ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Monday blasted an Orlando anchor for the “ugly” questions she asked him in an interview last Thursday.
“I was on a television station the other day doing a satellite feed to a major network in Florida, and the anchor quotes Karl Marx, and says in a sense, ‘Isn't Barack Obama Karl Marx?’” the Democratic vice-presidential nominee told the crowd of 1500 at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
“You know, I mean, folks, this stuff you're hearing, this stuff you're hearing in this campaign, some of it's pretty ugly,” the Delaware lawmaker continued. "And some of the innuendo is pretty ugly.”
In the interview with Barbara West of ABC’s Orlando affiliate WFTV, Biden was asked, “You may recognize this famous quote: 'From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs.' That's from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?”
West’s questions eventually prompted Biden to ask, "Are you joking? Is this is a joke? Or is that a real question?"Following the contentious exchange, the campaign cancelled a scheduled interview with Biden’s wife, Jill.
The rival Republican campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who conducted an interview with West today, blasted Biden’s “attack” on the anchor, while citing that Biden has not held a full press availability with his traveling press corps since September 7.
“With eight days until Election Day and serious issues on the table, Joe Biden has abandoned his own traveling press corps and is now attacking any reporter who challenges Barack Obama’s economic plan to raise taxes,” McCain-Palin spokesman Ben Porritt said in a statement.