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."

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soundoff (772 Responses)
  1. SUE


    August 23, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Ho hum, McCain. Get a grip - every candidate - including you - slams their opponent to one degree or another during a campaign. Picking on the new kid's newness was easy and everybody did it. Biden is a smart man - if he didn't feel Obama was presidential material, he has NO reason to agree to be on the ticket. Why spoil his great senate record, otherwise?

    Biden's scrappy nature, as shown in countless hearings, is just what this campaign and all democrats need to strike back at GOP attacks.

    Go get 'em, Joe! and welcome aboard.

    August 23, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Foreign Observer

    Biden would have been 'honored' to run against what McCain perhaps once was, or managed to convince the MSM he was. Remember, maverick, reasonable guy, rational politics? he's not that guy. Not that Biden isn't still honored to hammer a good number of nails in McCain's political coffin.

    August 23, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Patrick Fine

    This ticket is upside down. in order of qualificaitons, It should be Biden/Obama. Junior has a lot to learn and he admitted it by choosing Joe.

    August 23, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. think people

    I agree with all here–Biden was running against him. People say negative stuff about their opponents during a campaign. none of it is unrecoverable. Besides, Biden does have a tendency to put his foot in his mouth. Obama is the candidate, not Biden, but Biden is a huge complement to O–he has experience in Washington and foreign policty to complement Obama's economic and civic work and constitutional law knowledge, as well as his overriding new vision. I think it is a fabulous choice and am SO excited for NOvember!

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 23, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Michigan Voter !!!

    The Obama/ Biden Ticket Is A Door Mat You Can Wipe Your Feet On !!!! . This Ex Democrat Is Voting For Sen. John McCain President 2008 . No Obama !!!!!

    President John McCain 2008

    August 23, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Richard

    Nice to see big Obama picks a white look alike act alike but opposite of Mr McCain.. I wonder if our Demo team from Illinois -Delaware which emulates One of the greatest presidents of all time Mr Abraham Lincoln, will advocate the removal of all blacks from America? This was stated presidential goal of Lincoln in his attempts to keep union whole.

    Biden is a great choice films of him stating Obama no presidential material from 8/2007 and full support of Mr MCain.

    I will enjoy watching this Democratic fruitcake collapse as Fall progresses.

    August 23, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Erik

    McCain is ready to ber president of the VFW, maybe, but his own days of Presidential readiness has come and gone. A sad husk of the man he once was, reduced to a snide little gnome taking potshots at his betters.

    August 23, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. S Callaham

    This was a very wise decision for Obama.
    Senator Biden has much wisdom that was gained through much suffering including in 1972 his first wife and child dying in a car accident shortly after entering polotics; in 1988 suffering an aneurysm that nearly killed him; a grandfather who was a Penss. State Senator, and he himself as a Senate Foreign Relations Comiittee Chairman.
    His slam of Obama in the past was as EVERYONE was just getting to know Obama and Sen. Biden's argument is we needed someone with 'wisdom' not a 'war hero' with a poor projection record. We all know over the last six months Obama has shown that wisdom, and humility. Welcom Sen. Biden!! Welcome!

    August 23, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Diana

    I just saw the new ad from the John McCain camp; well, if McCain wins he can go out with a victory yell....."We won!! We were better at throwing s....., than the other guy!!! Hip, Hip, Hooray!!
    Maybe during the conventions we can hear some real talk, real forward looking visions with answers to real problems from both camps. I am weary from all the 'got ya' rhetoric from both sides. I keep telling myself, the end is around the corner.

    August 23, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Marie

    So what happened to he wanted to change DC? Why didn't he pick a govenor???????????? He's the same as the rest of them.

    August 23, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. Kevin

    So these ads are supposed to convince us to vote for another 4 years of Bush???? We could run clips on McSame... " I voted against the Bush policies.....before I voted for the Bush policies."

