From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Joe Biden is already conceding one thing to Sarah Palin.
"Well, there's obvious differences," he joked during a roundtable discussion on the economy this afternoon. "She's good looking."
Biden was trying to make a serious point about the different perspective he said each ticket has on the economy, but the crowd began to chuckle when he said there was a "gigantic" difference between Obama and McCain and himself and "my vice presidential opponent." After complimenting Palin's looks, someone in the crowd shouted back that Biden was "gorgeous."
"Oh, I tell you what! Would you make sure Jill hears that?" he replied. "I haven't heard that in a long, long, long time."
He added that hanging out with a "lean, young-looking" Obama was starting to make him "feel pretty old." But he continued on with his intended message, which was that the Democratic team would work to give the middle class a "fighting chance."
"John McCain looks to the past," he said, saying he'd give tax breaks for corporations and oil interest instead of working people. "John McCain's proposal -- he leaves out 100 million American families without a single red cent," he said. "Barack Obama's going to give 95 percent of the American people a tax cut."
Biden began by saying he offered a prayer at morning mass for the people of the Gulf Coast, and urged those in the audience to do the same.
"These folks have been through, you know, they've been through hell, and pray God this Gustav decides to take a turn or something, but it doesn't look real good now," he said.