Biden On Debate, Ayers and SNL

(CBS)
From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:

(WILMINGTON, DEL.) - Joe Biden did a round of morning interviews today, including a talk with Harry Smith of CBS's "The Early Show", about Barack Obama's debate performance last night and the continuing slump on Wall Street.

Blaming the Bush administration's policies for the decline in stock values and the frozen credit market, Biden noted that it would take time for the markets to restore stability.

"It took eight years to get here, it's going to take a little while to get out," said Biden.

He linked, as he usually does, John McCain's economic philosophy to the current state of market woe, saying "anybody watching is saying these policies got to change."

Biden called the recent attacks by Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign on Obama's association with radical activist William Ayers "just malarkey. Flat malarkey."

Biden said the place Obama would turn to for "opinion to is me, not that guy."

The push by Palin to portray Obama as a friend of "terrorists" is a tactic Biden called "mildly dangerous."

He ackowledged the supporters at McCain and Palin rallies are now starting to shout the word "terrorist" at the mention of Obama.

Biden said event participants who introduce Palin are referring to his middle name, Hussein, as "some sort of an epithet."

On the lighter side, Biden laughed between morning show interviews this morning about "Saturday Night Live's" Jason Sudeikis, who impersonated Biden in last week's debate sketch.

"Those guys are killer," said Biden, and said he turned on the show recently and swore it was actually Palin, not Tina Fey, who was in one of the sketches.

"They are dead on, man," said Biden, chuckling between sips of coffee.

During one interview, they played a clip of Sudeikis for Biden, who laughed for a good two minutes as he tried to continue the interview.