Biden Rips McCain/Palin for Not Facing the Press

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 18, 2008 2:53pm

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., in his speech today at the Laborers’ International Union of North America’s Local 894 in Akron, Ohio, criticized the McCain/Palin ticket for not facing the press.

"I got asked a question by the press this morning, er, yesterday," Biden said, referencing Kate Snow’s pre-taped interview for today’s "Good Morning America."

"I’ve done a lot of press, I’ve done, I don’t know, I was told I did 68, 70 press conferences, and the person says, ‘What do you think about Sarah Palin?’ I said, ‘When she does three, I’ll let you know.’ I don’t know! I don’t have any idea! I don’t know! I don’t know!" Biden said as the crowd rose to their feet.

"You know, I mean, look, and it’s not, look guys, it’s not just Sarah Palin," he continued. "When’s the last time John, when’s the last time John’s had a press conference? I’m serious.”

Biden then turned to Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who introduced him.

"Ted, you and I know, when an elected official stops having press conferences, it ain’t because he’s found a way to communicate," Biden said. "It’s because he doesn’t want to communicate. Look folks, I mean, I, I, it’s just, if I sound angry, it’s because I am angry. I mean, it’s like I don’t get it, I don’t get it!”

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