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Biden Blasts Palin’s ‘Pro-America’ Remark

Posted on Oct 18, 2008
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¿Quién es más patriótico?: Biden (pictured at a campaign rally in Henderson, Nev., on Friday) takes issue with Palin’s “pro-America” pronouncement.

Which parts of the U.S. are the most “pro-America”? Sarah Palin commented on Thursday night in Greensboro, N.C., that the “real America” and the “best of America” can be found in the country’s small towns. It may not be surprising that, by Friday, her Democratic vice presidential rival, Joe Biden, had picked up on that remark.


“We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation,” she said.

“This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans,” Palin added.

On Friday, Palin clarified her comments.

“It’s all pro-America. I was just reinforcing the fact that there, where I was, there’s good patriotic people there in these rallies, so excited about positive change and reform of government that’s coming that they are so appreciative of hearing our message, hearing our plan. Not any one area of America is more pro-America patriotically than others,” she said.

At a rally in Mesilla, New Mexico, on Friday, Biden responded to those comments in a vociferous tone.

“I hope it was just a slip on her part and she doesn’t really mean it. But she said, it was reported she said, that she likes to visit, ‘pro-American’ parts of the country,” he said to loud boos.

“It doesn’t matter where you live, we all love this country, and I hope it gets through. We all love this country,” he said. “We are one nation, under God, indivisible. We are all patriotic. We all love our country in every part of this nation! And I’m tired. I am tired, tired, tired, tired of the implications about patriotism.”

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By guacamaya, October 21, 2008 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

As a European looking at all those people waving a American flag and all those cars, houses and buildings flying one reminds me of Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China. When the leaders of a country play the patriotic card, and the people fall for it, than that country is in serious trouble. It’s not free any more because to oppose what it’s leaders do will be branded unpatriotic. Fortunately European countries are now free and grown up enough not to need that flag waving nonsense ..... except at football matches of course!!

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By Margaret Currey, October 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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Dear irishtornado, from this second generation irish person. 

Small towns never forgive, if your father drank enough alchol to float a baddleship you must also do the same as your father, in my small town, my last name was something like a curse, what your father did you will also do.

My small town had no African Americans and unless things have changed in the last fifty years the town is probably the same.

I got out of my small town and small state as soon as I could.  As did all of my sisters, brothers and cousins.

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By hippy pam, October 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment


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By Allan Krueger, October 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Dr Know It All, “(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

This certainly applies to the past 8 years and will continue to apply if McPAIN assumes office!

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, October 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment

Why take out on the country the failure of its leadership.

Fly Bush upside down.

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By Allan Krueger, October 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

Right you are, THROWING THUNDER! US flags should have been flown upside down for the past 8 years!

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By Allan Krueger, October 18, 2008 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

The sooner this election is over, the sooner Mrs Bimbo from MooseJaw can go back to Alaska and have another exorcism! She is not qualified to be VP of Walmart!

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By throwing thunder, October 18, 2008 at 11:32 am Link to this comment

I live in one of those so-called “real America” towns. There are more than a few tobacco chewing, oversized 4x4 pick-up with the United States flag waving off the back end, McCain supporters here. I have a United States flag hanging in front of my house too. It is hanging upside down. When my “I’m a patriot and that isn’t patriotic” neighbors scream at me I tell them I’ll turn it upside right when this, the greatest nation on earth, is no longer in distress. I’m gunning for January 20, 2009…

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By Anarcissie, October 18, 2008 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

My experience of small-town life was that it was far weirder and more decadent than anything I have ever observed in the cities or larger suburbs.  There is a kind of code of silence that allows almost anything to happen as long as the perpetrators are known residents and have the right connections.  In my childhood there was even a fellow who was famous for flying the Nazi flag until Germany declared war on the U.S. and he was compelled to take it down by the police.  One of my neighbors ran successfully for mayor in the 1950s on a explicit program of keeping Negroes and Jews out of town—and this was not in the Deep South, it was in New Jersey.  And then there was the really juicy Peyton-Place stuff, which I won’t repeat in a family blog like this.  If you’ve been there you’ll know what I’m talking about.

It’s definitely the locale for Governor Palin.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, October 18, 2008 at 9:36 am Link to this comment

careful there, irishtornado.  We’re all pretty different in America as people are everywhere.  We pride ourselves on being a place where everyone can find comfort, even if it’s not in a half-million dollar house.  This country is diverse in every possible way.  If some people are “dumb” we ought to make it possible for them to get “smart” with an unparalleled education system that reaches out, for the good of the whole country, takes them in and helps them maximize their inborn potential.  My guess is there are just as many Obama supporters, hopefully more, living in trailer parks as there are McCain. 

Everyone wants to be smart, informed and productive.  Even though our government may recognize that, it falls short in helping those in need.

I hear this in Obama’s rhetoric.  I think a new day is coming.  In the meantime, we all need to exercise compassion for those who might be disadvantaged. This is the bread & butter of the democratic party at its best.

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By Kwaayesnama, October 18, 2008 at 9:27 am Link to this comment
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I have a problem with GOP lies. They look us in the eye and tell us something without blinking, then they wave the American flag and we the people fall in line.
1. We have to send our sons and daughters to die looking for weapons of mass destruction, hurry up pull out the flag and wave like hell!
2. Sedam Hussein was responsible for 9-11, hurry up pull out the flag and wave like hell!
3. Iraqi oil will pay for the war, hurry up pull out the flag and wave like hell!
4. Our economy is basically strong, hurry up pull out the flag and wave like hell!
5. John McCain campaign statement that he is not able to use a computer because of his suffering as a prisoner of war.
a. July 13, 2008 New York Times interview john McCain said: “I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”
b. On Rachel Ray John McCain whipped up a batch of ribs. What different muscles are used to barbecue ribs that you would have to use on a keyboard?
It is time to look in their eyes – not blink – and say “Stop lying to us?”

