Biden Appears on Ellen, Says He’d Vote Against CA Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage

By Nitya

Oct 17, 2008 11:55am

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe Reports: Joe Biden didn’t bust a move with Ellen DeGeneres at a Thursday taping of her show, but he did take to the couch hitting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for not signing on to more debates and saying he’d vote against the California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage. As Biden entered to David Bowie’s "Changes", DeGeneres quipped, welcoming the Democratic vice presidential candidate the same way his Republican counterpart did at the onset of their October 2 debate: "Can I call you Joe?" "Yeah, as long as you wink at me," Biden replied. Biden followed actor Colin Farrell during the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" taping set to air Monday and needled the talk show host on the line up. "Let’s talk about how I come out after Colin Farrell," continued Biden. "I’m playing the old guy role anyway, you know, this whole campaign and now I gotta come behind him! Jeez!" The candidate at the top of the Democratic ticket, Sen. Barack Obama, is 47 — 18 years junior to the six-term Delaware senator; Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, is 44. "We appreciate both of you for lots of reasons," DeGeneres noted of her two guests. "I’d like to be appreciated for his reasons, you know what I mean?" Biden said to audience laughter, before quickly adding: "Only kidding, I’m joking." Biden’s conversation with Ellen included much of his rhetoric from the stump. As he has done repeatedly in recent weeks, he reiterated his disappointment with the campaign tactics of his Senate colleague Sen. John McCain, calling recent robo-calls "over the top" and "out of character". Biden also hit out at Plain for turning down an offer for a second vice presidential debate. "Gov. Palin said she’d like to debate me more," Biden said. "Coincidentally, we’d been asked by a national police group if we’d each appear in a debate and I agreed to do that and she decided not to do that." Biden also told DeGeneres, who recently married actress Portia de Rossi, that he opposed Proposition 8, an amendment on California’s November ballot which would amend the state constitution to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. "If I lived in California, I’d clearly vote against Prop 8," Biden said. Biden’s appearance ended with an on-stage dunk-tank to raise money for breast cancer research with actress Julia Louis Dreyfus in the hot seat. Biden stood armed with a basket of pink ammunition to try and hit the bulls eye, warning that his Secret Service agents were standing at the ready to help him should his aim fail. And they nearly had to step in. It took Biden until the last ball  — and a suggestion by DeGeneres to "pretend it’s Sarah Palin" before he hit the bulls eye and sent Seinfeld’s Elaine Benis splashing into the tank.

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