Biden: Palin Was in 6th Grade the Last Time McCain Had a New Idea

By Julia Hoppock

Oct 9, 2008 4:43pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: At a Thursday afternoon rally at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden fired back at his Republican counterpart Gov. Sarah Palin for a comment she made two weeks ago about his age.

"Sarah Palin says, you know, ‘I was in second grade when Joe Biden was elected to the United States Senate at age 29.’ That’s true, but she was in sixth grade the last time John had a new idea."

The Show-Me state audience loved Biden’s line, laughing uproariously and rising to their feet in response to the Delaware lawmaker’s retort to the Alaskan governor’s pre-veep-debate zinger two weeks ago in Ohio.

"I’m looking forward to meeting him, too. I’ve never met him before," Palin had said Sept. 29 at a Columbus rally, ahead of the running mates’ Oct. 2 St. Louis showdown. "But I’ve been hearing about his Senate speeches since I was in, like, second grade."

Palin was eight years old when Biden was first elected to Capitol Hill in 1972. At the time, Republican presidential nominee John McCain was 36.

The Delaware lawmaker’s comment was not the only age-related jab he threw at McCain today.

"You know, the hardest part, I’ve been the youngest everything for so much of my life," the 65-year-old Biden said at a stop at a downtown Liberty bookstore earlier Thursday. "Now I’m the old guy in the campaign. Thank God John McCain’s around."

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