Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, and Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin shake hands before the start of a vice presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A year ago in St. Louis. They're back at it today. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

By Mark Memmott

Vice President Joe Biden and the woman who ran against him last year did some long-distance sparing today.

Biden, at a rally for New York congressional Democratic contender Bill Owens, took a verbal shot at former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who's a supporter of Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in Tuesday's crazy special election for New York's 23rd district (where Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava has dropped out and endorsed the Democrat).

Using energy as an issue with which to score some rhetorical points, Biden said that "the fact of the matter is, Sarah Palin thinks the answer to energy is 'drill, baby, drill,'" according to The Hill. "It's a lot more complicated, Sarah!"

Palin, on her Facebook page, writes that "as the vice president knows, I have always advocated an all-of-the-above approach to American energy independence. ... 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!"

Our buddy Ken Rudin is following Tuesday's elections at his Political Junkie blog.

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2:37 - November 2, 2009