August 23rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden criticizes Obama - in new McCain ad

A new GOP ad shows Biden criticizing Obama.

A new GOP ad shows Biden criticizing Obama.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is going to the tape.

Wasting little time attacking the newly-minted Democratic presidential ticket, the McCain campaign released a television ad Saturday morning featuring Barack Obama's running mate criticizing the Illinois senator in a primary debate last year.

The 30-second spot, set to air in key states, features an August 2007 primary debate during which Joe Biden was asked if he stood by his criticism Obama is not yet ready to be president.

"I think that I stand by the statement," Biden is shown saying.

The ad also features a 2005 interview of Biden during which he praised McCain, saying, "I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off."

Filed under: Race to '08
soundoff (772 Responses)
  1. JB, Boston


    Now don't go and choose Romney and open yourself up to the same ad.

    August 23, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Marge Hibbing Mn

    I am glad he didn't pick Hillary. The only chance he had to win and he blew it. I will send emails, letters, phone and everything else and laugh and laugh and laugh at the butts in the democrat party that again have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory....Crash and burn democrat party you deserve it.

    August 23, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. Annette, Washington, DC

    The ad shouldn't be a surprise to know one?

    August 23, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  4. C from Texas

    Wonder if Obama will flip-flop on his VP choice after the convention?

    McCain '08

    August 23, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  5. Ohio for Obama

    Way to go McCain. I admire your restraint in waiting 7 whole hours to start running attack ads featuring our new vice president. Is this really what you guys do at 3 am?

    August 23, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. Paul

    Attack Attack Attack......... Its all McCain can do!
    What a loser!

    I dont know any of his opinions on any of the issues!!
    Nobody can trust McCain as president!

    August 23, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. JB, Boston

    What is awesome. . . .

    He never vetted Hillary. Never mentioned it in her presence. Never asked her who she thought would be a good pick for VP. Never asked Bill Clinton if he had any advice.

    Never even acknowledged her existence thru this process. Exactly what she deserved!

    Ha Ha

    August 23, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Mario

    Hey McSwain no choice you have to pick the governor of Utah ' mormon state' and because as you said before you don't have a clue about economy...

    August 23, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. mike

    The candidate of change went with the status quo.

    August 23, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. Zave (Chicago)

    GOTCHA! When McCain picks Mitt Romney, Barack Obama can run ads with Romney relentlessly attacking McCain from the GOP primary. It's ridiculous to use what an opponent in a primary said in a general election. They were opponents!

    August 23, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. Jennie

    Yada, yada, yada–they were running against each other. Wait until we broadcast what Romney said about McCain.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 23, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. New Flash

    News flash for HillBillies In 2012. Hillary will lose in th primaries again. That's if McCain hasn't started WW III by then.

    To the reasonable people. I agree, Biden was an excellent pick and the words exchanged between him and Obama during primary are nothing compared to the the clashes Mitt and McCain had. Mitt Flip Flops so much that McCain calls him a flip flopper. Also, how do you think the "evangelic" wing of the part is going to take to the Mormon? I personally don't have a problem with Mormonism (it just another religion their all weird). I do have a problem with John McSame.

    August 23, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  13. Emily in Fredericksburg

    Picking Joe Biden magnifies the fact that Obama is running scared of John McCain. Then again, it was his plan all along, and Joe Biden knew it. Everyone else should have known that the whole vetting team was a farce. And in the last few days, Joe Biden was the only was denying it, while the other so-called possible choices played coy. So I knew, and the reasons why just show that everything said about Obama is true. He is NOT ready, and thinks that this older, white-haired guy gives him some credibility. The real question is.... what happened to his whole campaign theme of not wanting an old Washington regime.....HELLO??? Yet another lie.... so sad! Adds up to failure in my book.

    August 23, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  14. Jim

    So is McCain saying he is not taking Romney by running this ad?

    August 23, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  15. lol

    no hillary, nobama! picking this loud mouth as VP seals the deal for 4 more years of republican rule. even biden knows what an inexperienced, rookie obama is, and stated so publicly.

    August 23, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  16. pat C.

    pathetic! i can't wait til the old joker has to announce romney as his VP. everyone knows he doesn't want him but has to take him over his old crony buddies due to pro-life issues.obama is playing the same game and lets face it romney was brutel to the old gesser over the economy. McCain is so dead in the water. he is senile and over the top with his ignorance of what we americans are going thru right now. he needs to just hibernate in one of his mansions and nap thru this one. he is to old to even run in the senate. i bet his republican party is cringing in there shorts right now over the news!

    August 23, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  17. peter

    whine whine whine. just shush for a moment mccain!

    August 23, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  18. Bryan

    Well, as least we now know that if the Democrats win there will be 1 qualified adult in the administration. Alas, it won't be in the big seat.

    August 23, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  19. BK

    Honestly what depths do they have to sink to? Does McCain even speak on his own merit anymore or does he just trash other people?

    August 23, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. jamie

    BIDEN!?!?!?!? OBAMA, WHY???

    i have been a fan of obama BEFORE he even announced he was actually going to run. i even chose him over a more experienced Hillary Clinton.
    The least he could have done is offered that position to her. i think he has made a terrible mistake.

    August 23, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Lee/Vet

    Well, I guess that means Romney is out; after all the critizing he and McSame did against each other; calling each other liars and what not. Or does that mean people's opinion can change about each other. McSame really should talk about the problems we americans are facing these days, but that may be too difficult for him since he is soo out of touch with the average american. No change from Mc Same!

    August 23, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  22. Bill From Florida

    Not that I don't like Biden, but the wat Obama treated Hillary, he lost
    my vote. A democrat for 30 years, not will vote for McCain. Some
    people are voting for Obama just because he is Democrat, but
    those same people would vote For MICKEY MOUSE if he
    were running. I will NEVER vote for someone I do not believe in.
    The showed a story last night of Obama's brother in Kenya,
    this man is living in the slums with no food or work..Nice way to treat
    your own flesh and blood, but what can you expect from an elitest.

    August 23, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  23. matt

    Well, then hopefully McCain doesn't choose Romney. That'd be awful ironic to see the same ad shot back in McCain's face

    August 23, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  24. BGIV in NC

    I would have voted for the the McCain of 2005 before I would vote for the McVain of 2008. Both Men have changed One has become a statesman, the other a lap dog for the Bush republicans. Again, this is not the same McCain we once knew as an independent thinker that bucked his party on several issues – issues that he now embraces.

    August 23, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. Eileen

    What is it with the McCain campaign? Sheesh, this ad is so childish. I cannot comprehend how McCain has managed to get as far as he has with this kind of behavior.

    August 23, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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