Biden v. Palin — The Re-Match

By Gorman Gorman

Nov 2, 2009 11:21am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Campaigning in an upstate New York congressional district, Vice President Joe Biden today attacked his one-time opponent, Sarah Palin, who has led a succession of big-name Republicans in backing the candidacy of the Conservative Party nominee. "Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy is ‘Drill, baby, drill,' " Biden said at a rally this afternoon. Then he leaned in to the microphone: "It's a lot more complicated, Sarah."Biden called on Democrats to "join us in teaching a lesson" to a Republican Party he said is promoting "absolutism" and "cannot tolerate any dissent."On Saturday, Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava dropped out of the race in New York's 23rd congressional district, as she saw her support crater in part because Republicans like Palin questioned her conservative credentials. Scozzafava on Sunday endorsed Democrat Bill Owens for the seat.UPDATE: Palin responded to the vice president's comments via — of course — her Facebook page, blasting the Obama administration's energy policies.

"Apparently the Obama-Biden administration only approves of offshore drilling in Brazil, where it will provide security and jobs for Brazilians. This election is about American security and American jobs," Palin writes.

And she closes with a new twist on a famous slogan: "There's one way to tell Vice President Biden that we're tired of folks in Washington distorting our message and hampering our nation's progress: Hoffman, Baby, Hoffman!"

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