ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Wednesday attempted to enliven a low-key Ohio crowd by referencing a cartoon that criticized Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for tying Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to former 60s radical William Ayers at a time when the nation’s economy is in crisis.
“I think it best captures anything I have seen,” the Democratic vice-presidential nominee said before a crowd of 850 at Ohio University in Lancaster. “While the economy is going to hell in a handbasket, while people are losing their jobs, while things are going under, they’re running the most scurrilous campaign in modern history, trying to tie a decent honorable man raised by his grandparents and his mother who worked her way up, who fought in a way that few people have to fight to make something of themselves.”
“The ultimate decision here for the American people to make is to take a look at, take a look at whether or not this negative campaigning John McCain is interested in – and that’s all he seems to talk about and Sarah Palin – or you’re really going to do something about the country and the economy,” Biden added.
The jabs were one of many that Biden threw at the Republican ticket, employing one of his favorite terms – “malarkey” – to denounce GOP attacks on Obama.
“This is the ultimate job application, man,” Biden said of the quest for the presidency. “This is the ultimate, ultimate job interview. And that’s what it’s about. People aren’t looking for a lot of extraneous malarkey. They’re looking for – what are you going to do, guys? What are you going to do to change my circumstance?”
Biden said the economic crisis had left Americans “drowning”, but the McCain campaign had no new solutions to save them, therefore having no recourse but to resort to “political stunts” to win the election.
“When you’re drowning, you’ve got to try a new method to stay above the water,” the Delaware lawmaker said. “And John McCain’s offering nothing new. And that’s why I think John McCain’s campaign is becoming so erratic – political stunts instead of offering significant solutions.”
At the fifth event of his two-day Buckeye State bus tour, Biden was introduced by two prominent Ohio lawmakers, Gov. Ted Strickland and Sen. Sherrod Brown. The latter offered the crowd a vision of the future: Democratic viewers changing the channel to FOX on Nov. 4 to watch Bill O’Reilly declare the election for Obama.
“I can hardly wait to watch television,” Biden responded when he took the stage. “Sherrod, I was taking notes. I tell you what, man, I never thought about that FOX deal.”
“Ted, you got that stopwatch working,” Biden said, referencing Strickland’s prediction that the election would be called in Obama’s favor at precisely 11:47pm. “11:47. I tell you what, that may be the second time I watch O’Reilly.”