Biden, Palin reprise "drill, baby, drill" fight

A congressional race turns into a battleground for the two old rivals

Published November 2, 2009 8:25PM (EST)

The clocks were only supposed to move back an hour on Sunday morning, but you could be forgiven for thinking someone had accidentally pushed them back a whole year. At the very least, it seems that way in upstate New York, where a congressional race has turned into a battle between two old rivals, Vice President Joe Biden and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Biden started the face-off at a rally for Democratic candidate Bill Owens. Criticizing Owens' rival, independent Doug Hoffman, Biden turned his attention to Palin, who's endorsed Hoffman.

"Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy is ‘Drill, baby, drill,' " Biden said. Then, he added, "It's a lot more complicated, Sarah."

Palin hit back quickly -- on Facebook, of course. She quoted Ann Coulter on the vice president's position on energy, and ended her post, "There’s one way to tell Vice President Biden that we’re tired of folks in Washington distorting our message and hampering our nation’s progress: Hoffman, Baby, Hoffman!"

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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