11/08/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Biden On McCain: "An Angry Man Lurching From One Position To Another"

Back on the campaign trail, Sen, Joseph Biden relished the chance to rip into John McCain for his performance in last night's debate. After admonishing the Arizona Republican for failing to mention the word "middle class," he played the 'old man' card about as transparently as it has been played this entire cycle.

The American people are looking for a steady hand and leadership, Biden said in a Tampa, Florida speech, "not an angry man lurching from one position to another."

Earlier in the program, Biden declared Obama the winner of the debate and himself the winner of last week's vice presidential contest.

"If this were a best of five series, it would be over," he declared, implying that Obama had won the first presidential debate as well.

Later in his speech, Biden ripped Gov. Sarah Palin for trying to make political hay out of Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers.

It is "simply wrong," he declared, to "raise the most outrageous inferences."