Biden, others hit the airwaves to counter Palin

Other News Materials 4 September 2008 22:50 (UTC +04:00)

Democrats shot back at GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Thursday, saying her convention speech was laden with partisan attacks but devoid of substantive answers about where the Republican ticket would take the nation, reported Yahoo News.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden was dispatched to the television morning shows to deliver the response. The Delaware senator complimented Palin on the skillful delivery of a tough speech and repeatedly called Palin a competent and tough opponent.

Biden, speaking from Virginia Beach, Va., on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," quickly added: "Last night, what we heard was a lot of partisan attacks and no real solutions."

"I didn't hear a single word about health care. I didn't hear a single word about education," he said. "I didn't hear a single substantive thing."

The Democratic rapid response team in Denver scrambled to get Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on a media conference call to respond to Palin, whose hard-hitting speech ignited Republican excitement and was favorably received by television commentators.

"Gov. Palin, I think, did a good job last night. ... She mastered the words written by the Bush speechwriters and clearly delivered them well," Sebelius said. "What we heard last night was a lot of partisan attacks and no real solutions."

The surrogates for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said that Palin's assaults were aimed at diverting attention from campaign issues such as the economy.

McCain and Palin, Biden said on NBC's "Today" show, "don't want to own up to the last eight years and don't have a plan for the next four years."

Biden, who is scheduled to debate Palin in St. Louis on Oct. 2, already started playing the expectations game.

"Boy, she's going to be a tough debater," Biden said on CNN.