He took a maybe-swipe at Sarah Palin's child, according to CBS News
“I hear all this talk about how the Republicans are going to work in dealing with parents who have both the joy, because there's joy to it as well, the joy and the difficulty of raising a child who has a developmental disability, who were born with a birth defect. Well guess what folks? If you care about it, why don't you support stem cell research?”
This ignores, of course, that Sen. McCain supports stem cell research that is not embryo-destructive, and implies that there might be a stem cell issue involved in "fixing" Trig Palin if his witch momma wasn't such a Luddite, but hey, that's politics right? Has nothing to do with science, because Trig Palin had three copies of chromosome 21 at conception but it makes good theater and I believe that trumps taste, fact and reason.
This is also a bit of a funny statement coming from a lifelong Catholic who recently stated that he believes that life begins at conception. I believe that would make embryonal stem cell harvest the loss of a life, Senator? Bah, details. He's a lawyer and I'm not, so...
Apparently stem cell research was part of the theme, because while Joe Biden was at this rally in Columbia, MO today he introduced local politicians including Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham:
Senator Biden might have remembered that State Senator Graham had been mentioned in a New York Times piece about stem cell research in Missouri, but apparently he didn't see the picture.
Now, Biden recovered pretty quickly and was as gracious as could be about the whole thing, but this is what happens when you hire Joey Donuts as your chief surrogate.