    August 23, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. baker

    HA ha ha. This is all falling into our laps!

    NOBAMA 08

    August 23, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Michele

    I find it very interesting that Obama would have Biden as his VP. Obama's clear statement is "Change, not the same old politics". Biden has been in Washington for 30 years, he also voted for the war in Iraq. This does not solve Obama problem with having little knowledge concerning the economy. I think it was a poor choice on Obama'a part to bring in the same old politician. This is not change.

    August 23, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Andrew Goff

    I really think that if two reasonable people like Obama and McCain can't run campaigns that don't make you cringe that it's time to move to Europe. I'm really starting to detest how much America is starting to resemble "Hannity's America" more and more. Gross.

    August 23, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Patti

    Biden kind of looks like FDR except Biden doesn't have the kind of gusto needed.

    McCain '08
    Pelosi '12

    August 23, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Russ

    So Biden was picked for his "experience". And Obama was picked for his .......... Oh well, if Obama ever has a tough descision to make at 2:00 AM what will HIS "experience" tell him to do? Call Biden of course !!!

    August 23, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Dave in Chicago

    I'm sure an experienced old school politician like Biden brought his tap dancing shoes so he can explain what he really meant by the statement last year that Obama was not yet ready to be President.

    Maybe that was before Barack gained lots of experience by a year on the campaign trail instead of working in the Senate.

    Maybe that was before Barack gained lots of experience in his 24 hour visit to Iraq this summer that Time called a "drive by"

    Maybe that was before Barack gained the experience to askd Joe Biden to be the father figure VP.

    August 23, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. Patrick Fine

    I think it should Biden/Obama. Obama is the junior partner here.

    August 23, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Olivia

    None of the Obama supporters here is talking about what many of us know...........that Biden suffers from foot and mouth disease.
    Means, many of you are too young to remember or know this.

    August 23, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. JR, Plymouth

    This is child's play next to what will be obvious should McCain feel he has to choose fellow multimillionaire Romney, with a wealth of anti-McCain diatribes on record...

    August 23, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. SL

    Give me a break. This ad hardly shows Biden "slamming" Obama. They were opponents at the time. McCain should tread very lightly on this one. It will be pretty easy to find a clip of Republicans "slamming McCain – and you won't have to go back to the Primaries. Rush just threatened him the other day.

    I am so excited about the Obama / Biden ticket. They complement each other very well. Talk about excitement. With Biden's history, everyone will be hanging on his every word, waiting to hear what he'll say. That's a good thing. I can't wait for the event this afternoon!

    By the way – how this announcement was handled – the suspense, the text message – was absolutely BRILLIANT!! I was checking in all day yesterday and even had my alarm clock set for this morning.

    I love it!!!

    Obama / Biden 2008!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Nybang Li

    To those who are disappointed about the text msg. It does not matter when you get the text message. It is the thought that counts. How many times in the past a candidate made an attempt to make the people a part of the process? If it weren't for CNN this would have been done as expected.

    He is running a candidacy that is PEOPLE FIRST! He has proved this via community services, teaching, lecture, speeches, writing and now through campaigning. When you did you such a candidate before? Look at his deeds. If America gives this man a chance it will get so much in return that one can only imagine.

    McCain is a hero. He sacrificed for his country as a POW. In return the country gave him love and profound gratitude. But when you say I was a POW and so the country has to return the favor by making me a president it is telling...There are many POWs like him. Wonder how many feel that the country has to return the favor by making them president.

    August 23, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Omar

    This is the first of many wise steps be Obama. Biden is wise and gives the Democratic Party a great pair to lead the nation in a positive direction. I now pray that the people of this great nation see these two men for who they can be and where they can take us.

    Let's go!!!!!!!!!!
    Obama-Biden 08'

    August 23, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. ANGIE

    Be afraid senator mccain BIDEN WILL EAT YOU ALIVE !!!! better not pick romney remember old man he didnt have NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 23, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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