Americans just want to have "a sleepover with people they like," said Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Sunday, accusing Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of being "divorced" from the nation’s economic woes.
"Just the other day Sen. McCain confessed and I quote, ‘It’s easy for me to go to Washington and frankly be divorced from the day-to-day challenges of the American people,’" Biden said.
"Yo?" he then shouted in disbelief to the Charlotte, N.C., crowd, who responded with roars of laughter.
"I couldn’t have put it better myself," he continued. "The McCain ticket seems divorced from the economic realities facing average American families."
Biden, speaking at his first campaign rally in four days, said McCain is "dead wrong about what we should do as a nation," while outlining what he and Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., would do to help the country’s struggling economy.
"John just doesn’t get it," he said. "The Republicans just don’t get it. But I want to tell you something, Barack and I get it and we have a record to prove we get it."
Still, the Republican that got the loudest reaction of the day was not McCain, but his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The mere mention of her name drew loud boos from the Carolina crowd.
Biden, who was introduced by Heather Ferguson, a woman struggling to get her son Dylan the healthcare he needs, promised the audience that they would all have affordable healthcare by the end of the first Obama/Biden term in the White House.
"Barack and I guarantee you, guarantee you, we will have healthcare for every American at the end of four years that’s affordable," he said.
Along with his proposals to improve the economy and healthcare system, Biden also outlined Democrats’ plans to stop oil companies from "gouging" the American public, while assuring voters that he and Obama would increase drilling.
"These guys say ‘drill, drill, drill,’" Biden said of Republicans. "We gotta drill more, we get that part."
Despite making that concession to the GOP, Biden continued to link McCain to President Bush, ripping the current administration as "the know-nothings of the 21st century."
"These guys don’t know the facts. Don’t confuse them with facts. It’s like that old saying about the Texan that said ‘I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like.’ These guys don’t know much about much, but they’re sure certain what they know about, they’re right about."
Ultimately, said Biden, using a metaphor about the sleepover his grandchildren had with Obama’s daughters at the Denver convention, Americans will turn away from Republican rule because, in his words, people are "looking for a sleepover with people they like."