Biden says election about Obama and McCain

Sen. Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBeto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money Biden: 'I have the most progressive record of anybody running ... anybody who would run' H.R. 1 falls short of real reform MORE, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, called his rival Sarah Palin a “tough, smart women”, but said the election will come down to the presidential candidates.

“You know, it's early in the process and the voters are going to make judgments about Sarah Palin and Joe Biden,” said the Delaware senator, making his 42nd appearance  Sunday on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’. “But the truth is they're mostly going to make judgments about Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama reminisces about visit to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day: 'It'll always be O'Bama' Klobuchar on Trump's rhetoric and hate crimes: 'At the very least, he is dividing people' As global order collapses, American leadership is critical MORE and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCNN anchor hits Trump: He didn't go to Vietnam 'until he was in his 70s' with 'Secret Service protection' Trump reignites criticism of McCain months after senator's death Graham defends McCain amid Trump attacks: 'Nothing about his service will ever be changed' MORE.”

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Biden said Palin delivered “a number” of great lines during her introduction at the Republican National Convention, but said Americans still don’t know her positions on a multitude of issues. He suggested that increased scrutiny of Palin’s policy positions on issues such as Iraq, the economy and healthcare could put an end to the honeymoon she is experiencing now.

“Look, she's a smart, tough politician, and so I, I think she's going to be very formidable,” Biden said. “But you know, eventually she's going to have to sit in front of you like I'm doing and have done. Eventually she's going to have to answer questions and not be sequestered. Eventually she's going to have to answer questions about her record.”

Palin passed on making the rounds on any Sunday shows this weekend.

Biden, the running mate of Sen. Obama (D-Ill.), also downplayed the impact Palin will have helping Sen. McCain (Ariz.), the Republican presidential nominee, court women voters who supported Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Klobuchar: Race, gender should not be litmus tests for 2020 Dem nominee Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE (D-N.Y.) for president.

“You know, I think it's kind of demeaning to suggest that all women are going to vote for a woman just because she's a woman even when she's diametrically opposed to everything Hillary stands for,” Biden said. “I mean, I hear this talk about, you know, is she going to pick up Hillary voters? Well, I--so far I haven't heard one single policy position, one single position that she has in common with Hillary. So I, I just think, you know, all folks are a little more discriminating than just merely whether or not it's the same sex or the same ethnicity or whatever. But we'll see, we'll see. The truth is, I don't know.”

Biden also sought to take the focus of the race to the White House off of himself and Palin – who almost certainly contributed to the healthy bump in the polls that Sen. McCain and his running mate have received.

“Vice presidents are useful, but we're not, we're not determinative,” Biden said.