The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"You ... said that Barack Obama was not ready to be commander in chief."

Sarah Palin on Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 in St. Louis, Mo.

Biden's words haunt him

Trying to challenge Sen. Barack Obama’s preparedness to be president, Gov. Sarah Palin used Sen. Joe Biden’s own words against him.

As Biden and Palin debated records on Iraq during the St. Louis debate, Palin noted, “You also said that Barack Obama was not ready to be commander in chief.”

Indeed Biden did. In an Aug. 19, 2007, debate among Democratic hopefuls, moderator George Stephanopoulos pressed Biden whether he stood by a recent quote that Obama was “not ready” to be president.

Biden said he stood by it.

It’s worth noting that in May 2008, Biden changed his tune. “He’s learned a hell of a lot,” Biden said.

Still, he said what he said. Based on those first comments, Palin’s assessment is True.

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Published: Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Candidate Biography


Transcript, Vice Presidential Debate, St. Louis, Oct. 2, 2008

Transcript, Democratic presidential debate,   Aug. 19, 2007

Transcript, ABC News This Week , May 18, 2008

Written by: David DeCamp
Researched by: David DeCamp
Edited by: Scott Montgomery

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