ABC News' Matt Jaffe reports: Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., today accused Republican running mates Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of being far from the real ticket of change.
"John McCain and Sarah Palin are talking about being the agents of change," Biden told reporters aboard a flight to Kalispell, Mont. "There may be something I’m unaware of, but what one major item do they disagree with the last eight years on? On taxes? On jobs? On exporting jobs? On education? On college tuition? On alternative energy? On not one! Not one that I know of! The only change I know of that they’re talking about in those areas is they’re gonna tax your healthcare."
"They may change the style of the administration," he continued. "They may change, you know, the feel. But on things that matter to people's lives, I haven’t heard a single solitary thing that would affect the life of somebody struggling to keep their job, or somebody who is going to go out there and try to send their kid to school, or somebody who is worried about losing their health care. I haven’t heard a thing."
It is these issues, said the Delaware lawmaker, once on the ground in Montana, that will ultimately decide the election, not gender or war heroics.
"The fundamental issue in this campaign is not whether John McCain is a good man and a hero, which he is," Biden told a gym full of supporterts in Kalispell this evening. "It's not whether Sarah Palin can aim an assault rifle and hit dead target, which she probably can and I hope it's not me. It's not whether or not she's a good mother, because I think for everything I've read she is ... but it's about priorities. It's about what are we going to do, what are we going to do and how are we going to do it."
Aboard his plane, the Democratic number-two also hit out at his Republican counterpart Palin for not being available to the media.
"Sometime Sarah Palin’s going to have to do what I’m doing right now. She’s actually going to have to talk to you, you know. She’s actually going to have to tell you what she thinks. She’s actually going to have to defend her record, I mean, not through a press release -- straight up.
"It seems to me that she's gonna be put to the test like I'm put to the test every day," said the running mate of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.. "Like John McCain's been put to the test, and like Barack's been put to the test.
"You're holding me to that standard, as you should. Been holding me to that standard my whole life. Somewhere along the line, you will and she will, I think she will not avoid it, she will start to stand before the nation and the public and you know, determine whether or not her views, her breadth of knowledge, her record, is one that people say, 'Yeah I want that person as vice president, a heartbeat away from being president.'"
Biden also accused Republicans of living in a time warp if they believe that female voters will support Palin just because she's a woman.
"Do you know any women reporters who automatically decide, 'Well, there's a woman, I'm automatically for that woman? I don't agree with a single thing she says but I'm for that woman.' Do any of you know or hear a minority who says, 'Oh, that guy's a Catholic' -- that's not a minority -- 'or a Hispanic or African-American or Chinese-American or Asian-American generally?' So I just think people are way beyond that. I think that's sort of a Republican time warp, you know what I mean? I think they're just, you know, behind the curve."