually help special needs children. So now there's a problem with helping them? Why is that a bad thing to do?



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 09:32 AM
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I completely forgot about this one.
Truly one of Biden's greatest hits.


“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 09:33 AM
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Originally posted by The Cyfre
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Yes, I think Biden was addressing Sarah Palin and everyone else who cares about special needs children. However, i'm having a hard time understanding how this is a gaffe at all. He supports stem cell research which may actually help special needs children. So now there's a problem with helping them? Why is that a bad thing to do?


It was a low-class, disgusting thing to do because there are dozens of reasons why stem cell research might be a good thing. Isolating special needs kids, focusing on Palin's son, and using it as an attempt to paint Palin as lacking in any way because she has a son with Down Syndrome and she is morally opposed to stem cell research is beyond the pale.

Put it this way. If it's not something you would say to a friend over a cup of coffee in Starbucks, it's probably not something that should be said in public about somebody else.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 09:33 AM
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Originally posted by The Cyfre
However, i'm having a hard time understanding how this is a gaffe at all. He supports stem cell research which may actually help special needs children. So now there's a problem with helping them? Why is that a bad thing to do?


Because stem cell research could benefit a whole host of diseases and conditions, pointing to a single potentially beneficial example-- Palin's child-- is a slimy political approach beyond all belief. He didn't have to use THAT example. The implications are outrageous.

It looks as if he's suggesting Palin's views contributed to her child's condition.

I'm a BIG supporter of stem cell research. But after seeing Biden's botched attempt to advocate for it, I feel I need a shower.


I suppose in one sense, you are right. It is NOT a gaffe, which makes the comments even worse, imo.

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posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 09:41 AM
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Originally posted by loam
Because stem cell research could benefit a whole host of diseases, pointing to a single potentially beneficial example-- Palin's child-- is a slimy political approach beyond all belief. He didn't have to use THAT example. The implications are outrageous.


But SHE brought it up first, in her speech, claiming she'll be an advocate or a champion for parents in a similar situation. (paraphrased)

He was responding to something she said, not saying it BECAUSE she has a special needs child.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 10:02 AM
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Advocating for a constituency -- of which you are part -- is very different than Biden sliming himself to counter the point.


He could have talked all day about stem cell research without EVER tying it to Palin's child, however obtusely done.

Understand?

EDIT:

Let's examine the quote:




“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”



So by implication, Palin does not care and is therefore responsible for her child's condition?


A completely distasteful approach, imo.


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posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 10:16 AM
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I do understand.

But I think it's valid to argue, using an example the other party has used, to promote your own platform.

After all, he needs to speak to those same people, too.

I'll admit his method was blunt.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 10:19 AM
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Sorry, I don't see this as a gaffe.

I think that it is true.

Stem cell research could open the doors to cure some of these dreadful diseases.

So to the Republicans, open those doors.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 10:20 AM
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And of course we all know you have to be extremely careful, not say anything stupid and not be blunt about anything when meeting with leaders of foreign nations.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 10:51 AM
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What the ... !!! ... ???

I wonder if Biden is engineering himself for replacement with comments like these? You think maybe that's the strategy behind these sorts of comments? Whether he's right or wrong, he managed to inflame a large portion of the voter base.

I wonder if he's going to keep up this "foot in mouth" act so Barry-O is forced to replace him?



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 12:12 PM
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Originally posted by jamie83
It was a low-class, disgusting thing to do because there are dozens of reasons why stem cell research might be a good thing.


I agree, there are many benefits of stem cell research.


Originally posted by jamie83
Isolating special needs kids, focusing on Palin's son, and using it as an attempt to paint Palin as lacking in any way because she has a son with Down Syndrome and she is morally opposed to stem cell research is beyond the pale.


What about Sarah Palin taking her special needs son into her arms after accepting her nomination as VP? That's a blatant focus on her son. But I guess it's okay for her to use her son as a weapon. Another double standard set forth by the Republicans in power.


Originally posted by jamie83
Put it this way. If it's not something you would say to a friend over a cup of coffee in Starbucks, it's probably not something that should be said in public about somebody else.


I think we can agree that there are A LOT of things that have been said in this campaign that you would never say to a friend over a cup of coffee, and that probably shouldn't have been said in public at all. This entire election has been filled with inappropriate and irresponsible behavior by the democrats, republicans and the press.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 12:31 PM
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I totally agree with you. He was right on. If that poor little child could possibly grow up to be a healthy and fully functioning adult thru stem cell, it should be done NOW.
He doesnt mince words.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 02:48 PM
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Originally posted by Alxandro
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And of course we all know you have to be extremely careful, not say anything stupid and not be blunt about anything when meeting with leaders of foreign nations.


Biden was pretty blunt when he called Milosevic a war criminal to his face and we didn't have a problem with that, did we? So now we're faulting Biden for being passionate.





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