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By Purple Girl, October 18, 2008 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

Ya know it’s fine and dandy to be raised in a small town, rarely leave it’s familiar consistency…As long it is Where You will remining.
However If you intend on Venturing out of Your Safe haven more Often or long Term, You should TRY to ‘Sharpen Your Tools’ when it comes to the vast Unfamiliarity the Big World presents.Especially If It may Come down to YOU making decisions about How this Vast Diversity operates or which way it heads.
Sarah is fine as a Mayor in Alaska, But not in Cleveland.she may be fine as a Govonor in Alaska,Vermont,Maine but Not California, or Ohio, Or MI.
You can Not only be familiar with Two Demographics,Two industries, Two Ideologies (Hers and ‘The Wrong’)
It’s Cute and endearing When the country Girl stakes her claim in New York City, It is Dangerous when she is handed it in DC her first Time away from Home.

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By nrobi, October 18, 2008 at 8:31 am Link to this comment

We all live in an America that is patriotic and alive with the spirit of the founding fathers.
That is unless you live in Alaska, where, for some unknown reason, Todd Palin, and a group of people want to secede from the Union, and form their own country.
Yes, this is so, and furthermore, Sarah Palin, and her governance of Alaska, are reminiscent of the shrub and his gang of five.
Sarah Palin, even addressed this group of seditious and treasonous people,who would defy the United States and form their own country, because of the founder of the groups hatred for all things “lower 48.”
Sarah Palin is nothing more than an attack dog in lipstick with the I.Q. of a box of rocks. When asked to name a Supreme Court decision, other than Roe v. Wade, that she disagreed with, this dumbest of bunnies, could not even name one decision that she disagreed with. How in the hell, is she supposed to be a heart-beat away from the presidency and not even be able to name one other Supreme Court decision that she disagrees with?
Are we to believe that she is truly a matriculated, Bachelor of Arts, graduate and, how are we to believe that she cannot even name a magazine that she has read within the last six months?
This has got to be the biggest scam, that has been laid at the feet of the American people. There is no comparison of another scam such as this.
I, am appalled at the chance that Sarah Palin, could be the next president of this fair land, she is without doubt the dumbest bunny on the planet and is a closed-minded, far right wing, christian fundamentalist bigot, with a brain the size of the bible. For this is the only book she must read, because if she reads anything else, according to the beliefs of this kind of christian, she would become possessed by the devil and be full of demons, to the point that she would renounce her salvation, and be eternally damned to hell.
Would to G-d, that Ms. Palin, who only obtained her passport last year, would step aside for a real candidate for V.P. and give the Repug’s a fighting chance. But thank G-d, she will not, for she is a legend in her own mind, of which she has none.
Ms.Palin, can be counted on, for many laughs and the snide sarcastic remark thrown in. She will fight to the bitter end for her right to be who she is, a fire-breathing, tongue-talking, demon casting out, extreme bible believing christian, who when confronted with reality, says in that tiny little mind of hers, “do as I say, not as I do.”
This, together with those of her ilk, are the type of person for whom we should pray, if you are so inclined, for they really have no sense of reality other than the one in the bible, which if, they really researched, is nothing more than a group of books, which were not written by the purported authors and was and is one of the most political documents in existence.
I am a former “believer,”  who when faced with the reality, that none of the people I associated with would talk to me or even acknowledge my existence, chose to see the light and become a reformed person.
I, chose the path of resistance to those who are closed-minded and bigoted, hoping to share the “good news,” that they do not have to believe that G-d, is the way they think G-d is.
We are a pluralistic nation, although this type of person, like Ms. Palin, would have you believe, that the only people in America at its founding, were bible-thumping, believing christians, who stood firmly on the words of the bible.
This my friends is so far from the truth as to be laughable. The founders of our great country were mainly made up of deists, people who believed in a creator, but knew that this creator was not in the business of running the day to day happenings of this world.

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By Eric L. Prentis, October 18, 2008 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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Gov. Sarah Palin’s rallies are held in small towns because that is where the bigoted yokels and self-righteous evangelicals live who accept as true every Republican neocon politicians’ lies because it reinforces their warped prejudices. The mentally challenged listen only to Fox News because they don’t want to be confused in their mistaken beliefs. Fox lays the propaganda on thick to reinforce the taking points coming from the slimy, dirty tricks McCain campaign. By design, it is a symbiotic relationship, the plutocrats leading the gullible and stupid who vote Republican.

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By Beetlejuice, October 18, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment
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I hear ya. She’s nothing more than a Hitler with tatas.

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By Jim Yell, October 18, 2008 at 7:37 am Link to this comment
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Why is it that jingoism is “real America” while honoring our Constitution and Bill of Rights is un-American?

Where does an Alaska Firster get the right to decide who or what is American.

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By PatrickHenry, October 18, 2008 at 6:31 am Link to this comment

Palin lives in surreal America.

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By middlepath, October 18, 2008 at 5:56 am Link to this comment

Sarah Palin is an idiot, but she’s not a dumb idiot. Very sly and conniving, purposely deceitful at every turn. She represents the basest qualities of human nature and, in turn, brings out the worse in those she and the Republican party are capable of manipulating. Palin truly gives America a bad name.

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By irishtornado, October 18, 2008 at 5:48 am Link to this comment

The only parts of America she is connecting with are the dumb, inbred, trail park parts of America. Only McCain, an elitist Navy brat who left his shipmates in a time of need to go on R&R;, who is as patriotic as any draft dodger would pick a self serving racist, bigot like Palin.

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