Biden Hits Palin on Disabled Kids and Stem Cell Research

Sep 09 2008 Published by under Featured News McCain campaign is outraged because today in Missouri Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden asked if Sarah Palin cares about disabled kids so much, why does she oppose embryonic stem cell research.

According to Ben Smith while campaigning in Missouri Biden said, “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there’s joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don’t you support stem cell research?”

I think it is a valid question, but McCain campaign disagrees. Ben Porritt, spokesman for the McCain campaign said, “Barack Obama’s running mate sunk to a new low today launching an offensive debate over who cares more about special needs children. Playing politics with this issue is disturbing and indicative of a desperate campaign.”

Notice the tactic here, anytime an issue is brought up, it is dirty pool. Biden did not mention Palin’s child, but somehow we are not to discuss the issue of stem cell research and her position on it. She, like most neo-cons, opposes embryonic stem cell research for strictly religious reasons. The question is even more compelling when one considers that she has a disabled child, and she is not in favor of a treatment option that could help her own child.

In the end the issue of embryonic stem cell research in this country has little to do with science and everything to do with religion. I think Palin needs to answer these kinds of questions. If her opposition is based on religious belief then say so. The reality is that if this is the reason why she opposes, the social conservative base of the Republican Party will support her even more. However this isn’t what the campaign is worried about.

They are worried that once Palin’s right wing views are exposed to non-Republicans, she is going to lose whatever extra support that her selection brought to the campaign. Palin isn’t the candidate that the McCain camp is selling her as, and eventually, this is going to catch up with them.

I find it funny that they are trying to sell the Obama campaign as desperate, when every move the McCain camp has made has looked desperate. I guess Obama is desperate due to that big McCain convention bounce. Wait, there was no bounce. They can try to hide Palin all they want, but eventually, she is going to have to face the music.

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